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Reporting Aboard
Official Website of Cryptologic Warfare Maritime Activity (CWMA) 61
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Welcome to CWMA-61!

Please review the below information as it will aid you in your PCS process and may answer many of the questions that you have!

A Sponsor will be assigned to you upon receipt of your PCS orders. If you have any concerns or believe you have not been assigned a sponsor after you have received your PCS orders, please reach out to the sponsorship email distro at
Sponsors will provide transportation to new arrivals who require it during the check in process!

There is limited public transportation in the Fort Meade area outside of Baltimore City and Washington D.C themselves, and utilizing the Duty Van for unofficial business is not authorized. 
However there are some public transit options.  For information and up-to-date public transportation schedules, visit
The Uniform of the Day will be worn for conducting all official business. The UOD is as follows:

          E7 and Above
Prescribed:    Navy Working Uniform
Alternate:      Service Khakis
                      Service Dress Blues (Summer Whites in summer)

          E6 and Below
Prescribed:    Navy Working Uniform
Alternate:      Navy Service Uniform
                      Service Dress Blues (Service Dress Whites in summer)
All privately owned firearms of personnel who will be living in the barracks or in family quarters on Fort Meade must be registered with the Provost Marshal Registration Office.  Visit for instructions on how to register your firearms.

If you will reside in the barracks you may NOT store firearms there.  Store your weapons with the Provost Marshal and check them out when you want to go to the range, hunting, etc.
Concealed carry on Fort Meade or any Federal installation is NOT authorized regardless of any state carry permit, including Maryland’s, that you may possess.

If you are currently E3 or below and have no dependents you will initially reside at the BEQ until you are advanced to E4 or have dependents.  The BEQ are located on the NSA campus side of Fort Meade and your sponsor will ensure that you receive the appropriate campus access.  Once you are checked into the BEQ you will be assigned a room.  You will have your own room and share a bathroom / shower / common area with one other Sailor.  There is a large common area kitchen on the ground floor.

The Navy Lodge is the official government lodging when on PCS orders. For reservations call 1-800-628-9466 or visit website NSA Annapolis has the closest Navy Lodge to Fort Meade. In order to obtain lodging at a location other than the Navy Lodge and be reimbursed for it on your travel claim you MUST obtain a Certificate of Non-Availability (CNA) from the Navy Lodge. Candlewood Suites on Fort Meade is a contracted lodging facility and therefore any CNA they provide you will NOT be valid for a travel claim. 

If you arrive after working hours and will be residing in the BEQ and are not currently receiving Basic Allowance for Sustenance (BAS), present a copy of your orders at the House of Four Hats dining facility (located near the BEQ) for food service. During check-in, Q Division will provide the galley with your information so that you can continue to eat there until you move out of the BEQ and receive BAS.

Their food service hours are as follows:
Monday-Friday:                    Saturday and Sunday:
6:30am - 9:30am               5:30am - 8:30am
11:00am - 1:00pm              11:00am - 1:00pm
4:30pm - 7:00pm               4:30pm - 7:00pm
Once checked into the BEQ (if applicable) you will report to the Command’s holding department to begin conducting your check-in/security indoctrination processes.  CWMA-61's holding department, also known Q Division, Quadmin, and The Quacklings, is located off of Fort Meade proper at 306 National Business Parkway, Jessup, Maryland 20794 on the first floor, and is staffed from 0800-1600, Monday-Friday.  You can contact Q Division at 240-636-9680.

Personnel reporting to CWMA-61 must ensure that they are in TRICARE East and select a Primary Care Manager.  This is done on Milconnect Beneficiary Web Enrollment:

There are many Military Treatment Facilities that you can choose to base your primary care out of in the Fort Meade area such as:

Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center, Fort Meade, Maryland
*Does not provide emergency nor obstetrical services

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland
*24 hour Emergency Department

Malcolm Grow Clinic, Joint Base Andrews, Suitland, Maryland 
*24 hour Emergency Department
Naval Health Clinic Annapolis, Annapolis, Maryland
*Does not have an Emergency Department
You can get 24 hour medical advice from the TRICARE Nurse Advice Line by visiting or by calling 1-800-TRICARE.
In the event of a true medical emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital’s (civilian or appropriate military) Emergency Department! If you receive care at a civilian Emergency Department ensure that you:
     -  Notify TRICARE within 24 hours
     -  Schedule a follow up with your Primary Care Provider to ensure the care gets documented in your record and to receive any follow up treatment that may be required.
If you do not notify TRICARE that you were seen at a civilian hospital then you may be responsible for the medical costs associated with the visit.
An Ombudsman is an official representative of the Commanding Officer and plays a vital role in establishing and maintaining current and accurate communication between the command and its family members. CWMA-61’s Ombudsman is:
      Mrs. Maria Sanderson                                    
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