Ft Meade?

Adf0905 - posted on 02/06/2009 ( 39 moms have responded )

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I noticed a few people were stationed there. We're heading there in a few months and just received notice from housing that we'll have a house waiting for us in Patriot Ridge. Anyone familiar with that housing area?

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Kara - posted on 09/23/2013

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Hey. My husband is in the Army and stationed at Walter Reed. We however live in Silver Spring 20904 (idk how else to explain it lol we're 25 minutes from downtown silver spring). Message me :)

Angel - posted on 08/03/2013

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Hi Everyone hope you guys can help me. My husband is oversea and I am I guess what you guys call a civilian. I live off base but I am blessed to make all type of creations for babies out of diapers. I wanted to give some of my diaper gifts to Military Moms. They are disposable diapers 100% useable. Size 1, Size 2 its just my way of wanting to be a blessing to Our Wonderful Military Moms and its such a cute way to brighten your day as well as to Congratulate all the New Mommies. If anyone has any info as to how I can do this I would greatly appreciate it. I have a few pics on facebook if anyone wants to see what I make. Completely Free - Just looking to be a Blessing to as many as I can thanks. Angel

Margot - posted on 03/31/2009

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It doesn't take a month. I would fax the enrollement forms, they call the next day and set you up with the clinic of your choice. The closest one is the odenton one. And until you transfer over you will be Tricare prime. I enrolled us on the 30th of March last year and could be seen at the Odenton Clinic by the 3rd. It's just like Tricare Prime, just you see civi docs, with no copay. Except with prescriptions. You have to pay for those, but they don't cost very much. The most I pay is 9 dollars and regularly its 3. You don't even have to wait to get the blood test at Kimbrough if you don't want to. They'll do it all there. I would give USFHP a call. They'll be able to answer every question and confirm all this. Also I would throughly read the handbook, once you enroll. There are a few things that you can't do like regular tricare. Like if you go to the ER you have to call later and get a refferal, or else that ER trip is out of your pocket. Overall it's an awesome set up!.



Glad that everything worked out with the move and the new house. I hope you all didn't have to stay in that junk near the shoppette. I heardd that place it a dump. I've been to Lejeune only cause I have family near there, yeah isn't it like podunk out there? If I'm remembering it right.

Adf0905 - posted on 03/31/2009

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OMG you guys have me so confused now lol. Chris is going to Tricare tomorrow so hopefully I can get a blood test next week? Someone told me the paperwork for USFHP takes a month to go through? What do you do in the meantime? I need to get a blood test and Maddy needs to be seen for a diaper rash that won't go away. Poor thing has already had to wait too long!

We love the house! We're in an end unit in the newer Patriot Ridge housing. Our street is really quiet and we've already become friends with some of our neighbors. The move wasn't too bad. We stayed at the lodging on base for a night, but the 2nd night we decided to stay in the house, because the lodging lost water, which also meant they lost sewage. They refused to waive the charge for the 2nd night, which I thought was ridiculous considering the circumstances, but whatever. Got our things delivered on the following Sunday. 2 long days in an empty house, but we survived! We absolutely love it here so far. I can't even describe how much of an improvement this is from Camp Lejeune!

Margot - posted on 03/30/2009

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Quoting Margot:



Quoting Jo:

I stand corrected. Do they allow that for high-risk pregnancy? My neighbor was told she couldn't deliver using JH and HAD to use Bethesda.. Just curious






Then she is Tricare Prime and NOT USFHP.  USFHP is tricare through Johns Hopkins. 






I was not High Risk, just USFHP.  Look into that insurance plan if you all end up not PSCing.

Margot - posted on 03/30/2009

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Quoting Jo:

I stand corrected. Do they allow that for high-risk pregnancy? My neighbor was told she couldn't deliver using JH and HAD to use Bethesda.. Just curious



Then she is Tricare Prime and NOT USFHP.  USFHP is tricare through Johns Hopkins. 

Margot - posted on 03/30/2009

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Quoting Jo:

you should be able to, up until you deliver. Sorry, they will make you use Bethesda or Andrews for that. But my neighbor/friend just had her little one there and said its made some great changes since I had my oldest daughter there.



This is incorrect information.  I just had a baby less than 5 months ago and I delivered in a civilian Hospital.  The one that is located in Columbia.  Also, if you in USFHP you are not allowed to use the Military Facilities in the area.  Trust me that's a plus!  I know this because I have been and my girls have been USFHP for a year now.  YOU WILL NOT deliver in Bethesda or Andrews.  If you choose to transfer over you will not be allowed to use the facilities on Post or any base in this area.  I've been down that road in the begining.  We tried to get flu shots at Kimbrough and they wouldn't let us, also if you have any pre-existing prescriptions in the military system, get them filled before you switch.  They won't let you afterwards.  Been down that road too.  Jodi, you all aren't in USFHP.  I would check your resources.

Jo - posted on 03/30/2009

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I stand corrected. Do they allow that for high-risk pregnancy? My neighbor was told she couldn't deliver using JH and HAD to use Bethesda.. Just curious

Margot - posted on 03/30/2009

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CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Yes you can! There is a wonderful OB through the Odenton Clinic. His name is Dr. Rojas and his whole office is soo nice. You have the option of being seen right in Odenton or drivng out to Columbia, which is what I did. Then when you deliver, you have the baby in the Howard County General Hosp. If given the option of Howard County or Bayview, DO NOT pick Bayview. It's really old, run down and icky! Dr. Rojas is so nice, my girls loved him cause he included them in everything. My oldest even drew him a picture. So how's the house? Was the move okay?

Jo - posted on 03/30/2009

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you should be able to, up until you deliver. Sorry, they will make you use Bethesda or Andrews for that. But my neighbor/friend just had her little one there and said its made some great changes since I had my oldest daughter there.

Adf0905 - posted on 03/30/2009

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We've been here for almost 2 weeks and we love it so far! A definite improvement from our last duty station. And on top of everything going on, we just discovered last night that I'm pregnant! Can I go to Johns Hopkins for OB care through USFHP?

Kerry - posted on 03/08/2009

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We were homeless for the the first month we got here. We didn't get a choice of any houses, we got thrown in the first dump available. Blue tape, dust and dirty appliances were waiting for us, not to mention a bug infested Carpet. 3 months and I'm out of here! GOODBYE FORT MEADE!

I agree with the poster above. Kimbrough is HORRIBLE! My Daughter and I go to Bethesda Naval - it's a drive, but the best care we've ever had. I had a beautiful birthing suite and the Dr's are amazing!

Margot - posted on 03/08/2009

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Well that's great about the house being rented. I bet that it is nice knowing that you won't have strangers walking around your house. Seems like it happened pretty fast too.



Wonder what that's about with the tenants pushing their date back. I know sometimes, for various reasons, that people are supposed to leave here and end up staying, due to deployments, PCS, or even the civilians who live on post have issues. Did she say whether it was one that had been renovated or is it one that isn't. We had an end unit in our first house here and it was the best part of that house. Bigger yard, nobody to really complain about my girls running around and screaming.



I've had one anxiety attack my whole and it was very terrifying. They are usually brought on by stress, which you obviously have with the whole moving thing. Once everythings done and you get settled in all should be good. The 20th wow, that's just around the corner. Well if you need anything when you get here just let me know, I'm pretty much home all the time. Unless it's running my girls to their playdates or sports.



One thing I will say is when your husband inprocesses, you all should sign up for USFHP. Which is tricare prime through Johns Hopkins. It's not standard, you have no copay. Well you pay for your prescriptions, but they aren't that much. And you and your baby will be seen in Odenton, by civilian doctors. I HIGHLY recommend not going to the Clinic on this post. Its called Kimbrough and is HORRIBLE. We're on USFHP, my girls and I go to civilian docs. I had my 3rd baby in a civilian hospital. Which is only a 20 minute drive. If you don't and you have anything tha requires a specialist doc, they send you to Walter Reed (yuck, it's garbage) or to Bethesda, which is nice but depending on traffic it can take anywhere from 45 min to 2 hours. Not a joke, dead serious about that. You can go take look at the USFHP website if you want. It's exactly the same plan as tricare prime, but you see civilian docs. www.hopkinsmedicine.org Not to be pushy, but everyone I know (almost) has had problems with Kimbrough and WRAMC. We go to the clinic in Odenton, cause it's the closest. About 10 minutes down the road, and the doctors are so nice and friendly. Our girls see a wonderful doc, Dr. Ish and I see a Dr. Melacome (sp. isn't correct). I thought I'd share that with you, that's another thing I wish I had know when we first got here.

Adf0905 - posted on 03/07/2009

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The house rented, thank goodness! We had one last walk through with the next renters this morning, and we're finally done! I wanted to jump for joy when the for rent sign was taken out of our yard lol.

Housing at Meade had become a big issue though. Apparently, the tenants that were in the house we were supposed to move in to had pushed their date back AGAIN (for a 3rd time!) which pushed the pickup date for our keys back again. And we were already having issues with TMO moving our move in date back from the 2nd time the tenants pushed the date back. So I very kindly explained to the poor woman on the other line (I was in an awful mood at this point in the day) that I had already given 30 days notice on our house and already have TMO scheduled to pack us up in a week since I was told over a month ago that there was a house waiting for us, and I can't just sit around and wait until these people finally decide to move out. Because apparently there's nothing in the lease that prevents them from doing this, so housing can't do anything. I told her I've got a toddler and a dog, and I need to know if I need to book a hotel or find a kennel or stay with family. She told me all they had for other houses were the nasty, un-renovated ones, and she'd hate to put me in one of those. But at this point I was almost begging for a different house, so she said she'd call her manager and call me back by Monday evening to let me know what was going on (this was early Friday afternoon.) Two hours later, we received a phone call from the same woman who gave us our new address and said everything had been taken care of! Its the same layout and neighborhood as the other house, and it's an end unit, so we're really stoked about that!

I've been having anxiety attacks for the past few weeks (terrifying, since I'd never had anything like them before) and I'm hoping now that things are finally starting to settle down and work in our favor that they'll stop. But as of now we're picking up the keys on the 20th of this month!

Margot - posted on 03/05/2009

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That sounds like it would have been a little funny to see. The people's faces that is. I can only imagine. I'm sure that's how my mail guy feels sometimes. When I'm gripping about something or venting about something. Our box is right next to the front door, so he's almost like family. lol Not the same situation, but similar. He comes in the morning, sometimes before I have my coffee =). Wow, a renter already. That's pretty fast. At least, hopefully, won't have strangers just showing up. Good luck with housing tomorrow.

Katie - posted on 03/05/2009

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Yes, we just moved form Ft. Meade to Ft. Carson. Patriot Ridge is pretty, and Ft. Meade has playgrounds every block, and tons of kids all over the place! It's a great place, my boys miss it. Good luck!

Adf0905 - posted on 03/05/2009

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Aw thank you Jo! We're still trying to figure out what we're going to do. Hopefully we'll get a call tomorrow from housing that will make our plans easier. I may have to take you up on that offer though, at least for a night!

Margot, I have no idea who the landlord is. We know his name, but that's about it. We had more people sitting at the end of our driveway today, and they tried to come up to the house, but I think they heard me yelling about people just showing up and expecting to be let in, and they turned around and walked back to the end of the driveway. I had no idea they were at the door when I was venting, but hey, talk about good timing! Apparently the house has had an application put in by a potential renter, so ideally the house will be officially rented tomorrow!

Margot - posted on 03/05/2009

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I'd be livid too. I can't believe that. I'm not sure how I'd feel with someone walking around in what I call home, scoping everything out. Is it a military members house. I have tons of friends that own houses down there and rent them out. An old NCO of mine owns a house out in Raeford and he's had 3 different tenants since he's left (2 years ago). He and his wife bought a new house where they live now and have 2 mortgages, so they need that rent money to pay for the house. I still don't think that gives the real estate agents the right to just show up unannounced. Yeah we're due to leave here in the middle of the school year. We'll see tho.

Jo - posted on 03/04/2009

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If you need a place to keep your dog should housing not be available right away, let me know. We've done that for several friends both on the way in and the way out.

Adf0905 - posted on 03/04/2009

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Yep they're very anxious to get this house filled apparently lol. We just gave notice on Friday, and we've already had 6 potential renters come look at the house. I hate having total strangers walking through. And tonight we had a realtor from another agency show up without contacting our rental agency and without contacting us ahead of time. I was on the phone, otherwise I wouldn't have let them in (my husband let them in.) But I'm still pretty livid about it, and I called her office and chewed them out, and told them that, per the request of my rental agency, I'll no longer allow any of their agents in this house unless they call my rental agency ahead of time. Talk about being unprofessional! We're extremely relieved to have a house waiting for us. I was going to stay with my parents (who live about an hour away from here) with our daughter and dog in case we didn't have a house waiting for us. We lived in hotels for a month when we moved here, waiting for a house, and I refuse to do that again, especially with a toddler! We're very lucky we're moving in the spring. You're right, summer is PCS season since everyone wants to wait until their kids are out of school!

Margot - posted on 03/04/2009

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Ohhh I miss North Carolina! We were at Bragg for a LONG time and before that I lived in Raliegh. I miss it there so much. Silly me, I thought you were talking about up here. Wow, are they anxious to get you moved out or what? I bet it's a relief that they have a house for you once you get here. Someone in my husbands unit spent a long time in Lodging when he got here. He had to wait a couple of months before he moved his family here. All because they didn't have a place for them. Isn't this the down season for housing tho? I think summer is the hot season.

Adf0905 - posted on 03/04/2009

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Oh they are. The date we can get the keys was pushed back, but they're still holding the house. We're renting off base in North Carolina now, and we've had potential renters for the house we're currently renting walking through the house for the past 2 days. Its been a huge pain!

Margot - posted on 03/04/2009

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Aha, I've been there done that and about to go through it again in a year or so. =) My eldest and youngest are the easiest, my middle one is...well a typical middle child. But she was like that well before there was a third child. lol. It's just her personality. I was super anxious to get here and get settled. We came from Germany and really missed the states. I thought housing said that were reserving that place for you all?

Adf0905 - posted on 03/04/2009

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Just one. She's enough of a handful for me right now lol! She's 17 months old, and this week she's apparently decided she no longer needs naps. Between that and potential renters walking through our house, I'm SO ready to get up there already!

Margot - posted on 03/04/2009

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I don't anything about a PSC is easy. We're due to leave here by this time next year and I'm dreading it. I'm a military brat born and raised, now I'm a military wife.... so it seems like I should be used to by now. I'm not though. I'm hoping that when my hubby reups this summer that a friend we know (in high places) can get us orders for shortly after. So we'll see. You know the military... "Hurry up and wait", aint that the truth. =) How many little ones do you have?

Adf0905 - posted on 03/04/2009

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We tried to call yesterday, but I guess the family has pushed their date back, so we can call next week and get the address. It also, unfortunately, pushes back the day we can get the housing, and TMO isn't working with us at all. My husband requested a direct move, and I guess that means the moving company HAS to deliver our stuff by the 23rd and else they get in trouble. That's great, because we don't get the keys until the 23rd and won't be ready for our stuff until the 24th. They can't make it easy, can they?!

Margot - posted on 03/04/2009

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I hear you on that! You'll for surely get your money out of it here. lol. We haven't had any problems with ours not recognizing streets. Although at the begining it wanted to take us on NSA, you don't want to try that. You'll be stuck there for hours...or so I've heard. We just set it so it would take us around NSA. Did you hear anything back from housng?

Adf0905 - posted on 03/04/2009

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We have no idea what DISA is so I'm going to assume with not with it lol.

We bought a GPS a few months ago....hands down the best investment we've made!

Jo - posted on 03/03/2009

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I have a question. Are yall coming to Ft Meade with DISA? From what we've heard, they will be placing most of DISA's families in one housing area (don't understand why but ok thats the military for ya lol)



Do get a GPS (however don't expect all of the streets on base to be found on it, as several of the streets are too new) it helps anytime you have to go off base and dont want to deal with the main traffic areas.

Margot - posted on 03/03/2009

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Muese forest housing is a toss up too. There is new and old. The new is really nice and the old is....., well it's really old. You could get a nice place for that much. Only thing is I think that once you're on post you have to stay for a year, then you can go off post. I mean as far as the contract goes. You can break it but they reserve the right to continue taking your BAH. Utilities can be expensive everywhere you go. I think it depend on if you are frivolous with the use of your electricity. We would have a problem with that, only because we're constantly moving the thermostat. And we have 5 people in our family, which equals lots of use of the dryer...=) I'm gonna give you all a piece of advice I wish someone had given us before we got here, invest in a GPS. We got lost one too many times, in not nice areas either. Course that was in Baltimore and DC, not around here tho.

Adf0905 - posted on 03/02/2009

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I plan on booking a room at a hotel for a few days just in case this house falls through for some reason. Seems too good to be true, seeing as how we were 15th or 16th on the housing list when they called us, and even now we're still only #7! Our game plan for now is to stay in base housing for at least 6 months, that way we can kind of familiarize ourselves with the area a bit more, so I can be sure if we rent off base, we're renting in a good area. But I've heard horror stories about the price of utilities off post...are they really THAT bad?! My husband is an E-5, so I think our BAH will be around $1700? The website is down right now so I can't double check that. I have a friend that lives in Meuse Forest, and I'm hoping once I get the address tomorrow, she won't driving by and scouting out what kind of shape the house is in.

Margot - posted on 03/02/2009

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That is very interesting. We didn't have a house ready for us when we first got here. Matter of fact we stayed with my family for about a month (they live in Falls Church, VA). They are supposed to give you a choice of 2 or 3 houses. We looked at 3 and chose one, a dump, then we moved into a newer remodeled house. We moved for 2 reasons our street was going to be renovated (already has been and there is someone living in our old house) and my husband got promoted. So we fell into a different housing bracket. The housing your talking about is okay. I have a few friends that live over there. Some of them have nicer houses and others have a crap with vinyl siding. If you have a chance, look at it when you get here before you sign the papers, so that way you don't settle. Also I'm not sure what rank your hubby is, but we pay 2030.00 a month for this place. I've been doing some research to find places off post and have found several places that are 1'600.00 a month for a 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, 3 story townhouse. So if you have the oppertunity to look around, I would. Wish I had and we are considering moving off post, with 3 kids and 12,000 lbs of furniture. Yikes. I hope this isn't to straight forward, but housing here stinks. By housing I mean the people who work for Picerne. Too many people have issues with them. And for what you pay for rent, you can get a WHOLE lot more.

Adf0905 - posted on 03/02/2009

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I don't mind a house built in the 90s...its better than a house built in the 50s like some of the ones here lol! Housing called us about a month ago and said they had a house for us in Patriot Ridge. I wasn't sure if you normally get a few houses to pick from or just get whatever comes up first? Seems like each base deals with housing differently. All I know is that its 2 bedrooms and has a garage, so based on the website it looks like a newer house compared to some of the other townhouses they have pictures of on their website. The family apparently moved out today, so I can call and get the address tomorrow.

Jo - posted on 03/01/2009

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I know that Patriot Ridge isnt exactly new housing. But its not the worst "neighborhood" on meade either. The houses were put up in the early to mid 90's I think. I know they were up prior to our arrival the first time in 96, but built after 89 when my dad was here for a bit.

Yall could always tell picerne that you will take the first house available no matter which neighborhood it is in. I know that here in mine (I live almost on the exact opp side of the base as Margot) we have atleast a dozen empty houses right now.

Jo - posted on 03/01/2009

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Quoting Margot:

I live on Ft. Meade. We're in the Midway Commons Community. It's much better now that we're in a renovated house. Patriot Ridge..... ehh, it really depends. Some of it's newly renovated and some of it's not. With this post it's 50/50. I'm not sure if you have this link or not, but it's for Picerne Meade Housing. http://www.meadepicerne.com/nav.php?pid=...
This is a very tiny post and not really much going on. If you have any questions or need to know where anything is let me know. I've been here for 2 years and have gotten to know the area. Good Luck on your PCS!!!



*waves* hey Margot!

Kerry - posted on 02/27/2009

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We're in Midway Common too in a piece of trash house that has something wrong with it everyday (water leaking through the ceiling, mold etc). The housing company is rude and refused to help us out until I publicly embarrassed them on YouTube by showing the sorry excuse we live in. We are leaving in June and I couldn't be any happier. We will never come back to Ft Meade.

Rebecca - posted on 02/13/2009

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We dont live on base but live about an hour south. GOod luck, there is lots to do in the area.

Margot - posted on 02/12/2009

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I live on Ft. Meade. We're in the Midway Commons Community. It's much better now that we're in a renovated house. Patriot Ridge..... ehh, it really depends. Some of it's newly renovated and some of it's not. With this post it's 50/50. I'm not sure if you have this link or not, but it's for Picerne Meade Housing. http://www.meadepicerne.com/nav.php?pid=...

This is a very tiny post and not really much going on. If you have any questions or need to know where anything is let me know. I've been here for 2 years and have gotten to know the area. Good Luck on your PCS!!!

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