263Re: Federal Support Center
- Jun 1, 1999I had visited the exterior of this site numerous times in the
mid/late 1980s, and again one year ago. I was inside the facility in the
> From: Albert LaFrance <ALaFrance@...>That sign itself is relatively new.
> there's no sign at the gate telling what the place is. The only indication
> is a small (maybe 24" square) metal sign saying only "Federal Support
> Center" located about 30' *inside* the gate.
> Just inside the motorized sliding gate, there's a small guard shackIn the 1980s, that gate was usually left open during daytime hours.
> One entrance to the bunker is visible in the distance. It consists of aThat's the loading dock area. I seem to recall the power plant being
> concrete wall with a normal-looking double metal door, flanked by two side
> walls holding back the earth.
located nearby inside, with a couple big diesel generators.
> I saw two cars, apparently parked atop the bunker.Yes, main parking lot & helipad (just a painted LZ marking) are atop the
> Most of the bunker is hidden by trees.Well, I thought it was hidden by dirt & grass, but... ;)
> Nearby is a pile of large rusting metal objects, like appliances or filingI suppose at this point I'll mention that this FEMA facility is at the
> cabinets. There used to be a small decrepit wood-frame structure near the
> road, but it fell down and was removed a year or two ago. A couple of
> ancient light fixtures (inverted enameled-metal bowls on posts, as were
> used long ago at gas stations, etc.) remain.
former Nike site W-93L, which according to Morgan & Berhow's 'Rings of
Supersonic Steel,' deactivated as a Nike site in 1960.
> On the grounds are at least four pairs of short steel towers, and a pair ofOnly thing of interest that Albert missed were the handful of
> wood poles, each pair supporting a multi-wire, center-fed HF dipole.
'pop-up' HF antennas located out in the fields. Only thing you see are small
white pyramids, about 2 or 3' tall scattered about.
> A short distance to the east on Riggs Rd. is a Maryland National GuardI think Albert is right! This was the administrative & barracks
> armory. There are striking similarities between the two facilities,
> notably in the guard shacks and underground reservoirs, which make me think
> they might have been built as part of the same activity.
compound for the W-93 Nike installation.
> Finally, the greatest mystery of all. In the SE corner of the FSC site,Somewhere, I have photos of sheep and/or horses grazing on the grass
> fronting on Riggs Rd., is a heavily wooded area, in which reside two horses
> and what I think is a donkey! I checked carefully and verified that the
> animals are in fact on the FEMA property.
right next to some of the pop-up HF pyramids.
Attached is a photo of the entrance gate, taken last year. The image
is for your personal use only.
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