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CCTV Sites Viewing of Military Commission Proceedings

General Public & Members of the Media

The Office of Military Commissions has set up a public viewing area and a victim/family member viewing area at the McGill Training Center at Fort Meade, MD in separate rooms. During unclassified military commissions sessions, McGill will be open for visitors unless Fort Meade has closed due to inclement weather or some other emergency condition. McGill Training Center is located at 8452 Zimborski Avenue, Fort Meade, MD 20755. When you enter the building, there should be signs indicating what rooms are set up for the CCTV feed for the public and VFM's, or you can ask at the front desk.

Effective 30 April 2018, the Media CCTV Site for Military Commissions will move from Smallwood Hall at Fort Meade, MD to McGill Training Center, Classroom 7, at Fort Meade, MD. The entrance to the Media CCTV site will be through the left rear of McGill Training Center, and there is a parking lot in the rear of the building which is accessible to the rear door.

Members of the media are encouraged to attend and can watch military commission proceedings from Smallwood Hall at Fort Meade, Maryland. If you are a member of the media, please coordinate with the OMC Public Affairs at 571-372-3713 or 571-372-8934 for information on securing a seat.

Generally, military commission sessions begin at 0900. We encourage those viewing the proceedings to arrive 30-45 minutes before the beginning of the session. For your safety, and to ensure all courtroom rules and regulations are followed, please follow all signed and oral instructions provided by the Office of Military Commissions personnel in attendance.

Instructions on how to access Fort Meade can be found on the Fort Meade website or below:

Directions to Fort Meade

Installation Access Procedures and Gate Information

Members of the public without a Department of Defense I.D. card must use the Rockenbach Road Gate. Use the far right lane and inform the guard you are observing the Military Commission hearings at the McGill Training Center CCTV site.

To obtain a one-day pass, the driver/observer will need to show a valid driver’s license and an original and current vehicle registration. Background checks for access to the base will take approximately 20 minutes.

Please see Ft Meade installation access procedures and gate information link above for base updates and gate closures.

First Responders, Victims, & Victim Family Members

The Office of Military Commissions also provides viewing locations for First Responders (9/11 Case only) and for Victims and Family Members of Victims (9/11 and USS Cole Cases) at multiple locations along the East Coast of the United States. These are as follows:
USS Cole Case: Norfolk Naval Station, Virginia (V/FM Only)

9/11 Case:

Fort Hamilton, New York (V/FM and First Responders Only)

Fort Meade, Maryland (V/FM Only)

Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst, New Jersey (V/FM Only)

Fort Devens, Massachusetts (V/FM Only)

For more information about these locations or to gain access to the password-protected portion of the Victim/Witness Assistance Program, please contact the Victim Family Member program staff. If you currently have access, logon to the password-protected portion of the Victim/Witness Assistance Program site.

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