Col. John W. Ives

Occupation: Installation commander of Fort George G. Meade, an Army post in western Anne Arundel County

In the news: Ives, 50, signed off two weeks ago on a three-decade master plan by Fort Meade officials that manages growth in and around the 5,400-acre post, which is home to the National Security Agency. One of the provisions includes extending the Washington Metro's Green Line 10 miles north from Greenbelt to near Fort Meade, and potentially on to Baltimore. A day later, state Transportation Secretary Robert L. Flanagan announced that his agency was separately working on a similar proposal. Ives revealed last week that a career intelligence officer, Col. Kenneth O. McCreedy, would succeed Ives as Fort Meade's commander June 30.

Career highlights: Ives began his Army career as an enlisted soldier from 1972 to 1979. He was commissioned as an intelligence officer in 1981 after graduating with a business degree at the University of Texas, El Paso. He served around the world for the next two decades, including South Korea and in the Middle East for Operation Desert Storm. He also worked directly for the secretary of defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff and served as director of two intelligence agencies. He holds two master's degrees: organizational management from the University of Phoenix and strategic studies from the Army War College. Ives arrived at Fort Meade in 2002 as installation commander from the Army War College.

Personal: Ives is married to Diana, his wife of more than 30 years. They have two adult sons: Jacob Ives is enrolled in the University of Maryland's ROTC program, and John M. Ives is serving in his second tour of duty in Iraq as a company commander in the 3rd Infantry Division.

Philosophy: "You learn to lead by serving others."

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