Naval Support Facility Thurmont
|"Catoctin Mountain Park
"Frederick County, "Maryland, "U.S.
Camp David seal
Main Lodge at Camp David during the "presidency of Richard Nixon, February 9, 1971
|Owner||" "U.S. Federal Government|
|Controlled by||"United States Navy|
|Built by||"Works Progress Administration|
|Events||"Camp David Accords
"2000 Camp David Summit
"38th G8 summit
|Occupants||"President of the United States
"First Lady of the United States
Camp David is the country retreat for the "President of the United States. It is located in the wooded hills of "Catoctin Mountain Park near "Thurmont, Maryland, also near "Emmitsburg, Maryland about 62 miles (100 km) north-northwest of "Washington, D.C. It is officially known as the Naval Support Facility Thurmont, because it is technically a military installation, and staffing is primarily provided by the "United States Navy and the "United States Marine Corps.
Originally known as Hi-Catoctin, Camp David was built as a camp for federal government agents and their families by the "WPA. Construction started in 1935 and was completed in 1938. In 1942, "President Franklin D. Roosevelt converted it to a presidential retreat and renamed it "Shangri-La" (for the "fictional Himalayan paradise in the 1933 novel "Lost Horizon by British author "James Hilton, which he had jokingly referenced as the source of the "Doolittle Raid earlier that year). Camp David received its present name from "Dwight D. Eisenhower, in honor of his father and "grandson, both named David.
The Catoctin Mountain Park does not indicate the location of Camp David on park maps due to privacy and security concerns, although it can be seen through the use of publicly accessible satellite images.
On July 2, 2011, an "F-15 intercepted a small two-seat passenger plane flying near Camp David, when "President Obama was in the residence. The civilian aircraft, which was out of radio communication, was intercepted approximately 6 miles (10 km) from the presidential retreat. The F-15 escorted the aircraft out of the area, and it landed in nearby "Hagerstown, Maryland, without incident. The civilian plane's occupants were flying between two Maryland towns and were released without charge.
On July 10, 2011, an F-15 intercepted another small two-seat passenger plane flying near Camp David when Obama was again in the residence; a total of three planes were intercepted over that July 9th weekend.
President "Dwight D. Eisenhower meets with his National Security Council at Laurel Lodge, 1955
"David Eisenhower (age 12), grandson of President Eisenhower, poses with sign named in his honor, 1960
Anwar Sadat, Jimmy Carter and "Menachem Begin at Camp David in 1978
"George H. W. Bush meets with his National Security advisors in the Laurel Lodge conference room on August 4, 1990.
"Shinzō Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, and George W. Bush at Camp David, April 2007.
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