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Aberdeen Proving Ground

The Aberdeen Proving Ground, also known as APG, is an Army post located on 72,500 acres in Harford County, Maryland. The installation touches the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Susquehanna and Gunpowder rivers. Created and opened in 1917, APG is the Army's oldest active proving ground. It is composed of two major areas the nothern Aberdeen area and southern Edgewood Area that were combined in 1971. The Edgewood area was previously known as the Edgewood Aresenal. APG was originally used as a center to test military equipment, and the installation's location was chosen due to its closeness to industrial areas. Training for ordnance, or military artillery, started in 1918. Because of that train... Show more »
The Aberdeen Proving Ground, also known as APG, is an Army post located on 72,500 acres in Harford County, Maryland. The installation touches the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Susquehanna and Gunpowder rivers. Created and opened in 1917, APG is the Army's oldest active proving ground. It is composed of two major areas the nothern Aberdeen area and southern Edgewood Area that were combined in 1971. The Edgewood area was previously known as the Edgewood Aresenal. APG was originally used as a center to test military equipment, and the installation's location was chosen due to its closeness to industrial areas. Training for ordnance, or military artillery, started in 1918. Because of that training and research, APG is known as the "Home of Ordnance." Its current role in the federal workplace is as an Army research, training and testing location. All tanks and wheeled vehicles from the past 50 years have been tested at APG, and chemical warfare research is performed at the proving ground. The proving ground employs more than 7,500 civilians and 5,000 military personnel. It is Harford County's largest employer and also one of the state's largest employers. APG is also home to the U.S. Army Ordnance Museum, with an outdoor exhibit featuring equipment and vehicles from different 20th century military conflicts. « Show less

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  • Reviews planned Wednesday for more Perryman industrial development, Winters Run G.C. houses

    Reviews planned Wednesday for more Perryman industrial development, Winters Run G.C. houses
    Plans to subdivide an undeveloped tract in Perryman for more large industrial buildings or warehouses near Aberdeen Proving Ground and a cluster of five houses off Tollgate Road in Bel Air will be reviewed by the Harford County Development Advisory Committee Wednesday morning.
  • New hope for historic road showing its age

    New hope for historic road showing its age
    — The rise of this city in Harford County and its decline owed much to U.S. 40 and the car-centric culture of 20th century America. From World War II to the 1960s, motels and gas stations sprouted along the main road from Baltimore to Philadelphia...

    Good times at the BBQ bash in Bel Air

    Good times at the BBQ bash in Bel Air
    Although this year's Maryland State BBQ Bash was the 13th to be held in Bel Air, the event was anything but unlucky, according to organizers. Erika Quesenbery, executive director of the Bel Air Downtown Alliance, called the event "lucky No. 13; it's...

    Aberdeen residents consider library's future

    Aberdeen residents consider library's future
    Aberdeen residents and community leaders have plenty of ideas for what the city's future library might look like, and they offered them up during a public forum Monday on the branch's possible redesign. "We don't just build buildings because we think...

    Army and Constellation exploring alternative energy, conservation at APG

    Army and Constellation exploring alternative energy, conservation at APG
    Officials with the Army's Test and Evaluation Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground and the energy firm Constellation Retail recently signed a three-year agreement to explore alternative energy sources for the Harford County Army post as leaders across the...