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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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  • Many gave all to ensure freedom [Editorial]

    Many gave all to ensure freedom [Editorial]
    This July will mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the event that would come to define the world as it exists today.
  • The Great War [Editorial]

    The Great War [Editorial]
    Quietly, over the past many decades, the conflict once known as The Great War has slipped from living memory. World War I was sparked 100 years ago this summer, when the crown prince of an empire that no longer exists was assassinated by an ultra-...

    Army engineer honored for improving battlefield communications

    Imagine a life without smartphones, without Skype, without Wi-Fi-enabled laptops. Now imagine being a soldier in Afghanistan, patrolling remote valleys with only the most basic form of communication: A radio that can transmit only to other soldiers...

    Fire hits two homes in Aberdeen on Monday

    Fire hits two homes in Aberdeen on Monday
    Two Aberdeen homes were damaged by fires on Monday. The first fire was reported shortly before 2 p.m. in the first block of Grant Street, the Harford County Fire & EMS Association reported. It was initially reported as a possible rescue, as a girl...

    Bel Air July 4 parade and events results announced

    Bel Air July 4 parade and events results announced
    The Independence Day events in Bel Air offered fun, patriotic splendor and educational interest to the entire region. Tens of thousands of people from the greater Bel Air area and across Harford County participated and enjoyed the traditional small town...