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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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  • Suffer the little children [Editorial]

    Suffer the little children  [Editorial]
    A proposal earlier this week to provide temporary shelter at a Baltimore City office building for child migrants from Central America who arrive in this country without a parent or guardian appears to have been shelved for the moment, after Sen. Barbara...
  • Feds scrap plan for immigrant shelter at Metro West

    Feds scrap plan for immigrant shelter at Metro West
    Facing mounting opposition from state and local officials, the Obama administration has dropped the idea of converting a vacant office building in Baltimore into a shelter for immigrant children who have entered the country illegally, officials familiar...
  • Tethered blimps are needed [Letter]

    Tethered blimps are needed [Letter]
    The Baltimore Sun's recent article concerning the U.S. military's experiment of employing tethered blimps to help with "homeland security" was replete with interesting information ("Privacy advocates concerned about Aberdeen Proving Ground blimps," June...
  • Inert military munitions found in Havre de Grace Friday

    Inert military munitions found in Havre de Grace Friday
    Pieces of military munitions were found at a VFW post in Havre de Grace Friday, Havre de Grace city police said, prompting a call for an ordnance disposal team from nearby Aberdeen Proving Ground. A member of the VFW post, in the 300 block of North Lodge...
  • Missile-defense blimps to sail above Harford, but not for spy purposes, officials say

    Missile-defense blimps to sail above Harford, but not for spy purposes, officials say
    Two giant missile-tracking blimps, part of an airborne-attack defense exercise, will soon be perched high above parts of Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford and Baltimore counties, as Army officials have been going to lengths reassure residents that they...
  • Preparing for another BRAC, before it's a done deal

    Preparing for another BRAC, before it's a done deal
    The last time the military consolidated, Maryland's installations grew. But the base realignment and closure process usually goes the other way — and now the Army is calling for another round. Officials in the state aren't waiting to see what...
  • Privacy advocates concerned about Aberdeen Proving Ground blimps

    Privacy advocates concerned about Aberdeen Proving Ground blimps
    The Army is planning to launch a pair of blimps over Maryland this fall to watch the Eastern Seaboard for incoming cruise missiles. It's what else they might be able to see from up there that worries privacy advocates. The Army says the aerostats &#...
  • 2014 Independence Day celebrations in Harford

    2014 Independence Day celebrations in Harford
    Independence Day may be two weeks away, but in half that time the first Harford County celebrations of the season will be in full swing. As has been the community tradition for decades, Darlington will begin local celebrations the weekend prior to the...
  • Havre de Grace opera house has intriguing past, hopeful future

    Havre de Grace opera house has intriguing past, hopeful future
    They say it ain't over until the fat lady sings, and the colorful life of the Havre de Grace Opera House is clearly far from over. The building on North Union Avenue, discreetly tucked next to what is now a Susquehanna Hose Company station, has been a...
  • Harford's Farm Visitation Day educates as the ag world evolves

    Harford's Farm Visitation Day educates as the ag world evolves
    As Harford County farms diversify and their owners try to figure out their future, the county's ag community hopes events like Sunday's annual Farm Visitation Day can keep people interested in the wide world of agriculture. "This is what we do every day...
  • As Ramadan begins, Harford's Muslim community again invites all to share a meal

    As Ramadan begins, Harford's Muslim community again invites all to share a meal
    Harford County's Muslim community is observing the month of Ramadan, which begins at sundown Saturday, and is reaching out to residents of all faiths with a community-wide dinner that will be held next month. Ramadan, the ninth month on the Islamic...
  • Aberdeen Proving Ground team has Syrian chemical weapons, ready to begin destruction

    Aberdeen Proving Ground team has Syrian chemical weapons, ready to begin destruction
    — After months of waiting, a team of chemists and engineers from Aberdeen Proving Ground is now ready to begin the historic destruction of Syria's chemical weapons, the Pentagon said Thursday. The work is to take place aboard a container ship...