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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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  • Unusual donation comes to the Aberdeen Room

    Donations to the Aberdeen Room Museum come from many sources, and often are very unusual. Telephone calls from near and far contain questions. In some cases, questions are whether we would be interested in certain items. Often we are offered items that do...
  • Officials present radar blimp plans for Aberdeen Proving Ground

    Officials present radar blimp plans for Aberdeen Proving Ground
    The Pentagon plans to launch a pair of helium-filled blimps over Aberdeen Proving Ground capable of detecting, tracking and targeting cruise missiles, rockets and aircraft 340 miles away. Military officials offered details of the Joint Land Attack...
  • Navy diver demoted in Aberdeen Super Pond deaths

    Navy diver demoted in Aberdeen Super Pond deaths
    The U.S. Navy has demoted the master diver of the Navy company that lost two men in a training dive last February in Aberdeen, according to The Virginan-Pilot. A Navy jury found that Senior Chief Petty Officer James Burger negligently failed to ensure...
  • Aberdeen, Havre de Grace High students lauded for AP test performance

    Aberdeen, Havre de Grace High students lauded for AP test performance
    The National Math and Science Initiative presented Aberdeen High School with the organization's School of the Year award Friday for its students' outstanding gains on Advanced Placement test scores during the 2012-13 academic year. Representatives of...
  • Tuskegee Airmen visit Harford County

    Tuskegee Airmen visit Harford County
    The image that comes to mind when thinking of the Tuskegee Airmen is of a black World War II fighter pilot diving out of the clouds, the tail of his aircraft painted bright red, coming to save the day for American bomber crews. While those roughly 900...
  • Aberdeen scientists to destroy Syria's chemical weapons

    Aberdeen scientists to destroy Syria's chemical weapons
    A team of civilian specialists from Aberdeen Proving Ground is headed to the Mediterranean Sea for what is being called a historic mission to destroy Syria's chemical warfare stockpile — an effort that could serve as a model in the drive to rid...
  • Charles F. Deem Jr., 65, hospital administrator

    Charles F. Deem Jr., 65, hospital administrator
    Charles Franklin Deem Jr., a military hospital administrator and retired Air Force major, died of pancreatic cancer Jan. 3 at Gilchrist Hospice Center in Towson. The Dundalk resident was 65. Born in Baltimore and raised on Louth Road in Dundalk, he...
  • APG contracting dollars fell 13% last year

    APG contracting dollars fell 13% last year
    The value of contracts at Aberdeen Proving Ground plummeted 13 percent last year, but businesses with Maryland locations ended up with roughly as much as the year before. Even with the overall drop, the numbers are eye-popping. The Army base in...
  • Night gunner near Bush River tricky to track down

    Looking through the newspaper files of 1953 at the Aberdeen Room Archives, we found an interesting article about "Night Gunners" around the Bush River area. Now, "gunning" in Harford was a very popular legal sport in and around the area of Bush River and...
  • Aberdeen fire officials cast wary eye at road work near firehouse

    Aberdeen fire officials cast wary eye at road work near firehouse
    While a number of homes in its neighborhood have been demolished to make way for intersection improvements along Route 22, Aberdeen's No. 3 firehouse has been relatively unscathed. That doesn't mean, however, Aberdeen Volunteer Fire Department officials...
  • Fires from space heater, electrical malfunction damage homes in Aberdeen, Edgewood

    A space heater and an electrical problem caused two fires that damaged homes in Aberdeen and Edgewood, the State Fire Marshal's Office reported. The electrical malfunction caused the fire at a one-story house in the 500 block of Paradise Road in...
  • Memorial service for 'Four Chaplains' to be held Saturday in Aberdeen

    Four military chaplains who sacrificed their lives to save fellow passengers on a sinking transport ship during World War II will be honored during a memorial service in Aberdeen Saturday. The service, at 11 a.m. in the American Legion Bernard L. Tobin...