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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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  • Aberdeen council agrees to buy Moose Lodge; military museum a possibility, mayor says

    Aberdeen council agrees to buy Moose Lodge; military museum a possibility, mayor says
    Aberdeen Mayor Mike Bennett said the city's former Moose Lodge, the purchase of which the City Council approved Monday night, could potentially be used as a new military museum.
  • Visitors learn how to be healthier in Harford

    Visitors learn how to be healthier in Harford
    As local health officials work toward making Harford County the healthiest community in Maryland, the popularity of Healthy Harford Day continues to grow, with about 1,500 people attending the fourth annual event Saturday. "They were able to educate...

    22nd Chemical Battalion, in place since WWII, could leave Aberdeen

    22nd Chemical Battalion, in place since WWII, could leave Aberdeen
    One longtime Army unit remaining at Aberdeen Proving Ground could be shipping out for good within a year or two, further reducing the dwindling ranks of soldiers on post. The possibility that the 22nd Chemical Battalion could be leaving the was raised...

    First Economic Enhancement Award goes to 'House of Cards'

    First Economic Enhancement Award goes to 'House of Cards'
    "House of Cards" set up shop in Harford County three years ago and its economic impact has been felt ever since. The wildly popular Netflix series has drawn hundreds, if not thousands, to a host of casting calls for extras, but what it's done for...

    The first years of Aberdeen Proving Ground

    Aberdeen Proving Ground, and the surrounding areas in Maryland, is once again in the news. Last week, in this column, we talked about Old Baltimore, and the fact that the first Baltimore on Bush was in our part of Harford County before the founding of...