Crawford, who became CECOM's 14th commander May 20, said the Army is ultimately about maintaining trust with the American people.
He explained he wants to build community trust about programs such as JLENS, a defense surveillance initiative which will soon bring two missile-tracking blimps, or aerostats, to the APG and the Baltimore area.
APG representatives have held community meetings and visited the Harford County Council recently in an effort to calm fears the JLENS aerostats will be used to spy on people.
The post had a "big welcome" Aug. 18 for soldiers from Utah arriving for the program, Crawford said, and he wants the soldiers to connect with people in the community.
"I have got to make sure I am out in the community talking about what it is and what it is not," Crawford said, adding he has "to make sure we are doing a good job of telling the story."
The command is holding an event Oct. 9 called "A Reminder of Why We Serve" that will be open to the public, Crawford said.
"The root cause of [violence and security threats] is people forget why it is they chose to put the uniform on, or they forget why they chose to serve," he said.
Crawford said he also wants to see more automated security at the gate that will allow deeper background searches on those who enter the post.
"We have got to automate the process and provide as many tools as we can to first responders," he explained, while also stressing the need to have better access for those who work there and the general public.
One such step includes discussion about opening the Route 22 gate on weekends instead of just the central gate closer to Route 715. The Route 22 gate is the principal entrance for employees and contractors, while visitors to the post are directed to Route 715.
APG spokesman Kelly Luster said the proposal is still in the discussion phase and any traffic changes would need to be coordinated with the ongoing road construction around the Route 22 gate.
Crawford said he wants to remind the nation that "it still adores its military" and to remind the civilian population "that you never need to stop saying 'thank you.'"
He also called attention to the large number of engineers, doctoral candidates and "intellectual capital" on the post.
"I think we are punching way above our weight," he said. "There is a broader thing happening here at Aberdeen Proving Ground that is here to be leveraged."
A native of Columbia, S.C., Crawford was commissioned by the Army in 1986 and most recently served as director of C4/Cyber and as chief information officer for the U.S. European Command. He was promoted to major general in July.
CECOM, which moved its headquarters to APG four years ago from Fort Monmouth, N.J., has 13,000 personnel across five organizations, two of which, Logistics and Readiness Center and Software Engineering Center, are based at the proving ground.