Military Relocation Guide to Aberdeen Proving Ground - BRAC

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Relocation guide for Aberdeen Proving Ground - BRAC 

Aberdeen Proving Ground is the Army's oldest active proving ground. It was established on October 20, 1917. During World War I the Army realised that they needed a placefor testing munitions and equipment that was not located close to a heavily populated area. APG officially opened on December 14, 1917, and the first gun was fired on January 2, 1918 during a heavy snowstorm. The War came to an end on November 11, 1918, just as they got up and running with there testing missions. Today it is called "The Home of Army Ordnance" and is a key element in the nation's defense. APG is considered to be one of the Army's finest test, evaluation, research, development, engineering, and training installations in the world.

Photos CouPhoto courtesy of U.S Armyrtesy of U.S Army

Aberdeen Proving Ground embodies more than 72,500 acres in Aberdeen, MD which is in the Northern part of Harford County, MD. It's northernmost point is marked by the confluence of the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay. On the south it is bordered by the Gunpowder River. The area to the south is known as the Edgewood Area (EA) and the area to the north is called the Aberdeen Area (AA). These two areas are seperated by the Bush River. The city of Aberdeen is positioned on both I-95 and Rt. 40 and located between New York, Philadelphia, Wilmington, Baltimore and Washington D.C. Directions




Aberdeen Proving Ground
2201 Aberdeen Boulevard
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005  

Distances from APG

Washington DC

73 miles, 1 hour 31 minutes

Baltimore, MD

38 miles, 45 minutes

Wilmington, DE

44 miles, 50 minutes

Philadelphia, PA

73 miles, 1 hour 24 minutes

New York, NY

167 miles, 3 hours 11 minutes



More than 7,500 civilians work at Aberdeen Proving Ground, and more than 5,000 military personnel are assigned there. In addition, there are nearly 3,000 contractors and private business employees working on the proving ground. There are 2,148 military family members living on the post and another 155 off post. The post supports more than 16,000 military retirees and retiree family members. The post is Harford County's largest employer and one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland.

Major Units Assigned:

1st Area Medical Laboratory
9th Area Medical Laboratory
20th Support Command
22nd Chemical Battalion
5th - 80th Ordnance Battalion (Army Reserve)
203rd Military Intelligence Battalion
389th Army Band (AMC's Own)
Aberdeen Test Center
Army Audit Agency
Army Counterintelligence, 902MI
Army Environmental Command
Army Evaluation Center
Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity
Army National Ground Intelligence Center
Army Research Laboratory
The Survivability Lethality Analysis Directorate
Army Research, Development and Engineering Command
Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Acquisition Center
Chemical Materials AgencyPhoto Courtesy of US Army
Corps of Engineers APG
Defense Security Service
Development Test Command
Edgewood Chemical Biological Center
Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical Biological Defense
Joint Personal Effects Depot
Kirk Health Clinic
Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense
16th Ordnance Battalion 
61st Ordnance Battalion, Ordnance Mechanical Maintenance School
143rd Ordnance Battalion
U. S. Marine Corps Detachment 2100
U.S.Air Force 361st SQ

Once BRAC (Base Closure and Realignment) is complete in 2011, it is estimated that there will be 10,000 personnel transfered to APG and 40,000 jobs created due to this base realignment.

Cecil Coutny, MD BRAC action plan

Harford County, MD BRAC action plan

Harford County's BRAC implementation from the town hall meeting in Aberdeen 3/10/08

BRAC Chairman's report 08/22/06

APG's Mission is to provide the highest quality installation management, operation and support services in a timely manner through the full involvement and commitment of our people. APG's website.

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Relocating to Aberdeen Proving Ground?

There are alot of  great places to live in the surrounding areas of APG. In both Harford County, MD and Cecil County, MD you will find urban communities, rural communities, quaint towns, waterfront communities, golf course communities, senior communities, condos, townhouses, apartments, mobile homes, scenic landscapes, rolling hillsides, tree lined drives, the Chesapeake Bay with it's miles of shoreline, acres of  state parks, an array of entertainment options and sports facilities. You will also be in close proximity to metropolitan areas. There is wide choice of  housing opportunities with in comfortable commuting distances to Aberdeen Proving Ground.



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Comments (3)

Sarah M. Hammer

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May 09, 2008 02:42 PM
Robert McArtor
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May 10, 2008 04:10 AM
Kelly Willey
Long and Foster BEL AIR MARYLAND - Bel Air, MD
Short Sale Agent - Harford County Maryland Real Estate

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Aug 26, 2008 01:53 PM