Happy New Year, Team APG! I hope the new year finds you rejuvenated after time spent with family and friends during the holiday season.
Though every new year brings with it the excitement of a fresh start and new opportunity, this year is particularly special for our community. In 2017, Aberdeen Proving Ground celebrates its 100th year of support to the Army and U.S. service members.
In response to an immediate need for improved ordnance during World War I, APG was established on Oct. 20, 1917. As time progressed, APG changed alongside American and global society, constantly evolving to keep pace with the growing technology of war.
Though much has changed in the past 100 years, one thing has remained constant: our mission to provide superior equipment and technological advancements in support of the U.S. warfighter— and the dedicated men and women behind our mission successes.
I am honored to follow in the footsteps of past Soldiers and civilians who brought great technological discoveries to fruition as state-of-the-art equipment for our Army. From one of the world’s first general-purpose electronic computers, the bazooka, and gas masks, to the Willys Jeep and countless technologies in between, APG has been the common thread behind numerous revolutionary inventions.
Similarly, I am honored to march alongside the men and women at APG today, who continue to forge APG’s legacy of innovation into the next century.
If a Soldier uses a piece of technology to shoot, move, communicate or improve their situational awareness, chances are it was developed, tested and fielded by members of Team APG. Our military and civilian scientists, research engineers, technicians and administrators continue to advance the techniques and equipment of tomorrow’s weapons into today’s tasks.
For a century, the men and women working at APG have been steadfast in their service to our nation, and alongside their successes has been unyielding support from our community outside the gate, including local, state, regional and national partners.
As APG prospers, so do our local communities, and vice versa. Many APG Soldiers and civilians live in the local communities, our children attend the same schools, we frequent the same local businesses and we relax with family at the same playgrounds, parks and waterways. As we celebrate 100 years at APG, we also celebrate 100 years of being a member of this great community.
On behalf of fellow leadership at APG, I invite members of our on-post and off-post communities to join us as at events through the year to celebrate a century of innovation at the Army’s oldest proving ground.
From book clubs and movie screenings, to lectures, open houses and balls – there is something for everyone. Events will take place both on APG and at locations throughout Harford and Cecil counties. We also look forward to the opportunity to “open the gates” to our local community members, inviting the public to APG during select events in 2017.
Information about upcoming centennial events can be found at www.teamapg.com; www.apgnews.com and www.apg100.org. Be on the look-out for event invitations on Facebook at www.facebook.com/apgmd, as well.
Though a centennial celebration often looks to honor the past, we also hope to honor the future.
Just as our missions have changed in the past, we continue to evolve to ensure that wherever conflict may take a U.S. service member, he or she is equipped with the cutting-edge technology needed for battlefield dominance. Alongside our current missions, we welcome Adelphi Laboratory Center to Team APG, further solidifying our research mission. We also re-dedicate ourselves to APG South (Edgewood), directing support uniquely to our tenants at the former Edgewood Arsenal.
I am completely confident that APG’s mission will remain relevant on the battlefield of the future. We are technologically equipped and intellectually postured with a workforce of Soldiers, Army civilians and contractors whose basic tenant—support the warfighter—has never wavered. APG is as relevant to the warfighter now as it was a century ago, and will remain so for years to come.
In 2017, we celebrate the commitment of each member of Team APG and our local community partners. I thank you for your service and support. As we march with APG into its next century of innovation, know that this installation’s success mirrors yours. It is only with your dedication to the mission that APG remains the home of innovation and opportunity.
Happy Birthday, APG! One hundred looks good on you.