ANNAPOLIS, Md.– Surrounded by military and civilian leaders from Aberdeen Proving Ground, the Maryland General Assembly honored APG’s century-long impact in the state and nation during APG Centennial Night in Annapolis, March 27.
In the only state house ever to serve as the nation’s capitol, an APG Centennial proclamation reading on the floor of Maryland House of Delegates chamber officially opened the House session that evening. The reading entered APG’s 100th anniversary into official state record. A similar resolution was also read on the Maryland Senate chamber floor.
“It is my distinct pleasure to recognize members of Aberdeen Proving Ground,” said Del. Mary Ann Lisanti (District 34-A, Harford County), reading the proclamation from the House floor. “In honor of 100 years of support to our nation and national security, we celebrate APG – the Army’s home of innovation and opportunity.”
The Maryland Senate offered sincere congratulations to Team APG, “in recognition of Aberdeen Proving Ground’s Centennial Anniversary. Celebrating 100 years of dedicated service supporting our nation’s Army and national security,” as stated in Resolution No. 563.
APG’s Next 100
APG Senior Commander Maj. Gen. Bruce T. Crawford, along with Communications-Electronics Command Sgt. Maj. Matthew McCoy, Garrison Commander Col. James Davis, Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Toese Tia, and a host of military and civilian tenant leaders, represented the installation during the event in the state capital.
“There are things that occur at APG that happen no where else in the world,” Crawford said during remarks to the elected officials, staffers and community partners in attendance.
Highlighting the installation’s unmatched talent pool and capabilities, he added that “APG is a $7 billion economic engine, and $2.4 billion of that is with small businesses.”
“Your installation is making a difference around the world,” he added.
Though no one can predict what will unfold in the next 100 years, Crawford said, he is confident APG will be squarely in the middle of it, providing unwavering support to the Army and the nation’s warfighters.
Impact in Harford County
The event was sponsored by Lisanti, a Havre de Grace native who was previously elected to the Harford County Council in 2006.
“Today is about our 100th anniversary. Aberdeen Proving Ground has played a major role, not only in Harford County’s past and future, but our national defense, and the world,” she said.
Lisanti’s family has strong ties to Harford County and her grandparents’ farm resided on land that is now part of Aberdeen Proving Ground.
The Harford County House Delegation also signed a citation in honor of APG.
“We celebrate and honor the history and progress of APG…serving the citizens of Harford County and the State of Maryland.”
“On behalf of the Harford County Delegation, we would like to congratulate and thank Aberdeen Proving Ground,” said Harford County Delegation Chairman Del. Teresa Reilly (District 35B, Cecil and Harford counties). “We love having them as part of our district and part of Maryland.”
Prior to the proclamation reading on the House floor, a social provided the Maryland General Assembly, staff from Maryland’s U.S. congressional offices, state officials and other guests the opportunity to celebrate APG’s past 100 years— and its next 100.
Installation personnel showcased past mission accomplishments and on-the-horizon technologies in development for the Army of 2025.
APG commands and organization displays represented the installation’s diverse and vital support to Combatant Commanders. The displays were organized by the mission areas of: Research and Development; C4ISR (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance); Public Health; CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives); and Test and Evaluation.
During brief remarks to attendees, APG tenant leaders explained their respective mission areas and their impact to the Army. They also encouraged attendees to visit the numerous displays highlighting those mission areas. All displays were manned by APG subject matter experts.
Army Research Laboratory, or ARL, civilian Michael Hitchings, representing Research and Development at APG, discussed how new Army technologies “start with an idea,” and bring new technologies to the forefront.
Discussing the C4ISR Center of Excellence at APG, the Communications-Electronics Research, Development, and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, Director Henry Muller, a member of the Senior Executive Service, or SES, explained how APG directly contributes to the Army’s tactical network improvements.
The CBRNE Center of Excellence on APG South (Edgewood) was represented by Joint Program Executive Officer for Chemical and Biological Defense, or JPEO CBD, Douglas Bryce, SES. He explained how several commands at APG South (Edgewood) develop, test and field “great” technology to protect Soldiers, Airmen and Marines. “We’re very proud of our tenants,” he said.
John Resta, director of the Army Public Health Center, or APHC, closed tenant remarks, highlighting the center’s 75 years at APG and its continued support to the health of Soldiers, families, civilians, and retirees across the globe.
Local community groups supporting year-long APG Centennial events, including the APG Centennial Celebration Association, were also on hand to highlight upcoming events in Harford and Cecil counties. A USO-type band and actors in period clothing provided entertainment.
Supporting APG commands included: CECOM; APG Garrison; Army Test and Evaluation Command; Research, Development and Engineering Command; 20th CBRNE Command; Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications-Tactical; PEO Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors; JPEO CBD; Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity; ARL; CERDEC; Edgewood Chemical Biological Center; APHC, and the Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense.
The event was coordinated with support from the APG Garrison Public Affairs Office and the CECOM Public Affairs Office.