Nearly 100 items representing the first century of Aberdeen Proving Ground have been sealed in the APG Centennial time capsule, which was dedicated during the APG Centennial Gala Friday, Oct. 20.
The time capsule will be housed in the lobby of Bldg. 6002, the headquarters of the installation’s senior command, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, so that people who cannot normally access the building can see the time capsule, said Susan Thompson, CECOM command historian.
Thompson said the time capsule gives the APG community a chance to reflect on the installation’s past.
“It allows people, both now and hopefully in the future, to connect with each other and get a little glimpse into the history,” she said, noting the capsule contents include a note from APG Senior Commader, Maj. Gen. Randy Taylor.
“Our centennial celebration time capsule … will provide a snapshot of APG in 2017 for the next generation,” Taylor wrote. “The items inside represent not only our storied history as the Army’s premier home of innovation and opportunity, but our unwavering commitment to ensuring the Warfighter is ready to deploy, at any time and to anywhere in the world, equipped to achieve mission success.”
In addition to numerous documents, booklets and publications, the time capsule includes more than 20 challenge coins from installation commands and the community, as well as a collection of patches and badges donated by the APG Directorate of Emergency Services. The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense provided training devices, while a set of dental implants was donated by the Dental Command.
“They’re a reflection of some of the commands that were here,” Thompson said. “I think people like to see something that’s not paper when they open something like this.”
The time capsule’s creation came on the heels of Team APG opening the U.S. Army Bicentennial time capsule that was sealed Oct. 16, 1975 . The capsule was opened Oct. 16, 2017.
The new time capsule will be opened Thursday, Oct. 20, 2067 — the 150th birthday of Aberdeen Proving Ground.