APG 100: Laying the foundation for a robust future

Since its inception in 1917, Aberdeen Proving Ground remains the Army’s premier home of innovation, opportunity and readiness in support of the joint warfighter.

Established in World War I to answer an immediate national defense response in munitions testing, APG is now an internationally recognized entity for its groundbreaking accomplishments in research and development; testing and evaluation; and chemical/biological and radiological defense. As modernization experts, the civilians, Soldiers, and contractors who comprise Team APG have provided the Defense Department with solutions to some of our nation’s emerging threats in cyber, electronic, software and network warfare.

In recognition of this centennial celebration, it’s imperative we recognize the foundation of our success— our people. Our employees are, as they always have been, this proving ground’s true competitive advantage and what sets us apart from every other post, camp and station in our Army!

Each and every day, our APG military and civilian teammates are deployed worldwide supporting operations that enable joint force readiness. The APG workforce has developed and sustained military technologies that fought fires in California, Ebola in Africa and demilitarized chemical weapons in Syria. From the Great War to present day battle, if a Soldier uses a technology to shoot, move or communicate, chances are it was developed, tested and fielded by one of the more than 92 tenant organizations that call APG home.

The legacy of the APG journey is enhanced through our valued local, state, and federal community and industry partners who remain steadfast supporters of our ever fluid missions. Please know, the celebration of this year’s historic milestone is shared equally with your respective organizations.

On behalf of the entire APG leadership team, it’s been an absolute privilege to work together as we strive toward shared goals in civic duty and national responsibility.

Our centennial celebration is not only about honoring the past 100 years of our history, but also preparing to lay the foundation for our robust future. On behalf of your United States Army, I want to offer my heartfelt appreciation to you, the APG friends, families, employees and supporters of this installation. Time and time again, you have consistently provided unyielding support to our Soldiers, our civilians, and to their families.

Thank you! Trusted Professionals Always, Army Strong!
Maj. Gen. Bruce T. Crawford, APG Senior Commander