Much has changed in the last 100 years. Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) is now one of the most diversified military installations in the United States and the work that takes place at this 72,000-acre complex touches almost every aspect of U.S. military operations. Considered a “megabase,” APG serves as the Army’s technology center for research, development, testing, and evaluation of Army materiel, and it continues to reinvent itself to meet the demands of the day.
In 2017, APG is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. Throughout the year, we will tell the story of the people of APG who worked to make the world a better and safer place through innovation. Among the technologies that trace their roots to APG are computers, the internet, sniffer dogs, gas masks, high speed photography, artificial respiration, and much more.
The APG Centennial Celebration Association (ACCA), a 501(c)(3) and host of APG100.org, supports post leaders as they conduct a year-long observance of the Post’s founding through a schedule of programs and activities that raise public awareness of the history and global impact of the installation. ACCA’s long-term goal is to create a permanent APG Technology, Heritage, and Education Center (APG THEC) that will fill the void created by the movement of the U.S. Army Ordnance Museum located at APG to Ft. Lee, VA. Organizations large and small are joining forces with ACCA to bring this dream to fruition.
Organizations on- and off-post are planning a year-long series of events ranging from history lectures to black-tie galas to showcase the history and continuing impact of APG. We expect 40,000 visitors to APG throughout this year and reaching an audience of 250,000 through information campaigns. A full list of events can be found on the events page.
Many thanks to all of the organizations participating in the 100th Anniversary celebration:
- All Major APG Tenant Organizations
- Harford County Public Library
- Harford Community College
- Harford County Public Schools
- Harford County Chamber of Commerce
- Harford County Office of Economic Development
- Visit Harford
- Steppingstone Farm Museum
- Historical Society of Harford County
- Center for the Arts
- Cecil County Public Library
- Northeastern Maryland Technology Council
- Army Alliance
- Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra
- Maryland World War 1 Commission
- Fort Meade Centennial Committee
- Maryland Department of Commerce
- And large and small businesses across the region