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The U.S. Army Ordnance Corps Museum previously located at APG, was moved to Fort Lee, Virginia, as a result of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Act.From 1955 to 1975, the U.S. Army Chemical Corps conducted classified medical studies at Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland. The purpose was to evaluate the impact of low-dose chemical warfare agents on military personnel and to test protective clothing and pharmaceuticals. About 7,000 soldiers took part in these experiments that involved exposures to more than 250 different chemicals, according to the Department of Defense (DoD). Some of the volunteers exhibited symptoms at the time of exposure to these agents but long-term follow-up was not planned as part of the DoD studies.A scandal at the APG surfaced in 1996. The U.S. Army brought charges against twelve commissioned and non-commissioned male officers for sexual assault of female trainees under their command.

Following campaigning by PETA, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and other organizations, the U.S. military announced in 2011 that it was replacing its use of monkeys in the Army’s nerve-agent attack training courses with human simulators and other non-animal teaching methods. The training drills had been carried out on vervet monkeys and conducted at Aberdeen Proving Ground.
For statistical purposes the base is delineated as a census-designated place (Aberdeen Proving Ground CDP) by the U.S. Census Bureau. As of the 2020 census, the resident population was 1,668.Other parts of APG not attached to the main installation include the Churchville Test Area in Harford County, and the Carroll Island and Graces Quarters in Baltimore County, Maryland. The Churchville Test Area is a test track with hills that provide steep natural grades and tight turns to stress engines, drivetrains, and suspensions for army vehicles, including M1 Abrams tanks, Bradley Fighting Vehicles, and Humvees.The eastern half of Carroll Island was used as a testing location for open air static testing of chemical weapons since the 1950s. During tests of chemical agents and other compounds at Carroll Island, Maryland, from July 1, 1964, to December 31, 1971, nearly 6.5 short tons (5.9 t) of chemicals were disseminated on the test area including 4,600 pounds (2,100 kg) of irritants, 655 pounds (297 kg) of anticholinesterase compounds such as the nerve gasses Sarin and VX, and 263 pounds (119 kg) of incapacitants such as LSD. Simulant agents, incendiaries, decontaminating compounds, signaling and screening smokes, mustard, and herbicides were also released as well as riot control gasses. The test sites consisted of spray grids, a wind tunnel, test grids, and small buildings.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 12.0 square miles (31.1 km), of which 11.4 square miles (29.5 km) is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km) (5.09%) is water.
Although civilian contractors produced the major portion of conventional munitions for World War I, the United States government built federally owned plants on Aberdeen Proving Ground for the manufacture of toxic gas. These poison gas manufacturing facilities came to be known as Edgewood Arsenal. Edgewood Arsenal included plants to manufacture mustard gas, chloropicrin and phosgene, and separate facilities to fill artillery shells with these chemicals. Production began in 1918, reached 2,756 short tons (2,500 t) per month, and totaled 10,817 short tons (9,813 t) of toxic gas manufactured at Edgewood Arsenal before the November 1918 armistice. Some of this gas was shipped overseas for use in French and British artillery shells.During the week of July 14, 1969, personnel from Naval Applied Science Laboratory in conjunction with personnel from Limited War Laboratory conducted a defoliation test along the shoreline of Poole’s Island, Aberdeen Proving Ground using Agent Orange and Agent Orange Plus foam.Edgewood Chemical Activity is a chemical-weapons depot located at APG. Elimination of the chemicals held here was put on an accelerated schedule after the September 11, 2001, attacks, and all chemical weapons were destroyed by February 2006.Under the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) program, as announced in 2005, the APG is projected to lose the Ordnance School and associated R&D facilities with 3862 military and 290 civilian jobs moving to Fort Lee, Virginia. APG will gain 451 military and 5,661 civilian jobs from Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. As a result, the net change is a loss of 3,411 military jobs and a gain of 5,371 civilian jobs.

Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) (sometimes erroneously called Aberdeen Proving Grounds) is a U.S. Army facility located adjacent to Aberdeen, Harford County, Maryland, United States. More than 7,500 civilians and 5,000 military personnel work at APG. There are 11 major commands among the tenant units, including:
The Edgewood area has large areas of land and water and numerous buildings that are contaminated or suspected of contamination. Virtually all the land areas of the site contain contaminated or potentially contaminated sites and potentially buried ordnance. Substances disposed of in the area include significant quantities of napalm, white phosphorus, and chemical agents. On-site surface waters include rivers, streams, and wetlands. Edgewood area standby water supply wells in the Canal Creek area previously served approximately 3,000 people. The wells have been abandoned. The Long Bar Harbor well field of the County Department of Public Works and the well field used by the Joppatowne Sanitary Subdistrict serve 35,000 people within 3 miles (4.8 km) of the site. On-site groundwater sampling has identified perchlorate, various metals, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and chemical warfare agent degradation products. On-site soil contamination sampling has identified various VOCs, metals, and unexploded ordnance in surface and subsurface soil. On-site surface water sampling has identified various metals, pesticides, phosphorus, and VOCs. People who accidentally ingest or come in direct contact with contaminated groundwater, surface water, soil, or sediments may be at risk. The area is a designated habitat for bald eagles. Fort Hoyle was established on October 7, 1922, and was created from a portion of the Edgewood Arsenal. Named for Brigadier General Eli D. Hoyle, who had commanded the 6th Field Artillery Regiment, the post was home to Headquarters, 1st Field Artillery Brigade (1922 to 1939), the 6th Field Artillery Regiment (1922 to 1940), the 1st Ammunition Train (1922 to 1930), and the 99th Field Artillery Regiment (minus 2nd Battalion) (1940 to 1941). Fort Hoyle was officially disestablished as a separate military post when it was reabsorbed by Edgewood Arsenal on September 10, 1940.APG is the U.S. Army’s oldest active proving ground, established on 20 October 1917, six months after the U.S. entered World War I. The planning and construction were overseen by Brigadier General Colden Ruggles, who later served as the Army’s Chief of Ordnance. Its location allowed design and testing of ordnance materiel to take place near contemporary industrial and shipping centers. The proving ground was created as a successor to the Sandy Hook Proving Ground, which was too small for some of the larger weapons being tested. At the peak of World War II, APG had billeting space for 2,348 officers and 24,189 enlisted personnel.

The Edgewood area of the Aberdeen Proving Ground site was proposed to the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Priorities List of the most serious uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites requiring long term remedial action on April 10, 1985. The site was formally added to the National Priorities List on February 21, 1990.

The Gunpowder Meetinghouse and Presbury Meetinghouse located within the grounds of Edgewood Arsenal are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Aberdeen was home to the Army Pulse Radiation Facility Reactor, in 1968. On 6 September 1968, this reactor was the site of a prompt critical excursion during commissioning tests. This accident harmed no personnel but did release enough heat to reach the melting point of the fuel in the core, 1150°C. This caused damage to the fuel components of the reactor, fusing the four central rings together. This is one of thirty-three prompt critical accidents worldwide, between 1949 and 2000.The Edgewood area of Aberdeen Proving Ground is approximately 13,000 acres (5,300 ha) or 20.31 square miles (52.6 km). The Edgewood area was used for the development and testing of chemical agent munitions. From 1917 to the present, the Edgewood area conducted chemical research programs, manufactured chemical agents, and tested, stored, and disposed of toxic materials.

Is the Aberdeen Proving Ground still active?
APG is the U.S. Army’s oldest active proving ground, established on 20 October 1917, six months after the U.S. entered World War I.
Great folks in s running the place, very efficient and organized. Bad guys and gals beware! APG uses AIE, if you have an warrent or are being tracked on any local, state, or federal database and you are trying to get on APG, you might as well go back home. You will either be arrested or turned away as undesirable.

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I am so happy to be able to visit on the base; since my family Love there. I feel so secure when I visit. The property is so well kept. Love the APG base. If you get a chance you should visit you would definitely enjoy everything there is to do.This is the gateway to Aberdeen proving ground. If you need to get on base as a civilian these are the men and women that can help you. Just make sure you have all your papers in order and check their hours to get there when they’re open.

Can civilians go on Hill Air Force Base?
Military, retired military, adult military dependents, DoD Civilians, and select DVs can escort up to five visitors at a time or as many as their vehicle can transport as long as they will remain in it. Escorts must be aware who they are vouching onto the installation as this bypasses most security measures in-place.
At BusinessYab our purpose is to help people find great local businesses like dentists, hair stylists, restaurants, bars, hotels, local businesses. Go Explore!Blackley was acquitted on charges of failing to obey a general regulation, indecent assault, maltreatment and showing disrespect to a fellow non-commissioned officer.

The men accused felt that statements made by West and other officials within the army were prejudging the case and would result in an unfair trial. Robertson’s attorney, Jerome Murphy, asked the judge, Military Judge Linda Webster, to enact a gag order on West and others, but she deferred judgment. However, she did order prospective jurors not to follow media coverage of the case to avoid interference with their judgment.
Taylor pleaded guilty to failing to obey a general regulation “by having consensual sex with three female recruits and trying to have sex with another” and admitted to “improper contact with a fifth woman recruit.” Taylor was “discharged, demoted and sentenced to confinement.”Army Secretary Togo West accused those charged of abusing their power, and ordered all soldiers to undergo sexual harassment training so they could learn the army’s “zero tolerance” policy towards sexual harassment.

Captain Derrick Robertson and Sergeants Delmar Simpson and Nathanael Beech were accused of participating in the army’s biggest sex abuse scandal on record. Robertson and Simpson faced rape charges and Beech was charged with adultery.
Ultimately, twelve drill instructors were charged with sex crimes; four were sentenced to prison, while eight others were discharged or received non-judicial punishment. Additionally, “letters of reprimand were issued to Aberdeen’s commanding general and three other senior officers.”

What time does the APG 22 gate open?
Aberdeen Area/APG North Gate Schedule MD 22 (Harford Boulevard): Open between 5 a.m. and midnight to personnel with a DoD or Federal Identification Card, visitors with a DoD or Federal identification card holder escort that will remain with them the entire duration they are on the installation. Cached
Supervisors were also barred from having romantic relationships with the soldiers they trained. The Army cited the fact that they cannot be sure if all relationships are consensual due to the nature of a supervisor’s power over their trainees.

How do I get a visitor's pass for West Point?
Parents, family members and guests of cadets planning to visit West Point, please email the Visitor Control Center or call (845) 938-0390 for more information regarding Visitor IDs and access to West Point.
A separate and unrelated scandal took place in 1996 at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri; charges in that case were announced five days before the Aberdeen scandal became public, and the two cases were reported by the media in tandem. According to Army officials, 22 female soldiers “were involved in incidents” in which three men—Staff Sgt. Loren B. Taylor, Staff Sgt. Anthony S. Fore, and Sgt. George W. Blackley Jr.—were charged.

Since the charges were filed, the U.S. Army set up a hotline to take reports of sexual harassment in the military. It has also made available many resources for soldiers who feel they have been harassed or assaulted.Fore pleaded guilty to failing to obey a general regulation, indecent assault, and assault and battery, and a military judge, after hearing testimony, convicting Fore “of two additional counts of failing to obey a general regulation and indecent assault.” The Army dropped several other charges. Fore was sentenced to eighteen months in prison and was dishonorably discharged.G9 integrates and delivers Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs and services enabling readiness and resilience for a globally-responsive Army.

Both the Aberdeen and Edgewood Summer Camp Program consist of eleven weeks, starting from Jun 18 to Aug 27, 2018 Mon–Fri, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. The program is open to qualifying children completing Kindergarten through 8th grades. Tuition fees are up to $148 per week based on the child’s age and total family income. Tuition fees for current DoD Contractor employees in Cat 9 and all DoD Contractor employees and specified space available patrons enrolling as of February 1, 2018 are up to $208 per week. Sessions run week to week, allowing parents to sign up for only the weeks when childcare is needed.The wait list will be available on on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. Parents will have to create an account containing information about their family and submit requests for care for each week that summer care is needed.

The APG Summer Camp programs are located at the APG Aberdeen and Edgewood Youth Centers. Campers enjoy art, sports, games, computer labs and swimming. In addition, every week there is something special, from field trips to special visitors. Past trips have included tours of DC area museums, amusement parks and everyone’s summer favorite, the Harford County Farm Fair. Breakfast, lunch and snack are included in the tuition.
The Child and Youth Services (CYS) at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) offer Active Duty Military, DoD Civilians, and DoD Contractors a comprehensive set of programs to assist with summer child care needs.Aberdeen Proving Ground has two access regions considered APG North and APG South, with two gates in each. The Main MD 715 Gate is open 24 hours, and is the location of the Visitor Control Center (VCC). The second north gate is MD 22, open 0500-2400, 7 days a week. Route 24 Gate provids the 24-hour access in the APG South; the other south entrance being Wise Road Gate, hours are 0600-1800, MF. Hot Tip: Look for Aberdeen Proving Ground homes and apartments for rent or sale, and find BAH, PCS, TLA & ETS military housing information at We are technically on what is referred to as “APG North”. There are a few options to getting on Post if you’re not DoD or military affiliated. When traveling route 40 follow the signs to the “715 gate”. This is the visitor’s gate.

MD 22 (Harford Boulevard): Open between 5 a.m. and midnight to personnel with a DoD or Federal Identification Card, visitors with a DoD or Federal identification card holder escort that will remain with them the entire duration they are on the installation.

Civil Air Patrol’s Harford Composite Squadron conducts meetings at the “STEM Building”. The address is: US Army Research Laboratory, APG STEM Campus Bldg 4508, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD 21005.
Do not go to the 22 gate unless you have a visitor’s pass. Many GPS/navigation systems will take visitors to the APG gate off of Rt 22 because it’s more efficient. They will under no circumstances allow anyone through without a valid pass or DoD identification. Please avoid the headache. They will turn you around to go towards the 715 gate. These gates are about 20 minutes apart.Working with Facchinna/HCI, the scope included all work necessary to relocate and upgrade this facility. Significant upgrades to the security system were installed including video monitoring, notification systems, and an active vehicular barrier. The project involved six new buildings; ID Check Canopy, Gatehouse, Search Office, Search Canopy, Overwatch, and Visitor Control Center. Additional underground electrical distribution was installed in support of the new C4ISR campus currently under construction.

This project included major upgrades to the main entrance to the post. The existing gate and related facilities have become inadequate for the anticipated additional flow of traffic due to BRAC.Stay in the right land and travel one mile on Aberdeen Boulevard before moving past the old Guard Post onto to Colleran Road. If you are in the right lane no turn is needed you will move directly onto Colleran Road.

At the Route 715 (Maryland) Gate, you will be issued a day pass. You must have some form of valid photo ID, i.e. Drivers License, Passport, etc. This policy includes vehicle passengers, with the exception of minors. Day Passes will be valid only for the date issued. There will be no multiple day passes issued.
Travel 300 meters on Colleran Road and turn left into the ATC Visit Center parking lot. Enter the Visit Center located in Building 324 to linkup with your ATC Host and be credential before entering the ATC Restricted Area.

How do I get a visitor pass Hill AFB?
VISITOR REQUESTS Short-term/temporary sponsorship requests may be approved for 1-60 days either in person at the South Gate VCC or by visiting the Team Hill VCC SharePoint Site. Consecutive passes may only be authorized by the Chief, Installation Access or Pass & ID NCOIC or higher authority.
If you do not have a DOD ID card, you must access APG through the Route 715 (Maryland) Gate only. Effective immediately, no visitors or commercial vehicles will be permitted access to APG through the Route 22 (Harford) Gate.Cameras, cell phones with cameras, and recording devices are prohibited unless approved by the ATC Security Manager via a Special Photographic Permit or memorandum for recording equipment. If you require such equipment to complete your mission during your visit, you must let ATC know before bringing the equipment to ATC.

Is Aberdeen Proving Ground open to the public?
Wise Road Gate: Open Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Closed Saturday, Sunday and Federal Holidays. Cached
Once on the installation, the visitor will move along Maryland Boulevard to the intersection of Maryland and Aberdeen Boulevards and turn east onto Aberdeen Boulevard. Wear badges above the waist and in clear view at all times while in the Industrial Area. Upon leaving the Industrial Area, badges are to be turned-in or concealed. Visitors will pick up and return badges daily. Security badges are to be turned-in if you plan to leave the Aberdeen area temporarily! Visitors requiring constant access for extended periods of time, upon request through the ATC point of contact and by approval of the ATC Security Officer, may retain their badges as authorized by regulation — “No Escort Required” badges can be retained for up to 30 days, and “Escort Required” badges can be retained for five days. All vehicles entering and leaving the Industrial Area are subject to search for prohibited items and contraband. Prohibited items include: weapons, ammunition, drugs, alcoholic beverages, photographic equipment, and recording devices. These items will be confiscated and violators cited by the Military Police.Depending on your tour itinerary, you can either be picked up at the Route 715 APG Visitor Center or the ATC Visitor Control building located outside our secure area. Visitors must have medical clearances on file to visit certain areas requiring respirators and environmental chambers. Your ATC point of contact will determine which PPE or medical clearances, if any, are required for your visit. In general, all visitors are required to wear closed toed shoes and additional PPE will be provided if necessary. These guidelines are intended for your safety and operational security. Access to the Industrial Area is a privilege afforded by the Commander, ATC. We want your visit to be productive and pleasant. Please bring any problems, questions, or concerns to our attention.Smoking is permitted only in designated areas. Dispose of cigarettes, tobacco, or matches in approved containers. Please remember that the APG is a military installation, controlled and operated by Government personnel trained in safe testing procedures.At ATC, safety is of the utmost importance. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are written to minimize exposure to personnel to the risks associated with testing. The SOPs apply to everyone on a test range or in a test area and state specific requirements for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as safety shoes, safety glasses, work gloves, and hard hats.

Soldiers arriving for training by air will have to arrange their own transportation from Baltimore/Washington International or Dulles International. Taxis and rental cars are available but expensive. Amtrak offers train service from BWI to the City of Aberdeen a short distance from Aberdeen Proving Ground.
All Soldiers planning on taking permissive temporary duty (TDY) for house hunting must have the installation housing services office located in Building 4305 stamp their leave form on the first available duty day of permissive TDY.Everyone must have a DA Form 31 Leave Form. Ensure blocks 14 a, b and c sign out from old unit and blocks 16 a, b and c sign in to new unit are completed.

If you went on temporary duty en route, you must furnish the DD 1610 TDY Orders or need to ensure TDY is on the PCS orders. Also, furnish one copy of lodging receipts and statement of non-availability if applicable.
All Soldiers are to report to the Military Personnel Office at 8:00 a.m. the first duty day following their arrival. In-processing activities include: Officer/Enlisted Record update, Casualty document update, Soldier Readiness Processing, DEERS/RAPIDS update, medical, dental, housing, transportation, education, Army Community Service, finance in-processing.

What happened at Aberdeen Proving Ground?
The Aberdeen Scandal was a military sexual assault scandal in 1996 at Aberdeen Proving Ground, a United States Army base in Maryland. Ultimately, twelve drill instructors were charged with sex crimes; four were sentenced to prison, while eight others were discharged or received non-judicial punishment.
If you are filing for Temporary Lodging Expense, you must furnish copies of paid receipts for the lodging used and the certificate of non-availability number. Separate rations will be authorized during in-processing for those whose family members are living with them. If family members did not accompany you to this duty station, the unit must submit a DA Form 4187 to authorize separate rations. Soldiers in the grade SFC through SGM/CSM, regardless of marital or dependency status, will have separate rations started during in-processing.The Directorate of Human Resources and Military Personnel Office are here to assist in your in-processing needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Service members and Department of Army civilians must report to the Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic for medical pre-screening prior to starting any in-processing. See Kirk information below. Contact your unit after receiving documentation from Kirk. Provide your Exception to Policy, PCS orders and/or DA Form 31 to the MPD. The majority of in-processing at APG is virtual. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Work Center Supervisor Marita Witherspoon for assistance at 410-306-2308, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST at 410-306-2308 or email: [email protected]

Can you get a visitor pass on a military base?
Visitor Access Requirements. Visitors can apply online for a pass from their computer or mobile device at Visitors will receive a background check, and after entering their information, including a driver’s license or passport number, they will be notified if their pass is approved or denied.
If you have a new bank account, you must furnish a SF-1199A Direct Deposit signed by the financial institution. All payments will be by electronic fund transfer.

If you are single and had a child while in transit, you must furnish a copy of the birth certificate. If the child is not in your physical custody you must furnish copies of documents to substantiate child support has been paid to start Basic Allowance for Housing.
In order to prevent any undue financial burdens and hardships, it is strongly recommended that any soldiers who are married while en route to Aberdeen Proving Ground report unaccompanied.The APG Housing Division and Covias Military Living welcomes you, and we look forward to assisting you and your family in your transition to your home in the Aberdeen community. Whether you choose to live on or off post, the housing office is here to provide assistance.

For unaccompanied personnel, E-5 and below, housing can be coordinated through an assigned sponsor and/or by contacting the Army Barracks Management Program points of contact: 1st Sgt. Martinez (20th CBRNE Command and 1st Area Medical Laboratory) Monday-Sunday, 24 hrs., Phone: Office 410-306-3074, Mobile (443) 910-5810 or call SFC Tally (All other units) Hours: Monday-Sunday, 24 hrs., Phone: 410-436-6787.If you received Advance Travel and Dislocation Allowance payments with or without dependents, you must furnish a copy of the advance to complete the travel voucher.

What time does the APG 715 gate open?
The Main MD 715 Gate is open 24 hours, and is the location of the Visitor Control Center (VCC). The second north gate is MD 22, open 0500-2400, 7 days a week. Route 24 Gate provids the 24-hour access in the APG South; the other south entrance being Wise Road Gate, hours are 0600-1800, MF.
To complete the travel voucher, you must furnish one copy of permanent change of station orders, and one copy of any amendments, endorsements or attachment orders. Also provide a copy of receipts and plane tickets if traveled by air.

When you arrive at your new installation, you’ll need to follow installation-specific procedures. Each installation and service handles in-processing differently. Here, you can find installation-specific guidelines and a list of documents to bring with you when checking- in. Reach out to the contacts provided if you have specific questions.
Must be initially accompanied to the Visitor Control Center by a DOD ID card holder acting as their sponsor. This sponsor must be assigned to a unit on Fort Carson, live on Fort Carson or otherwise have routine access.

DOD ID card holders, VA card holders and non-DOD card holders are eligible to hunt on Fort Carson and Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site (PCMS). To hunt on post or PCMS, hunters must have a valid Fort Carson recreation permit, a valid Colorado Parks and Wildlife hunt tag, have their firearms registered on post and have a valid downrange pass. They must also complete the annual recreation safety brief.