Aberdeen Proving Ground Army Base
20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives Command, 203rd Military Intelligence Battalion, Chemical Materials Activity, Communications-Electronics Command Life Cycle Management Center, Contracting Command, Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense, Public Health Command, Research, Development, and Engineering Command, Test and Evaluation Command
2201 Aberdeen Boulevard, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005
Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) is a United States Army facility located near Aberdeen, Maryland in Harford County. The installation spans across 72,500 acres, more than half of which is water or wetlands. There are more than 6,800 acres of improved grounds, nearly 300 miles of road, and more than 567,000 square yards of airfield pavement. The installation lies on two peninsulas separated by the Bush River.
APG is recognized as one of the world’s most important research, development, testing, and evaluation facilities for military weapons and equipment. It also supports the finest teams of military and civilian scientists, research engineers, technicians and administrators. It is the Defense Department’s Center for Excellence for land combat systems, vehicles, Soldier systems and chemical and biological defense.
Test and support facilities allow instrumented firing of weapons on a variety of state-of-the-art ranges, testing of tanks and other tracked vehicles over specifically engineered courses, and a wide variety of laboratory-type investigations. Newly designed weapons and other combat material are put through the most grueling field and laboratory workouts conceivable.
There are 40,803 Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, military family members, civilians, and retirees assigned to Aberdeen Proving Ground.
The closest airport is Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport located 45.3 miles from base.
Directions from Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshal Airport:
- Take I-95 West
- Take the MD-295/Baltimore Washington Parkway north exit, exit # 2A towards I-695/Baltimore
- Merge onto MD-295 north
- Take the I-895/Harbor Tunnel Thruway exit
- Merge onto Harbor Tunnel Thruway
- Harbor Tunnel Thruway becomes I-95 north (Portions toll)
- Take MD-543 exit, exit #80, to Riverside/Churchville-Keep right
- Merge onto MD-543 S
- Turn right onto MD-40 to the main gate of Aberdeen Proving Ground
- Take MD-715 to the Visitor’s Center at the main gate of Aberdeen Proving Ground
Soldiers arriving by air will have to arrange for their own transportation from Baltimore Washington International (BWI) or DULLES International. Taxis and rental cars are available but expensive. Amtrak offers train service from BWI to the City of Aberdeen.
Aberdeen Proving Ground is a closed post and anyone entering the installation will need proper identification. There is a 100% vehicle check upon entering Aberdeen Proving Ground. Anyone without vehicle identification or proper military identification cards will be denied access to the installation. First time visitors should report to the Visitors Control Center at the 715 Gate located at the Route 40 entrance. A military identification card or military sponsorship is required. In addition, a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance are required at time of sign-in.
Soldiers must bring five copies of their orders, their 201 File, and their original and DA Form 31, Request and Authority for Leave Form to sign-in.
Medical and dental records, finance receipts and paperwork, as well as proper military uniform are required to complete in-processing.
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in a Maryland school, a child must be at least 5 years old on or before September 1st of the school year. Check with the school for other requirements.
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit www.corestandards.org
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition.
Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program.
Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.
There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Harford County Community Services 410-638-3389
The Harford County Department of Community Services serves Harford’s seniors, youth, disabled persons and those struggling with addiction. The department works with federal, state, local and private agencies to provide services for the county. Services include a child mentoring program, commissions for women and youth, a senior activity center and homelessness services.
Harford County Department of Social Services 410-836-4700
Harford County Department of Social Services serves the county with a variety of human resources, including adoption services, adult protective services, a child care program, child support enforcement, family support services, food stamps, foster care services, in-home aides, medical assistance and financial assistance.
Child and Family Services 410-571-8341
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.
Harford County Humane Society 410-836-1090
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.
Maryland Department of Public Health 410-767-6500
Maryland State Police 410-379-9700
Base Operator (410) 278-5201
Chaplain (410) 278-4333
Civilian Personnel Office (410) 278-1583
Dental Headquarters (410) 278-1795
EFMP Family Support (410) 278-2420
Family Advocacy Program (410) 278-7572
Family Child Care (845) 938-0496
Housing Services Office (410) 306-2012
ID/CAC Card Processing (410) 306-2353
Information and Referral (410) 278-7572
In-Processing (410) 306-2353
Legal Services and JAG (410) 278-1583
Medical Appointments (315) 772-4655
NAF Human Resources Officer (410) 278-8993
Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255
Housing at Aberdeen Proving Ground includes 1,006 sets of family housing quarters, available to all ranks. Waiting times vary based on rank of service member and bedroom requirement. Call the Housing Office at 410-306-2002 for more information.
19.3 miles from base
Eaton Square is a quiet, family friendly neighborhood in Rosedale. It has an easy commute to and is close to shopping areas
10.1 miles from base
Laurel Woods is a quiet, family friendly neighborhood in Abingdon. It has nice shopping areas and restaurants nearby.
In the Aberdeen Proving Ground Community, the summers are warm, muggy, and wet and the winters are very cold and windy. It is partly cloudy year round and over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 27°F to 85°F and is rarely below 14°F or above 92°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.6 months, from May 30 to September 17, with an average daily high temperature above 76°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 85°F and low of 70°F. The cold season lasts for 3.2 months, from December 2 to March 7, with an average daily high temperature below 49°F. The coldest day of the year is January 30, with an average low of 27°F and high of 40°F.
The wetter season lasts 4.4 months, from April 12 to August 25, with a greater than 30% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 38% on July 15. The drier season lasts 7.6 months, from August 25 to April 12. The smallest chance of a wet day is 22% on October 20.
The overall cost of living in the Aberdeen Proving Ground Community is 13% lower than the Maryland average and 5% higher than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Aberdeen, MD are 3% lower than the Maryland average and 6% higher than the national average.
The city of Aberdeen is part of the Baltimore-Towson Metropolitan Area. There are many parks, shopping areas, and restaurants to enjoy in Aberdeen and the city of Baltimore is only a short drive away. Some points of interest include the Susquehanna State Park, Aberdeen Festival Park, National Aquarium, Camden Yards, Inner Harbor, Fells Point, Maryland Zoo, and Port Discovery Children’s Museum.