Aberdeen Proving Ground Army Base in Aberdeen, MD

Location: 39.467, -76.157
Phone: (410) 278-5201
DSN: 298-5201

Aberdeen Proving Ground is a US military base located in the Harford County. Some of its parts are eligible for census. According to the 2000 calculations, the specific parts hosted around 3100 inhabitants. The general objective of this base is to provide the army with some of the latest installations and equipments in a proper manner. This is also the vision of the base rulers – providing the soldiers with the right technology in order to serve the interests of the United States of America.


The base is among the oldest military installations on the United States of America territory. It was built in 1917 and opened on October, 17-th. Unlike other bases, this one was not built in the preparatory constructions before entering World War I. Instead, the authorities decided they needed more military power, so they started the construction about half a year after the USA joined the war. When it comes to proving grounds, this place is the oldest one in the USA. Its first objective was to build, test and prepare ordnance equipments close to shipping and industrial areas. The units there tested the first gun on January, 2-nd, 1918.

Building this base was not in the plan of the US government since the beginning. Most of the actions there were performed by a different base – Sandy Hook Proving Ground – that was proven to be too small for the huge necessities of the US Army. Small weapons could be tested there as well, but it was relatively limited when it came to larger and more powerful weapons. Once World War I ended, the base took a stand-by position and its activity was significantly decreased.

As World War II hit the world, the US Army decided to pump some money to improve and upgrade Aberdeen Proving Ground. Multiple facilities showed up in a pretty short time, while the base was also expanded. It is the World War II when the base reached its peak. At that time, it hosted almost 2400 superiors and more than 24000 troops and civilians employed. As World War II reached to an end too, the base got in a cone of shadow again.

It played a small role during the upcoming American wars, but the good news is that it was never shut down or closed. A black spot in the history of the base occurred in 1996, when 12 officers were charged after a sexual assault on a few women they were training.


The reason of your assignment at Aberdeen Proving Ground is the most important factor in the application you need to fill up for a home. The troops that are dispatched here in an emergency situation will be automatically hosted by the US Army. The single soldiers come with more benefits. Finding a home for a soldier is always easier than for an entire family. Those who come with their families must wait for months until their applications are reviewed and processed. The off site system is privatized.

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Nearby Schools

Halls Cross Roads Elementary School
Aberdeen, 2.66 miles away.
496 enrolled in this public school. Grades range PK-5.
(410) 273-5524  Visit School Website
G. Lisby Elementary At Hillsdale
Aberdeen, 2.82 miles away.
408 enrolled in this public school. Grades range PK-5.
(410) 273-5530 
St Joan Of Arc School
Aberdeen, 2.91 miles away.
179 enrolled in this private school. Grades range K-8.
(410) 272-1387  Visit School Website
Bakerfield Elementary School
Aberdeen, 3.29 miles away.
429 enrolled in this public school. Grades range PK-5.
(410) 273-5518  Visit School Website
Aberdeen Middle School
Aberdeen, 3.38 miles away.
1108 enrolled in this public school. Grades range 6-8.
(410) 273-5510  Visit School Website
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