Test and Evaluation

Engineering and operational testing for military equipment and tactics

Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG)

About

Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) was established near Chesapeake Bay in Harford County, Maryland in 1917 to provide a site where Army materiel could be tested. Around the same time, Edgewood Arsenal was established nearby to provide a site for the development, production, and testing of chemical warfare equipment. The two installations were officially joined as Aberdeen Proving Ground in 1971.

APG employs more than 21,000 civilian, military and contractors, making it the largest employer in Hartford County. It is home to 11 major commands and supports more than 70 tenants, 20 satellite and 17 private activities. The installation provides facilities to perform research, development, testing and evaluation of Army equipment. Facilities include laboratories for research investigations, state-of-the-art ranges, engineering test courses for wheeled and tracked vehicles and a wide variety of research. The installation also supports a wide variety of training, including mechanical maintenance, health promotion and preventive medicine, chemical and biological defense, and chemical casualty care, chemical demilitarization. APG also is host National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve operations and training.

Aberdeen Proving Ground covers more than 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.

APG’s facilities include more than 17 million square feet of building space in more than 2,000 buildings (including offices, administrative and training facilities, and warehouses, barracks and family housing). There are more than 40 miles of track, nearly 200 firing positions, 8 medical research laboratories, 10 chemical laboratories, 2 physics laboratories, 5 human engineering laboratories, a materials research laboratory as well as Phillips Army Airfield and Weide Army Aviation Support Facility.

Mission Statement: 
To provide the highest quality installation management, operation and support services in a timely manner through the full involvement and commitment of our people.
Home to
Primary Units: 
U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (TECOM)
Aberdeen Test Center (ATC)
902nd Military Intelligence
U.S. Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity (AMSAA)
Chemical and Biological Defense Command (CBDCOM)
Schools: 
School of Military Packaging Technology
Nearest City: 
Aberdeen
State: 
MD
Country: 
US

Soldier Systems Center

About

Established in 1949 and originally known as the Quartermaster Research Facility, this installation was renamed the US Army Natick Soldier Systems Center in 1998, with the merging of several other elements, and is part of the US Army Aviation and Troop Command.

Some examples of products developed at the Soldier Systems Center include: the Meal, Ready-to-Eat (MRE), body armor, bullet-proof clothing, MOLLE Load-Carriage Equipment, and many others.

Mission Statement: 
Conduct research, development, acquisition and sustainment to maximize combat effectiveness and survivability of freedom's defenders.
Home to
Primary Units: 
Soldier Systems Command (SSCOM)
Natick Research, Development, and Engineering Center (NRDEC)
Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (ARIEM)
Sustainment & Readiness Directorate (S&RD)
Integrated Logistics Support Center (ILSC)
Nearest City: 
Natick
State: 
MA
Country: 
US

Detroit Arsenal

About

Founded originally in 1940, the Detroit Arsenal was the first facility for the mass-production of tanks in the United States. During World War II this plant built a quarter of the tanks (around 22,000) used in that conflict. In 1996 the plant portion of the base was closed, and tank production was transferred to Lima, OH. The remaining functions of the base include the hosting the headquarters of the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) and the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command.

Mission Statement: 
We are dedicated to providing installation support services enhancing the quality of life for Soldiers, Families and Civilians supporting our Warfighters!
Home to
Primary Units: 
Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM)
Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC)
Program Executive Office - Ground Combat Systems (PEO GCS)
Program Executive Office Combat Support - Combat Service Support (PEO CS-CSS)
Nearest City: 
Warren
State: 
MI
Country: 
US

Yakima Training Center

About

Originally 160,000 acres was leased by the Army from 1942-1946 for use primarily as an anti-aircraft artillery range, in 1951 the Army purchases 261,000 acres for a permanent training area capable of support large-scale training operations. In 1987 the training area was enlarged to its current size of about 327,000 acres, and is used for training exercises large and small by all branches of the military.

Mission Statement: 
Yakima Training Center supports tough, realistic, combined arms, joint, and coalition forces training for U.S. and allied military units in order to enhance unit readiness by maintaining maneuver areas and range complexes capable of meeting all of today’ s and all future training requirements. Supports mobilization and post mobilization training for Reserve Component forces.
Nearest City: 
Yakima
State: 
WA
Country: 
US

Fort Monroe (closed)

About

Established in 1819, Fort Monroe has played an important role in many American conflicts, from the Civil War until the installation was decommissioned in 2011 by the BRAC 2005.

Fort Monroe's major tenant unit was the US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), which was moved to nearby Fort Eustis.

Nearest City: 
Hampton
State: 
VA
Country: 
US

Letterkenny Army Depot

About

Established in 1942, Letterkenny Army Depot was used to store and ship ammunition, parts, and supplies during World War II. During the war Letterkenny Depot moved more than 3 million tons of supplies and was one of the largest depots of its kind. After the war Letterkenny was used to either store or destroy much of the ammunition that returned from overseas, and in 1954 became a permanent Army depot.

Today Letterkenny Army Depot is used to maintain, modify, and store tactical missiles and ammunition, and is under the control of the US Army Aviation and Missile Command (AAMC).

Mission Statement: 
Deliver superior maintenance, manufacturing, logistics, life cycle support and service worldwide to the Joint Warfighter and our Allies.
Home to
Primary Units: 
Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for Air Defense and Tactical Missile Systems
Communications and Electronics Command
Missile Command Liaison Office
Defense Contract Management Area Operations
U.S. Army Materiel Command Management Engineering Activity
Nearest City: 
Chambersburg
State: 
PA
Country: 
US

White Sands Missile Range

About

Established in 1945, White Sands Missile Range is the largest military installation, encompassing almost 3,200 square miles. It is used primarily for the testing and development of military rockets and missiles.

Mission Statement: 
White Sands Missile Range provides Army, Navy, Air Force, DoD, and other customers with high quality services for experimentation, test, research, assessment, development, and training in support of the Nation at war.
Home to
Primary Units: 
United States Army Test and Evaluation Command
Nearest City: 
Alamogordo
State: 
NM
Country: 
US

Fort Monmouth (closed)

About

Established in 1917, Fort Monmouth was used during World War I as a Signal Corps training school. During World War II, Fort Monmouth continued to be used for communications training, adding a Signal Corps Officer Candidate School.

In 2005, the Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommended Fort Monmouth close, and its units relocate to other Army installations. Fort Monmouth held its official closing ceremony in September of 2011.

Nearest City: 
Eatontown, Tinton Falls, Oceanport
State: 
NJ
Country: 
US

Yuma Proving Ground

About

The use of the Yuma Proving Grounds area by the US Army dates back to 1850, when the Army established and outpost to protect the Yuma crossing of the Colorado River. In 1943 the US Army Corps of Engineers used the Yuma area to test bridges, amphibious vehicles, and boats; it was also used for training of infantry and mechanized soldiers for deployment around the world.

Today the Yuma Proving Grounds are used for testing almost every weapons systems in use by the Army and other military branches.

Mission Statement: 
Provide professional garrison services to the Military community (Soldiers, employees, family members and retirees) in a manner that they expect and deserve.
Home to
Primary Units: 
U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground
Nearest City: 
Yuma
State: 
AZ
Country: 
US
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