Friday, March 1, 2013
The man-made facility on Aberdeen Proving Ground was shut down Feb. 26.
After the death of three divers at the Aberdeen Test Center (ATC) Underwater Explosion Test Facility, the facility's commander closed the "Super Pond" indefinitely, Aberdeen Proving Ground announced Friday. ATC Commander Col. Gordon A. Graham ordered the facility closed on Feb. 26, after two Navy divers died following a planned operation in the 150-foot-deep, man-made pond. Those deaths come one month after an ATC diver also died following a procedure in the water. They are the first recorded injuries or deaths at the facility since it opened in 1995, according to a statement from Aberdeen Proving Ground. The man-made pond is 1,070 feet long and 920 feet wide with a maximum depth of 150 feet. It was built when the Navy sought a controlled …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Are Harford County federal workers and others worried about the threat of sequestration cuts?
Thursday, February 28
The sequestration talks are taking place just a short ride away and if it occurs, its effects will be felt on Aberdeen Proving Ground, around Harford County and the state, local politicians say. Gov. Martin O’Malley, in an appearance in Howard County Wednesday, said that 12,000 jobs in Maryland could be lost due to sequestration. To put that number in perspective, the governor said approximately 30,000 jobs were created in the state last year. “All of the great work that each of you does here is threatened by the uncertainty of the dysfunction in the halls of our House of Representatives,” said O’Malley. If Congress can’t reach a compromise on the approximately $84 billion in automatic cuts before Friday, they will go into effect. The cuts…
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The pond is shut down as U.S. Army and Navy investigate safety at the Aberdeen Proving Ground underwater testing facility.
The so-called Super Pond at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) is shut down until further notice. When two Navy divers died at Aberdeen Proving Ground Tuesday, it was the second fatal water-based incident there in the last month. A Nottingham man was killed on Jan. 30 in the pond while performing what APG said was "routine underwater test infrastructure maintenence." Maj. Gen. Genaro J. Dellarocco, commanding general of the United States Army Test and Evaluation Command, issued a statement Wednesday that "the Super Pond is closed for investigation," reported The Baltimore Sun. "The safety of all personnel working on APG and at the Super Pond is our number one priority," Dellarocco said. The Super Pond is a 1,070-foot-long, 920-foot-wide …
The two men who died in Aberdeen Proving Ground's ordnance pond were in their twenties.
The U.S. Navy said that a pair of its divers who died at Aberdeen Proving Ground Tuesday were from Ohio and Missouri. They were identified as Navy Diver 1st class James Reyher and Navy Diver 2nd Class Ryan Harris in a statement from the Navy released Wednesday. Reyher, 28, was from Caldwell, OH and Harris, 23, was from Gladstone, MO, the statement said. Both were assigned to a mobile diving and salvage unit at Little Creek-Fort Story, a base in Virginia Beach, VA. Each had enlisted in 2008 and graduated from boot camp in Great Lakes, IL. Both proceeded to Panama City, FL, for dive training. From 2008 to 2012, Reyher served at Naval Intermediate Maintenance Facility Pacific Northwest in Washington State before his assignment to Virginia …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The victims were Navy divers, said Aberdeen Proving Ground officials.
UPDATE (10 p.m.)—Two divers from the U.S. Navy died Tuesday as the result of an incident at a pond on Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), according to officials. The APG Emergency Services team was called to an "incident" at the unexploded ordnance range pond, a statement from APG reported; officials did not elaborate on the nature of the incident. One person was pronounced dead at the scene, said officials. The second victim was taken to Harford Memorial Hospital and was pronounced dead, said APG spokesperson Kelly Luster. Identities of the victims are not being released; it is the policy of the Navy to wait 24 hours before making this information public. Approximately one month ago, a man died while diving in the APG "super pond." He was an …
Saturday, February 16, 2013
The Defense, Technology & Intelligence Job Fair will be held in Aberdeen.
Friday, February 1, 2013
The incident took place on Aberdeen Proving Ground Wednesday.
Aberdeen Proving Ground officials on Friday identified the man who died Wednesday during an underwater test at the Super Pond test facility on post. George H. Lazzaro Jr., 41, of Nottingham, died while performing "routine underwater test infrastructure maintenence at the Underwater Test Facility," according to an APG news release. The cause of death was not immediately known and an autopsy is pending. The U.S. Army is investigating the incident, the release stated. Lazzaro worked with the Firepower Directorate, Aberdeen Test Center, U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, according to the release. "Aberdeen Test Center personnel are saddened by the loss of one of our own. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and we mourn with them …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Traffic will be detoured in Aberdeen near the Aberdeen Proving Ground main gate.
A major intersection in Aberdeen will undergo a series of detours overnight into Friday morning, Aberdeen police said. From 9 p.m. Thursday until 5 a.m. Friday, a series of changes will take place at the intersection of U.S. Route 40 and MD Route 715—the interchange near the main gate for Aberdeen Proving Ground. Those changes, Aberdeen police said, include: The detours come amid a significant construction project at the intersection. For live traffic updates, view our commute page. — » Follow HarfordCoPatch on Twitter for breaking news updates.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Emergency personnel were alerted to a possible drowning on post Wednesday.
UPDATE: (7:18 p.m.)—A person died on Aberdeen Proving Ground after an accident at an unexploded ordinance range pond Wednesday afternoon. Around 2:30 p.m. Susquehanna Hose Company's dive team was notified of a possible drowning on post by Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department, the Susquehanna Hose Chief Scott Hurst said Wednesday. The team arrived at the scene shortly before 3 p.m. to assist, Hurst said. The person involved died and the body has been recovered, according to a release from the U.S. Army Garrison public affairs office. The victim's name has not been released pending family notification. No further information was available as of post time.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
A collaborative educational and research facility could benefit Aberdeen Proving Ground and the surrounding community.
Officials from the Harford County business community and area universities were on hand last week to kick off a feasibility study for a potential university research park at Aberdeen Proving Ground. A potential facility would bring doctorate-level educational research closer to Aberdeen Proving Ground. Click here for a final report on the potential of a project at Aberdeen Proving Ground. A final report on the feasibility study is due back in August, following a draft report presentation in June. "We need a lot of help between now and June," said Batelle Vice President & Managing Director Mitch Horowitz at a Jan. 11 presentation at Bulle Rock. The project would take advantage of the growing industry on Aberdeen Proving Ground, as well as …