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Aberdeen Proving Ground readies for transformation

Feb 16, 2010

By David McNally (Research, Development and Engineering Command Public Affairs)

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- About 150 people gathered at the Top of the Bay Club Tuesday, Feb. 16 for an Association of the United States Army luncheon. Major Gen. Nick Justice, Aberdeen Proving Ground Installation Commander, and Research, Development and Engineering Command Commanding General, told the group about Army transformation.

"It's important for our community here to understand about RDECOM," Justice said. "It's a very large organization; 17,000 strong with 12,000 scientists and engineers. That's as powerful as any corporation in America ... and all capable, competent people, ready to lead in any aspect of science and technology and engineering that we want to deal with."

Justice explained that with RDECOM's headquarters at Aberdeen Proving Ground, the region will soon see many changes. "This place will become the gateway for science, technology and engineering for the Army, and I suspect for the Department of Defense, and other agencies like Homeland Security, and for the nation," Justice said. "There is your first challenge right there; It is to make this place the new center for science, technology and engineering for our nation."

Justice told the group how RDECOM is honing in on engineering solutions. "We need to build systems in the Army to solve problems and do it with the same responsible constraints of time and money that we take in our own personal lives," he said. "So, we're going to focus on engineering."

The AUSA Aberdeen Chapter meets monthly to listen to guest speakers, discuss business, and recognize outstanding community members. "Our mission is to educate the public about how to support the Soldier," said Chapter President Mary Jane Jernigan.

In the past two years, the Aberdeen AUSA chapter has grown to more than 475 people, and been nationally recognized as the best all-around chapter in the nation. "Our driving force is our passion that these things need to be done," Jernigan said. The chapter supports Soldiers, Army civilians and the APG community through fundraisers, scholarships and informational meetings.

"Being a member of the AUSA is a great way to network and meet people from other organizations on the installation," Jernigan said. "General Justice challenged me personally to help prepare people for the transformation."

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