BRAC officially ended on Thursday, and officials involved gave the process a seal of approval.
A ceremony was held introducing the final additions to what was referred to throughout the morning as “The APG Family,” and doling out accolades for what Maj. Gen. Nick Justice called “a perfect BRAC.”
All mandated relocations to APG have been completed, and new BRAC facilities have been occupied, according to an APG statement.
“All those immediate, operational needs from the field will come through this command,” it said. “We may farm them out to other special centers, but the solutions are managed through here. That’s the short-term, but here’s also where the long-term, future modernization of the Army is planned and set into motion.”
Of the approximately 22,000 in the APG workforce at the conclusion of BRAC, 8,200 are new positions. Some 4,400 positions departed Aberdeen, leaving a net gain of 6,500.
Among the incoming organizations are the following:
- Army Team C4ISR—including: CECOM, CERDEC, Army Contracting Center, PEO-C3T, PEO-IEW&S
Flags from each organization were unveiled on stage to represent their inclusion in “The APG Family.”
The impact on the surrounding neighborhoods has been gradual, but noticeable.
New business and retail centers have been developed along the Route 40 corridor, and development has continued into the heart of Harford County.
“It is going to be affecting the economy of Harford County, easily, for the next 10 years, in a positive way,” Craig told Patch following the ceremony.
Justice presented Nelson with a meritorious service medal for overseeing the transformation of APG.