From the office of U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski:
At 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, will participate in a ribbon cutting to dedicate the new expansion of the Dr. Edward J. Poziomek Advanced Chemistry Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground. The new state-of-the-art facility is the nation’s only facility providing advanced, cutting-edge research and development on chemical threats and counter-chemical agents.
Researchers and scientists at the laboratory will be on the front-lines fighting against chemical and biological weapons, researching vaccines and drugs to save lives, developing detection and reconnaissance systems to stay ahead of our enemies, testing protective gear to keep our warriors safe and developing new decontamination systems to stop the spread of toxic agents.
Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, participants will tour a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) Capabilities Showcase where they will see first-hand a variety of resources that were developed to detect chemical and biological threats, protect our men and women in uniform from those threats, decontaminate locations and equipment, and – finally – eliminate existing chemical and biological weapons, as with the ongoing mission in Syria.
Aberdeen Proving Ground is a premier installation for our Armed Forces, supporting nearly 24,000 Maryland jobs. It provides facilities to perform research, development, testing and evaluation of Army material. Facilities include laboratories for research investigations, state-of-the-art ranges, engineering test courses for wheeled and tracked vehicles and a wide range of research. The installation supports a wide variety of training, including mechanical maintenance, health promotion and preventive medicine, chemical and biological defense, and chemical casualty care, chemical demilitarization