By Yvonne JohnsonJuly 22, 2011
The museum at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., received 11 large artifacts in a shipment from the Army museum closing at Fort Monmouth, N.J., July 14.
APG Museum Director Gail Fuller and museum specialists Ed Heasley and Nat Grogan were on hand to accept the items, which included an M60A3 Combat Tank; an M114 A2 Howitzer; XM 577 Armored Command Post Carrier; ANTPQ-36 Fire Finder Radar Set; AN/MLQ-34 TACJAM Countermeasure set; AN/MPQ-4A Radar Set; AN/MPQ-10A Radar Set; Valcan 20mm Air Defense System; AN-TSC-54 Satellite Dish; Clock Track Antenna and SCR270 Radar.
Fuller said the pieces arrived clean and in good condition so much so that those pieces not requiring assembly were immediately placed on display. She said the museum was fortunate to take possession of a nearby building for much needed secure storage space in time for a larger shipment of artifacts from Fort Monmouth due to arrive in early August.
“The Army Communications-Electronics Museum on Fort Monmouth recently closed, and most of the museum collection is relocating to APG to become part of our future museum.”
The APG Museum opens in October 2012.
It took six drivers, five loaders, four riggers and one 165-ton crane to load, transport and unload the pieces. Robert Cade, a Meadow Lark project manager, said drivers picked up their loads July 13, staged them in the Aberdeen area overnight and began pulling onto the museum grounds about 8 a.m.
He thanked Fuller for her help in coordinating the mission.
“Everything went smoothly, like it usually does when we work with APG,” he said.