ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- Noncommissioned officers from throughout the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command toured facilities at Edgewood Chemical Biological Center here Dec. 6 as part of their quarterly professional development program.

Alvin D. "Ajay" Thornton, acting technical director, spoke with the NCOs about ECBC's mission.

"We are here for you…the Warfighter," Thornton said. "We are here to deliver the best capabilities to you today."

The NCOs toured ECBC's Advanced Design and Manufacturing Laboratory, McNamara Life Sciences Building, Sample Receipt Facility and Advanced Chemistry Laboratory to learn more about the center's facilities and capabilities.

During the tour, they met with ECBC scientists and engineers and learned about the center's Bio Safety Level 3 laboratory, genomics sequencing, the Squad Homemade Explosives Screening/Cueing Kit, and more.

The NCOs will also visit the Army Research Laboratory and Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center as part of their professional development this week. Later in the week they will take a staff ride to historic Baltimore locations.