By Yvonne Johnson, APG NewsMarch 23, 2012
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - In celebration of Women's History Month, the APG Garrison hosted a dedication ceremony on March 23rd honoring women's contributions in the fields of research, science and technology since the post opened in 1917.
The Women in Bloom dedication of the Women's Research and Development Memorial Garden was held on the east side of Garrison Headquarters, Bldg. 305.
Guest speakers included Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, and Winifred Jonas, an early programmer of the ENIAC, one of the world's first computers. The ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) was the first general-purpose electronic computer capable of being programmed to solve a full range of computing problems.
The memorial garden project was spearheaded by Dr. Deidre DeRoia, of the DPW Environmental Division and garrison public affairs specialist Terri Kaltenbacher, and was made possible with the help of a DoD Legacy grant for National Public Lands Day.
Kaltenbacher said the monument and native plant pollinator garden were designed to pay tribute to women's intellectual achievements at APG including the ENIAC pioneers who paved the way for the female engineers, scientists and technicians of today.