Jon’s Favorites · 2019
Another year bites the dust, as 2019 has come and (just about) gone very quickly. I spent the year at Aberdeen Proving Ground, writing about the Army’s achievements and innovations, as well as the local community, for APG News. Here’s a selection of my stories and photos this year that stood out.
Scroll down a bit for stories I enjoyed reading over the course of the year.
The 20th CBRNE Command moved from APG South to APG North, which had some great photo opportunities.
20th CBRNE Completes Move to APG North - APG News
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Members past and present of the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and…
When some Soldiers on post had to get weapons training, we covered it.
APG Soldiers receive weapons training — APG News
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — A group of more than 40 Soldiers with the 1st Area Medical Laboratory, the U.S. Army…
A soldier was recognized for his lifesaving efforts in Baltimore
Kirk Soldier honored in life-saving effort - APG News
On Dec. 2, Pfc. Randy Ruby was walking along Baltimore's Inner Harbor in Baltimore after enjoying a visit at the city's…
I enjoyed writing this feature of an engineer in March.
Testing became "dream job" for female engineer - APG News
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Nancy Castaldo didn't have the Army in mind when she graduated from the University of…
Here’s a feature about a Wounded Warrior helping out at the APG fire department.
Wounded warrior aids APG Fire Department - APG News
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - The Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department has enlisted a wounded warrior to help with…
An engineer who works on post was inducted into the American Football Association’s Minor League Football Hall of Fame.
DPW engineer selected to AFA Hall of Fame - APG News
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - The Aberdeen Proving Ground Directorate of Public Works might be the only Garrison…
I learned about duck decoys.
Decoy & Wildlife Art Festival returns to Havre de Grace - APG News
HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. - It's no secret that Havre de Grace is proud of its duck decoy heritage. Since 1982, the city has…
I also learned a bit about how police investigate and reconstruct car accidents, when a representative from Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network came to examine an area on post where a car accident took place earlier this year.
APG Police Teams with National Crash Injury Program — APG News
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — Whenever a car crash in Maryland involving late-model passenger vehicles and fatalities…
Finally, since you made it this far, here are some of my favorite photos of the year that I took. It’s from APG’s Greening Week, designed to give civilian newcomers a taste of what it’s like to be a soldier. It’s turned into one of my favorite assignments of the year to cover. Links to photo galleries below.
APG Greening Course: Gunpowder Trail Obstacle Course, Aug. 27, 2019
100 members of the APG civilian workforce took part in Greening Week activities, designed to emulate life as a Soldier…
Here is a list of stories I enjoyed reading and bookmarked over the course of the year, without much context, in the order they were bookmarked.
Washington could become the first state to legalize human composting
When Americans die, most are buried or cremated. Washington could soon become the first state to allow another option…
To Save the Sound of a Stradivarius, a Whole City Must Keep Quiet
CREMONA, Italy - Florencia Rastelli was mortified. As an expert barista, she had never spilled a single cup of coffee…
His brother gunned down 17 people. But he's the only family Zach Cruz has left.
He kept his head down as he walked into the judicial complex, knowing his presence would attract stares. He emptied his…
A Tiny Screw Shows Why iPhones Won't Be 'Assembled in U.S.A.'
SAN FRANCISCO - Despite a trade war between the United States and China and past admonishments from President Trump "to…
He Survived More Than 40 Hours as Scores Drowned Around Him
The water kept rising. The air pocket around his head kept shrinking. And nearly two days after his ferry capsized, no…
From 1969 to 2019, a Day at The New York Times
TIMES INSIDER The book "A Day in the Life of The New York Times" chronicled 24 hours at the Gray Lady 50 years ago. On…
The 'Top Chef' judges never ate Eric Adjepong's finale meal. So he made it for us instead.
The dish that could have won "Top Chef" for Eric Adjepong was one he never had the chance to make. It's a dessert: a…
Inside L.A.'s Secret Society of Jeopardy! Champions
It's the Wednesday evening before the Oscars, and all of the TVs at O'Brien's Irish Pub in Santa Monica have been tuned…
Who Is the Real Alex Trebek? I Think I May Have Caught a Glimpse
A few weeks ago, I attended the last taping day of Jeopardy! 's 35th season. Accompanying me were eight of the show's…
How Emma Boettcher Beat James Holzhauer on 'Jeopardy!'
The 27-year-old librarian from Chicago dethroned Holzhauer before he was able to beat Ken Jennings's record. Before…
You have this many minutes to consume McDonald's French fries before they're inedible
Features Features Stories from The Takeout about food, drink, and how we live. Robert Frost got it, man. He understood…
How 'Sesame Street' Started a Musical Revolution
Fifty years ago, the television show united children's education, puppetry and songs. Pop stars have been singing the…
Abuela, Chef, Boss: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s Grandmother Feeds the Majors
For about two decades, Altagracia Alvino has lived with and cooked for her baseball-playing offspring - as well as…
Leaving Prison at 72
Credit... For nearly two decades, Geneva Cooley assumed she would die in prison for nonviolent drug crimes. Then a…
How befriending Mister Rogers' widow allowed me to learn the true meaning of his legacy
Making the most of a beautiful day with Mrs. Rogers. At 91, Joanne Rogers tends to the legacy of her late husband…
The New York City Subway Map as You've Never Seen It Before
The city has changed drastically over the past 40 years, yet the M.T.A. map designed in 1979 has largely endured.