Jon’s Favorites · 2020
2020 was spent mostly at home writing about Aberdeen Proving Ground. The COVID-19 pandemic shut down most day-to-day operations on the installation, leaving me without a whole lot to cover for a publication in which most of our coverage is events-driven.
Of course, because I was fortunately employed, I still had to find things to write for work despite not a whole lot going on at APG. There was a handful of events to view and report on that were hosted on Microsoft Teams, and sure it’s nice to be in sweatpants in the comfort of your own home, but it’s not as fun as covering action and taking photos.
Nonetheless, the year is coming to a close and I’m obligated — for tradition’s sake — to continue this tradition of posting some of my favorite things I’ve done over the course of the year.
First, some photos. I started the year learning how to use Lightroom, with the goal of being able to shoot in RAW and better edit my photos. Well, soon after I finished the tutorial I signed up for, we got our work from home orders.
Now, some stories.
Prior to the pandemic, I covered an exercise on the installation that helps soldiers prepare for potential nuclear incidents.
Soldiers Prep For Nuclear Situations - APG News
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Soldiers from the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives…
I also wrote about a soldier who gained his U.S. citizenship and what that meant to him.
20th CBRNE Soldier Becomes U.S. Citizen - APG News
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - As a Soldier of the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives…
The fire department debuted a new fire prevention trailer that was very innovative and interesting. I wonder how much use it got this year.
DES Rolls Out New Fire Prevention Trailer - APG News
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - A new 34-foot-long fire prevention trailer will serve as the APG Directorate of…
Early on in the pandemic, when we were trying to come up with ideas for content when nothing was going on, I did a series of stories about some who paid the ultimate sacrifice who had Maryland connections. The link below is to all of them. It was an honor to share these seven stories.
A Hero's Story Archives - APG News
A recurring series of APG News stories of heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice and have Maryland connections.
One of the most read stories I wrote this year was about an employee’s recovery from COVID-19.
CORONAVIRUS: ILSC Chief Recovers from COVID-19 - APG News
COLUMBIA, Md. - When Colleen Holloway, division chief in the tactical network sustainment division of the U.S. Army…
One of the few stories I covered live since March was a the installation’s Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day ceremony. During the ceremony, a stone was placed in the Gold Star Plaza to remember the life and courage of Marine Cpl. Dale Alan Burger Jr.,who was killed in action in Iraq on Nov. 14, 2004.
In the same tune as “I didn’t write much,” I didn’t bookmark as many stories that I read and enjoyed this year. But there were a few in the “good read 2020” folder. Here they are.
'So leave a like, subscribe, all that good stuff': Phil Hughes on going from MLB pitcher to YouTube…
LAGUNA BEACH, Ca. - The shower slides of Phil Hughes glided across his garage floor as he prepped his workspace. He…
Opinion | My Ex-Boyfriend's New Girlfriend Is Lady Gaga
How do you compare yourself with one of the most famous women in the world? I was eating bodega grapes at my desk on a…
The perfect (game) gift: With time, Roy Halladay watches 'mean more' to Phillies
A few days - maybe a week - after Roy Halladay authored the 20th perfect game in baseball history, he wanted to talk to…
'It's Like I'm Floating': Skating New York Under Lockdown
For many skateboarders, this time of vacancy is also a moment of opportunity, even of liberation.
Jets' Joe Flacco talks 'otherworldly' Super Bowl win, football future
Jets backup QB Joe Flacco connects with Post columnist Steve Serby for some Q&A ahead of his fourth start of the season,…
The Rare Authority of Alex Trebek
Of course he had impressed Lucille Ball. In the late seventies, the actress, a regular on the game-show circuit, had…