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.
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – Members past and present of the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and…apgnews.com
When some Soldiers on post had to get weapons training, we covered it.
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — A group of more than 40 Soldiers with the 1st Area Medical Laboratory, the U.S. Army…apgnews.com
A soldier was recognized for his lifesaving efforts in Baltimore
On Dec. 2, Pfc. Randy Ruby was walking along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor in Baltimore after enjoying a visit at the city’s…apgnews.com
I enjoyed writing this feature of an engineer in March.
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – Nancy Castaldo didn’t have the Army in mind when she graduated from the University of…apgnews.com
Here’s a feature about a Wounded Warrior helping out at the APG fire department.
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – The Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department has enlisted a wounded warrior to help with…apgnews.com
An engineer who works on post was inducted into the American Football Association’s Minor League Football Hall of Fame.
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – The Aberdeen Proving Ground Directorate of Public Works might be the only Garrison…apgnews.com
I learned about duck decoys.
HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. – It’s no secret that Havre de Grace is proud of its duck decoy heritage. Since 1982, the city has…apgnews.com
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.
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — Whenever a car crash in Maryland involving late-model passenger vehicles and fatalities…apgnews.com
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.
100 members of the APG civilian workforce took part in Greening Week activities, designed to emulate life as a Soldier…flic.kr
Team APG civilians took part in the APG Greening Course’s combat fitness test on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019.www.flickr.com
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.
When Americans die, most are buried or cremated. Washington could soon become the first state to allow another option…www.nbcnews.com
CREMONA, Italy – Florencia Rastelli was mortified. As an expert barista, she had never spilled a single cup of coffee…www.nytimes.com
He kept his head down as he walked into the judicial complex, knowing his presence would attract stares. He emptied his…www.washingtonpost.com
SAN FRANCISCO – Despite a trade war between the United States and China and past admonishments from President Trump “to…www.nytimes.com
The water kept rising. The air pocket around his head kept shrinking. And nearly two days after his ferry capsized, no…www.nytimes.com
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…www.nytimes.com
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…www.washingtonpost.com
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…www.lamag.com
A few weeks ago, I attended the last taping day of Jeopardy! ‘s 35th season. Accompanying me were eight of the show’s…www.lamag.com
The 27-year-old librarian from Chicago dethroned Holzhauer before he was able to beat Ken Jennings’s record. Before…www.nytimes.com
Features Features Stories from The Takeout about food, drink, and how we live. Robert Frost got it, man. He understood…thetakeout.com
Fifty years ago, the television show united children’s education, puppetry and songs. Pop stars have been singing the…www.nytimes.com
For about two decades, Altagracia Alvino has lived with and cooked for her baseball-playing offspring – as well as…www.nytimes.com
Credit… For nearly two decades, Geneva Cooley assumed she would die in prison for nonviolent drug crimes. Then a…www.nytimes.com
Making the most of a beautiful day with Mrs. Rogers. At 91, Joanne Rogers tends to the legacy of her late husband…www.latimes.com
The city has changed drastically over the past 40 years, yet the M.T.A. map designed in 1979 has largely endured.www.nytimes.com
DIEST, Belgium – Champagne flutes were hastily unpacked from boxes, filled to their brims and passed around the room…www.nytimes.com