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Aberdeen Proving Ground commander will depart for new assignment in June

By DAVID ANDERSON | The Aegis | Published: April 6, 2019

The senior commander of Aberdeen Proving Ground will leave the Harford County Army post in June for a new assignment with U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.

The Army has not yet announced who will succeed Maj. Gen. Randy S. Taylor, who has led APG since April 13, 2017, but that announcement is expected in the coming weeks, and a change-of-command ceremony should happen in late June, Philip Molter, a spokesperson for APG, wrote in an email Thursday.

Taylor was not immediately available for comment.

Taylor will serve as chief of staff for the Strategic Command, one of 10 Defense Department “unified commands” that brings Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps assets, as well as civilian workers, together to deter nuclear and other forms of “strategic attack” against the U.S. and its allies, according to the command website.

Taylor is the head of the Army’s Communications-Electronics Command, or CECOM, at APG, as well as senior commander of the post, which has more than 20,000 soldiers, civilian DOD employees and contractors and is the largest employer in Harford County.

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