United States Army Materiel Command
|U.S. Army Materiel Command|
United States Army Materiel Command shoulder sleeve insignia
|Country||23x15px United States|
|Branch||22x20px United States Army|
|Size||more than 60,000 military and civilians|
|Motto||If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, communicates with it, or eats it – AMC provides it.|
|March||Arsenal for the Brave|
|General Dennis L. Via|
Frank S. Besson, Jr.Ferdinand J. Chesarek
The U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) is the primary provider of materiel to the United States Army. The Command's mission includes the research & development of weapons systems as well as maintenance and parts distribution. It was established on 8 May 1962 and was activated on 1 August of that year as a major field command of the U.S. Army. Lieutenant General Frank S. Besson, Jr., who directed the implementation of the Department of Army study that recommended creation of a "materiel development and logistics command", served as its first commander.
AMC operates research and development engineering centers; Army Research Laboratories; depots; arsenals; ammunition plants; and other facilities, and maintains the Army’s prepositioned stocks, both on land and afloat. The command is also the Department of Defense Executive Agent for the chemical weapons stockpile and for conventional ammunition.
AMC is responsible within the United States Department of Defense for the business of selling Army equipment and services to allies of the United States and negotiates and implements agreements for co-production of U.S. weapons systems by foreign nations.
AMC is currently headquartered at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, and is located in approximately 149 locations worldwide, including more than 49 American States and 50 countries. AMC maintains employment of upwards of 70,000 military and civilian employees.
The 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission decision relocated AMC to Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. Personnel began relocating to Redstone in 2006 and the command was be completely relocated by summer 2011.
|Commander||Date assumed command|
|Lieutenant General Frank S. Besson, Jr.||2 April 1962|
|General Ferdinand J. Chesarek||10 March 1969|
|General Henry A. Miley, Jr.||1 November 1970|
|General John R. Deane, Jr.||12 February 1975|
|Lieutenant General George Sammet, Jr.||1 February 1977 (interim)|
|General John R. Guthrie||May 1977|
|General Donald R. Keith||August 1981|
|General Richard H. Thompson||29 June 1984|
|General Louis C. Wagner, Jr.||13 April 1987|
|General William G.T. Tuttle, Jr.||27 September 1989|
|General Jimmy D. Ross||31 January 1992|
|General Leon E. Salomon||11 February 1994|
|General Johnnie E. Wilson||27 March 1996|
|General John G. Coburn||14 May 1999|
|General Paul J. Kern||30 October 2001|
|General Benjamin S. Griffin||5 November 2004|
|General Ann E. Dunwoody||14 November 2008|
|General Dennis L. Via||28 June 2012|
Major Subordinate Commands
- Army Contracting Command
- United States Army Sustainment Command
- United States Army Aviation and Missile Command / United States Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command
- United States Army Communications-Electronics Command
- United States Army Chemical Materials Agency
- Joint Munitions Command
- United States Army Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command
- Surface Deployment and Distribution Command
- United States Army Research, Development and Engineering Command
- United States Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command
- United States Army Security Assistance Command
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