United States Army Materiel Command

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U.S. Army Materiel Command
AMC shoulder insignia.svg
Active1962–present
Country United States
Branch United States Army
TypeArmy Command
RoleDevelops, maintains, and supports material capabilities for the Army[1]
Sizemore than 60,000 military and civilians
Garrison/HQRedstone Arsenal
Motto(s)If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, communicates with it, or eats it – AMC provides it.
MarchArsenal for the Brave[2]
WebsiteAMC — The Army's Materiel Integrator www.army.mil/info/organization/unitsandcommands/commandstructure/amc/
Commanders
Current
commander
GEN Edward M. Daly
Deputy Commanding GeneralLTG Flem B. Walker
Command Sergeant MajorCSM Alberto Delgado
Notable
commanders
Frank S. Besson, Jr.
Ferdinand J. Chesarek
Insignia
Distinctive unit insignia
US Army Materiel Command DUI.png

U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) is the primary provider of materiel to the United States Army. The Command's mission includes the management of installations, 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 depots; arsenals; ammunition plants; and other facilities, and maintains the Army's prepositioned stocks, both on land and afloat.[3]

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.

Materiel for the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, arriving in Gdańsk, Poland.

Locations[edit]

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 completely relocated by summer 2011, affecting one in every six AMC employees across the command, or approximately 11,000 people in 25 states. AMC was previously (since 2003) headquartered on Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Before that (1973-2003), AMC was headquartered in a building at 5001 Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia. Prior to Alexandria, AMC was headquartered at what is now Reagan National Airport.[4]

Between January 1976 and August 1984, AMC was officially designated the United States Army Materiel Development and Readiness Command (commonly referred to as DARCOM).[5]

Commanders[edit]

No. Commander[6] Term
Portrait Name Took office Left office Term length
1
Frank S. Besson Jr.
General
Frank S. Besson Jr.
2 April 196210 March 19696 years, 342 days
2
Ferdinand J. Chesarek
General
Ferdinand J. Chesarek
10 March 19691 November 19701 year, 236 days
3
Henry A. Miley Jr.
General
Henry A. Miley Jr.
1 November 197012 February 19754 years, 103 days
4
John R. Deane Jr.
General
John R. Deane Jr.
12 February 19751 February 19771 year, 355 days
5
George Sammet Jr.[7]
Lieutenant General
George Sammet Jr.[7]
1 February 19771 May 197789 days
6
John R. Guthrie
General
John R. Guthrie
1 May 19771 August 19814 years, 92 days
7
Donald R. Keith
General
Donald R. Keith
1 August 198129 June 19842 years, 333 days
8
Richard H. Thompson
General
Richard H. Thompson
29 June 198413 April 19872 years, 288 days
9
Louis C. Wagner Jr.
General
Louis C. Wagner Jr.
13 April 198727 September 19892 years, 167 days
10
William G.T. Tuttle Jr.
General
William G.T. Tuttle Jr.
27 September 198931 January 19922 years, 126 days
11
Jimmy D. Ross
General
Jimmy D. Ross
31 January 199211 February 19942 years, 11 days
12
Leon E. Salomon
General
Leon E. Salomon
11 February 199427 March 19962 years, 45 days
13
Johnnie E. Wilson
General
Johnnie E. Wilson
27 March 199614 May 19993 years, 48 days
14
John G. Coburn
General
John G. Coburn
14 May 199930 October 20012 years, 169 days
15
Paul J. Kern
General
Paul J. Kern
30 October 20015 November 20043 years, 6 days
16
Benjamin S. Griffin
General
Benjamin S. Griffin
5 November 200414 November 20084 years, 9 days
17
Ann E. Dunwoody
General
Ann E. Dunwoody
14 November 200828 June 20123 years, 227 days
18
Dennis L. Via
General
Dennis L. Via
28 June 201230 September 20164 years, 94 days
19
Gustave F. Perna
General
Gustave F. Perna
30 September 20162 July 20203 years, 276 days
20
Edward M. Daly
General
Edward M. Daly
2 July 2020Incumbent154 days

Major subordinate commands[edit]

See also: United States Army Medical Materiel Agency (an LCMC)

Formerly subordinate commands[edit]

Other commands[edit]

See also[edit]

Comparable organizations

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 February 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "U.S. Army Materiel Command Band". U.S. Army Materiel Command. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
  3. ^ Megan Cotton (June 6, 2019) Ensuring Readiness for Strategic Support: Strategic Power Projection
  4. ^ "AMC in the Seventies: a decade of celebration, change". army.mil. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Records of the United States Army Materiel Command". archives.gov. 15 August 2016. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  6. ^ Army.mil - AMC Former Commanders
  7. ^ Note: Sammet's was listed as commanding general of U.S. Army Materiel Development and Readiness Command despite his retirement 89 days later.
  8. ^ Alexandria Soller, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) (February 26, 2019) Staying ahead of modernization requirements, ensuring readiness
  9. ^ Tony Lopez (AMC) (September 21, 2018) JMC Commander promoted to Brigadier General
  10. ^ Elizabeth Behring (AMC) (May 10, 2019) Ensuring Readiness for the Strategic Support Area: Munitions Readiness
  11. ^ TACOM Public Affairs (May 31, 2019) Gen. Perna gets update on Soldier and ground systems readiness efforts
  12. ^ Mark R. W. Orders-Woempner, U.S. Army Financial Management Command (Oct. 31, 2019) Bennett takes command of realigned USAFMCOM
  13. ^ Army News Service (11 Feb 2019) Installation Management Command to realign under Army Materiel Command
  14. ^ Wendy Brown, U.S. Army Garrison Japan Public Affairs (March 11, 2019) U.S. Army Garrison Japan Soldiers don Army Materiel Command patch

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