United States Army Medical Materiel Agency

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United States Army Medical Materiel Agency (USAMMA)
USAMMA Crest.jpg
The USAMMA Crest
Active 1942 – present day
Country United States
Branch United States Army
Motto "Semper Responsus"

The United States Army Medical Materiel Agency (USAMMA), a subordinate unit of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) at Fort Detrick, Maryland, serves as the U.S. Army's executive agent for strategic medical acquisition and logistics programs.

The US Army Medical Materiel Agency (USAMMA) serves as the U.S. Army's life cycle management command (LCMC) for strategic medical acquisition, project management and logistics programs. The USAMMA manages strategic programs across the globe; equips and sustains the medical force within the Active Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard components; and develops medical technologies/devices/materiel innovations for use across the battlefield and at fixed Medical Treatment Facilities (MTFs). The Agency also centrally manages the Army Prepositioned Stocks and The Office of the Surgeon General’s contingency programs as well as other readiness support programs designed for all Army components during full spectrum operations. The Agency deploys Medical Logistics Support Teams (MLST) and/or Forward Repair Activity-Medical (FRA-M) as required to support Joint operations in the different theaters. The Agency also provides Army Medical Department National Maintenance Program expertise and Sustainment Maintenance technical proficiency to ensure medical maintenance supportability and training requirements, equipment reliability and maintainability, and the maintenance repair and services of medical equipment and technologies.

Vision: To be a recognized leader in the Department of Defense for the acquisition and sustainment of medical equipment and technology

Mission: To develop, acquire, provide, and sustain world class solutions and capabilities to enable medical readiness globally

The USAMMA focuses on two Core Competencies: Equipping the Medical Force and Sustaining the Medical Force.


USAMMA's origin is traced to the early part of World War II when the Army Surgeon General recognized the need to develop Army medical materiel support to the rapidly expanding mobilization forces. The genesis of USAMMA began in 1943 when the Procurement Division of the Supply Service, Office of the Surgeon General (OTSG), was renamed the Purchase Division and transferred to the Army Medical Purchasing Office in Manhattan, New York. Later that year, the Inventory Control Branch, Distribution and Requirements Division, OTSG, was also transferred to the Army Medical Purchasing Office. The Medical Testing Laboratory transferred from Binghamton, New York, in February 1943. Later that year, the Contract Termination Branch was added. In 1944, the Renegotiation and Stock Control Divisions were moved from the OTSG to New York.

On 21 May 1953, the Army Medical Supply Control Office was organized at Brooklyn, New York, and assigned to the Surgeon General. On 30 April 1965, the unit was re-designated the Army Medical Supply Control Office and on 1 January 1957, the office was again re-designated as the Army Medical Supply Support Activity, a Class II off-post activity of the Surgeon General.

On 2 April 1965, the activity transferred from Brooklyn to Valley Forge General Hospital, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, and was renamed the United States Army Medical Materiel Agency (USAMMA), effective 15 April 1965.

In 1974, USAMMA moved to Fort Detrick, Maryland and in 1994 was placed under the newly formed United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. In addition to the USAMMA headquarters located at Fort Detrick, USAMMA has operational maintenance and storage locations in Camp Carroll, South Korea; Sagami General Depot, Japan; Defense Depot Tracy, California; Sierra Army Depot, California; Defense Depot Hill, Utah; Tobyhanna Army Depot, Pennsylvania; Naval Weapons Station Charleston, South Carolina; Husterhoeh Kaserne, Pirmasens, Germany; As Sayliyah Army Base, Qatar; and Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

Commanders of USAMMA and its precursors[edit]

No. Name Dates of Tenure Military Rank
1 Alfred R. Cannon 1942–1943 Captain
2 Ellsworth W. Pohl 1943–1945 Major
3 Leonard H. Beers 1945 - 1945 Major
4 C. Bower 1945–1946 Lieutenant Colonel
5 Clark B. Williams 1946 - 1946 Colonel
6 George T.O. Reilly 1946 - 1946 Lieutenant Colonel
7 Augustus J.D. Guenther 1946–1947 Lieutenant Colonel
8 Alfred R. Cannon 1947 - 1947 Major
9 John H. Trenholm 1947–1950 Major
10 Bernard J. Kotte 1950–1951 Colonel
11 Alfred R. Cannon 1951–1953 Lieutenant Colonel
12 John J. Zurchur III 1953–1955 Lieutenant Colonel
13 Eli E. Damon 1955–1956 Colonel
14 Jesse N. Butler 1956–1959 Colonel
15 Edward J. Anderson, Jr. 1959–1962 Lieutenant Colonel
16 Alfred G. Emond 1962–1965 Lieutenant Colonel
17 Harry T. Whitaker 1965–1966 Lieutenant Colonel
18 Russell E. Julian 1966–1969 Colonel
19 F. Bruce Wells 1969–1973 Colonel
20 Fred L. Walter 1973–1975 Colonel
21 Frank W.B. Axtens 1975–1977 Colonel
22 James C. Huff, Jr. 1977–1983


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