United States Army Materiel Command
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.
|U.S. Army Materiel Command|
United States Army Materiel Command shoulder sleeve insignia
|Branch||United States Army|
|Role||Develops, maintains, and supports material capabilities for the Army|
|Size||more than 60,000 military and civilians|
|Motto(s)||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 Gustave F. Perna|
|Frank S. Besson, Jr. Ferdinand J. Chesarek|
AMC operates 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 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.
Between January 1976 and August 1984, AMC was officially designated the United States Army Materiel Development and Readiness Command (commonly referred to as DARCOM).
|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 (acting)|
|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|
|General Gustave F. Perna||30 September 2016|
Major subordinate commandsEdit
- 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 (CECOM), an LCMC (Life Cycle Management Command)
- United States Army Chemical Materials Activity
- United States Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM), formerly a direct reporting unit of the Department of Army, will now be part of AMC 
- Joint Munitions Command / United States Army Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command
- United States Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command
- United States Army Security Assistance Command
See also: United States Army Medical Materiel Agency (an LCMC)
Formerly subordinate commandsEdit
- CCDC (formerly United States Army Research, Development and Engineering Command) completed its transfer to United States Army Futures Command on 3 February 2019, which operates research and development engineering centers; Army Research Laboratories supports the centers' activities.
- Marine Corps Systems Command (U.S. Marine Corps)
- Marine Corps Logistics Command (U.S. Marine Corps)
- Naval Sea Systems Command (U.S. Navy)
- Naval Air Systems Command (U.S. Navy)
- Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (U.S. Navy)
- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (U.S. Navy)
- Naval Supply Systems Command (U.S. Navy)
- Air Force Materiel Command (U.S. Air Force)
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 February 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- "U.S. Army Materiel Command Band". U.S. Army Materiel Command. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
- Megan Cotton (June 6, 2019) Ensuring Readiness for Strategic Support: Strategic Power Projection
- "AMC in the Seventies: a decade of celebration, change". army.mil. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Records of the United States Army Materiel Command". archives.gov. 15 August 2016. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Previous AMC Commanders". Historical Office. U.S. Army Materiel Command. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
- Alexandria Soller, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) (February 26, 2019) Staying ahead of modernization requirements, ensuring readiness
- Army News Service (11 Feb 2019) Installation Management Command to realign under Army Materiel Command
- Wendy Brown, U.S. Army Garrison Japan Public Affairs (March 11, 2019) U.S. Army Garrison Japan Soldiers don Army Materiel Command patch
- Tony Lopez (AMC) (September 21, 2018) JMC Commander promoted to Brigadier General
- Elizabeth Behring (AMC) (May 10, 2019) Ensuring Readiness for the Strategic Support Area: Munitions Readiness
- TACOM Public Affairs (May 31, 2019) Gen. Perna gets update on Soldier and ground systems readiness efforts