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U.S. Army Materiel Command
AMC shoulder insignia.gif
United States Army Materiel Command shoulder sleeve insignia
Active 1962 - present
Country United States
Branch U.S. Army
Type Army Command
Role materiel
Size more than 60,000 military and civilians
Garrison/HQ Fort Belvoir
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 Ann E. Dunwoody
Frank S. Besson, Jr.

Ferdinand J. Chesarek

The U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) is the Army’s premier provider of materiel readiness – technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment – to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations.

The command’s complex missions range from development of sophisticated weapon systems and cutting-edge research, to maintenance and distribution of spare parts.

AMC operates the research, development and engineering centers; Army Research Laboratory; 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 (DoD) Executive Agent for the chemical weapons stockpile and for conventional ammunition.

To develop, buy and maintain materiel for the Army, AMC works closely with Program Executive Officers,the Army Acquisition Executive, industry and academia, the other services, and other government agencies.

The command’s main effort is to achieve the development, support, and sustainment of the future force in this decade. At the same time, AMC is key to supporting, sustaining and resetting the current force. Its maintenance depots restore weapon systems needed as the Army makes its way to full transformation.

The command’s overhaul and modernization efforts are enhancing and upgrading major weapon systems – not just making them like new, but inserting technology to make them better and more reliable.

AMC handles diverse missions that reach far beyond the Army. For example, AMC manages the multibillion dollar business of selling Army equipment and services to friends and allies of the United States and negotiates and implements agreements for co-production of U.S. weapons systems by foreign nations.

AMC also provides numerous acquisition and logistics services to the other components of the DOD and to many other government agencies.

AMC is currently headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Va., and is located in about 149 locations worldwide, including more than 40 states and 50 countries. Manning these organizations is a work force of more than 60,000 military and civilian employees, many with highly developed specialties in weapons development and logistics.

As the place in the Army where superior technology, acquisition support, and logistics are integrated to assure readiness for today and tomorrow, AMC is heavily involved in making the Army more responsive,deployable, agile, versatile, lethal, survivable, and sustainable. From beans to bullets, helmets to helicopters,spare parts to spare ribs, AMC touches every Soldier in the Army every day.

The U.S. Army Materiel Command was established on May 8, 1962 and was activated on August 1 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.

The 2005 Base Realignment and Closure decision relocated AMC to Redstone Arsenal, Ala. Personnel began relocating to Redstone in 2006 and the command will be completely relocated by July 2011.

Past Commanders

Commander Date assumed command
Lieutenant General Frank S. Besson, Jr. April 2, 1962
General Ferdinand J. Chesarek March 10, 1969
General Henry A. Miley, Jr. November 1, 1970
General John R. Deane, Jr. February 12, 1975
Lieutenant General George Sammet, Jr. February 1, 1977
General John R. Guthrie May 1977
General Donald R. Keith August 1981
General Richard H. Thompson June 29, 1984
General Louis C. Wagner, Jr. April 13, 1987
General William G.T. Tuttle, Jr. September 27, 1989
General Jimmy D. Ross January 31, 1992
General Leon E. Salomon February 11, 1994
General Johnnie E. Wilson March 27, 1996
General John G. Coburn May 14, 1999
General Paul J. Kern October 30, 2001
General Benjamin S. Griffin November 5, 2004
General Ann E. Dunwoody November 14, 2008
  • information compiled from [1]

Major Subordinate Commands

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PD-icon.svg This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "[2]".



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