United States Army Materiel Command

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U.S. Army Materiel Command
AMC shoulder insignia.svg
United States Army Materiel Command shoulder sleeve insignia
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
General Gustave F. Perna
Frank S. Besson, Jr.
Ferdinand J. Chesarek

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.

Materiel for 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, arriving in Gdansk, Poland. M992 Field Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicles fill the left side of the foreground.

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.[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]


Commander[6] 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 commands

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

Formerly subordinate commands

Other commands

See also

Comparable organizations


  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". Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Records of the United States Army Materiel Command". 15 August 2016. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Previous AMC Commanders". Historical Office. U.S. Army Materiel Command. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
  7. ^ Alexandria Soller, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) (February 26, 2019) Staying ahead of modernization requirements, ensuring readiness
  8. ^ a b Tony Lopez (AMC) (September 21, 2018) JMC Commander promoted to Brigadier General
  9. ^ Elizabeth Behring (AMC) (May 10, 2019) Ensuring Readiness for the Strategic Support Area: Munitions Readiness
  10. ^ TACOM Public Affairs (May 31, 2019) Gen. Perna gets update on Soldier and ground systems readiness efforts
  11. ^ Mark R. W. Orders-Woempner, U.S. Army Financial Management Command (Oct. 31, 2019) Bennett takes command of realigned USAFMCOM
  12. ^ Army News Service (11 Feb 2019) Installation Management Command to realign under Army Materiel Command
  13. ^ 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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