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United States Army Materiel Command

U.S. Army Materiel Command
United States Army Materiel Command shoulder sleeve insignia
Active 1962–present
Country  United States
Branch  United States Army
Type Army Command
Role materiel
Size more than 60,000 military and civilians
Garrison/HQ Redstone Arsenal
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[1]
General Dennis L. Via

Frank S. Besson, Jr.

Ferdinand J. Chesarek

The U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) is the primary provider of materiel to the United States Army. The Command's mission includes the research & development of weapons systems 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 research and development engineering centers; Army Research Laboratories; 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 be completely relocated by summer 2011.


  • Commanders 1
  • Major Subordinate Commands 2
  • Other commands 3
  • Notes 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Commander[2] 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 (interim)
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

Major Subordinate Commands

Other commands


  1. ^ "U.S. Army Materiel Command Band". U.S. Army Materiel Command. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Previous AMC Commanders". Historical Office. U.S. Army Materiel Command. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 


External links

  • Official website

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