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
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 www.army.mil/info/organization/unitsandcommands/commandstructure/amc/
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.[3] 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.


Commander[6] Date assumed command
Lieutenant General Frank S. Besson, Jr.2 April 1962
General Ferdinand J. Chesarek10 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. GuthrieMay 1977
General Donald R. KeithAugust 1981
General Richard H. Thompson29 June 1984
General Louis C. Wagner, Jr.13 April 1987
General William G.T. Tuttle, Jr.27 September 1989
General Jimmy D. Ross31 January 1992
General Leon E. Salomon11 February 1994
General Johnnie E. Wilson27 March 1996
General John G. Coburn14 May 1999
General Paul J. Kern30 October 2001
General Benjamin S. Griffin5 November 2004
General Ann E. Dunwoody14 November 2008
General Dennis L. Via28 June 2012
General Gustave F. Perna30 September 2016

Major subordinate commands

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

Formerly subordinate commands

  • 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.

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". army.mil. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  5. "Records of the United States Army Materiel Command". archives.gov. 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. Mark R. W. Orders-Woempner, U.S. Army Financial Management Command (Oct. 31, 2019) Bennett takes command of realigned USAFMCOM
  9. Army News Service (11 Feb 2019) Installation Management Command to realign under Army Materiel Command
  10. Wendy Brown, U.S. Army Garrison Japan Public Affairs (March 11, 2019) U.S. Army Garrison Japan Soldiers don Army Materiel Command patch
  11. Tony Lopez (AMC) (September 21, 2018) JMC Commander promoted to Brigadier General
  12. Elizabeth Behring (AMC) (May 10, 2019) Ensuring Readiness for the Strategic Support Area: Munitions Readiness
  13. TACOM Public Affairs (May 31, 2019) Gen. Perna gets update on Soldier and ground systems readiness efforts


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