• Members of the Army Materiel Command Band perform as a prelude to the AMC holiday luncheon Dec. 6 at the Officers and Civilians Club. They are, from left, Sgt. Charles Thompson on the trumpet, Sgt. Harold Coots on the trombone, Spc. Jordan Roberts on the tuba and Sgt. 1st Class Steven Holder on the trumpet.

    HOLIDAY MUSIC

    Members of the Army Materiel Command Band perform as a prelude to the AMC holiday luncheon Dec. 6 at the Officers and Civilians Club. They are, from left, Sgt. Charles Thompson on the trumpet, Sgt. Harold Coots on the trombone, Spc. Jordan Roberts on...

  • AMC deputy commander Lt. Gen. Jim Pillsbury reads a special proclamation thanking the fifth-graders from University Place Elementary School for their performance of holiday music at the AMC luncheon.

    HONORING CHOIR

    AMC deputy commander Lt. Gen. Jim Pillsbury reads a special proclamation thanking the fifth-graders from University Place Elementary School for their performance of holiday music at the AMC luncheon.

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The Army Materiel Command leadership sent a holiday message to its Arsenal employees Dec. 6 at a special gathering at the Officers and Civilians Club.

And that message came with the promise that soon the entire organization will be at home at Redstone.

At the last holiday luncheon for an organization that has been split between its old headquarters at Fort Belvoir, Va., and its new headquarters at Redstone, deputy commander Lt. Gen. Jim Pillsbury presented an audience of about 200 AMC employees with the organization's sincere appreciation.

"We thank you for what you have done down here these past two years," he said. "Starting next month, you are going to see more of us" as AMC's executive officers begin their move.

Both Pillsbury and AMC commander Gen. Ann Dunwoody are slated to re-locate to Redstone in the first few months of 2011. By June, the entire headquarters staff will be located at Redstone in its new facility on Martin Road.

But Pillsbury's holiday message also hit on a personal note for employees and an organization that works daily to support Soldiers.

"Take a second and think about someone who's deployed in theater right now and know what you do is making a difference in that person's life," he said.

Pillsbury thanked the 70-plus fifth-grade students from University Place Elementary School who sang a collection of holiday carols at the luncheon. AMC is a sponsor of the school.

AMC and the work its employees do "are making sure (these children) grow up in a free environment and free of fear, and that's the desire I have for this Christmas and Christmases to come," the deputy commander said.

And like other commanders and leaders throughout Redstone and the Army, Pillsbury wished employees a safe holiday and urged them to spend quality time with their families.

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