The terrorists and the opponents of the Iraqi government have tried everything they can to discourage you from joining and to discourage you from staying, but all of you have shown personal courage as well as the courage you receive from the other Iraqi security forces. We're proud to have our forces fighting at your side and there's no doubt in my mind but that you'll look back in five or ten years with great pride on what you've accomplished in this country. (Transcript)
Donald H. Rumsfeld , to the 1st Battalion, Iraqi Special Forces
Secretary of Defense
The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM)
AMCOM, headquartered at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, develops, acquires, fields, and sustains aviation, missile, and unmanned vehicle systems, ensuring readiness with seamless transition to combat operations. AMCOM recently reorganized as a Life Cycle Management Command, integrating with two Program Executive Offices and their respective project managers to ensure cradle-to-grave management of aviation and missile systems.
- The Program Executive Office for Aviation is responsible for the Army's helicopter fleet, including the Apache, Black Hawk, Chinook, Kiowa Warrior and the recent Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter and Light Utility Helicopter programs. This PEO also manages all Army fixed wing aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles.
- The PEO for Missiles and Space is responsible for life-cycle program management of weapon systems including the Multiple Launch Rocket System, Javelin, TOW, Longbow Hellfire, Patriot, and the Joint Tactical Ground Station to name a few.
More than 8,000 civilian workers and nearly 300 soldiers work for AMCOM. The central part of their job involves system development, acquisition, and sustainment support for aviation and missile systems throughout their lifecycles. AMCOM manages 6 of the Army's 16 primary Warfighting systems and supports acquisition for more than 90 major systems or about half the systems in the Army today. Last fiscal year, our Acquisition Center awarded more than 12 billion dollars in contracts. We have active contracts valued at more than 100 billion dollars.
- In addition, AMCOM has operational control of two key Army Depots - Corpus Christi Army Depot in Texas, and Letterkenny Army Depot in Pennsylvania. Both Depots have been designated by the Secretary of the Army as centers of industrial and technical excellence.
Redstone Arsenal, a 38,000-acre installation is home to more than 50 international, federal and Department of Defense organizations. The Commanding General of AMCOM is also the Commander of Redstone Arsenal. As a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, AMCOM is a committed partner as the Army transforms to meet the unique challenges of the 21st century. The Command serves as the 'Army's sustainment manager,' keeping supported systems ready to fight.
AMCOM - helping to ensure our Warfighters a total victory on the battlefield.
Thanksgiving Adopt-a-Service Person Program
Over 100 Ft. Eustis Soldiers will participate in this annual program, sponsored by the Hampton Roads, Virginia, USO, for Soldiers who can't make it home for Thanksgiving. For more information, call: Vicky Bowker at: (757) 878-4920.
To see what you can do for Soldiers in your area, contact your local USO or see the website for more information on programs. www.uso.org
Black Knights ARMY FOOTBALL
Arkansas State Indians at Army Black Knights
Saturday, 19 November 12:00 ESPN
(Army home games can also be seen on AKO)