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STAND-TO! Edition: Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Today's Focus:

BRAC 2005 Recommended Relocation of U.S. Army Materiel Command

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"Whatever we do, we cannot let that quality diminish, from the quality of the people that we have and the ability to take care of them, to the money to take care of the training and keeping the standard of excellence where it is. You are the best the nation has to offer, and it has been the greatest honor of my life to serve with you."

-Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, while emphasizing the key in sustaining the excellence of the force, also thanked the Marines and Soldiers on May 12, for their service and bid farewell, 48 days before his June 30 retirement.

Gates to troops: U.S. must sustain force excellence

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"You have to make a life change. If you can't make it your life, you're continually going to battle with it."

-Staff Sgt. Brett Michael, an instructor with the Henry H. Lind Noncommissioned Officer Academy on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., who was flagged two years ago by the Army for being overweight and failing to meet its specified body fat percentage limitations, now after having lost more than 70 pounds through dieting in just more than a year, teaches and enforces dieting.

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CALENDAR

2010-2013: 60th Anniversary of the Korean War

150 Years: The Battle of Gettysburg: The American Civil War

May:
National Military Appreciation Month

Mental Health Month:
- Army Behavioral Health

Asian Pacific Heritage Month:
- Asian Pacific Americans in the US Army

Monday, May 30: Memorial Day

TODAY'S FOCUS

BRAC 2005 Recommended Relocation of U.S. Army Materiel Command

What is it?

On July 17, 2011, Headquarters, U.S. Army Materiel Command will complete its Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) directed transfer from Fort Belvoir, Va., to Redstone Arsenal, Ala. This marks the end of AMC's nearly 50-year presence in the National Capital Region.

AMC set the conditions for success years ago, ensuring this move is transparent to its customers and stakeholders. Although HQ AMC is leaving the NCR, the command will continue to conduct global operations ensuring continuous, uninterrupted support to Army, Joint, Department of Defense, multinational, and interagency partners.

What has the Army done?

AMC is leveraging the relocation to transform the headquarters and adapt a fundamentally different way of doing business. A new operations center and new business processes will optimize the Globally Networked Materiel Enterprise to meet the needs of the nation in a complex and challenging environment. This will also help achieve fiscal efficiencies as we realign resources in the new global reality.

HQ AMC employees will move into a newly-constructed state-of-the-art facility beginning in mid-June 2011 and by August, more than 1,300 positions will be located at Redstone Arsenal, Ala. During this transition, AMC will continue its mission of developing, delivering and sustaining materiel to ensure a dominant joint force for the U.S. and our allies. This will ensure America's warfighters have the decisive edge.

The HQ AMC relocation consolidates the command's footprint and gains efficiencies by creating "logistical centers of gravity" at four locations to include Redstone Arsenal, Ala., Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., and Warren, Mich.

Why is it important to the Army?

Throughout this significant and complex BRAC process, AMC has remained focused on taking care of its employees and their families while simultaneously ensuring continuity of operations and seamless war-time and contingency operations support to Soldiers around the globe with no drop in mission throughout the process.

What does the Army have planned for the future?

The 2005 BRAC's recommendations affect one in every six AMC employees across the command -- approximately 11,000 people in 25 states.

Resources:

Information Paper: Base Realignment and Closure Program (BRAC)

U.S. Army Materiel Command

AMC BRAC website

Secretary of Defense Recommendation

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