By U.S. ArmyDecember 4, 2014
Who is AMCOM?
The Army Aviation and Missile Command supports Joint Warfighters and Allies, assuring aviation and missile readiness with seamless transition to combat operations; supports Program Executive Officers and Project Managers to enable the development, acquisition and fielding of superior aviation and missile systems; and assures the integration of aviation and missile technology in partnership with Program Executives Officers (Aviation / Missiles & Space) and Project Managers. As a Life Cycle Management Command, AMCOM is dedicated to providing integrated engineering, logistics and contracting to more than 90 major systems - about half the systems in the U.S. Army.
AMCOM was formed on October 1, 1997 and proudly continues the "Tradition of Excellence" that was the cornerstone of its predecessor organizations.
In sum, the Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command develops, acquires, fields, and sustains aviation, missile, and unmanned vehicle systems, ensuring readiness with seamless transition to combat operations. Core competencies are design, acquire, integrate, field and sustain systems; transition science and technology into aviation, missile, and unmanned vehicle systems; industrial operations center of excellence for air defense and rotary wing aircraft at Letterkenny and Corpus Christi Army Depots.
What Does AMCOM Do?
Most of the Army Aviation and Missile Command's 8,000 civilian workers and 175 soldiers work on
aviation and missile systems and the supporting equipment required to operate them. As a Life Cycle Management Command, AMCOM is totally responsible for aviation and missile systems throughout their life cycles.
AMCOM works closely with the Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center that operates simulation facilities to evaluate missile components, such as seekers, in a variety of flights and countermeasures environments. The AMRDEC conducts research, exploratory and advanced development, and provides one-stop life cycle engineering and scientific support for aviation and missile weapons systems as well as Unmanned Aerial and Ground systems. AMCOM also has access to several wind tunnels to test full-size helicopters, a vertical motion simulator for flight control evaluation and a crash-testing tower used to improve safety.
AMCOM's Test, Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment Activity manages a metrology and calibration program, supporting Soldiers worldwide. AMCOM is also the leader in foreign military sales, accounting for more than 50 percent of total Army sales to Allied forces and friendly foreign nations.
In addition, AMCOM has two key Army depots - Corpus Christi Army Depot in Texas and Letterkenny Army Depot in Pennsylvania. The Secretary of the Army has designated both depots as centers of industrial and technical excellence. AMCOM also has operational control of all aviation logistics management functions at Fort Rucker, Alabama, home of the Army Aviation Center. This means AMCOM oversees the maintenance and supply management of Fort Rucker's aviation fleet and directs about 100 government personnel and more than 3,500 contractors who perform that work.