FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Maryland -- The Army Field Support Center (AFSC), a major subordinate command of the Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), celebrates its 50th anniversary this month.
For several decades, AFSC has been an integral part of the Military Intelligence community, serving as a key force provider to put the right people, in the right place, at the right time through their support to INSCOM, the Army, and the Joint Force.
"Fifty years is an outstanding achievement for all current and past AFSC leaders and team members," said Col. Eric D. Zimmerman, AFSC commander. "This is an opportune time to tell our story and inform Soldiers and Civilians regarding the outstanding career and broadening opportunities available at AFSC."
The AFSC was established July 1, 1965, as the U.S. Army Administrative Survey Detachment (ASD) at Fort Holabird, Maryland, to manage intelligence-based civilian career programs. The command was relatively small with only 14 uniformed service members and 300 civilians performing the mission.
With the closing of Fort Holabird in 1973, ASD moved to Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. Their mission continued to expand over the years to include programs for Soldiers as well as Civilians including the GREAT SKILL Program (GSP), the Army Attaché Management Division (AAMD), and the Military Civilian Excepted Career Program (MICECP). AFSC's headquarters remains at Fort Meade and continues to support these programs today.
"The GSP, AAMD, and MICECP are amazing programs with opportunities that are still mostly unknown to the force," said Sgt. Maj. Ayman H. Gomaa, AFSC's sergeant major.
After 50 years and a renewed effort to recognize and continue the command's proud legacy, AFSC leadership is seeking ways to broaden awareness of their principal goal: identifying the best and brightest Soldiers and Civilians to become members of their proud community of Military Intelligence professionals.
"For the next 50 years and beyond, AFSC will continue serving and surpassing its vision to be the premier force provider of intelligence professionals in support of a regionally aligned Army and the U.S. Intelligence Community," said Zimmerman.
The GREAT SKILL Program (GSP)
"The GSP identifies, selects, trains, assigns and retains Soldiers conducting sensitive and complex classified operations in one of five career tracks for the Army, the Department of Defense, and National Agencies," said Zimmerman.
Those Soldiers electing to serve in the GSP undergo a rigorous assessment and selection process. In addition to basic soldiering, individuals electing to apply should exhibit excellent interpersonal skills; written and oral communication proficiency; initiative and leadership; flexibility and adaptability; critical thinking and research abilities; strong personal work ethic; integrity; and ethical decision making.
Upon selection to the GSP, Soldiers are provided a variety of unique opportunities, including significant missions that have national and global impact; highly-specialized, non-traditional training specifically designed to prepare GSP Soldiers for unique assignments; nominative assignments that are focused, repetitive and long-term.
"This program allows Soldiers to contribute their functional subject matter expertise with ample opportunity for promotion and professional growth," said Zimmerman.
Army Attaché Management Division (AAMD)
The AFSC also offers potential Soldiers a chance to represent the Army in assignments at embassies within the Defense Attaché Service (DAS).
"AAMD is currently recruiting noncommissioned and warrant officers to serve within the Defense Attaché Service across the globe," added Zimmerman.
The AAMD Soldiers serve as part of the U.S. Embassy staff and contribute significantly to the U.S. diplomatic mission abroad.
"The DAS represents the Department of Defense to the host-nation government and military, assists and advises the U.S. Ambassador on military matters, and coordinates other political-military actions within their area of accreditation," added Gomaa.
The Military Intelligence Civilian Excepted Career Program (MICECP)
"The MICECP is a valuable career program which supports Army commands with highly skilled civilian human intelligence and counterintelligence professionals," Gomaa said.
The program is comprised of Human Intelligence (HUMINT) and Counterintelligence (CI) Civilians who are centrally managed, trained and assigned to rewarding positions around the globe.
MICECP employees in Intelligence Operations Specialist Job Series 0132 are actively recruited, trained, and assigned to conduct highly specialized operational intelligence functions within the Army. Currently, MICECP is actively seeking DoD-certified polygraphers, Army/DCITA-certified forensic examiners, and CI Agents with OFCO experience.
"Based on the rotational nature of this program and variety of positions that can be assigned, it is highly desired that applicants have CI and/or HUMINT experience in multiple theaters; have operational experience as well as staff experience; and CI or HUMINT experience in a deployed environment," said Zimmerman.
For more information concerning these and other opportunities, please contact the AFSC at https://www.inscom.army.mil/MSC/AFSC.aspx.