REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The U.S. Army Security Assistance Command celebrated its 50th anniversary this week with ceremonies at its Redstone Arsenal and New Cumberland, Penn., offices. The July 21 and 23 ceremonies, respectively, were hosted by Maj. Gen. Mark McDonald, USASAC's commanding general.USASAC opened its doors July 19, 1965, at New Cumberland as a small organization that was part of the three-year old Army Materiel Command.While the name of the organization and its headquarters location has changed several times over the years, the mission remains the same--providing security assistance and foreign military sales to approved foreign partners."Five decades has seen the USASAC mission evolve, and the same can be said of our headquarters locations. As the importance of our mission has grown, our headquarters has moved with increased visibility throughout the Army," said USASAC Commander Maj. Gen. Mark, McDonald."When you see photos of USASAC's opening day at New Cumberland, you realize how far we've come--from a former warehouse to a state-of-the-art facility at Redstone Arsenal. And we have always managed to meet our nation's, and our Army's, and our customers' requirements," he said.In a videotaped message to the USASAC workforce, Gen. Dennis L. Via said, "Your organization is 'The Army's Face to the World' by providing cutting-edge equipment and training to help our allies strengthen their defensive capabilities, deter aggression, achieve regional stability, and promote democratic values. USASAC has helped shape the operational environment around the world more than any other Army organization."The ceremonies at both locations included the unveiling of a USASAC 50th Anniversary Lithograph, the pinning of the Army Superior Unit Award ribbon on the command's flag, and a cake cutting by the newest and longest serving employees. At the Redstone Arsenal headquarters, the command also recognized the installation of two 18th century cannons that were moved from USASAC's previous headquarters at Fort Belvoir, Va.USASAC has a workforce of about 400 located at its Redstone Arsenal and New Cumberland offices, and about 500 Soldiers, civilians and contractors at its Fort Bragg, N.C., and Saudi Arabia-located subordinate organizations. Currently, the command has about 5,000 foreign military sales cases with 145 countries that have a total value of $160 billion.