The U.S. Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC) welcomed Maj. Gen. Jeff Drushal during a July 16 assumption of command ceremony in the Bob Jones Auditorium, Redstone Arsenal. Army Materiel Command's Gen. Gustave Perna officiated the ceremony.

Perna begin his remarks by thanking USASAC's Deputy to the Commanding General Robert Moore for filling in as the executive director until Drushal arrived.

"I have absolute trust and confidence in what you have accomplished here," said Perna to Moore, who served under the title executive director for the last seven months. Perna presented Moore a Meritorious Civilian Service Award Friday during a ceremony in the USASAC Great Hall:

"His steadfast commitment to operationalizing Foreign Militar Sales and building partner capacity significantly contributed to the command's ability to support the Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff of the Army's priorities and Combatant Commander requirements," read the commendation.

Of Drushal, Perna noted during the assumption of command ceremony that "a general in the United States Army assumed command -- assumed the authority and responsibility -- over an organization whose business is the profession of arms. That profession is, fundamentally, the protecting of life and the taking of life.

"General Washington set the first and best example of what a commanding general should possess: an unshakable commitment to the mission, a strong sense of character, and competence to execute the task at hand. I am proud to say that Major General Jeff Drushal has that, and has what it takes to command," said Perna.

In closing, he charged Drushal to focus on Readiness, output to the Warfighter, to be accountable, and to challenge the status quo.

"And at the end of the day, do what you think is right for our Soldiers, Civilians and their Families."

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USASAC is a subordinate organization of the Army Materiel Command, the primary provider of materiel to the United States Army. Employing more than 1,900 Soldiers, Department of Army Civilians and Contractors throughout the globe, USASAC leads the AMC security assistance enterprise, developing and managing security assistance enterprise programs and foreign military sales.

The FMS mission is a fundamental tool of U.S. foreign policy and will continue to play a critical role in the Army Operating Concept 2020-2040 by shaping the environments of geographic Combatant Command (COCOM) regions to build partner capacity. As Strengthening Partnerships is a top priority for senior Army leadership, USASAC's mission will bolster our nation's ability to fight and win our nation's wars today and into the future. USASAC currently manages more than 5,800 FMS cases in more than 150 countries with a total case value of more than $180 billion.

For more information about USASAC, visit usasac.army.mil.