REDSTONE ARSENAL, Alabama – The U.S. Army Security Assistance Command has a new commanding general. Brig. Gen. Garrick Harmon assumed command of USASAC during a ceremony on May 17 on the parade field outside USASAC headquarters.
Gen. Ed Daly, commanding general of Army Materiel Command, presided over the ceremony, which signaled the departure of outgoing commander, Brig. Gen. Doug Lowrey.
Prior to this assignment Harmon served as the Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché, U.S. Defense Attaché Office, Embassy of the United States of America, Moscow, Russian Federation.
He expressed excitement at being at Redstone Arsenal after assignments that have seen him and his family living outside the United States for more than 10 years. He also noted he was familiar with USASAC’s foreign military sales work.
“As the SDO/DATT (Senior Defense Official/Defense Attaché) in Georgia, on the front lines of competition and deterrence, I saw first-hand the importance of your work, and witnessed the tremendous impact that our cooperative efforts had on a key partner,” Harmon said.
Daly, in his remarks at the event, stated, “This organization has helped our allies and partners strengthen their defensive capabilities, deter aggression, achieve regional stability, and promote democratic values around the world.”
He also noted that Harmon was the right leader, at the right time for USASAC based on his experience. “He has spent the last 22-years studying foreign nations and languages, and serving in international posts from Germany to Spain, to Georgia to Afghanistan, along with several Pentagon assignments,” Daly stated.
Daly also lauded Lowrey for his leadership at USASAC during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Doug and his team have managed foreign military sales during an extremely challenging time for something that depends on face-to-face meetings with international allies and partners.
But the global pandemic did not deter them from the mission,” he explained. “They overcame these obstacles and, during this command tenure alone, managed 2,793 new FMS cases with $13 billion in additional revenue. In total, 14 countries received critical materiel despite COVID-19 limitations, and 44 Security Assistance Training Teams were safely deployed to 26 countries…executing cases with values exceeding $730 million dollars,” Daly added.
Lowrey will take command of the Mission and Installation Contracting Command located at Joint-Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, later this month. Lowrey began by thanking Daly, “for the opportunity to command and your trust and confidence to lead such an amazing organization.” He also emphasized the success of USASAC in executing its security assistance programs.
“I told an ally general officer when you buy our equipment you’re not just buying the system you are buying the commitment of the people that service it as well,” Lowrey explained.
Lowrey then praised the entire AMC security assistance enterprise for its commitment to the mission. “From the contracting officer to the engineer to the welder to the mechanic to the infantry colonel, the aviation chief warrant officer 4 or the air defense sergeant first class on the ground training the partner nation how to operate and employ the system. This is a long term relationship with our partners and allies and that’s what it is really all about,” Lowrey concluded.
USASAC’s new Commanding General’s closing statement emphasized his optimism about the future of USASAC.
“At a time of increasing levels of military competition around the globe, and as we seek to expand the global land power network as part of our approach to a multi-domain Army in competition, the important role of security assistance through foreign military sales will continue to grow,” Harmon said.
USASAC is a subordinate organization of the Army Materiel Command, the primary provider of materiel to the United States Army. USASAC leads the AMC security assistance enterprise, developing and managing security assistance enterprise programs and foreign military sales.
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