NEW CUMBERLAND, Pennsylvania – Brig. Gen. Garrick M. Harmon, commander of the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command, visited the USASAC Headquarters in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania for the first time June 16.
During the daylong visit, he met with senior leaders and employees to gain a better understanding of the unique FMS processes carried out at the Pennsylvania-based operation. USASAC–New Cumberland accounts for more than 60 percent of the headquarters employees under Harmon’s command.
New Cumberland Senior Representative and G4 Director Michael Casciaro was pleased to welcome Harmon and introduce him to a critical component USASAC’s workforce.
“It’s always a good thing when a commander visits his team,” said Casciaro. “Our employees in New Cumberland work very hard and seeing General Harmon take a genuine interest in their day-to-day activities was appreciated by everyone here, including myself.”
Shortly after his arrival, Harmon received a Foreign Military Sales walking tour led by Case Execution Modernization Initiative (CEMI) Lead Tonya Sadler. The tour covered every aspect of an FMS case from start to finish.
After the tour, Harmon met with Security Assistance Liaison Office Manager Terra Good and several security assistance liaison officers (SALOs) for a program overview.
USASAC currently hosts 16 SALOs from 13 partner nations. Each SALO works closely with USASAC employees to ensure the successful execution of FMS cases on behalf of their countries.
Wrapping up the trip, Harmon discussed the way ahead for USASAC with senior leaders, focusing on ways to improve processes and quality of life initiatives at New Cumberland.
Casciaro said Harmon recognized “the standard of excellence we hold ourselves to in New Cumberland” and he looks forward to his next visit.
USASAC executes one of the United States’ most powerful foreign policy tools—Security Assistance and Foreign Military Sales, commonly known as FMS.
The FMS program is a form of security assistance authorized by the Arms Export Control Act of 1976. Under Section 3 of this Act, the U.S. may sell defense articles, services and training to other sovereign nations and international organizations, when the president finds that to do so will strengthen the security of the U.S. and promote world peace.
Executing security assistance and FMS with partner nations has many benefits—for U.S. national security, U.S. Armed Forces and America’s allies across the globe. Among its many benefits, it:
- Enhances political-military ties and regional stability;
- Helps deter aggression and promote democratic values;
- Supports Combatant Command goals and objectives;
- Reduces production costs and keeps industry production lines hot;
- Enhances defense industry interest of both nations and
- Decreases U.S. deployments as our partners are able to defend their own borders
Currently, USASAC manages over 6,500 Foreign Military Sales cases, worth more than 205 billion dollars, for over 140 countries.
For more information about USASAC and its contributions to U.S. foreign policy, visit https://www.usasac.army.mil.