By Ms. Rikeshia Davidson (AMC)December 16, 2009
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The Army Materiel Command recently participated in the BRAC to the Future III event which serves as an update to the Tennessee Valley community regarding Base Realignment and Closure transitions.
Held in downtown Huntsville Dec. 15 at the Von Braun Center, the event highlighted the impending 2011 BRAC implementation by placing various local chambers of commerce, community leaders, civilian leadership and military officials in one location, at the same time.
Speaking on behalf of the Army Materiel Command, Teresa W. Gerton, acting executive deputy to the AMC commanding general, reintroduced the Fort Belvoir based-command to the local Tennessee Valley community.
"If you haven't seen AMC lately, you haven't seen AMC," began Gerton as she addressed an audience of around 500. Gerton explained that AMC has more than 66,000 employees, $95 billion in contracts, $57 billion budget for fiscal year 2009 and is located in 48 states and 127 countries.
"We're not just big business though, we happen to manage the largest portfolio of any command in the Army. We have over 12 different science and technology labs and engineering centers across the country. Our newest command, Army Contracting Command, has two subordinate commands: the Expeditionary Contracting Command and the Mission and Installation Contracting Command. (It) just went to full operational capabilities last fall. They are responsible for contracting around the world in support of our forces and also in support of all the Army's installations," said Gerton.
Gerton then addressed the AMC's progress of the BRAC implementation. "We're just beginning phase four of a five phase operation. Right now we have about 370 people out of our headquarters here and we moved the flag for USASAC headquarters last September--so they are actually headquartered here.
"Between the two organizations coming out of Fort Belvoir--USASAC and headquarters AMC--we will be moving a little over 1700 positions to Redstone Arsenal," said Gerton. "We are very much looking forward to spring 2011 when we can really begin to get the last of the echelon here."
In the meantime, Gerton reemphasized the extensive information campaign AMC has developed, citing Facebook, Twitter and the BRAC Blog. "All of those access points (Facebook, Twitter and the BRAC Blog) are open to the public (and) we strongly encourage your participation. It is a critical way of conveying messages to our workforce and building their excitement for coming to Redstone," said Gerton.
Gerton went on to mention that the AMC Band training facility will also be located on Redstone Arsenal, and the groundbreaking for the new state-of-the-art building will be in January.
Following another informative video, Gerton left the audience with a sign of good faith and willingness to continue collaboration with the Tennessee Valley community. "It's (AMC) a great organization, Huntsville is a great community and we are very excited about a great partnership with all of us."
The event continued with the "Hail to USASAC Luncheon" focused on the current presence of the AMC major subordinate command at Redstone Arsenal.
Commanded by Brig. Gen. Christopher Tucker, the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command was previously located in the D.C. area for 33 years. USASAC implements approved U.S. Army security assistance programs including foreign military sales of defense articles and services to eligible foreign governments. USASAC manages approximately 4,000 foreign military sales cases valued at $103 billion.
"Never before have we at USASAC been so busy in supporting many international customers but as my friends and counterparts in AMC and within the Army acquisition community know, we are all also working very, very closely with and in direct support of the strategy being executed by Gen. (Raymond T.) Ordierno in Iraq and Gen. (Stanley A.) McCrystal in Afghanistan," said Tucker. Tucker continued by commending the workforce of USASAC.
"We're very fortunate at USASAC to have an extremely talented civilian workforce and a small military workforce working together with our partners in the life cycle management commands to make all this happen. "And so we very, very much appreciate the work that has been done by the local community to reach out and help us make this move," said Tucker.