REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - The U.S. Army Security Assistance Command celebrated 45 years of service with an Organization Day at Redstone Arsenal July 30.

USASAC employees at Redstone Arsenal spent the day at Vincent Drive Park enjoying barbeque and cake while playing softball, swimming and hitting senior leaders into the dunk tank.

Although the day was filled with fun and relaxation, Brig. Gen. Christopher Tucker reminded employees of the hard work it has taken to support the USASAC mission over the last 45 years.

"We've come a long way from our start in 1965; building over the early years to over $10 billion in sales during 1991. In 1995 we lost friends and co-workers in the bombing of OPM-SANG's headquarters. In 2009, the superb efforts of USASAC employees set records as U.S. Army Foreign Military Sales grew to $24.2 billion and accounted for two-thirds of fiscal year 2009 sales across the three services," said Tucker in a message to the workforce.

Historical highlights of the command:

Aca,!Ac In 1962, the foreign aid functions of the Army technical services were placed into a central organization, creating the Mutual Security Agency. AMC's role in security assistance crystallized in February 1965 when the Logistic Control Office of the Supply and Maintenance Command was assigned from the U.S. Army Terminal Command, Atlantic, to New Cumberland Army Depot, Pa.

Aca,!Ac Army security assistance was elevated to Major Subordinate Command status Nov. 1, 1975 when the U.S. Army International Logistics Command was formed at Headquarters, U.S. Army Materiel Development and Readiness Command, Alexandria, Va.

Aca,!Ac The Army security assistance mission was further consolidated in August 1985 when USASAC and AMC developed and implemented the Army Centralized Case Management System, under which USASAC was designated the Army single point of contact for managing Foreign Military Sales. On April 1, 1990 USASAC was re-designated as the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command to reflect its expanded responsibilities.

Aca,!Ac In September 2009 all functions eligible for transfer had been relocated from Fort Belvoir, Va., to Redstone Arsenal, Ala., a full two years ahead of schedule - making USASAC the first flag-level command to complete the 2005 BRAC move.

You can learn more about the history of USASAC by visiting our History website.