REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, Army Materiel Command's commanding general, welcomed two new key leaders and paid tribute to the Army's 236th birthday during the first official ceremony held at AMC's new headquarters here June 14.

Lt. Gen. Dennis Via assumed duties as the deputy commanding general May 1, and John B. Nerger assumed duties as the executive deputy to the commanding general May 31. The ceremony marked their first opportunity to address the AMC workforce in their official capacities.

"Thank you all for taking time from your demanding schedules to be here today," Via said. "I am deeply humbled to assume duties at this magnificent command."

Via also thanked Dunwoody for placing her trust in him to carry on the duties of deputy commanding general.

Nerger thanked Teresa Gerton, previous executive deputy to the commanding general, for her guidance during his transition into this new role.

"I may be new to AMC but I'm not new to serving Soldiers," Nerger said. "Standing outside this very modern headquarters, I'm reminded we are witnessing history. But I'm not here to witness history. I'm here to help make history."

Ending Nerger's remarks was a pledge simply to be of value.

June 14, 2011 also marks 236 years since the United States Army was established to defend our nation.

Prior to ending the ceremony was the traditional cake cutting by the junior most Soldier in AMC, Spec. Lanonda Hewlett, along with Dunwoody and AMC's Command Sergeant Major Jeffrey J. Mellinger.

"Let us not forget this is the tenth Army birthday we've been at war," Dunwoody said.

Under the Alabama sun and AMC patch, the workforce paid respect to the Army Birthday as the flag detail lowered the flag to the playing of retreat and the National Anthem.