REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (Sept. 14, 2012) -- The U.S. Army Materiel Command welcomed its new deputy commanding general during a retreat ceremony here today.

Gen. Dennis L. Via, Commanding General of AMC, hosted the ceremony welcoming Lt. Gen. Patricia McQuistion.

"Lt. Gen. Pat McQuistion is no stranger to the Army Materiel Command, having served four previous tours with AMC," Via said. "She knows our mission. She knows our challenges. She knows our opportunities."

McQuistion's first AMC assignment was as commander of Tobyhanna Army Depot. "During her tenure, Tobyhanna's Op-Tempo was one of the highest in its history," Via told the gathered workforce. Via also cited McQuistion's assignments as the executive officer to AMC's deputy commanding general; as the Army Sustainment Command's deputy commanding general and commanding general of AMC Forward - Southwest Asia during the height of the Iraq surge; and most recently as the commander of the U.S. Army Sustainment Command. "(She) is the right person -- at the right time -- to help AMC keep moving in the right direction."

As second in command, McQuistion's primary duties include: serving as the commander's principal military assistant; the Chief Executive Officer for AMC; advising the commanding general in functional areas such as force protection, security assistance, operations, planning, training, communications, interoperability, joint exercises and management controls.

She also exercises oversight and direction over AMC's major subordinate commands.

"I'm very excited to be part of this team as we build on the successes and trust AMC has built by supporting the Warfighter, leading a global concept of support for the Army 202 and beyond," McQuistion said.

The U.S. Army Materiel Command is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness -- technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment -- to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, communicates with it or eats it, AMC provides it.