ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- The Army Materiel Command's top civilian met Dec. 13 with senior leaders from organizations at Rock Island Arsenal.

Brig. Gen. John F. Wharton, commanding general of the Army Sustainment Command and senior mission commander of RIA, hosted John B. Nerger, Army Materiel Command executive director to the commanding general for his first visit here.

Nerger received briefings about the global missions that ASC performs to sustain Army and coalition forces. Some of the missions discussed included Army Field Support Brigades, Directorate of Logistics, Army Prepositioned Stocks, Logistics Civil Augmentation Program, and Lead Materiel Integration.

"ASC is moving to the next level," Wharton told Nerger. "As the bridge between the operational forces and the industrial sustainment base, from Rock Island Arsenal, we are the Army's center of gravity for logistics."

From his headquarters at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., Nerger is frequently briefed via video teleconference by commanders from the 401st Army Field Support Brigade in Afghanistan, 402nd AFSB in Kuwait, 403rd AFSB in Korea, 404th AFSB at Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Wash., 405th AFSB in Germany, 406th AFSB at Fort Bragg, N.C., 407th AFSB at Fort Hood, Texas, and the Distribution Management Center at RIA.

"ASC has one of the most important missions in the Army," Nerger told ASC leaders. "You are on the front lines for the Army Materiel Command. You are good at what you do and have become a new mission magnet," he said.

Other tenants on RIA that provided overview briefings to Nerger included Army Contracting Command - Rock Island, Edgewood Chemical & Biological Center - Rock Island, Joint Munitions Command, Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center - Rock Island Arsenal, and the Armament Research Development and Engineering Center - Rock Island.