BRAC 2005 Recommended Relocation of U.S. Army Security Assistance Command Completed

Wednesday August 10, 2011

What is it?

Headquarters, U.S. Army Security Assistance Command completed its Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission directed transfer prior to the July 17, 2011 deadline. The directive moved USASAC headquarters from Fort Belvoir, Va., and consolidated personnel from its St. Loui, Mo., finance office to a new headquarters building at Redstone Arsenal, Ala.

The HQ USASAC move from Fort Belvoir, Va., was done in September 2009, a full two years ahead of the schedule, which made it the first flag-level command to move to Redstone Arsenal, Ala., as part of the BRAC Act of 2005. The consolidation to the new building, which is part of the HQ, Army Materiel Command (AMC) facility, began in May and all transfer of functions was completed in June.

The mission of USASAC is to implement approved Army Security Assistance programs, including Foreign Military Sales (FMS) of defense articles and services to eligible foreign governments.

What has the Army done?

The relocation keeps USASAC in close proximity to HQ AMC, its major command, and Army Security Assistance Enterprise partners such as the Program Executive Office (PEO)/Program Manager (PM) community that also have a presence at Redstone Arsenal, Ala.

The Security Assistance Enterprise includes the Security Assistance Management Directorates (SAMDs) of each of the AMC Life Cycle Management Commands (LCMCs) which ensure each FMS case is supported by the Army.

Additionally, in October 2010, the U.S. Army Security Assistance Training Management Organization (SATMO), located at Fort Bragg, N.C. (where it remains), was transferred from the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command to AMC as a subordinate command of USASAC. This consolidated all foreign training and advisory functions associated with delivery of Army defense articles and services under USASAC.

What does the Army have planned for the future?

USASAC maintains relationships with more than 150 countries. Each sale comprises the same "total package" of quality materiel, spare parts, training, publications, technical documentation, maintenance support, and other services that AMC provides to U.S. Army units.

With U.S. troops located throughout the world and regional stability the focus of the Combatant Commands, building relationships that promote compatibility and interoperability in training equipment and Soldier development are crucial to the National Defense Strategy.

Why is this important to the Army?

USASAC’s BRAC relocation offers many opportunities for increasing efficiencies within the Security Assistance Enterprise. The state-of-art technology in the new headquarters facility ensures global communications capabilities to its increasing number of worldwide customers.

Resources:

USASAC website
USASAC Facebook
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Related article: USASAC completes move to new headquarters building

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