Sep 17 2008

Shelby Applauds Redstone Arsenal Groundbreaking

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, today applauded the groundbreaking of the Army Materiel Command (AMC) and the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC) headquarters at Redstone Arsenal.  As a result of the 2005 round of Base Realignment and Closure, AMC and USASAC are relocating to Redstone Arsenal from Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

“The relocation of the Army Materiel Command and USASAC headquarters to Redstone Arsenal are tremendous gains for our state,” said Shelby.  “Once the move is complete, AMC will be the first four star command at Redstone, bringing with it 1,800 jobs.  This is a significant addition to the Redstone community and I will continue to work as a defense appropriator to ensure that AMC receives the funding it needs to continue its vital mission to provide technology, acquisition support and logistics in support of our warfighters.”

AMC is the Army’s principal materiel developer, comprised of 15 major subordinate commands, including Redstone’s Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM).  AMC directs the activities at depots, arsenals, ammunition plants, laboratories, test activities and procurement operations in 42 states.  An AMC subordinate command, USASAC develops, executes and manages Army security assistance programs and is the core component of Army Foreign Military Sales.

The Fiscal Year 2008 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill included $30 million for phase one of the Command’s relocation.  $98 million was included in the Fiscal Year 2009 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill for phase two.