AMC balances transition with supporting the warfighter 

As the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) continues on its road of transition brought on by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission, Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, AMC commander, views the change not as series of challenges but as opportunities to “redouble our efforts to support soldiers.”

Speaking Thursday at the Association of the United States Army’s Winter Meeting and Exposition in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Dunwoody told Army and industry leaders that the BRAC move is affecting 11,000 AMC personnel and shifting the command’s “center of gravity” to Huntsville, Ala.

She highlighted recent successes of moving 50 percent of equipment in Iraq to support the surge in Afghanistan, and consolidating maintenance capabilities from across the Army to fall under AMC. Also, foreign military sales – repairing and re-equipping systems at the depot level and selling to friendly nations – has also gone from $9 billion in 2007 to $14 billion last year. This helped eliminate storage costs of unused systems.

“We’ve gotten so good at reset and recap” that countries are buying “like-new equipment” at a cheaper cost for them, Dunwoody said.

She also noted AMC’s “Always a Soldier” program that began recently to reach out to soldiers, especially wounded warriors, and help them get on with their lives and “embedded back into society” after leaving with military.

However, she said there are improvements that are still left to be done. These include fuel and energy saving initiatives, better integration of armor onto platforms, leveraging technology for more autonomous capabilities in robotics, and expanding simulators for training.

Dunwoody said, “The entire Army is in motion,” and with war in Iraq and Afghanistan approaching 10 years, it’s difficult to see combat operations as anything but routine. AUSA’s symposiums give Army and industry leaders the opportunity to “renew our commitment to support our men and women.”