U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) is using its move from Fort Belvoir, Va., to Redstone Arsenal, Ala., as an opportunity to reorganize and ensure the command’s vision follows the rebalancing efforts set forth by Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. and Secretary of the Army John McHugh.
"This is the opportunity to link our vision with that of the chief and the secretary," Gen. Ann. E. Dunwoody, AMC commander, said. "We are going to use our move to Huntsville to reorganize, not grow, Army Materiel Command into a way, into a form, into an organization that can manage the enterprise."
Speaking June 24 at the Association of the United States Army’s Sustainment Symposium and Exposition in Richmond, Va., Dunwoody said she is "missing capabilities" on the AMC staff such as research and development technology, acquisition, contracting or foreign military sales, "so we have to reshape our staff so we can effectively manage this enterprise and supporting units, and we’re going to use our move to Huntsville to do that."
Adding, "We hope that by taking an enterprise approach that we’ll be more efficient and free up dollars for the chief and the secretary to rebalance the Army and put resources where they need."
The move to relocate AMC headquarters came after the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure decision. BRAC is also affecting 1/6th of AMC employees in over half of the 50 states. About 50 percent of the headquarters had moved by February, and the move is scheduled to be completed by July 2011.
"One of the main takeaways from BRAC is that our centers of gravity are moving," Dunwoody said. "With new centers of gravity, it’s important to understand where we are going to be and what we are going to do."
She said the next couple of years are going to be challenging, and supporting war efforts shouldn’t be looked at as business as usual because people will fall into routines. Instead, logisticians should look at deployments as new opportunities to make the lives of soldiers better.