Who is AMCOM

The Army Aviation and Missile Command supports Joint Warfighters and Allies, assuring aviation and missile readiness with seamless transition to combat operations; supports Program Executive Officers and Project Managers to enable the development, acquisition and fielding of superior aviation and missile systems; and assures the integration of aviation and missile technology in partnership with Program Executives Officers (Aviation / Missiles & Space) and Project Managers. As a Life Cycle Management Command, AMCOM is dedicated to providing integrated engineering, logistics and contracting to more than 90 major systems - about half the systems in the U.S. Army.

AMCOM was formed on October 1, 1997 and proudly continues the "Tradition of Excellence" that was the cornerstone of its predecessor organizations.

In sum, the Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command develops, acquires, fields, and sustains aviation, missile, and unmanned vehicle systems, ensuring readiness with seamless transition to combat operations. Core competencies are design, acquire, integrate, field and sustain systems; transition science and technology into aviation, missile, and unmanned vehicle systems; industrial operations center of excellence for air defense and rotary wing aircraft at Letterkenny and Corpus Christi Army Depots.

What Does AMCOM Do?

Most of the Army Aviation and Missile Command's 8,000 civilian workers and 175 soldiers work on aviation and missile systems and the supporting equipment required to operate them. As a Life Cycle Management Command, AMCOM's is totally responsible for aviation and missile systems throughout their lifecycle.

AMCOM works closely with the Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center that operates simulation facilities to evaluate missile components, such as seekers, in a variety of flights and countermeasures environments. The AMRDEC conducts research, exploratory and advanced development, and provides one-stop life cycle engineering and scientific support for aviation and missile weapons systems as well as Unmanned Aerial and Ground systems. AMCOM also has access to several wind tunnels to test full-size helicopters, a vertical motion simulator for flight control evaluation and a crash-testing tower used to improve safety.

AMCOM's Test, Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment Activity manages a metrology and calibration program, supporting Soldiers worldwide. AMCOM is also the leader in foreign military sales, accounting for more than 50 percent of total Army sales to Allied forces and friendly foreign nations.

In addition, AMCOM has two key Army depots - Corpus Christi Army Depot in Texas and Letterkenny Army Depot in Pennsylvania. The Secretary of the Army has designated both depots as centers of industrial and technical excellence. AMCOM also has operational control of all aviation logistics management functions at Fort Rucker, Alabama, home of the Army Aviation Center. This means AMCOM oversees the maintenance and supply management of Fort Rucker's aviation fleet and directs about 100 government personnel and more than 3,500 contractors who perform that work.

AMCOM History

The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command was established on October 1, 1997. It was formed with the merger of the aviation portion of the US Army Aviation and Troop Command and the US Army Missile Command. The AMCOM LCMC at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama was formed in October, 2004 to transform from a concept to an integrated, closely aligned organization with a single commander who has the primary responsibility for the life cycle of all the Army's aviation and missile weapon systems. AMCOM has a rich history and the nucleus of its organizations also produced the experienced teams that became NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, the Army Space and Missile Defense Command and the Defense Intelligence Agency's Missile and Space Intelligence Center. AMCOM is headquartered at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, a 38,000-acre installation that is home to more than 60 international, federal, and Department of Defense organizations.

Chronological Highlights Leading to the Establishment of the Command

1941 - Redstone Arsenal established as one of two U.S. Army arsenals on a 40,000-acre tract near Huntsville, Alabama, to produce of rounds of conventional chemical ammunition.

Oct 48 - The Chief of Ordnance designates Redstone Arsenal as the center for Ordnance research and development in the field of rockets.

1 Jun 49 - The Chief of Ordnance officially activates the arsenal as the site of the Ordnance Rocket Center.

28 Oct 49 - In the interest of economy and efficiency, the Secretary of the Army approves the transfer of the Ordnance Research and Development Division Sub-Office (Rocket) at Fort Bliss, Texas, to Redstone Arsenal.

22 Oct 52 - The Transportation Corps Army Aviation Field Service Office (TCAAFSO) established at St. Louis, Missouri, as a Class II Activity under the jurisdiction of the Chief of Transportation.

Mar 55 - TCAAFSO and the Transportation Materiel Command located in Marietta, Pennsylvania, which had logistical responsibility for rail and marine equipment, consolidates into the Transportation Supply and Maintenance Command (TSMC), headquartered at St. Louis, Missouri.

1 Feb 56 - The U.S. Army Ballistic Missile Agency (ABMA) established at Redstone Arsenal.

31 Mar 58 - The U.S. Army Ordnance Missile Command (AOMC) established at Redstone Arsenal. Subordinate elements of the command include ABMA; the U.S. Army Rocket and Guided Missile Agency (ARGMA), activated on 1 Apr 58; the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL); White Sands Missile Range (WSMR); and Redstone Arsenal.

3 Dec 58 - JPL transferred to the newly created National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

1Oct 59 - Transportation Supply and Maintenance Command redesignated as the U.S. Army Transportation Materiel Command (TMC).

1 Jul 60 - AOMC/ABMA transfers all of its space-related missions, along with 4,000 civilian employees and $100 million worth of buildings and equipment at Redstone Arsenal and Cape Canaveral, Florida, to NASA's George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, which officially opened on this day at Redstone Arsenal.

11 Dec 61 - ABMA and ARGMA abolished as separate organizations, and their functions and personnel merge with AOMC Headquarters. WSMR removed from the command's jurisdiction on 1 Jan 62 and placed directly under the Chief of Ordnance.

23 May 62 - MICOM officially established;, fully staffed and operational on 1 Aug 62.

1 Aug 62 - Transportation Materiel Command placed under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Army Mobility Command (MOCOM), a major subordinate command of Army Materiel Command.

1 Nov 62 - TMC redesignated the U.S. Army Aviation and Surface Materiel Command.

28 Feb 64 - The U.S. Army Aviation and Surface Materiel Command redesignated as the U.S. Army Aviation Materiel Command (AVCOM).

1 Aug 66 - The assignment of AVCOM to MOCOM terminated; AVCOM established as a major subordinate command of AMC.

23 Sep 68 - AVCOM redesignated the U.S. Army Aviation Systems Command (AVSCOM).

31 Jan 77 - Missions and people of MICOM split between the U.S. Army Missile Materiel Readiness Command (MIRCOM) and the U.S. Army Missile Research and Development Command (MIRADCOM).

1 Jul 77 - AVSCOM discontinued and its readiness mission combined with that of the U.S. Army Troop Support Command (TROSCOM) to form the U.S. Army Troop Support and Aviation Materiel Readiness Command (TSARCOM). AVSCOM's aviation research and development mission assigned to the newly established U.S. Army Aviation Research and Development Command (AVRADCOM).

1 Jul 79 - AMC decides that the most logical and efficient way to meet the requirements of the Army missile program is under the single command concept. Consequently, MIRCOM and MIRADCOM disestablished and their organizational elements, missions, functions, manpower spaces, and people combined in place under the reinstituted MICOM.

1 Mar 84 - AVSCOM reestablished and all missions and activities of AVRADCOM and the aviation related missions and activities of the Troop Support and Aviation Materiel Readiness Command transferred to AVSCOM.

1 May 87 - Management of the aviation and missile programs both at AVSCOM and MICOM changed significantly with the provisional establishment of the concept of Program Executive Offices (PEOs) at both locations. The primary mission of the PEOs is to direct and control the development, production, fielding, product improvement, and follow-on support of assigned programs and systems.

1 Oct 92 - Army Aviation and Troop Command established, consolidating the existing missions of AVSCOM and TROSCOM less those missions and organizations transferred to other commands.

8 Sep 95 - Congress approves the Base and Realignment Commission (BRAC) 95 List, disestablishing ATCOM and transfers its mission and organizations to Redstone Arsenal to merge with the Army Missile Command to form AMCOM.

17 Jul 97 - Army Aviation and Missile Command is provisionally established.

1 Oct 97 - AMC Permanent Orders 344-1, dated 9 Dec 96, formally establishes AMCOM.


Major General Douglas M. Gabram

Major General Douglas M. Gabram assumed command of the Aviation and Missile Command in a February 18, 2016 Change of Command Ceremony.

Mission Statement

AMCOM develops and delivers responsive aviation, missile and calibration materiel readiness to the United States Army in order to optimize joint warfighter capabilities at the point of need.

Vision Statement

Mission First, People Always, enabling synchronized aviation, missile and calibration materiel enterprises providing unmatched capability for the Army and the Nation.

Strategic Priorities

  • Operationalize AMCOM to enable sustainable readiness at the point of need.
  • Agile competencies optimized for future Army requirements.
  • Sustainment integration throughout entire life cycle of all supported programs.
  • Responsible stewards of the Nation’s resources; prioritizing in support of the Army.
  • A unified and synchronized team of adaptive professionals.

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