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AMC's new G staff structure: a Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, or G-3, is part of the recently reorganized Army Materiel Command.

On 1 May 2002, the Army Materiel Command (AMC) headquarters structure was reorganized under the "G staff" model to improve AMC's responsiveness, effectiveness, and integration and to better align the command with the Department of the Army staff directorate structure (see chart below). The G staff concept was used first in 1917, when General John J. Pershing organized his staff while preparing the Army Expeditionary Forces for combat in World War I.

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As part of its reorganization, AMC formed the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (G-3) (see chart at right), headed by Major General John J. Deyermond, to coordinate AMC's operations, planning, and logistics responsibilities.

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AMC chose not to develop a corresponding Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics (G-4) to augment the G-3 and other major staff sections. "There isn't a separate G-4 because we consider ourselves the G-4 for the Army," said General Paul J. Kern, Commanding General of AMC.

AMC previously had structured its headquarters by aligning the operational staff elements under the Deputy Commanding General and the major support elements under the Chief of Staff. Although that headquarters structure provided strong service and support, the new AMC organization will significantly improve integration internally across the headquarters components and major staff elements and externally with major Army commands, the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, and the other services.

To form the G-3 organization, General Kern consolidated the Offices of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics and Readiness and the Deputy Chief of Staff for Chemical and Biological Matters; most of the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Research, Development, and Acquisition; most of the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Ammunition; the Office of Security, Force Protection, and Law Enforcement; and the Office of Strategic Affairs. The consolidated organization then was restructured under Deputy G-3s for--

* Current Operations. Subelements include the Plans and Operations Division and the Office of Security, Force Protection, and Law Enforcement. A coordinating relationship exists with the Commander of the Logistics Support Activity.

* Support Operations. Subelements include the Maintenance Management Division; Munitions, Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Support Division; Materiel Management Division; Combat Service Support Operations Division; and the Office of the Army National Guard Advisor.

* Industrial Operations. Subordinate elements are the Industrial Base Capabilities Division and the Integrated Engineering Management Division.

* Enterprise Integration. Functions include oversight of the Strategic Integration Division, the Operational Systems Integration Division, and the Single Stock Fund Division.

* Future Operations. This element is divided into the Strategic Planning Division, the Technology Support and Integration Division, the Concepts and Requirements Analysis Division, and the Life Cycle Management Support Division.

The G-3 reorganization was effective on 15 October 2002. The G-3 is responsible for both vertical and horizontal integration and internal operations. Formerly independent operations will be integrated and realigned to establish a more customer-centered organization. Throughout the transition and beyond, the G-3 will maintain continuity of operations and high standards of service. The G-3 Operations Center, which provides 24-hour support 7 days a week, will assist in this effort.

AMC's mission remains essentially the same as it was before the reorganization: to provide superior technology, acquisition support, and logistics to ensure dominant land force capability for soldiers, the United States, and our allies.

The G-3 has developed a separate mission statement to reflect its assigned responsibilities: to be the principal staff responsible for preparation and sustainment of warfighting in peace and war today and tomorrow.

For more information concerning the AMC reorganization, contact the AMC Public Communications Office at (703) 617-8010.

Gary J. Motsek is the Deputy G-3 for support operations for the Army Materiel Command (AMC) in Alexandria, Virginia. Previously, he was the AMC Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Ammunition. He has a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering from Syracuse University and a master's degree in management from Troy State University.
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