U.S. Army Security Assistance Command celebrates 50th anniversary on Tuesday

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REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT) - The U.S. Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC) celebrated its 50th anniversary on Tuesday morning at the AMC Parade Field on Redstone Arsenal. USASAC leaders said the organization provides "a face for the U.S. Army to other nations."

"We provided cases to 145 countries around the world, help them build their capacity so that when we get ready to go to war the next time, we've got capable and ready partners," USASAC Commanding General Maj. Gen. Mark McDonald said.

Since 1965, USASAC has been the face of the Army to other nations, a role at the center of everything the command does.

"The United States has always assisted around the world, in humanitarian efforts and peace keeping operations," Deputy Director for Europe and Africa Jacqueline Williams said.

The give and take efforts create mutually beneficial relationships between the United States and other countries.

"For example, we may need airspace, we provide equipment to those countries and in exchange, we get that airspace as apart of that national security," Williams said.

Relationships built on trusting the stars and stripes.

"We tell them, 'Hey, we're going to give it to you at this time and they rely on us for that,'" Williams said.

Should we see future involvement in war, USASAC ensures our allies are ready.

"I believe we need to have capable partners who can help us when we go," Maj. Gen. Mark McDonald said.

USASAC headquarters moved from Fort Belvoir in Virginia to Redstone Arsenal in 2009.

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