Army Ballistic Missile Agency (ABMA)
The Army Ballistic Missile Agency (ABMA) is an organization formed by the United States Army on February 1, 1956, at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Alabama,
taking over what was previously the Guided Missile Development Division,
to develop the Redstone and Jupiter ballistic missiles. Its first commander was Major General John Mendaris.
In July 1960 ABMA's buildings and staff, including Wernher von
Braun, were transferred to NASA's Marshall
Space Flight Center, which remains in the midst of the Redstone Arsenal.
|Wernher von Braun (left) and U.S. Army Secretary
Wilbur Brucker in the Army Ballistic Missile Agency Fabrication Laboratory