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The United States Army Soldier Support Institute (USASSI) Military History Office writes, collects, interprets, and instructs military history and heritage for the U.S. Army Soldier Support Institute and its associated schools and organizations.

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The U.S. Army Soldier Support Institute was established as the U.S. Army Administration Center (ADMINCEN) in July 1973 at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, one of three combat and training development integrating centers assigned to the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC).  ADMINCEN became the TRADOC focal point for Army missions related to pay, personnel and administration, military justice, religious activities, medical services, public affairs, and foreign language training.  The center coordinated combat and training developments for the Adjutant General, Finance, Judge Advocate General, Chaplain, Defense Information, and Women's Army Corps Schools plus the Academy of Health Sciences, the Army Element of the School of Music, and the Defense Language Institute.  Together these related battlefield functions comprised the Personnel Service Support (PSS) mission area.  ADMINCEN also embraced the U.S. Army Institute of Administration at Fort Harrison, a consolidation of the Adjutant General and Finance Schools.
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..In 1980, ADMINCEN was reorganized into the U.S. Army Soldier Support Center (SSC), gaining Army proponency for the "human dimension" of military operations -- doctrine and programs built around principles of leadership and training aimed at improving soldier performance and unit cohesion. Under SSC, the Institute of Administration was reorganized as the U.S. Army Institute of Personnel and Resource Management (IPRM).  IPRM was composed of five directorates -- Support, Training, Training Developments, Combat Developments, and Evaluation -- and four separately identified "schools" -- the Adjutant General, Finance, Computer Science and Personnel Management Schools. 
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..With the addition of physical fitness and Army bands to the SSC mission, the number of IPRM schools grew to eight.  In August 1984, IPRM was renamed the U.S. Army Soldier Support Institute (SSI) and included the Adjutant General, Finance, Computer Science, Recruiting and Retention, Community Activities, ROTC, and Soldier Physical Fitness Schools, and the Army Element of the School of Music at Little Creek, Virginia, in its organization.  In 1987, the SSC Noncommissioned Officers Academy was established to provide leadership training for senior enlisted specialists from the Personnel Service Support mission area.  From 1986-1992, four of the schools were either transferred to other installations or disestablished, leaving USASSI an organization of four schools -- the Adjutant General, Finance, Recruiting and Retention Schools, the Army School of Music -- and the NCO Academy. 
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..A reorganization of the Training and Doctrine Command's combat development community in 1990 called for the disestablishment of the Soldier Support Center and the merger of its integrating mission with the Logistics Center at Fort Lee, Virginia.  The resulting organization, the Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM), was established at Fort Lee in October 1990.  Under the reorganization, USASSI and the former associated schools of the SSC became parts of the new CASCOM which held responsibility for the integration of both logistics and personnel service support combat and training developments for the battlefields of the future. 
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..In April 1991, the Base Closure and Realignment Commission nominated Fort Benjamin Harrison for closure and the transfer of the Soldier Support Institute to Fort Jackson, South Carolina.  The transfer began officially in October 1994 and was completed September 30, 1995.  The U.S. Army Soldier Support Institute at Fort Jackson,  is composed of the Adjutant General, Finance, Recruiting and Retention Schools, the NCO Academy, and the Army Element of the School of Music.

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The United States Army Soldier Support Institute (USASSI) Military History Office writes, collects, interprets, and instructs military history and heritage for the U.S. Army Soldier Support Institute and its associated schools and organizations.