IMCOM National Capital Region District activated, Brig. Gen. Rogers takes charge
October 2, 2008
FORT BELVOIR, Va. Aca,!aEURc Installation Management Command's National Capital Region District was officially activated Oct. 1 with an assumption of responsibility ceremony at Fort Belvoir's Wallace Theater.
Brig. Gen. Dennis E. Rogers, IMCOM's director of Operations and Facilities, took charge of the district, which includes Belvoir, forts Myer and McNair in Washington, D.C.; Fort Meade, Md.; and the Joint Personnel Property Shipping Office, Washington Area.
The installations realigned July 1 as part of an effort to rebalance the distribution of installations within IMCOM's three U.S. regions and assist the completion of Base Realignment and Closure and other stationing actions by September 2011.
According to IMCOM officials, the realignment will increase effectiveness and efficiency of regional resources. Maj. Gen. John A. Macdonald, IMCOM deputy commanding general and commanding general of the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command, said Rogers is the right man for the job.
"He's a proven leader with the capacity to lead the National Capital Region-District with zeal," Macdonald said. "This district is made up of a powerful and very capable force of people. The talent speaks volumes and is one of the reasons why the USA is so strong."
Rogers thanked everyone for attending, which included garrison commanders, command sergeants major and various officials from around the district. Before ending his speech, he left the audience with just one reminder.
"We've gone through a vigorous hiring process and have assembled an incredible group of people who are up for the challenges that lie ahead," Rogers said. "For as long as I can remember, one of our strengths has been to work together. That will continue because, quite simply, we're all a part of this."
IMCOM has six regions worldwide. The Northeast, Southeast and West regions are in the continental United States. IMCOM realigned the boundaries of the three, moving 13 states and their 11 installations of various sizes from the West Region to the Northeast and Southeast regions.
The CONUS regional rebalance redistributed the major installations to nine in the West, 10 in the Southeast and seven in the Northeast. Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and Fort McCoy, Wis., realigned to the Northeast; while Fort Polk, La., and Pine Bluff Arsenal, Ark., realigned under the Southeast.
Headquarters IMCOM is slated to move from Arlington to Fort Sam Houston, Texas, in 2011. The new district will remain and operate out of Washington D.C.-area offices in preparation for the move.