TACOM HQ leaders travel to Rock Island, talk with employees
January 20, 2009
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - Life in Southeast Michigan is similar to the Illinois and Iowa Quad Cities, two senior leaders from the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command's Warren, Mich., headquarters told TACOM employees here Jan. 13.
"There are many good places to live depending on whether you like urban, rural or suburban living," said Janet Bean, Integrated Logistics Support Center executive director, during a town hall meeting on the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommendations which move all of TACOM Rock Island's 1,200 jobs, most to Detroit Arsenal, in 2011.
"There are a lot of suburban areas and subdivisions in the Detroit suburbs," said Harry Hallock TACOM LCMC Contracting Center director.
Housing development there don't look much different than housing developments in Rock Island, he said
Bean and Hallock travelled to Rock Island to discuss plans with command leaders on how to move TACOM Rock Island's mission to Warren.
After showing a video on the Detroit area during the town hall session, Bean and Hallock answered employees' questions and asked for reactions to the video.
Maj. Gen Scott West, TACOM LCMC commander, said in a taped introduction to the video that he hoped it would help employees make decisions regarding BRAC. "We hope you come to Warren. We'll all be glad you did," he said.
Bean and Hallock answered questions from employees ranging from moving reimbursement costs and selling houses in Rock Island to medical plans and the job market for spouses.
Bean said she wants to be sure employees have detailed information on these questions and all aspects of the move.
"I would like everyone here to have a contact at Warren to help you through this," she said.
Hallock said when he moved to Warren 29 years ago he only intended to stay two years.
"The people are what made me stay," he said. He said he often attends hockey games and theatrical productions in downtown Detroit.
Hallock noted that he brought acquisition employees from Warren to Rock Island to meet with their counterparts. "We need to lay out the plan because 2011 will be here quickly," he said.
Bean said that advance party moves are still in the planning stages.
"At the end of the month, we'll have a pretty firm idea of what we're going to do in terms of asking people if they want to move," she said.
This was the 13th town hall meeting held at Rock Island on the upcoming BRAC move.