ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. (April 1, 2010) -- The Army's Installation Management Command and Army Materiel Command have begun an 18-month pilot program at four AMC installations to determine whether or not IMCOM garrisons should be established at all of AMC's 21 installations.

Two government-owned/government-operated installations -- Anniston Army Depot, Ala., and Tooele Army Depot, Utah -- and two government-owned/contractor-operated installations -- Hawthorne Army Depot, Nev., and Holston Army Ammunition Plant, Tenn. -- are participating in the IMCOM study.

IMCOM is a direct reporting unit for the garrison services that maintain and secure posts and installations.

AMC is the Army's only major command that does not have IMCOM-controlled garrisons performing the base operating services at all of its installations, said Mike Viggato, deputy to the commanding general, TACOM Life Cycle Management Command, in a televised town hall delivered from The Morning Show studio.

Depot support functions -- not production operations -- are the focus of the study.

Viggato said if the study proves that it would be worthwhile to transition base operating services here from AMC to IMCOM, no changes would take place until fiscal year 2014. This study and potential transition is expected to affect only 550 of the depot's 4,200 employees.

IMCOM's core competencies involve the services and infrastructure enterprise - i.e., real property inventory, roads and grounds, utilities, security and transportation.

In contrast, AMC has the market on materiel enterprise - combat vehicle and weapons maintenance, manufacturing, acquisition, among other industrial-base operations.

While IMCOM's mission is to "provide standardized, effective and efficient services, facilities and infrastructure to Soldiers, families and civilians," AMC has been performing these functions on its own.

Directorates, such as public works, information management and risk management, provide the installation support services that are being studied, and Viggato said, employees at Anniston Army Depot are not to change anything they're currently doing during this pilot program.

"The data that we'll be collecting during this study will show us where we can gain efficiency and effectiveness in our depot mission," said Viggato.

Anniston Army Depot was selected for the study due to its complex operations and the vast number of buildings and structures on the installation.

"If we had to examine only the smaller organizations and then decided to make the same type of transition of these services at ANAD, that wouldn't work," said Viggato.

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