SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Oct. 5, 2010) -- The U.S. Army Installation Management Command Headquarters officially transferred from Arlington, Va., to San Antonio during the public uncasing of its unit colors Tuesday at its temporary location.

The relocating of IMCOM to San Antonio includes the transfer or creation of 1,500 jobs to San Antonio's economy. The uncasing ceremony symbolically marks the command's permanent presence here and establishes San Antonio as the new base of operations for the Army's Installation Management community.

It also represents the final movement and relocation of the headquarters, which also includes the U.S. Army Environmental Command and the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command, both subordinate commands of IMCOM. The transfer of the headquarters was directed by the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure law.

"We're honored to be a part of this great city, its military spirit, its multiculturalism, and proud heritage," said Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, commanding general of IMCOM. "I can't express how happy we are to be a part of Military City USA."

Lynch said he views this move as one way the Army can realize cost savings, enhance operational efficiency and reduce the duplication of installation services. He said he believes the transfer is good for the Army, the country and San Antonio.

IMCOM's mission is to provide installation capabilities and services in support of Army operations, providing a high quality of life for Soldiers, their families and Army civilians. IMCOM oversees all facets of managing Army installations around the world, including maintenance of the roads, grounds, logistics, public works, security forces, emergency services and everything that makes Army installations self-contained towns.

IMCOM temporarily occupies a leased building until completion of a new headquarters on Joint Base San Antonio (formerly Fort Sam Houston) in July 2011. The contract to build the state-of-the-art headquarters is about $390 million.

"We join the city of San Antonio in celebrating this historic moment," said Lynch. "With this uncasing ceremony, we honor our own men and women who dedicate themselves to protecting America and supporting installation capabilities and services to support the Army family in a time of persistent conflict. Their commitment to serve our nation's military is a testament to their courage, their duty to country, and the strength of the nation."

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