Casing ceremony marks new era for Army MWR
May 31, 2011
ALEXANDRIA, VA -- Employees of the Army’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command joined together Thursday for the casing of the FMWRC colors near the Nation's capital.
In accordance with 2005 Base Realignment and Closure law, the command is moving from Alexandria, Va., to a new home at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.
Casing the colors is a traditional flag ceremony that symbolizes the movement of a unit. While some may see the event as a sad occasion, FMWRC Commanding General Maj. Gen. Reuben Jones sees hope.
“It’s going to be better,” he told the audience. “That’s what life and that’s what change is all about.”
The support the organization provides to Soldiers and their Families will continue, he said.
“It’s just the tip of the iceberg, what’s done here [at headquarters]. There are other warriors -- about 27,000 of them -- on garrisons around the world who benefit from the work that the employees here do … allowing them to go out and execute programs.”
Waiting for the organization in Texas are several new and renovated facilities on Fort Sam Houston, including the historic Fort Sam Houston Theatre, the future home of the Army Entertainment Division, and a new building for the Maj. Gen. Robert M. Joyce Family and MWR Academy, which will serve as a training facility for garrison and headquarters employees.
Distinguished guests at Thursday’s event included Dr. Craig College, Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management; Maj. Gen. Tony Taguba (retired), former commanding general of FMWRC’s predecessor, the Community and Family Support Center; Mr. John McLaurin, Director of Force Management for G3/5/7; Ms. Kathleen Marin; Director of Installation Services for ACSIM; and Ms. Diane Randan, Director of Resource Management for ACSIM.
The day before the casing ceremony, a final awards ceremony was held in the Alexandria facility to recognize dozens of employees for their contributions to the organization.
An uncasing ceremony will take place Friday in San Antonio.