Mary Hoenscheid
Mary Hoenscheid, mentee from Detroit Arsenal, challenges her team during the conference.

The adage "Building Tomorrow's Leaders Today" came to life when 32 IMCOM
employees from throughout the worldwide command met with 32 mentors and 6 senior
mentors at the IMCOM Academy at Fort Sam Houston, Texas February 7-9, to attend
the 2012 IMCOM Central Mentorship Program kick-off conference.

Now in its seventh year, the annual mentoring program pairs IMCOM employee
mentees with seasoned IMCOM leaders who serve as mentors. Each of this year's 32
mentees applied for the program and were selected from over 100 applicants.

"We have an exceptional group of competitively-selected mentees and inspirational
leaders," said Karen Perkins, IMCOM G1 and the program's sponsor. "This unique
mentoring program brings together professionals from every level who are focused
on developing installation management leaders for our command worldwide," she

Mentees and mentors arrived at Fort Sam Houston from IMCOM garrisons, regions,
HQs, Army Environmental Command, and the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff
for Installation Management at the Pentagon.

"After meeting all of this year's participants, mentees and mentors alike, I
consider it an even greater privilege to have been selected for the program,"
said Tamera Elston, a mentee from IMCOM HQs. "I'm excited to work with this
group of outstanding professionals over the next 12 months," she exclaimed.

During the conference, the 32 mentor/mentee partnerships were divided into
six teams, each aligned to one of the six lines of effort in the Installation
Management Campaign Plan. Over the next five months, each team will design a
project to enhance or improve some aspect of their assigned line of effort. The
mentees will present the project to IMCOM's senior leadership later this year.

Conference attendees received leadership insights from Joe Capps, IMCOM's
Executive Director and the command's most senior civilian leader. They
participated in several team building exercises over the three days.

"The great interaction between the mentees, mentors and senior mentors and
leaders was a definite plus," said Tom Easterly, a mentee from Fort Sill,
Oklahoma. "We were able to sit with IMCOM and ACSIM's best leaders and have
great conversations and learn from their wisdom."

During the upcoming year, each mentee will work with their mentor to broaden
their knowledge of Army installation management, and to develop a long range
Individual Development Plan for further their careers. Mentees will complete a
one-week shadow assignment, usually at their mentor's duty location, to provide
them an opportunity to interact with leaders at all levels.

"This program is an excellent opportunity to groom our best mid-level employees

to earn senior leadership positions, said Ron Jakovac, first time mentor from
IMCOM Pacific Region. "The commitment of both mentees and mentors during this
program will ensure our future leaders are ready for these challenges."

The 12-month program will provide mentees and mentors alike with a viable network
of friends, associates and leaders throughout all levels and organizations of
IMCOM and ACSIM to reach out for guidance, advice and professional development to
enhance career and growth opportunities.

"This program is focused on building the bench and improving installation
management services in the short and long-term," Perkins said. "Our installation
management business is even more important as our troops return to more time
at "HOME" and we strive for excellence through the developmental programs we


About the U.S. Army Installation Management Community:
IMCOM handles the day-to-day operations of U.S. Army installations around the globe -- We are the Army's Home. Army installations are communities that provide many of the same types of services expected from any small city. Fire, police, public works, housing, and child-care are just some of the things IMCOM does in Army communities every day. We endeavor to provide a quality of life for Soldiers, Civilians and Families commensurate with their service. Our professional workforce strives to deliver on the commitments of the Army Family Covenant, honor the sacrifices of military Families, and enable the Army Force Generation cycle.

Our Mission: Our mission is to provide Soldiers, Civilians and their Families with a quality of life commensurate with the quality of their service.

Our Vision: Army installations are the Department of Defense standard for infrastructure quality and are the provider of consistent, quality services that are a force multiplier in supported organizations' mission accomplishment, and materially enhance Soldier, Civilian and Family well-being and readiness.

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