"Transformation is a journey. It is not a destination. And transformation is not synonymous with modernization. It is not only done in the material dimension of the process. It involves doctrine. It involves organization. It involves training. It involves the way we develop our leaders. It involves the way we structure our installations; the way we train, equip, raise our soldiers; how we treat our families. "-Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, Chief of Staff of the United States Army.
The Installation Management Command
The Installation Management Command (IMCOM) is being created to further consolidate Army installation management under a single Direct Reporting Unit, charged with providing critical installation support services to Soldiers and mission commanders
This initiative is part of the Army's effort to reorganize its commands and specified headquarters to obtain the most effective, efficient command and control structure for supporting the Modular Force.
Centralized installation management first came to the Army in 2002 with the activation if the Installation Management Agency (IMA), a field operating agency with a two-star director. Headquartered in Arlington, Va., IMA administratively grouped the installations under seven regions, each directed by a senior executive civilian or a one-star general.
The Army Environmental Center will be re-designated Army Environmental Command and the U.S. Army Community and Family Support Center (CFSC) will be re-designated Family and MWR Command (FMWRC) -- subordinate commands -- under Installation Management Command. The new Installation Management Command will consolidate the current four Installation Management Agency regions within the United States into just two -- to be located at Fort Sam Houston, Texas and Fort Eustis, Va.
The new command is the next logical step in the evolution of IMA, according to Lt. Gen. Robert Wilson, the current ACSIM, who will become the commander of IMCOM on Oct. 24. He adds that retaining [CFSC and AEC] as distinct commands capitalizes on the brand name trust and confidence the two organizations enjoy throughout the Army.
IMCOM is the Army's executive agent for implementing the BRAC recommendations, as well as for providing facilities for Soldiers and units relocating under the Army's huge transformation initiative. IMA executed over a half-billion dollars in 2005 and 2006 in barracks improvements.
IMCOM headquarters will move from Virginia to Fort Sam Houston, Texas, in 2010, as part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process. IMCOM will also consolidate the four existing continental U.S.-based IMA regions into two.