By Public Works DigestJanuary 24, 2017
In this time of declining resources, shifting national priorities, and increasing security concerns around the globe, Army leaders must find alternative solutions beyond asking for more money and additional manpower when confronted with a problem.
To that end, as of Oct. 1, Army Installation Management Command has transformed its regions within the continental United States into three functionally aligned and co-located Installation Management Command Directorates:
• IMCOM-Sustainment with Army Materiel Command at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama;
• IMCOM-Training with Training and Doctrine Command at Joint Base Eustis-Langley, Virginia; and,
• IMCOM-Readiness with Forces Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
The transformation of the regions to directorates is designed to mirror the same level of integration that has been part of IMCOM's support to U.S. Army Europe (IMCOM-Europe) and U.S. Army Pacific (IMCOM-Pacific).
The realigned organization is smaller and more functionally aligned to be better integrated with the Army Commands it supports.
"The Army and IMCOM must prioritize the programs and services we deliver to apply constrained resources to the right things, at the right time, at the right place, and for the right customers," said Lt. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, commanding general, U.S. Army Installation Management Command.
This co-location will result in improved integration to facilitate shared priorities across the Army commands each Installation Management Command Directorate supports, focusing resources on the most critical projects. Tough prioritizing decisions are being placed in the hands of the commanders who know their communities best. Prioritizing programs and services means focusing on infrastructure and facility investment as installations enable unit, Soldier and Family readiness, which are essential platforms for power projection.
Installation Management Command is creating efficiencies by consolidating functions, using call centers to manage similar functions at multiple garrisons, or by leveraging technology in varying ways. In geographic regions where there is a large installation with several smaller ones nearby, mutual support relationships are being implemented to conserve resources and enhance the command's ability to deliver services when and where they are needed most.
The IMCOM directorates will be more efficient and improve mission command through unity of purpose, a smaller number of garrisons to manage, and similar demographics of communities. The directorates will solve functional challenges for garrison commanders, coordinate IMCOM Headquarters support, and drive/ assess garrison execution of service delivery.
Installation Management Command leaders and those they support must work together to separate needs from wants. This new environment is forcing tough choices. Installation Management Command is transforming to enhance readiness for today's force and the future Army, especially in the areas of mission command, workforce strength and alignment, program/service delivery, and as a change agent to align policies with the current environment.
"Although budget constraints are impacting almost every aspect of Army life, Soldiers and Families can rest assured that IMCOM is an efficient and constantly improving steward of resources that will continue to deliver necessary services to the Soldiers, Civilians and Families who live on our installations," Dahl added.
Editor's note: This article was prepared from material supplied by the Installation Management Command Public Affairs Office.