ARLINGTON, Va. - Directorate of Information Management (DOIM) network-related functions at IMCOM garrisons were OPCONed to the Army's Network Enterprise Technology Command/9th Signal Command (Army) (NETCOM/9th SC (A)) on April 1 and will be subsequently reassigned to it by Oct. 1, 2009.

The OPCON will be transparent to most employees and customers shouldn't experience any service interruptions. The implementation and continual oversight is being led by Brig. Gen. Jennifer L. Napper, the commanding general of the 7th Signal Command (Theater) (7th SC(T)), headquartered at Fort Gordon, Ga.

The 7th SC(T) is responsible for the CONUS geographical area and is the final theater to be organized under a theater signal command to support the Army's Global Network Enterprise Construct (GNEC).

One of the key goals of the Army CIO/G-6 is to develop and maintain a secure, seamless, interdependent LandWarNet network by leading development and enforcing the use of integrated enterprise architecture, according to Chris Poulsen, IMCOM chief information officer.

"This is a win-win situation for the Army," he said. "We're enhancing computer network defense, unifying the Army's global networks and providing enhanced enterprise capabilities."

By consolidating all DOIMs under a single Army command, NETCOM/9th SC (A) will be empowered to operate, manage and defend the Army's global network while also enabling enterprise capabilities of network service centers to the Warfighter through all joint phases of military operations.

The CONUS DOIMs will be managed by two 7th SC(T) brigades: The 93rd Signal Brigade at Fort Eustis, Va., and the 106th Signal Brigade at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. A plan to complete the reassignment of all other CONUS DOIM and DOIM-like organizations, such as those associated with Army Materiel Command U.S. Army Medical Command, will be developed and implemented between fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2012.

Not all DOIM functions will be transferred to NETCOM/9th SC (A). The following functions will stay within the IMCOM garrison structure: photo lab; multimedia support; visual information (VI) broadcast/video/audio; graphic arts; VI media/equipment support; Land Mobile Radio (LMR) End-User Device procurement; records management; official mail and distribution; and forms and publication management. A garrison Information Management Office (IMO) will also be established to monitor NETCOM network services delivery, perform information technology planning and acquisition of end user devices, generate and validate requirements, and execute information assurance tasks for the garrison.