WASHINGTON -- The Installation Management Command will realign as a major subordinate command under the Army Materiel Command by March 1 in an effort to enhance readiness across Army installations, officials announced Friday.

"The Army is implementing aggressive reforms to free-up resources for readiness and modernization efforts and to improve overall efficiency," said Brig. Gen. Omar Jones, the Army's chief of public affairs.

Headquartered at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, IMCOM was created in 2002 to integrate and deliver base support to enable readiness for a globally-responsive Army.

IMCOM's 50,000-strong workforce will remain at their current locations, and no positions will be physically relocated or eliminated during the transition, officials said.

If a review later determines certain positions should be relocated or eliminated, no changes will occur until the incumbent either decides to leave the organization or is properly reassigned, they added.

AMC, a four-star command, currently performs installation support for depots, ammunition plants and other facilities. It provides service functions from management of installation power-projection platforms to installation contracting services.

The upcoming realignment will consolidate base operations and other similar support functions as well as leverage existing Army expertise in logistics, sustainment and services, officials said.

The move is one of several ongoing management and headquarters reforms to ensure the Army is efficient and prioritizes resources to readiness and modernization -- the service's top priorities.

Last summer, for instance, the Army stood up the Army Futures Command to combine efforts on tackling modernization. The new four-star command represented the most significant Army reorganization effort since 1973.

Then in December, AFC took command of the Army Capabilities Integration Center, which was renamed the Futures and Concepts Center that is tasked to study and prepare the Army for future warfare.

Last month the Army's Research, Development and Engineering Command, or RDECOM, came under Futures Command and was renamed Combat Capabilities Development Command.

In the latest transition, IMCOM directorates will initially remain functionally aligned with their supported Army commands and Army service component commands.

AMC and IMCOM leadership will then conduct an assessment to ensure all IMCOM directorates are best aligned to effectively support senior commanders, officials said.

Realignment under one command, along with continued oversight by the Army secretary, will also increase advocacy within the Army for installation requirements.

"This transition establishes unity of command and effort on our installations, improves the readiness of our Soldiers and formations, and strengthens the well-being of our Soldiers, civilians, and Families," Jones said.