JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas ─ Gen. Edward Daly, commanding general of U.S. Army Materiel Command, visited JBSA July 23 to discuss the important missions U.S. Army Installation Management Command performs to take care of the Army’s people.
“I love coming to IMCOM,” said Daly. “While every part of the Army is focused on taking care of people, it is IMCOM who is at the tip of the spear of that effort. You are worth your weight in gold. You approach your incredibly important mission set in a thoughtful, strategic way. I could not be prouder of you.”
Lt. Gen. Doug Gabram, IMCOM’s Commanding General, emphasized his focus on three priorities IMCOM leads for AMC and the Army: Soldier, Family and Civilian Readiness; Installation Readiness; and Strategic Power Projection. “The IMCOM Campaign plan is the AMC Campaign plan,” said Gabram.
“One thing I think is so special about IMCOM is that you operate successfully in both the tactical and strategic realms,” Daly said. “You simultaneously ensure tactical readiness by doing things like maintaining ranges and operating improved quality-of-life programs, while at the same time focusing on strategic issues like energy resiliency and implementing an integrated investment strategy to modernize our facilities for the long term.”
The two commanders received updates from various subject matter experts about recent IMCOM-wide activities to improve PCS moves, base housing, child care, spouse employment, environmental issues and more.
Regardless of the topic, one theme that remained constant throughout was the integration of activities so the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. In this way IMCOM uses the power of the patch -- It is one of 10 major subordinate commands which wear the AMC patch and are able to leverage the capabilities of the other 10 -- to optimize and accelerate capabilities on behalf of Soldiers and Families. As Daly said, this integration is done tactically by garrison commanders and strategically by the IMCOM headquarters team.
For example, just as it did two years ago to integrate focused energy to improve privatized housing on post, IMCOM recently stood up an integrated Crisis Action Team to help resolve issues for garrison commanders as they smooth the PCS process for Soldiers and Families assigned to their installation. The IMCOM CAT then ties into a similar group at AMC headquarters who can leverage capabilities from across the Army to further improve PCS moves for our people in the years to come.
“People are the Army’s number one priority,” said Gabram. “The Army will do everything in its power to facilitate successful PCS moves for our Soldiers, Civilians and Families.”
Before departing, Daly left the IMCOM team with more words of encouragement. “Every day you grind through obstacles, but you are truly making a huge difference. You drive effects for the Army,” he said.
“Every place I go I see the work IMCOM is doing, and I know every one of you are contributing. I appreciate everything you do every day. It is absolutely phenomenal, and you get continually get better. I’m honored and privileged to spend time with you.”