ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - With the single command "Uncase the Colors," transfer of the U.S. Army Environmental Command (USAEC) from Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, was made official during an Uncasing Ceremony at Fort Sam Houston on May 21.

The transfer of the command is in accordance with 2005 Base Realignment and Closure directives and will bring 200 jobs to the area. USAEC is the first of the Installation Management Command Community (which includes the Installation Management Command's headquarters, as well as its two subordinate commands: Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command and USAEC) to move to San Antonio. The remaining units are slated to complete the transfer by September 2011.

In recognition of USAEC's rich 38-year history and the commanders who served before him, the newly appointed commander of USAEC, Colonel Scott D. Kimmell said, "I couldn't be more proud to unfurl my team's colors at Fort Sam Houston, signifying this historic place as our new home." Kimmell is responsible for addressing environmental challenges that face the Army, including Soldier training to modern standards, base closure and realignment construction, installation cleanup and growth of the force.

Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, commanding general of IMCOM said, "IMCOM is a $13 billion business whose purpose is to support Soldiers, civilians, their Families and senior mission commanders." Lynch views this move as one way the Army can maximize the return on every taxpayer dollar invested. He believes the transfer is good for the Army, good for San Antonio and good for the country.