ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Army News Service, June 1, 2011) -- Employees of the Army’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command joined together May 26, 2011, for the casing of the FMWRC colors, a traditional flag ceremony that marks the official move of FMWRC from its former headquarters here, to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.

The move is in accordance with 2005 Base Realignment and Closure law.

FMWRC Commanding General Maj. Gen. Reuben Jones only sees hope for the future of the command and its employees.

“It’s going to be better,” he told the audience of distinguished guests, including Craig College, deputy assistant chief of staff for Installation Management; retired Maj. Gen. Tony Taguba, former commanding general of FMWRC’s predecessor, the Community and Family Support Center; John McLaurin, director of Force Management for G3/5/7; Kathleen Marin, director of Installation Services for ACSIM; and Diane Randan, director of resource management for ACSIM.

“That’s what life and that’s what change is all about,” Jones said, adding the support the organization provides to Soldiers and their families will continue.

“It’s just the tip of the iceberg, what’s done here [at headquarters]. There are other warriors, about 27,000 of them, on garrisons around the world who benefit from the work that the employees here do - allowing them to go out and execute programs,” Jones said.

Waiting for the organization in Texas are several new and renovated facilities on Fort Sam Houston, including the historic Fort Sam Houston Theatre, the future home of the Army Entertainment Division, and a new building for the Maj. Gen. Robert M. Joyce Family and MWR Academy, which will serve as a training facility for garrison and headquarters employees.

The day before the casing ceremony, a final awards ceremony was held in the Alexandria facility to recognize dozens of employees for their contributions to the organization.

An uncasing ceremony will take place June 3, 2011, in San Antonio.