The United States Army is similar to a small country. The operations need to be such that all the personnel, as well as their families have their needs met. From living areas to recreation and travel, the U.S. Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM) is the primary means of having an efficient and well-designed Army structure.
No matter where you are within the United States Army, IMCOM has their touches there. If not for IMCOM, the lifestyle of many would be extremely different, and probably worse.
In today’s post, I am going to give you 27 cool facts about the U.S. Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM). If you have any added facts or any questions, feel free to post them in the comment section at the end of this post.
Before IMCOM, installation management was quite erratic within the Army. While some bases had a focus on personnel, others used budget money in areas that were not helpful. The U.S. Army decided their needed to be a uniform system when it came to Army infrastructure.
In October of 2006, the United States Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM) was activated.
2: Arlington, Virginia
When IMCOM was activated, the headquarters were in Arlington, Virginia. With both the Department of Defense and the Department of the Army located at the Pentagon in Arlington, at the time it seemed like the wisest location for IMCOM, but when the Base Realignment and Closure Act took a close look at IMCOM, it was decided to move its location in 2010.
3: IMCOM Headquarters
The headquarters of IMCOM are now at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.
4: On Facebook
IMCOM is on Facebook. You can follow them here.
5: On Twitter
If you would like to follow the tweets of IMCOM, you can do so here.
6: IMCOM Leadership
The management of IMCOM is handled by top-rated Army leaders. They are:
Commander – Lieutenant General Kenneth Dahl
Deputy Commander for Operations – Major General Lawarren Patterson
Deputy Commander for Support – Brigadier General Daniel Mitchell
Executive Director – Joseph Capps
Command Sergeant Major – CSM Jeffrey Hartless
7: On YouTube
IMCOM is also on YouTube. You can subscribe and watch their videos here.
8: Total Army Strong
In the beginning, IMCOM committed to “The Army Family Covenant.” This has since been changed to “Total Army Strong,” but the primary focus areas have not changed. They are:
The standardization and funding of family programs and services.
The expansion of education and employment opportunities for family members of service personnel.
Increasing the quality of healthcare services.
Ensuring excellence in child care, youth services and schools.
The improvement of soldier and family housing.
9: On Flickr
IMCOM is also active on the Flickr social website. You can view their pictures and more here.
10: IMCOM Regions
The U.S. Army Installation Management Command has subordinate command in 4 regions. Each and every Army installation is within 1 of these regions. The regions are:
IMCOM Central Region – Director Thomas Schoenbeck
IMCOM Atlantic Region – Director Davis Tindoll Jr.
and, IMCOM Pacific Region – Director Dr. Christine Altendorf
IMCOM Europe Region – Director Michael Formica
IMCOM Manages and Controls
The next facts are figures that may seem amazing to some of you. Managing and controlling the vast Army infrastructure is the job of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command.
The following figures show just how extensive an operation IMCOM has.
IMCOM manages over 115,000 employees.
12: Let’s Eat
IMCOM manages over 280 dining facilities.
IMCOM manages 28 airfields.
IMCOM manages over 85 mail facilities.
15: Trains Keep Rolling
IMCOM manages over 2,600 miles of railroad tracks.
IMCOM manages 28 training support centers.
17: Highways and Byways
IMCOM manages over 59,000 miles of roads.
18: Physical Fitness
IMCOM manages over 700 fitness and/or recreation facilities. This is the best way tho make sure you pass those physical fitness tests.
19: Turn On The Lights
IMCOM manages over 47,000 miles of utilities. This includes water, electricity and phones.
IMCOM manages over 300 chapels. Worship is very important to many people, and Army Chaplains are leaders in these chapels.
IMCOM manages over 580,000 housing units; both single and family dwellings.
22: The Children
IMCOM manages over 165 child development centers.
23: Warrior Transition
For those soldiers who have been wounded or injured, IMCOM manages over 35 warrior transition units.
IMCOM manages over 50 various educational centers. Education is an important aspect in the Army.
25: Hole In One
IMCOM manages over 50 golf courses. Golf is a wonderful way to take the stress away.
26: 10 Pins and a Ball
IMCOM manages over 85 bowling alleys. It is a great way for families to enjoy some recreation.
27: Reading Is For Winners
IMCOM manages over 90 libraries. This means that soldiers and their families have great opportunities to read.
I don’t know about you, but I am truly amazed as to the efficiency of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM). It is run more efficiently than many cities and states. I believe that many could take some lessons on how to properly manage resources from IMCOM.
What do you think of the Army’s institution of the Army Installation Management Command? Do you believe it is a good system? Or, do you think there need to be changes? Please share your ideas about IMCOM.
It does seem to me that in comparison to the conditions we had back in the 1980’s, this system is much more efficient and more family oriented. By keeping Army personnel’s family happy, it creates a higher morale.
If you have worked under the IMCOM system, we would love to hear your thoughts.
You can share your comments, questions or suggestions in the comment section below.
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