April 2, 2015 – Hawai’i Army Weekly (Army News Service)
SAN ANTONIO — U.S. Army Installation Management Command top leaders held a conference, here, for garrison commanders and command sergeants major to set a collective course for IMCOM 2025 and Beyond.
The two-day conference included straight talk on IMCOM policy changes, panel discussions on Dept. of the Army initiatives and guest speakers all tied to the command’s mission of enabling readiness.
“We’re a member of the combined arms team, a critical element of readiness,” Lt. Gen. David Halverson, IMCOM commander, told his region and garrison leaders.
“With one voice, we have to be able to articulate IMCOM’s importance to senior mission commanders and let them know that IMCOM is the right investment.”
Through sound business decision-making, innovative partnerships and implementation of IMCOM 2025 and Beyond strategic design, the command is investing in itself – developing the agility and flexibility to be responsive to the Army’s needs today and in the future, Halverson said.
Couched in a theme of seasonal change, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, Katherine Hammack, addressed the challenges of developing, defending and executing budgets in the current austere fiscal climate.
“We have to weigh risks daily,” Hammack said. “What’s acceptable loss? Compare loss of life to buildings that decay a little faster … grass that grows a little higher? Gen. Halverson and I are okay with the grass growing higher if it means that the troops are trained, ready and properly equipped.”
Change is the solution, according to Hammack, and it comes in the form of repurpose and realignment.
“The best thing a community can do is embrace (Base Realignment and Closure),” she said. “The alternative is a ghost town, but through BRAC there is the potential for reorganization and repurpose. Our strategy is to increase the resiliency of our bases.”
Hammack also suggested cost savings through community partnerships and green energy initiatives, like solar power, and repurposing structures instead of leaving them empty.
“The Army is going to have to adjust. IMCOM is going to have to adjust,” Halverson said. “That’s where the human dimension comes in. People are our greatest capability. Thank them every day.”
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