United States Army Installation Management Command

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United States Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM)
United States Army Installation Management Command Shoulder Patch.png
ActiveOctober 2006 – Present
Country United States of America
BranchUnited States Army
TypeInstallation Management
SizeApprox. 50,000
Part ofUnited States Army Materiel Command
Motto(s)We are The Army's Home, Serving the Rugged Professional
ColorsRed, green, black & gold
Anniversaries24 October
Commanding GeneralLTG Bradley Becker
Deputy Commanding GeneralMG Warren E. Phipps, Jr.
Chief of StaffMr. Joseph C. Capps
Command Sergeant MajorCommand Sergeant Major Melissa A. Judkins
Distinctive unit insignia
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The United States Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM) supports the United States Army by handling the day-to-day operations of U.S. Army installations around the globe. Army garrisons are communities that provide many of the same types of services expected from any small city.

IMCOM was formerly a direct reporting unit of the Department of the Army;[1] on 8 March 2019 IMCOM became part of United States Army Materiel Command (AMC).[2] IMCOM is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, on Fort Sam Houston. IMCOM's headquarters relocated in October, 2010[3] from Arlington, Virginia as part of the Base Realignment and Closure Act of 2005.[4]

We are deeply troubled by reports of inferior housing conditions, and what we saw at Fort Meade. We want to hear firsthand from our Soldiers and their families about the extent of the problem and what needs to be done to correct it. —Secretary of the Army Mark Esper[5]

Secretary of the Army Mark Esper has directed the senior commanders of each installation to immediately begin active monitoring within 15 days (by March 18,2019),[6] and conduct Town Hall meetings with their garrisons. Within the next 30 days, senior commanders must complete installation-wide housing inspections and report the results up through the chain of command.[7] [8] [9] [10] [11]


Artist's rendering of the IMCOM Headquarters on Fort Sam Houston, TX.

The United States Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM),[12] was activated on 24 Oct. 2006,[13] to reduce bureaucracy, apply a uniform business structure to manage U.S. Army installations, sustain the environment[14] and enhance the well-being of the military community,[15] it consolidated three organizations under a single command as a direct reporting unit:[16]

  1. The former Installation Management Agency (IMA)[17]
  2. The former Community and Family Support Center,[18] now called G9 Family and MWR Programs,[19] which was formerly a subordinate command of IMCOM.
  3. The former Army Environmental Center,[20] now called the Army Environmental Command (AEC), which is a subordinate command of IMCOM.[21]

Prior to the Installation Management Command, the Army's 184 installations[22] were managed by one of 15 Major Commands. Support services varied – some provided better services, some provided worse. In September 2001, Army Secretary Thomas E. White introduced the Transformation of Installation Management (TIM),[23] formerly known as Centralized Installation Management (CIM), pledging the Army would implement better business practices and realign installation management to create a more efficient and effective corporate management structure for Army installations worldwide. On 1 Oct. 2002, the Army formed IMA as a field operating agency of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management (ACSIM) as part of an ongoing effort to realign installations.[24]

Many of the issues with the 15 major commands (List of Major Commands of the United States Army) holding responsibility for base support was that the structure created many inequities throughout the Army. There were no common standards, consistent services or an acutely managed infrastructure; this created an environment where funding was often diverted from installation support to operations. Additionally, there were too many military personnel conducting garrison support operations rather than mission duties; the creation of IMCOM was a commitment to eliminate these inequities, focus on installation management and enhance the well-being of Soldiers, Families and Civilians.

Centralizing installation management was a culture change in the Army; working through the transfers of personnel and funding issues was difficult. In a large organizational change, IMCOM became the Army’s single agency responsible for worldwide installation management, managing 184 Army installations globally with a staff of 120,000 military, civilian and contract members across seven regions on four continents.[25]

Total Army Strong[26][edit]

Originally named "The Army Family Covenant" in 2007, Army leaders undertook a long-term commitment to resource and standardize critical support programs for Soldiers, their families and civilians; the covenant was focused on specific programs which commanders couldn't change. The focus was:

  • Standardizing and funding existing family programs and services
  • Increasing accessibility and quality of healthcare
  • Improving Soldier and family housing
  • Ensuring excellence in schools, youth services, and child care
  • Expanding education and employment opportunities for family members"[27]

In 2014, the program was renamed "Total Army Strong" and commanders were given the flexibility of tailoring local programs best suit their communities.

The Army Family Covenant is the Army’s statement of commitment to provide high quality services to Soldiers – Active component or Reserve components, single or married, regardless of where they serve – and their Families.

The Installation Management Command supports the Total Army Strong[28] and provides a set of tools Soldiers and Army Families can use to locate and access the facilities and services they need.[29]

IMCOM today[edit]

College of Installation Management at Fort Sam Houston, TX
IMCOM Annual Best Warrior Competition

IMCOM currently manages:

  • Workforce of 54,000
  • 28 airfields
  • 2,643 miles (4,253 km) of railroad
  • 59,007 miles (94,963 km) of roads
  • 47,803 miles (76,931 km) of utilities
  • 92,000 trainee barracks spaces
  • 583,000 Family and single housing units
  • 973,000,000 sq ft (90,400,000 m2) of building space
  • 9 Community Based Health Care Organizations
  • 39 Soldier and Family Assistance Centers
  • 35 Warrior Transition Units
  • 53 educational centers
  • 53 golf courses
  • 89 bowling centers
  • 93 libraries
  • 167 child developmental centers
  • 302 chapels
  • 714 fitness, aquatic, athletic and recreational facilities
  • 16 individual chemical equipment
  • Management program storage sites
  • 28 training support centers
  • 60 record holding areas
  • 63 central issue facilities
  • 88 official mail and distribution centers
  • 286 garrison dining facilities[30]

IMCOM Directorates[edit]

The regions administered by the United States Army Installation Management Command are:[31]

  • Installation Management Command Central Region[32]
  • Installation Management Command Atlantic Region[33]
  • Installation Management Command Pacific Region[34]
  • Installation Management Command Europe Region[35]
The First Sergeant's Barracks Initiative (FSBI) was implemented within IMCOM to improve quality of life throughout Army installations. It has led to projects such as these new barracks constructed on Fort Bragg.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Susan A. Merkner, U.S. Army Installation Management Command Public Affairs (March 8, 2019) IMCOM Transitions to Army Materiel Command
  2. ^ Army News Service (11 Feb 2019) Installation Management Command to realign under Army Materiel Command
  3. ^ "New Installation Management Command opens – Army News , News from Afghanistan & Iraq". Army Times. 5 October 2010. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  4. ^ "Environmental command stakes its claim at Fort Sam Houston". Army.mil. 28 May 2010. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  5. ^ US Army (February 14, 2019) Army senior leaders meet with Fort Meade residents, Soldiers and housing staff
  6. ^ Sean Kimmons (7 March 2019) Army reveals plans to improve military housing to Congress
  7. ^ Army Public Affairs (February 21, 2019) Army leadership meets with privatized housing partner CEOs
  8. ^ Fort Bragg Corvias Mold
  9. ^ Fort Meade
  10. ^ Reuters special report on military housing
  11. ^ US Army (6 March 2019) Draft: Tenant Bill of Rights
  12. ^ "IMCOM Official Web Site". Imcom.army.mil. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  13. ^ John Pike (4 August 2006). "U.S. Army Announces Installation Management Command Activation". Globalsecurity.org. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  14. ^ "US Army Environmental Command". Aec.army.mil. Archived from the original on 30 May 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  15. ^ "Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation". Armymwr.biz. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  16. ^ "Installation management command activated , Army Logistician , Find Articles at BNET". Findarticles.com. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  17. ^ "US News & World Report Article". Usnews.com. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  18. ^ "Fact Sheet" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  19. ^ "FMWR at". Army.mil. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  20. ^ "Borland Case Study" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 May 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  21. ^ "Army Environmental Command Organizational Structure". Aec.army.mil. Archived from the original on 7 May 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  22. ^ "Army Organization". Army.mil. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  23. ^ "Army begins installation transformation". Archived from the original on 25 June 2007. Retrieved 30 October 2008.
  24. ^ "Transformation of Installation Management" (PDF). Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  25. ^ http://www.imcom.army.mil/hq/kd/cache/files/69B948B6-423D-452D-4636808C49A57094.pdf
  26. ^ "STAND-TO!". STAND-TO!. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  27. ^ "Army Family Covenant – IMCOM HQ". Imcom.army.mil. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  28. ^ "The Army News Service". army.mil. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  29. ^ "Army Family Toolbox – IMCOM HQ". Imcom.army.mil. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  30. ^ "IMCOM Fact Sheet – IMCOM HQ". Imcom.army.mil. 26 October 2006. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  31. ^ "Garrisons By Region – IMCOM HQ". Imcom.army.mil. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  32. ^ http://www.imcom.army.mil/regions/central/
  33. ^ http://www.imcom.army.mil/regions/atlantic/
  34. ^ "IMCOM-Pacific". Imcom.pac.army.mil. Archived from the original on 14 October 2010. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  35. ^ "IMCOM-Europe". imcom-europe.army.mil. Retrieved 4 April 2012.