United States Army Installation Management Command

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United States Army Installation Management Command
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IMCOM Distinctive Unit Insignia
Country United States of America
Branch United States Army
Part ofU.S. Army Materiel Command
Garrison/HQFort Sam Houston
Motto(s)Sustain, Support, Defend
Colors         Buff and scarlet
WebsiteU.S. Army Installation Management Command
CommanderLt. Gen. Douglas M. Gabram
Deputy CommanderMaj. Gen. Timothy McGuire
AMC Shoulder Sleeve Insignia
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United States Army Installation Management Command Logo.jpg

The United States Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM) is a support formation of the United States Army responsible for the day-to-day management of Army installations around the globe. Army garrisons are communities that provide many of the same types of services expected from any small city. IMCOM is a major subordinate command of U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC).[1] IMCOM is currently headquartered at Fort Sam Houston.[2]


IMCOM was activated on October 24, 2006,[3] to reduce bureaucracy, apply a uniform business structure to manage U.S. Army installations, sustain the environment[4] and enhance the well-being of the military community.[5] It consolidated three organizations under a single command as a direct reporting unit:[6]

  1. The former Installation Management Agency (IMA)[7]
  2. The former Community and Family Support Center,[8] now called G9 Family and MWR Programs,[9] which was formerly a subordinate command of IMCOM.
  3. The former Army Environmental Center,[10] now called the Army Environmental Command (AEC), which is a subordinate command of IMCOM.[11]

Prior to IMCOM, the Army's 184 installations[12] 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),[13] 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.[14]

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.[15]

Total Army Strong[16]

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"[17]

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[18] and provides a set of tools Soldiers and Army Families can use to locate and access the facilities and services they need.[19]

IMCOM Directorates

The directorates administered by the United States Army Installation Management Command are:

  • IMCOM Training
  • IMCOM Readiness
  • IMCOM Sustainment
  • IMCOM Europe
  • IMCOM Pacific [20]


  1. ^ Army News Service (11 Feb 2019) Installation Management Command to realign under Army Materiel Command]
  2. ^ "Environmental command stakes its claim at Fort Sam Houston". May 28, 2010. Retrieved May 21, 2011.
  3. ^ John Pike (August 4, 2006). "U.S. Army Announces Installation Management Command Activation". Retrieved May 21, 2011.
  4. ^ "US Army Environmental Command". Archived from the original on 30 May 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  5. ^ "Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation". Retrieved May 21, 2011.
  6. ^ "Installation management command activated , Army Logistician , Find Articles at BNET". Retrieved May 21, 2011.
  7. ^ "US News & World Report Article". Retrieved May 21, 2011.
  8. ^ "Fact Sheet" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  9. ^ "FMWR at". Retrieved May 21, 2011.
  10. ^ "Borland Case Study" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 May 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  11. ^ "Army Environmental Command Organizational Structure". Archived from the original on 7 May 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  12. ^ "Army Organization". Retrieved May 21, 2011.
  13. ^ "Army begins installation transformation". Archived from the original on 25 June 2007. Retrieved 30 October 2008.
  14. ^ "Transformation of Installation Management" (PDF). Retrieved May 21, 2011.
  15. ^
  16. ^ "STAND-TO!". STAND-TO!. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  17. ^ "Army Family Covenant – IMCOM HQ". United States Army Installation Management Command. Retrieved May 21, 2011.
  18. ^ "The Army News Service". Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  19. ^ "Army Family Toolbox – IMCOM HQ". United States Army Installation Management Command. Retrieved May 21, 2011.
  20. ^ "IMCOM Directorates". United States Army Installation Management Command.

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