Ferriter takes reins of Installation Management Command

| November 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

Tim Hipps
Installation Management Command

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SAN ANTONIO — Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter took the reins of the Installation Management Command from Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch during a change of command ceremony, Nov. 17, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno presided over the changing of the guard for the command, which relocated from suburban Washington, to south Texas during the past two years as part of the base realignment and closure, or BRAC.

The ceremony also marked the passing of the responsibility of IMCOM senior enlisted leader, from Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Ciotola to Command Sgt. Maj. Donald Felt. Felt, top NCO for the IMCOM Central Region, will serve until the scheduled arrival of Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Rice.

Ferriter, a 1979 graduate of the Citadel, came to Texas from a tour as deputy commander for advising and training for U.S. Forces-Iraq, in support of Operation New Dawn. Before that, he commanded the U.S. Army Infantry Center and the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Ga.

As well as IMCOM commander, Ferriter is now the Army’s assistant chief of staff for Installation Management.

Ferriter and wife his Margie have four children who all understand Army life: Dr. Meghan Ferriter, Capt. Dan Ferriter, Capt. Paddy Ferriter and 1st Lt. Mary Whitney Whittaker.

“The Ferriters are a great Army family, and IMCOM is fortunate to have them,” Odierno said. “Always remember that the strength of our nation is our Army. The strength of our Army is our Soldiers. The strength of our Soldiers is our families, and that’s what makes us ‘Army Strong.’”

“There are hundreds of thousands of Army families that are exactly the same, and that’s where we get our inspiration,” Ferriter said.

Lynch, the only commander IMCOM has known, was quick to thank Odierno for his mentorship.

“I’ve been blessed in my 35 years of uniformed service,” Lynch said. “One of the top … blessings is my relationship with Ray Odierno.”

Odierno thanked Lynch for a career well done, capped by the complex move of an Army command from the nation’s capital to the heart of south Texas.

“We thought he was the perfect person to lead IMCOM and transform it into a world-class organization focused on our customers. The customers are our Soldiers and their families and our retirees,” Odierno said.

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