IMCOM welcomes new teammate in USAG-KA

| October 18, 2013 | 0 Comments
Col. Nestor Sadler, commander, USAG-KAl, speaks to the community at the IMCOM uncasing ceremony, earlier this month.

Col. Nestor Sadler, commander, USAG-KAl, speaks to the community at the IMCOM uncasing ceremony, earlier this month.

Story and photos by
Sheila Gideon
U.S. Army-Kwajalein Atoll

KWAJALEIN ATOLL, Republic of the Marshall Islands — The U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll (USAG-KA) headquarters was officially transferred from U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) to Installation Management Command in a ceremony at the metro hangar, here, Oct. 2.

The ceremony marked the official establishment of Garrison Command Kwajalein Atoll as part of the IMCOM organization.

Debra Zedalis (left), regional director, IMCOM-P; Sgt. Maj. Roderick Prioleau (center), senior enlisted leader, USAG-KA; and Col. Nestor Sadler, commander, USAG-KA, uncase the IMCOM flag signifying the transfer of headquarters from the SMDC to IMCOM.

Debra Zedalis (left), regional director, IMCOM-P; Sgt. Maj. Roderick Prioleau (center), senior enlisted leader, USAG-KA; and Col. Nestor Sadler, commander, USAG-KA, uncase the IMCOM flag signifying the transfer of headquarters from the SMDC to IMCOM.

USAG-KA is now the Pacific region’s 12th garrison and the second garrison in support of SMDC.

During the ceremony, the IMCOM colors were uncased by Debra Zedalis, regional director, IMCOM-Pacific; Col. Nestor Sadler, commander, USAG-KA; and Sgt. Maj. Roderick Prioleau, senior enlisted leader, USAG-KA, signifying the official transfer of all base operations from SMDC to IMCOM.

The uncasing ceremony serves two purposes. First, it allows the commander the opportunity to assess the readiness and discipline of the unit; second, it marks a definite point in time to commemorate the beginning or continuation of a unit’s history and lineage.

Kwajalein officially became the Kwajalein Test Site in July 1964 under the U.S. Army Space and Strategic Defense Command (ARSTRAT). Command changed to SMDC in October 1997, and, in October 2002, IMCOM was stood up in an effort to standardize Army garrisons.

With the ceremony, earlier this month, IMCOM is now responsible for synchronizing, integrating and delivering installation services and sustaining facilities in support of senior commanders, in order to enable a ready and resilient Army, here.

“This is a special day for the Kwajalein family,” said Sadler, in his address to guests and distinguished visitors.

“Today truly marks a day of unity as Installation Management Command becomes an official partner of the Space and Missile Defense Command,” Sadler added, noting that IMCOM’s expertise in the management and resourcing of base operations will have a positive impact on the quality of life for the residents and the mission.

“The Kwaj family will no doubt continue to work as a team and continue to meet and exceed all expectations as we move forward together,” Sadler concluded.

Debra Zedalis (right), regional director, IMCOM-P, stands with Ronald Chronister, deputy to the commander, SMDC/ARSTRAT, and the newly uncased IMCOM headquarters flag, following an uncasing ceremony.

Debra Zedalis (right), regional director, IMCOM-P, stands with Ronald Chronister, deputy to the commander, SMDC/ARSTRAT, and the newly uncased IMCOM headquarters flag, following an uncasing ceremony.

Next, Ronald Chronister, deputy to the commander, SMDC/ARSTRAT, thanked the Kwajalein team for all its hard work, especially with the busy mission schedule over the past few months.

“What you all do here is phenomenal in terms of its criticality to the defense of the nation,” Chronister said.

Chronister visited Kwajalein earlier this year, in January, during which time he was given a tour of the island infrastructure and saw firsthand the magnitude of repairs needed.

“I was a little concerned when I left,” Chronister noted, but he repeated the same tour, Oct. 1, and was very encouraged by the progress that had been made.

“I think that’s a direct reflection of the base ops being (transferred) to IMCOM,” Chronister said. “Everyone at SMDC is committed to this transfer and will continue to support the RTS mission.”

Finally, Zedalis addressed the guests.

“To the entire Kwajalein community, I extend an official welcome to the Installation Management Command-Pacific region,” Zedalis said. “It is an exciting day for everyone in the Pacific region and in IMCOM.

Zedalis and Sadler cut the ceremonial cake after the uncasing ceremony.

Zedalis and Sadler cut the ceremonial cake after the uncasing ceremony.

“I hope it is an exciting day for everyone here at Kwajalein, because you have now joined an installation management enterprise that spans the globe and contributes significantly to the U.S. Army,” Zedalis added.

IMCOM-P is comprised of American and Korean Soldiers supporting U.S., Korean, Japanese and, now, Marshallese civilians and contractors in all garrisons.

The region supports more than 202,000 service members and their families, spanning an area of 15,000 nautical miles that make up the Pacific area.

But IMCOM is even more than the Pacific. IMCOM is a worldwide enterprise covering 17 time zones and seven different countries on three different continents, with more than 76,000 employees serving more than 1,200,000 active duty Soldiers, civilian employees and contractors in 74 garrisons.

“I tell our team we have the best jobs in the U.S. Army, because, daily, we get to positively impact the lives of our great Soldiers and families,” Zedalis said. “To all the units represented here today, I wish to personally thank you for your support.

“I know that Col. Sadler and his garrison staff will work with you to ensure they provide the finest installation capabilities, services and quality of life for your Soldiers, civilians and families,” Zedalis said.

(Editor’s note: Gideon is the managing editor for the “Kwajalein Hourglass.”)

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