Halverson takes command of IMCOM from Ferriter

| April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
U.S. Air Force photo by Joel Martinez Lt. Gen. David Halverson (left) accepts the colors from Gen. John Campbell, U.S. Army vice chief of staff, officially assuming duties as the IMCOM commander and assistant chief of staff for ASCIM, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, during a change of command ceremony on MacArthur Parade Field, Tuesday.

U.S. Air Force photo by Joel Martinez
Lt. Gen. David Halverson (left) accepts the colors from Gen. John Campbell, U.S. Army vice chief of staff, officially assuming duties as the IMCOM commander and assistant chief of staff for ASCIM, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, during a change of command ceremony on MacArthur Parade Field, Tuesday.

Amanda Kraus Rodriguez
U.S. Army Installation Management Command Public Affairs

SAN ANTONIO — Lt. Gen. David Halverson took command of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM) from Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter during a ceremony, Tuesday, on MacArthur Parade Field, Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA), Fort Sam Houston.

Halverson, who also took over as the Army’s assistant chief of staff for Installation Management (ACSIM), came to IMCOM from the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, where he served as deputy commanding general for almost two years.

“When we go to war, it is IMCOM that stays home and takes care of our families,” said Gen. John Campbell, Army vice chief of staff, who presided over the ceremony. “So, we put our best and brightest to that task. I have full faith in this new team,” Campbell said, congratulating Halverson on his accomplishments and ability to carry on, facing the challenges of today’s Army.

The ceremony was attended by JBSA senior leaders, civic partners from the City of San Antonio and IMCOM region and garrison command teams, headquarters staff, employees and families.

In his first address as ACSIM and IMCOM commanding general, Halverson expressed gratitude for his family and the opportunity to lead IMCOM. He pledged to continue unwavering in the service of Soldiers and families.

“Karen and I are so pleased and proud to be here today,” Halverson said. “We’re excited to continue to serve. To Mike and Margie (Ferriter), I would like to especially thank you both for your hard work. IMCOM and ACSIM set the conditions of Army success.”

Halverson served tours of duty in operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Prior to joining TRADOC, he served as the commanding general of the U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill, Okla.

Ferriter served as both the ACSIM and IMCOM commander since November 2011. Under his leadership, IMCOM successfully navigated through many challenges, such as sequestration and the government shutdown. He worked to raise awareness of critical issues affecting Soldiers, families and civilians.

“IMCOM has global reach,” said Ferriter, at the ceremony. “Two thirds of the world is covered by water and the other third is covered by IMCOM.”

Under his command, IMCOM improved Child Development Center processes, broadened access to services for Gold Star families and helped define Army readiness and resilience through more than 150 programs and services.

Ferriter had special words of thanks for the Gold Star families in attendance and for their courage to tell their stories for a series of public service announcements.

Drawing attention to the impact that the command has on Army mission success, Ferriter recalled his proudest work — honoring survivors.

“Somewhere in the Army today is a 2-year-old whose father or mother was killed in combat,” he said. “(Caring for him) — that’s what it’s all about.”

Ferriter intends to retire this year.

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