IMCOM’s mission is vital to Army

| April 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

William Bradner

Joel Martinez  U.S. Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John Campbell discusses leaders' roles in Soldier resiliency with attendees of the IMCOM garrison commanders and command sergeants major conference,  April 8.

Joel Martinez
U.S. Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John Campbell discusses leaders’ roles in Soldier resiliency with attendees of the IMCOM garrison commanders and command sergeants major conference, April 8.

U.S. Army Installation Management Command
Public Affairs

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO — Vice Chief of Staff General John F. Campbell met with senior leaders of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command immediately following IMCOM’s change of command ceremony, April 8.

The message was to remain resilient, watch your fellow Soldiers’ backs and realize what you’re doing today is vital.

To the leadership teams of garrisons around the world, Campbell charged them to do everything they could to provide Soldiers, family members and civilians with what they need to be resilient.

Campbell addressed more than 150 senior leaders of the IMCOM community.

“You need to understand why it’s so important for us to make sure we’re doing everything we can to provide our Soldiers, our family members, as well as our civilians, with those skills and those tools to be resilient,” Campbell said. “The impact you have on families, the impact you have on our Soldiers, I’ll be the first one to tell you, we take it for granted. We don’t tell you thanks enough. So, from me, Ms. Hammack and our senior leadership, thank you for what you do every single day.”

Campbell commended the garrison commanders and command sergeants major for their ability to build bridges and seek solutions that enable the Army to take care of its extended family.

“There’s always going to be friction when you have an AMC (Army Materiel Command), TRADOC (Training and Doctrine Command), Forces Command, and IMCOM,” he said. “We’re figuring out those relationships. I think what (departing commander Lt. Gen.) Mike Ferriter has done and what (newly arrived commander Lt. Gen.) Dave Halverson will continue to do will make sure that we understand where those lines are drawn. We’re all working for the same thing — that’s taking care of our Soldiers and families.

“In the end, it’s about readiness,” Campbell said.

He spoke briefly about the challenges the Army faces in the near future with sequestration, budget cuts and draw-downs on the horizon, and he indicated the most frustrating part of all that was the uncertainty involved, which makes planning difficult.

“I think the average Soldier is just sitting there thinking, ‘Just tell me what’s going to happen, and I’ll take it from there and figure out how to make it work,’” Campbell said. “Well I’m asking you to hang in there with us during some very tough times as we make some very tough decisions.”

Campbell has served as vice chief of staff since March 2013, providing him with the opportunity to visit many Army garrisons around the world.

“Every day I’m impressed with the resiliency, I’m impressed with the leadership and I’m impressed with the passion and the energy that our civilians and our military folks have for our Army,” he said.

(Editor’s note: Campbell refers to Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy & Environment.)

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