New IMCOM director takes responsibility for region

| April 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
Lt. Gen. David D. Halverson, commanding general, IMCOM, passes the flag to Dr. Christine T. Altendorf during an Assumption of Responsibility Ceremony, Monday, at Fort Shafter. Altendorf became the third regional director for IMCOM-Pacific.

Lt. Gen. David D. Halverson, commanding general, IMCOM, passes the flag to Dr. Christine T. Altendorf during an Assumption of Responsibility Ceremony, Monday, at Fort Shafter. Altendorf became the third regional director for IMCOM-Pacific.

Story and photos by
Larry Reilly
U.S. Army Installation Command-Pacific Region Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — During an assumption of responsibility ceremony held on Palm Circle, here, Dr. Christine T. Altendorf became the third region director for the U.S. Army Installation Command-Pacific Region.

Altendorf will manage a regional staff that provides oversight of multimillion-dollar base operation programs in 12 garrisons located in Alaska, Hawaii, Japan, Korea and Kwajalein Atoll, and is responsible for providing support for approximately 180,000 Soldiers, family members, retirees and civilians.

Altendorf succeeds immediate past director, Debra D. Zedalis who retired in December.

“The Installation Management Command’s mission is to deliver and integrate base support to enable readiness for a self-reliant and globally responsive All Volunteer Army, and in a region such as the Pacific that covers 12 time zones and encompassing many countries, forging relationships are of strategic importance in achieving our mission,” said Lt. Gen. David D. Halverson, IMCOM commander.

“Today we welcome a new Pacific Region director in Dr. Christine Altendorf, who not only brings a great deal of engineering and program management experience and skills to the region; she brings a new perspective and vision that will help shape installations and how we do business in the region for years to come,” Halverson added.

“I am truly humbled and excited about the opportunity to lead the Pacific Region as its director,” said Altendorf. “The region is known for its cultural diversity, as well as its teamwork and coordination among all its elements, from its garrisons to the communities that they serve, and I was able to witness the teamwork and coordination first-hand during my few weeks here in December.”

Altendorf expressed her appreciation for the dedication and hard work her predecessor, Debra Zedalis, brought to the job.

“Deb, I truly appreciate you laying the foundation for what I believe is a very gifted and talented organization, which is charged with the challenging mission of support during a time of many changes,” said Altendorf.

Altendorf had the opportunity to briefly talk with the region’s garrison commanders and command sergeants major during her visit in December. She plans to meet their garrison teams in the weeks and months ahead to share her command philosophy.

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“My command philosophy is simple: to be responsive. Being responsive does not equate with always saying yes, but it is a character trait that is necessary when one is working in a support command,” said Altendorf. “We have to hear the issue, understand the problem, analyze it and be innovative and creative to come up with proper courses of action. We have to constantly focus on efficiencies without causing detriment to the mission.”

Most all of her 21 years experience in civil service has been with the Army Corps of Engineers working military construction and environmental issues. Now, she is looking forward to expanding her knowledge and skills in the world of facilities and services that IMCOM provides Soldiers and their families.

“IMCOM missions are tactically, strategically and geographically vital to the United States and its allies, and this is one of the reasons I wanted to join the IMCOM team,” said Altendorf.

Altendorf said that she’d challenge the region team to be the best they can at providing services and support to the communities they serve, and also made a pledge of her own to the team.

“I promise to provide the leadership that is expected of this position and pledge to do my best to ensure the Pacific Region workforce is taken care of,” said Altendorf.

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