JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas –
U.S. Army Installation Management Command said goodbye to two members of the Senior Executive Service during a retirement ceremony at the Fort Sam Houston Theatre June 25.
Delia Adams, senior contracting executive, and Stephanie Hoehne, director of operations and current and future plans, were celebrated for serving a combined time in service of more than 80 years.
Lt. Gen. Doug Gabram, IMCOM commanding general, presided over the ceremony and praised both women for their dedication and contributions to the Army and the nation.
The ceremony was a first of its kind for IMCOM in following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to protect one another from the ongoing global pandemic. Only 20 people were allowed to participate physically, with hundreds watching online.
Adams, a Dayton, Ohio, native, entered federal service after her mother, Gwendolyn, who traveled from Dayton to be present for the ceremony, encouraged her to look into a career that would take her from coast-to-coast and around the world.
During her time in service, Adams stood up the west regional office for the Veterans Health Administration; stood up the Regional Medical Command contracting office in Landstuhl, Germany; and served with the Pohnpei state government in Pohnpei, Micronesia.
“That all led to Delia coming here to IMCOM to be our senior contracting executive where you were responsible for $4.5 billion. And the responsibility behind that money is incredible, covering more than 75 installations across the world – so truly a great responsibility,” Gabram said to Adams after listing her accomplishments during the ceremony.
“Delia, you took that on with the same fearlessness that your mom described of you growing up,” Gabram added.
Adams thanked her family, friends and coworkers for her success over the course of her career and said she comes from a family dedicated to service.
“I do believe we owe what we become to our families,” Adams said, thanking her family for her successes. “They’re the people that know you from the beginning. They’re the people who helped shape you.”
“Congratulations on your successes, and thank you for serving our country, making so many lives better for all the people you touched and influenced,” said Gabram.
Hoehne retired with nearly 42 years of service to the country both in and out of an Army uniform. She retired from the Army at the rank of colonel after 27 years of service, making impacts in both the Army Military Police Corps and later as the deputy chief of Army public affairs.
Hoehne first arrived at IMCOM to lead the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Directorate.
“For my G9 team, you made me feel like I had the best job in the Army – and I did,” Hoehne said. “What’s not to like? I was in charge of fun. I was in charge of swimming pools and resorts and golf courses and child care.”
After spending time leading MWR, Hoehne took over the position of director for operations and current and future plans.
“To my G3/5/7 team, you are true professionals in displaying an amazing amount of agility, patience and expertise, which directly enables IMCOM’s success during a remarkable time,” Hoehne said.
“We wish you the best of luck,” Gabram said to Hoehne. “I’m hoping you finally get to finish writing that book you’ve talked about.”