JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas –
Gen. Edward Daly, commanding general of Army Materiel Command, visited Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston Sept. 25 to collaborate with and provide guidance to the leadership of U.S. Army Installation Management Command.
Daly uses quarterly updates to execute mission command for AMC’s 10 major subordinate commands.
One of the main topics discussed was the Facility Investment Plan, or FIP, an Army-wide, multi-year, prioritized plan of attack for constructing the facilities that support Army strategic priorities.
The FIP includes a plan for integrating construction projects that emerge in the future based on leader decisions. This integrated, enterprise approach saves money, increases predictability, and ensures all projects are aligned with Army and Department of Defense priorities.
“The FIP gives you the confidence to know you either have the facilities you need or they are planned for in the FIP,” Daly said, directing his comments to garrison commanders. “You should also draw confidence from the fact that should new requirements emerge, the program review process in place will ensure a fair review of it and integrate it into the FIP in the right place.”
Lt. Gen. Doug Gabram, IMCOM’s commanding general, and key members of the IMCOM staff updated Daly on actions the IMCOM team is undertaking to enhance installation readiness, strategic power projection, housing, permanent change of station moves, child care, spouse employment and how to operate in a COVID-19 environment.
“I think the heroes of the COVID-19 battlespace are garrison teams,” Daly said. “The knife fight in the phone booth is occurring at the installation level. My hat is off to garrison commanders because I’ve seen an exponential increase in the common narrative across the Army.”
Paul Burk, Director of Army Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation (IMCOM G9), described the FMWR strategy for re-opening facilities and building back services after losing revenue during the last several months of pandemic related closures and restrictions.
“This is turning a negative into a positive,” Gabram said. “Paul’s leadership and our smart choices will put us in a position to increase investments in quality of life for Soldiers and Families in the years to come.”
The leaders also discussed the Army’s new Digital Garrison mobile app, developed by IMCOM in partnership with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service.
Digital Garrison securely delivers information and facilitates access to a full range of installation quality-of-life services. The app is customizable to provide information specific to one of 62 Army garrisons selected by the user.
It is a one-stop information source for Army communities, putting real-time information into the hands of Soldiers, families and civilians. It keeps military communities connected, a key part of readiness and resiliency.
Daly’s comments to the team early in the discussion summarized his assessment of the global IMCOM team. “I have the utmost confidence in this organization, the way your mission commands difficult and complex tasks, the way you see yourselves, and the progress you are making on some very tough tasks and in a challenging environment.”