Army installations can continue to
critical career fields
|SAN ANTONIO (Installation Management Command) — Army
installations will continue to hire the critical career fields from
firefighters to child care workers, Lt. Gen. Mike Ferriter, commander of
the U.S. Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM), announced Jan.
Earlier, Headquarters, Department of the Army provided guidance
regarding a department-wide hiring freeze and release of term and
temporary civilian personnel.
In that guidance, authority to approve exceptions to the hiring freeze
is delegated to commanders of Army Commands, Army Service Component
Commands, Direct Reporting Units and the Administrative Assistant to the
Secretary of the Army for Headquarters, Department of the Army and its
Field Operating and Staff Support Agencies. The above authority
delegates hiring authority to the commanding general, IMCOM.
“I am authorizing the hiring to continue in the following program areas
to ensure we continue to provide programs and services in support of
critical missions, national security, safety of human life and the
protection of private property,” Ferriter said.
Garrisons are given approval to hire firefighters, security guards,
civilian police, air traffic controllers, lifeguards, Sexual
Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program staff (permanent and
term), Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program counselors, and — regardless
of funding source — Child, Youth and School Services staff in accordance
with IMCOM Command and Headquarters, Department of the Army hiring
Ferriter emphasized, “Because of the important nature of installation
management business, we will review hiring requests at each garrison and
can make additional approvals to ensure critical missions continue. We
have spoken with every garrison commander or deputy and command sergeant
major throughout IMCOM to ensure they understand the importance our
mission. The Army leadership remains committed to providing the best
possible support to our Soldiers, Families, and civilians.”