|By Tim Hipps, Installation Management Command Public
FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas — Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch and five representatives
of the Soldiers, Civilians and Family members served by the U.S. Army
Installation Management Command (IMCOM) officially opened the command’s
new headquarters campus Aug.19.
Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch (far left),
IMCOM commander, cuts the ribbon on the new IMCOM headquarters
campus with IMCOM Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Ciotola (second from
left). (Photo by Neal Snyder)
The ceremony officially completed IMCOM’s Base Realignment and
Closure-mandated move from Arlington and Crystal City, Va., and
Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., to historic Fort Sam Houston, an Army
stronghold since 1876.
Lynch, IMCOM commanding general and assistant chief of staff for
Installation Management, cut the ribbon alongside IMCOM Command Sgt.
Maj. Neil Ciotola, IMCOM headquarters 2011 Stalwart Award winner
Wanda Stover, IMCOM Noncommissioned Officer of the Year Sgt. Jeremy
Brake, Fort Sam Houston Army Community Services Volunteer of the
Year Nikki Longoria and Fort Sam Houston Youth Volunteer of the Year Imani Trice-Gayden.
“I’d like to thank the magnificent work force here at IMCOM,” Lynch
told the crowd of about 700 gathered beneath blue skies on an
84-degree morning as a Texas breeze blew through the six-building
complex. “We’re going to dedicate a building, but the building is
nothing without the people. For the remarkable Soldiers and
Civilians who work at IMCOM headquarters, thank you for what you do
every day because you’re making a difference. I tell people you’ve
got a choice in life, you can read history or you can make history,
and indeed you’re making history on a daily basis.”
The newly constructed headquarters building in the center of the
campus was inspired by the surrounding Spanish Colonial Revival
style buildings. It incorporates environmental practices supported
by the Army’s Strategy for the Environment. The facility is designed
to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver
certification, a national benchmark for the design, construction and
operation of high-performance green buildings. This achievement
required planning by the client, building owner, architects,
engineers and contractors.
“Yesterday, I had the chance to recognize almost 150 individuals who
were intimately involved in the construction of this facility and
it’s a magnificent facility, no doubt,” Lynch said. “If you take the
time to read the details in the program, you’ll see it’s a
300,000-square-foot facility that cost our nation about $120
million, and it’s exactly what we needed and expected. The building
itself is superb.
“This building, the way it’s constructed, allowed us to reduce our
energy consumption by 24 percent. I know that for a fact because
when I’m sitting in my office and typing e-mails, if my fingers are
not wildly active, the lights go out.
“I also know we’ve reduced the water consumption in this facility by
50 percent,” Lynch said. “You have to lead by example, so the
building itself is superb and for the folks who’ve had anything to
do with the construction of the building, you have our
The purpose of the building, however, exceeds the perfection of the
“Our purpose is to provide our Soldiers, our Civilians, and their
Families with a quality of life commensurate with their quality of
service — that’s our purpose,” Lynch said. “And that purpose will
Lynch vowed to help the Department of Defense with the nation’s
struggle to reduce a $14.3-trillion debt.
“As a result of the ends being the same and the means being reduced,
we have to modify our ways,” Lynch said. “And how we’re going to
modify those ways is a function of this building. We’re going to
spend time in this building talking about how we can indeed continue
to accomplish the end state with reduced resources.
“I spend zero time worrying about our Army or our other services
because of the servicemembers. I’m just so proud of what they do.
When they look in the mirror the reflection back is somebody who
sacrificed themselves for the greater good, and they continue to
re-enlist in droves. As I say all the time, I’m humbled to be in
their presence, all the time,” he said.
Lynch worries more about the impact of war upon military Families
than the troops themselves.
“I’m worried to death about the impact on our Families,” he said.
“Ten years of war has taken a toll. Ten years of war are difficult
for our Family members.”
Lynch pointed out that 146,279 children went to bed the night before
while their mother or father was deployed.
“And oh, by the way, their mom or dad had been deployed to combat
two or three times before,” he said. “That is having a significant
impact on our children and it’s evidenced by behavior in schools and
academic performance. What we do at IMCOM is focus on efforts to
mitigate that impact.
“So it’s not just a building. It’s a people with a passion to focus
on our purpose, and this facility and this campus gives that
opportunity to do that.”
Lynch applauded civic leaders of San Antonio for welcoming IMCOM to
“Military City USA.”
“We know that we can establish this as our home because the people
of San Antonio have made us feel so, so very welcome, and we promise
to return the favor,” Lynch said. “We promise to establish a
relationship with the leadership and the people of San Antonio, so
together we can work toward that purpose of providing our Soldiers,
our Civilians and their Families with the quality of life that is
commensurate with their quality of service.”
Command Sgt. Maj. Ciotola seconded that sentiment while speaking
about the “unabashed compassion” of IMCOM Soldiers and Civilians.
“I say to you here today that we at this campus are more than equal
to the challenges of today and those that we must confront
tomorrow,” Ciotola said. “That we shall, that we must, commit
ourselves to doing it more efficiently and effectively. That those
who yearn for the knowledge and insight required to take our Army
and our nation down a new path need only do this simple thing: come
to San Antonio, come to Fort Sam Houston, and while you’re at it,
come to Installation Management Command.
“As a community, as your Army, as a command, we’ll show you the way,
and we’ll do all that is required.”