2018-09-14 / News Update

IMCOM welcomes new CG Becker

Susan A. Merkner
U.S. Army Installation Management Command Public Affairs


Outgoing IMCOM Commanding General Lt. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl (facing camera) passes the guidon to Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley during the IMCOM change of command ceremony Sept. 5 at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas. SUSAN A. MERKNER / U.S. ARMY INSTALLATION MANAGEMENT COMMAND PUBLIC AFFAIRS Outgoing IMCOM Commanding General Lt. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl (facing camera) passes the guidon to Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley during the IMCOM change of command ceremony Sept. 5 at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas. SUSAN A. MERKNER / U.S. ARMY INSTALLATION MANAGEMENT COMMAND PUBLIC AFFAIRS JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas — Lt. Gen. Bradley A. Becker took command of United States Army Installation Management Command in ceremonies Sept. 5 at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Becker was promoted to lieutenant general immediately before the ceremony by Gen. Mark A. Milley, chief of staff of the U.S. Army.

Becker replaces Lt. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl, who had served IMCOM since November 2015.

During Becker’s promotion ceremony, Milley said the new IMCOM commander was talented and humble, a man who “is not afraid to speak truth to power.”

At the change of command ceremony, Milley praised IMCOM and its employees, thanking them for generating Army readiness by supporting Soldiers, their families and civilians.

“Readiness is much more than manning, equipping and training. Soldiers can’t focus exclusively on their combat mission if they think their family is in lousy housing, or has inadequate medical care, or unsafe schools for their children,” he said.

Of the Army’s 1.1 million Soldiers, 60 percent are married and most have at least two children, Milley said.

Under Dahl’s leadership, IMCOM reduced 1,000 positions “which allowed us to apply those resources to build an SFAB (Security Force Assistance Brigade) which is in Afghanistan today,” Milley said.

“Every base and installation is important, both in CONUS and overseas,” Milley said. “Every single Soldier in the Army passes through IMCOM at some point, and IMCOM is responsible for the readiness of today’s Army.”

Dahl was the first commanding general of IMCOM who was not dual-hatted as the Army’s assistant chief of staff for Installation Management. During his remarks at the ceremony, Dahl thanked the command’s 50,000 employees for their role in providing continuity in the Army’s 75 installations.

Despite budget cuts and doubling down on multiple jobs, IMCOM employees are dedicated professionals who keep the day-to-day operations going, providing facilities, utilities, security and recreational opportunities, he said.

“IMCOM provides platforms for readiness, so our Soldiers are fit, trained and ready for combat,” said Dahl, who will be retiring from active service later this month.

Becker thanked family and friends for their support and said Dahl built a great team at IMCOM.

“IMCOM touches the lives of every Soldier, civilian and their family members in the Army,” Becker said. “What you do every day is truly impressive. I appreciate all you do to keep the Army strong.”

Prior to taking command of IMCOM, Becker was chief, Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq, U.S. Central Command, Iraq.

He was commander of the Joint Force Headquarters -- National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington. He previously served as the commanding general, U.S. Army Training Center and Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He has had several joint assignments and has served in Iraq and Korea, as well as at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and Fort Lewis, Washington.

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