By Shannon Bishop
USAG Public Affairs
Fort Detrick began the next chapter in its history Sept. 30, with the transfer of authority ceremony transferring the U.S. Army Garrison from Medical Command to Installation Management Command.
"Today we turn the page in the next chapter of our history while closing an era of MEDCOM garrisons. Today, as we change our flag, we reflect on our commitment to sustain, support and defend our nation and our community. We have always stood ready and responsive to support the diverse missions and requirements put upon us, bus as of today our transition becomes complete," said Col. Allan Darden, commander of the U.S. Army Garrison.In his speech,
Darden highlighted the importance of safety to Fort Detrick as well as the importance of providing Soldiers, Families and Civilians with a quality of life commensurate with the quality of their service.
"Our commitment extends to the wellbeing of everyone, development of our leaders and workforce, and the readiness of our installation to meet the needs and demands of our stakeholders and country's leaders. We are a national asset that is ready to meet tomorrow's challenges, responsible for the environment that we have been entrusted, respectful of our community and workforce and relevant to the success of our community.
"With the switch from MEDCOM to IMCOM, the installation will focus on six lines of effort: Soldier, Family and Civilian readiness, Soldier, Family and Civilian well-being, leader and workforce development, installation readiness, safety, and energy and water efficiency and security.
"There's only one thing changing today," said Major General Rubin D. Jones, Commanding General for Installation Management Command Operations.
"The authority to deliver to the quality of life equal to the service of the great men, women and families of our military that serve here at Fort Detrick. Let me tell you what won't change-70 years of excellence at Fort Detrick, being recognized as a community of excellence over and over again, great leadership, and the great mission that this organization has.
"Switching from Medical Command to Installation Management was not a decision made overnight, as mentioned by multiple speakers at Friday's ceremony. Employees of the Garrison and of MRMC worked for two years to make this transition a successful and seamless one."