By Amber Martin
Garrison Public Affairs Office
FORT CARSON, Colo. — The U.S. Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM) transitioned to wearing the Army Materiel Command (AMC) shoulder sleeve insignia (SSI) March 8, 2019.
The new SSI provides a visual symbol of IMCOM becoming a major subordinate command to AMC. The SSI patch is worn on the left shoulder sleeve. It identifies the unit a Soldier represents and instills unit pride and legacy.
“With the restructuring there will be a more cohesive effort at higher headquarters, which should have a trickledown effect to garrisons across the Army, and HHC garrisons, for more effective operations,” said Capt. Mike Gorman, commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) Fort Carson.
Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark T. Esper directed the assignment of U.S. Army IMCOM to the AMC, based on recommendations of the Installation Management Reform Study. The study conducted analysis, developed courses of action and provided recommendations to improve readiness across the Army.
“This transition establishes unity of command and effort on our installations, improves the readiness of our Soldiers and formations, and strengthens the well-being of our Soldiers, civilians and Families,” said Brig. Gen. Omar Jones, the Army’s chief of public affairs.
AMC’s mission is to develop and deliver materiel readiness solutions to ensure globally dominant land force capabilities. AMC Soldiers and civilians are trained and ready to execute directed missions in support of Army priorities and missions.
IMCOM’s mission is to integrate and deliver base support to enable readiness for a globally-responsive force. IMCOM Soldiers and civilians handle daily operations of U.S. Army installations and services expected from any small city including fire, police, housing and child care.
“On a day-to-day basis it should not create any significant change here at Fort Carson,” said Col. Brian K. Wortinger, garrison commander,
USAG Fort Carson. “However, what it does provide for us is, it gives the garrison, and it gives IMCOM, a seat at the four-star table so that we have senior leadership representation for the significant decisions that need to be made at the Army level.”
While the SSI has changed for IMCOM Soldiers, the organizational colors, distinctive unit insignia and coins will remain the same. IMCOM’s workforce will remain at current locations, and no positions will be physically relocated or eliminated during the transition.
The SSI made its first appearance during World War I as units designed and fabricated insignia for wear on the uniform. The SSI was authorized for wear before the end of the war and divisions, corps and other headquarters soon started wearing them.