IMCOM commander, command sergeant major, visit Camp Zama
CAMP ZAMA, Japan (July 28, 2014) -- The commander and command sergeant major of U.S. Army Installation Management Command, along with other distinguished guests, visited the installation here July 28 as part of a tour of Army installations in the Asian-Pacific area.
Lt. Gen. David D. Halverson called the visit a great opportunity for himself and Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffery S. Hartless to "come and see what (U.S. Army Garrison Japan) is doing to provide the essential services to Soldiers and their family members."
During the visit, Halverson and Hartless received a briefing on the comprehensive mission of U.S. Army Japan and U.S. Army Garrison Japan.
"I am very impressed with the 'can and will' attitude that we have here in Japan," said Halverson.
Halverson spoke highly of the USAG-J command team, saying they are "truly trying to make this the Army's home within Japan."
Hartless said of everything he saw during his tour, he was most impressed by the sense of community and team work.
"It's a team of teams here," said Hartless.
The purpose of the visit was to get an "eyes-on" of the facilities, workforce and Soldiers that belong to IMCOM, Hartless said.
"It's always good to touch and feel, get a good sense of what the Garrison needs, (and) to better support the senior commander here in Japan," said Hartless.
Halverson, accompanied by Col. Joy Curriera, USAG-J commander, toured the Camp Zama Co-Generation Plant and the recently completed Army Family Housing units for noncommissioned officers.
Hartless, accompanied by Command Sgt. Maj. Katrina M. Najee, USAG-J command sergeant major, toured the Unaccompanied Personnel Housing and the First Sergeants Barracks before touring the Warrior Zone, a bilateral facility run by the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program.
By volunteering, being innovative and creative, and by acting as leaders among their peers, the Soldiers and the Warrior Zone are part of a resiliency platform that helps develop leaders in today's Army, Hartless said.
Halverson also presented commander's coins to members of the Garrison Japan workforce during an employee recognition ceremony.
Halverson remarked that it is critical in today's Army to have an installation management team that is enabling the employees at the lowest level because they set the conditions for a great Army.
"IMCOM (strives) to provide those essential services … from the heart," said Hartless, "to make sure the (Soldiers, family members and employees) get the best services."
"IMCOM enables that vision and the readiness of our force," Halverson concluded.