IMCOM’s Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Douglas Gabram, speaks during his assumption of command ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Jan. 22.

Lt. Gen. Douglas Gabram assumed command of U.S. Army Installation Management Command Jan. 22 at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston. Gen. Gus Perna, Army Materiel Command’s commanding general, promoted Gabram in a private ceremony before the assumption of command.

Gabram assumed command from Maj. Gen. Timothy McGuire who has served as acting commanding general since August.

Perna thanked McGuire for his work as interim commander. McGuire will now return to his role as IMCOM deputy commanding general.

“Maj. Gen. McGuire, your leadership belongs in a book as an example for all of us,” Perna said. “Over the past five months, you have demonstrated personal, moral and physical courage. You are a remarkable leader and it is my honor to serve with you every day.”

Perna spoke about his confidence in Gabram as IMCOM’s next CG.

“Lieutenant General Gabram is a great Army leader, and IMCOM is a great Army team,” said Perna. “I feel confident that general Gabram will take IMCOM’s work to the next level. My one-word piece of advice to him during the passing of the colors was ‘press’.”

Perna pointed out the Army chief of staff’s No. 1 priority is people. “The chief believes that if we take care of Soldiers, Families and civilians, our Army will remain strong for the long term. IMCOM is the quarterback of that solution.”

Perna continued, “In his new role, Gabram will lead the organization responsible for the safety, care and morale of over 1 million Soldiers and their Families. This is one of the Army’s most sacred responsibilities.”

Gabram mentioned he is prepared to take command and support all the command does to help the Army.

“I look forward to taking on our mission of serving and supporting Soldiers, civilians and Families and strengthening the readiness of our Army,” said Gabram.

Before assuming command, Gabram was the director for Test at the Missile Defense Agency at Redstone Arsenal, Ala.; and served as U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command’s commanding general.

As part of the Army Installation Management Reform Initiative, a year ago, the Secretary of the Army decided to realign IMCOM to Army Materiel Command as a major subordinate command.