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BRAC Employee Career Assistance Office Assessment Survey June 18, 2010

Posted by S. in BRAC, Change Management, HR Plan, Tools, Transformation.
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IMCOM, FMWRC and AEC employees,

HQ IMCOM, FMWRC and AEC are transitioning to Fort Sam Houston, Texas!

The IMCOM G-1 BRAC Employee Career Assistance Office wants to ensure you receive the right transition information, training and support tools.

Completing this survey will assist us in identifying your needs and scheduling applicable events.

Thank you for participating in the Installation Community BRAC Employee Career Assistance needs assessment survey. If you have any questions regarding the completion of this survey, please contact the IMCOM BRAC Placement Assistance.

Purpose of Survey

This needs assessment survey is designed to determine training needs for IMCOM BRAC-impacted employees. The results of this survey will be used to schedule BRAC transition training for IMCOM employees.


Your responses will be used collectively for research purposes only and will be kept confidential.


Participation is voluntary but your participation will make a difference in ensuring the right training is available to all employees. Please click on the below link and complete the survey before 30 June. Your input matters as we will pull survey results every couple of days so we can start scheduling training needs based on early responses. Make your opinion count and complete the survey!

Take the Survey HERE.

Decision: Rent v. Buy May 11, 2010

Posted by S. in BRAC, HR Plan, Moving, Real Estate, Relocation, San Antonio Economy, San Antonio life, Tools, Transformation.
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Illustration by Sarah Samoraj

For all who plan on making the move out west to San Antonio, one thing is essential: finding a place to live.

Deciding whether to buy or rent may be easy to some, but not for all. Whichever you choose, here are some websites to help you and your Family   decide which route is best.

Here’s to your future life in San Antonio!

I don’t want to make the commitment of purchasing something until I become comfortable with the various neighborhoods and find out where I want to live.”

– Tamara Elston, Transition Center Program Manager, U.S. Army Installation Management Command

MSN Money Article

The Basics: Why it’s smarter to buy than rent


An online real estate site where you can search for homes for sale, find home prices, see home values, view recently sold homes and check mortgage rates.


This website serves as a guide for people planning to move to Texas.

[Moving to San Antonio] is a good opportunity for me to own a home.  … I think my quality of life will improve, definitely.  I’ll be able to do something in the afternoons besides go to bed.”

— Andrea Pratt, Human Resources Specialist, U.S. Army Installation Management Command (currently commutes about four hours a day to and from work)


A website allowing you to search apartment listings.


This website lists renters’ reviews on apartments.


A website that lists rental homes and apartments.


“Involved parents. Successful kids.” Learn about a school through parent ratings and reviews.


This site is designed around the needs of a relocating family with school-age children.  “Finding the right San Antonio schools in the right neighborhood has never been easier.”

San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department

This website lists parks and recreation places around San Antonio.


This site lists crimes such as robbery, burglary and theft by date, time and place.

Texas Department of Public Safety Sex Offender Database

This website allows searches for risk levels and addresses of sexual offenders in San Antonio and surrounding area neighborhoods.

DISCLAIMER: The Installation Management Command does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of information contained on external linked websites. The appearance of external links does not constitute endorsement by the Installation Management Command, the Department of the Army, or the Department of Defense of the services or products offered on external sites. Links are provided solely for convenience.

It’s time for Fiesta! April 14, 2010

Posted by S. in Moving, Relocation, San Antonio life, Transformation.
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Fiesta Folklorico

The US Army Installation Management Command’s Base Realignment and Closure Act move to San Antonio is rapidly approaching. For those planning to make the transition from the politically charged DC metropolitan area to the third fastest growing city in the United States, be jealous.  It’s party time in San Antonio and Texans do it big.

Today marks the beginning of Fiesta ― an 11-day celebration that has been going on for 119 years. The tradition began in 1891 when a group of women paraded in front of the Alamo in horse-drawn carriages and pelted each other with flower blossoms. It was a huge success and has taken place every year except for 1918, during World War I, and 1942 through 1945, during World War II. Belknap Rifles carried in the first Battle of Flowers Parade were used to represent the military.  In recent years, military personnel actively take part in the celebration.

NIOSA Kabobs

Fort Sam Houston celebrates with its Fiesta and Fireworks Extravaganza April 18.  There will be a variety of food, exhibits, games, carnival rides and music from the Naval Academy Band from Annapolis, Md., and Fort Sam Houston’s Army Medical Command Latino Band.

The city’s events include the Battle of the Flowers Parade, a 10k walk, Fiesta Casino Night, Family Funday Sunday, Fiesta Arts Fair, Marines at the Alamo, and Miss San Antonio Scholarship Pageant.

This is a great opportunity for IMCOM Soldiers, Civilians and Families in San Antonio to enhance their well-being. There’s no better way to get into the San Antonio lifestyle than with the Fiesta Celebration.

To learn more about San Antonio’s Fiesta, check out the links below: