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It’s time for Fiesta! April 14, 2010

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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:

Open House March 15, 2010

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Been to the IMCOM BRAC and Relocation page recently? We’re in the process of moving the furniture, cleaning the windows and pitching the clutter to make your visit a better experience. The page has always been full of good information, but finding it has always been … an issue. It’s getting easier. Check the right column – the “Total PCS Manual” gives you a timeline for your move from the East Coast to San Antonio.

Here’s the link

Relocation bookshelf: DNRP handbook March 9, 2010

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The DoD National Relocation Program protects your assets when you move. This program buys your house if you can’t sell it and you’re being BRAC’ed. Here’s the link to the handbook and forms:

DoD National Relocation Program – Handbook.

CARE Office opens to help with change June 18, 2009

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IMCOM headquarters has established an office for transitioning employees to get personal advice and answers to questions that might not be addressed through the Transition web site or town hall meetings.

Called the CARE Office (Comprehensive Assistance for Realigning Employees), it is a collaboration between the IMCOM MSO, EEO, and the DA CPAC. The office is in Room 8034 on the Taylor Building 8th Floor, and you can stop in, or call or email for an appointment with a specialist best suited to address your specific issues. Signs are up in the elevator lobby and elsewhere on the 8th floor to point the way.

The mission of the CARE Office is to be a one-stop shop for assistance for those who are and those who are not relocating to Fort Sam Houston.

“We recognize that sometimes you don’t want to or can’t get answers to all of your questions via the internet or a town hall meeting,” said Chris Brandstrup, the MSO proponent for the CARE Office. “We want to be able to provide you brochures on San Antonio, refer you to job vacancies in the DC Metro area, discuss retirement options, or just help you talk through whatever is on your mind.”

The CARE Office is part of a service that IMCOM leadership has established to help employees manage the changes underway. As an option, employees with questions or issues can simply use the phone or email to get answers that might not be available elsewhere.

Chris Brandstrup is in MSO, and he can be reached at 703-602-2117. The email address will be activated Monday, 22 June.

Commitment letters are out June 8, 2009

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Every IMCOM employee should have received a four-page document that lays out the specific information on the reasons for IMCOM’s move to San Antonio and the options available to the workforce. Armed with that information, employees are asked to sign a letter of commitment that states their intent to relocate with IMCOM or leave the command by September 2011.

This latest milestone follows town hall meetings for the headquarters workforce at Fort Belvoir and Aberdeen Proving Ground on May 27, where IMCOM Human Resources experts and leaders laid out the plans, options and incentives for the phased relocation to San Antonio that is now underway. The command will reorganize in October of this year and begin learning to function under the new RIST-FST structure. Movement to San Antonio has begun and continues with about 150 people from IMCOM, AEC and FMWRC headquarters moving this summer. More early movers from the region headquarters will also be heading to San Antonio through the rest of this year.

The command is leasing space for about 750 workers to accommodate the vanguard of the existing workforce and new hires that will be brought on after members of the existing workforce have been placed. That space and possibly another leased facility will house the combined IMCOM headquarters until the command’s renovated campus on Fort Sam Houston is ready for occupancy in time to meet the BRAC deadline of September 2011.

The letter of commitment states their intent to move or not and to subsequently accept a specific job offer or not. There are four options: To volunteer to relocate, accept the offered job, and relocate when the time comes; to volunteer to relocate and subsequently decline the job offer; to volunteer to relocate, accept the job offer, then later decline to move; or to simply decline to relocate. Each choice has a set of associated consequences that are laid out in the town hall briefing slides on the transformation web site.

The headquarters town hall also introduced a package of incentives aimed at retaining as much of the experienced IMCOM workforce as possible. Some of those have been mentioned before, including the use of DNRP and paid house-hunting trips, and others. Now, the command is offering an 18 percent relocation bonus to appropriated fund employees who move. This also is spelled out more in the town hall slides.

Find the town hall slides, as well as the slides and original HR plan, as well as information about Texas living, at the transformation website.

Biden Announces Pentagon Housing Assistance Program Expansion June 4, 2009

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By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2009 – Vice President Joe Biden today announced the Defense Department’s plan to expand its housing assistance program with $555 million devoted to servicemembers forced to sell their homes at a loss due to the country’s struggling housing market.
The financial support comes from President Barack Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to supplement the department’s Homeowner’s Assistance Program, Biden said aboard the USS Ronald Reagan during a visit with sailors and their families at Naval Base Coronado in San Diego. (<a href=" “>Read entire article)