By Amanda Kim Stairrett

Fort Hood Herald

Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch will leave Fort Hood this fall to lead Installation Management Command, or IMCOM, and serve as assistant chief of staff for installation management.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced Friday that the president nominated Lynch for the positions, which are currently headquartered at the Pentagon.

A statement from Lynch or Fort Hood was not available by press time.

Lynch announced June 5 he would leave Central Texas just more than a year after taking command of the post and III Corps, but would not say where he was headed. Lynch replaced now-Gen. Raymond Odierno on July 18, 2008, who then took over from Gen. David Petraeus as the top commander in Iraq.

Lynch's replacement, Maj. Gen. (promotable) Robert W. Cone, was named that same day by Gates. Cone, who previously served in the 4th Infantry Division, serves as special assistant to the commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Monroe, Va.

Lynch said two weeks ago he has known of his departure for three months and since worked with Cone on that transition.

Lynch's new job has two roles. He will be the "Army's single authority and primary provider of base support services while also being responsible for providing effective garrison support of mission activities," according to information from IMCOM's Web site.

The command oversees installation management, which includes construction; barracks and family housing; soldier and family morale, welfare and recreation programs; logistics; public works and installation funding, according to a March 2009 report on IMCOM.

IMCOM was known as the Installation Management Agency, or IMA, which was formed in 2002 as part of the Army's transformation to reduce bureaucracy and "implement better business practices and realign installation management to create a more efficient and effective corporate management structure for Army installations worldwide."

"Before IMCOM, the Army's 184 installations were managed by one of 15 major commands," the report read. "Support services varied - some provided better services, some provided worse."

Four years later it was developed from a major-general-led field operating agency to IMCOM, a three-star command, according to the report. Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation and Army Environmental Command were moved to fall under it.

Lynch's predecessor, Lt. Gen. Robert Wilson, was named IMCOM's first commander in October 2006.

Wilson assumed duties as assistant chief of staff for installation management four months earlier.

IMCOM headquarters is set to relocate to San Antonio beginning late this year, according to the report.

Contact Amanda Kim Stairrett at or (254) 501-7547.

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