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Commanding general of Army installations worldwide tours Fort Hood housing, says improvements are coming

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Posted at 4:04 PM, Nov 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-04 17:08:37-05

FORT HOOD, TX — The commanding general of Installation Management Command, who oversees Army installations worldwide, visited Fort Hood Tuesday to tour the post's housing and barracks.

“First off, it’s always a privilege to be back at the Great Place,” said Lt. Gen. Douglas Gabram, IMCOM commander. “It’s great to see Soldiers, it’s great to hear from Soldiers, it’s great to go through barracks.”

Lt. Gen. Gabram was given a tour of Fort Hood's housing areas and barracks to "see the improvements being made firsthand." He also spoke with soldiers currently living in newly-renovated barracks.

Officials say the newly-renovated barracks are apartment-style, with a kitchen and two bedrooms. Each bedroom has a twin bed, bedside table with lamp, a desk and chair. There is also a large walk-in closet with the ability to lock it from the outside.

Lt. Gen. Gabram says Army senior leaders’ number one priority is to improve barracks worldwide. The military branch is currently working to provide the resources needed for the improvements.

“The good news is for our Army, our facility investment plan … it’s a 10-year strategy,” he said. “Improvements to barracks and operational infrastructure at Fort Hood are a big part of that strategy.”

The IMCOM commanding general was also shown the interior of some older homes in McNair Villiage and Chaffee Village.

In a press release issued by Fort Hood, Chris Albus, project manager for Fort Hood Family Housing, a Lendlease privatized military housing community, told the IMCOM commanding general that they are continuously making improvements to the homes on post.

“Frankly, I can’t say enough about the teamwork between the garrison, the installation, the senior commander, the senior command, the chain-of-command and our housing partner, Lendlease,” Lt. Gen. Gabram said. “We have new plans and renovations in the next five to 10 years that are going to fix a lot of the issues.”

While there, the commanding general also thanked the workforce for their hardwork amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“You still are here, giving 110% and that means a lot,” the general told the assembled garrison employees before presenting them with his challenge coin.

Lt. Gen. Gabram finished the tour by encouraging the post to continue doing great things across the installation.

“This is our home and we have to take pride,” he added. “Pride in ownership.”