Soldiers should notice a significant improvement in overall quality of life on all Army installations in the next 10 to 15 years due to the new corporate approach being instituted by the Army’s Installation Management Agency, said one of the agency’s senior leaders.

“The IMA will provide standardization to all Army installations,” said Maj. Gen. Larry Lust, assistant chief of staff for installation management, during a recent visit to Camp Zama, Japan.

“It is not my intent for them to be all identical, but I think that they should all feel about the same.”

Activated in October 2002, the Pentagon agency is the first component of the Army’s initiative to become more effective and efficient, Army officials say. Last year’s massive Army reorganization put everything from barracks maintenance to child care under one command, letting regional commanders and their staffs to concentrate on war-fighting and readiness rather than administration and managing installations.

IMA now is responsible for all 95 standard services offered on Army installations, Lust said.

“We plan to standardize these services by having them all operating on about the same timetable,” he said. If a soldier is on temporary duty at another Army post, for example, he’ll know what time different services operate because hours will be consistent worldwide.

“This is not about a power grab,” he said. “It’s about a way of doing business to give the Army a corporate approach to installation management, as opposed to individual command views.”

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