Maj. Gen. Doug Gabram will soon be reunited with his Army Materiel Command family when he assumes command of the Installation Management Command, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas.
“I’ve really appreciated being a part of Team Redstone over the last four years,” Gabram said. “It’s rare that you find a community and an Army installation that are truly one. Redstone Arsenal is extremely diverse, with AMC and its subordinate commands, the Missile Defense Agency, NASA, the FBI and the Army Program Executive Offices for Aviation and Missiles and Space. Because we’re so varied, it creates an opportunity for great teamwork, which we get the privilege of being a part of every day. On top of that, the support that the military receives from the community is truly outstanding, and it’s been a privilege being a part of this very close community.”
Since February 2019, Gabram has served as the director for test at the Missile Defense Agency. The Missile Defense Agency’s mission is to develop and deploy a layered missile defense system to defend the United States, its deployed forces, allies and friends from missile attacks in all phases of flight. As the director for test, Gabram was responsible for the planning, programming, budgeting, staffing and managing a comprehensive ballistic missile defense system test program to field an integrated and effective capability to the warfighter.
Prior to his assignment with MDA, Gabram served for three years as the commander of the Aviation and Missile Command, an AMC major subordinate command. In that position, he led more than 18,000 military and civilians in providing aviation, missile, and test, measurement and diagnostic equipment sustainment support to the joint warfighter to enable readiness.
During his tenure as the AMCOM commander, Gabram led a team that worked tirelessly to improve readiness of Army aircraft and missile systems by building supply chain depth, meeting with original equipment manufacturers and other supply chain partners, and identifying the top readiness drivers for each aircraft and missile system.
“In the end, whether Soldier or civilian, all we do must translate into combat power and mission ready units,” he said of his assignments at Redstone Arsenal. “I have learned an incredible amount about the complexity of building readiness for the aviation and missile enterprises. Ultimately, everything we do is all about putting capable, reliable, effective and safe weapon systems in the hands of our Soldiers. And, maybe, more importantly, sustaining those systems to stay in the fight.”
Gabram will assume command of IMCOM and be promoted to lieutenant general on Jan. 22.
“Doug Gabram is the absolute right leader at the right time to assume command of Installation Management Command,” Gen. Gus Perna, AMC commander, said. “No other organization influences strategic readiness and quality of life for our Soldiers, civilians and families like IMCOM. I have full faith and confidence that he understands the awesome responsibility and the end state we are driving towards: making every installation the number one installation of choice for our people.”
IMCOM was created in 2002 to integrate and deliver base support to enable readiness for a globally responsive Army. The command’s 50,000-person workforce handles the day-to-day operations of Army installations around the globe. Army installations are communities that provide many of the same types of services expected from any small city. Fire, police, housing and child care are just some of the things IMCOM does in Army communities every day.
“I’m thankful for the opportunity to continue to serve, and specifically to be able to serve in an organization that enables readiness for our entire Army,” Gabram said. “IMCOM supports operational readiness, mobilization and quality of life across the Army. It plays a pivotal role in the chief of staff’s number one priority – people – and is a key enabler in readiness. I am honored and humbled to serve as the IMCOM commander and to be back on the AMC and Army team.”
Gabram was commissioned in 1984. Before assuming command of AMCOM, he served as the deputy chief of staff, G-3/5/7 for the Training and Doctrine Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.
He also served as the deputy commander for support, 1st Cavalry Division “America’s First Team,” Fort Hood, Texas; deputy commander for the Aviation Center of Excellence, Fort Rucker; and chief of staff for the 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood. Gabram served as the brigade commander of the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, and as battalion commander of the 1st Battalion 101st Aviation, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.