By U.S. Army Installations Management Command Public Affairs
JC Abney, a longtime IMCOM professional and friend to many in the military community, passed away suddenly on March 1, 2022, leaving behind a loving wife, Ava, and two beautiful daughters, Camryn and Jade.
After a lifetime of service, he also leaves behind dozens of friends and colleagues who will long be remembered for his calm temperament, easy humor and helpful attitude.
JC decided early on to do something worthwhile with his life, and to do it in the service of others. He joined the Army ROTC as a student at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, and upon graduation received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Military Police, entering active duty in 1981.
After performing valuable duties in places like Alabama, the Republic of Panama, and the Pentagon, he deployed to Haiti in 1995 as a battalion executive officer in support of Operation Uphold Democracy. Here, JC skillfully applied leadership to his group of military police who had the difficult task of maintaining security in the lawless environment that followed the coup.
After helping lead the United States Central Command’s Joint Security Directorate in Saudi Arabia, serving on the Army Officers Special Examination Board at the Army Human Resources Command, and earning a master’s degree from the University of National Defense, JC joined the IMCOM team as the Garrison Commander of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He retired from military service on October 1, 2008, at the rank of colonel.
Recognizing his exceptional leadership skills, the Army appointed him to the Senior Executive Service (equivalent to a civilian general officer) in 2010 where he served as Deputy Commander, US Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command.
Shortly after JC assumed the position, the military replaced the post of commander with a civilian director and appointed JC to it. He then took control of the organization that oversees the $2.4 billion family and military morale, welfare and recreation business.
In late 2013, JC assumed the position of Deputy Director of Army Training and Leadership Development, where he was responsible for policy and resources for the Army’s multi-billion dollar training program portfolio. ‘army.
JC then returned to IMCOM where for the past six and a half years he has held the most challenging positions supporting soldier readiness and quality of life programs.
After serving as Chief of Staff for IMCOM-Sustainment in Huntsville, Alabama, JC returned to IMCOM Headquarters in San Antonio for his final assignment. It was in this position as Managing Director and Advisor to IMCOM’s top civilian leader, where JC’s calm demeanor and unwavering devotion to duty enabled him to positively influence all of IMCOM’s more than 70,000 employees in the world.
During his time at FMWRC and IMCOM, JC helped lead transformative change. First by guiding the integration of FMWRC into IMCOM, then by orchestrating the transformation of IMCOM from geographic regions to functional branches, thereby improving service delivery on Army bases worldwide. JC’s leadership during this time positioned IMCOM to take control of four of the Army’s five quality of life priority areas: housing, spousal employment, child care, and permanent change of station change.
Throughout his military career, JC attended many prestigious educational institutions, including the FBI National Academy, National Defense University, Secretary of Defense Senior Executive Leadership Program, Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Training, and the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.
A highly decorated leader, both in and out of uniform, JC has received some of our nation’s highest honors, including the Legion of Merit and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. He was recognized for his service in uniform with the “Order of the Marechaussee” in silver, the second highest honor given to a military police officer. Later, for his civil service, he was awarded the Adjutant General’s “Order of the White Plume” for outstanding service and significant and enduring contributions to morale, welfare and recreation programs.
A man of few words, JC was an attentive listener who allowed others to make their point before jumping in at the end and contributing a sentence or two of deep context, advice, or other helpful observations. Those of a certain age evoke the notion of EF Hutton.
A devoted father and husband, JC loved his family even more than he loved the military. Normally calm and quiet, JC’s eyes lit up and his chest heaved a little more when he spoke of his wife and daughters. He suddenly became the most talkative guy in the room.
During his time as a civilian Army professional, JC devoted much of his energy to mentoring the next generation of leaders. Jade Fulce, public affairs specialist for the Center for Disease Control, summed up the sentiment of this group. “Mr. Abney was a dedicated public servant who supported the United States military and their families. He challenged everyone around him to give their best and never tire of doing what is We all lack his wisdom and concern for others.
In this way, JC’s legacy will live on throughout the military he loved and dedicated his life to. These new leaders will follow his example and be good listeners who speak with economy and seriousness, always ready to help a colleague, welcome a friend or be there for their family. A life well lived is indeed worthy of emulation.
|Date posted:||03.10.2022 16:40|
|Hometown:||GREENVILLE, SC, USA|
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