Photo Credit: Mark D. Diamond, HQSDDC Command Affairs
Using a 40-ton gantry crane, a 20-foot-by-10-foot shipping container is lifted from the deck of the vessel TSgt. John A. Chapman during a recent prepositioning mission at Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's Military Ocean Terminal Concord, Calif. The Chapman - named in honor of a U.S. Air Force combat controller killed in Afghanistan in 2002 - is assigned to Military Sealift Command's Prepositioning Program. According to an MSC website, afloat prepositioning strategically places military equipment and supplies aboard ships located in key ocean areas to ensure rapid availability during a major theater war, a humanitarian operation or other contingency.