Photo Credit: Mark D. Diamond, HQSDDC Command Affairs
Bomb carts, also known as "yard dogs," line up to accept containers as they are unloaded from 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. MSC's 31 prepositioning ships support the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Defense Logistics Agency.