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  • TRANSCOM, SDDC team addressing critical POV shipping concerns

    Aug 13, 2014

    Transportation experts from U.S. Transportation Command and Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command formed a fusion team Aug. 4 to more quickly evaluate and address critical issues affecting the U.S. military's privately owned vehicle shipping program.

  • Dunbar takes command of 598th Transportation Brigade

    Aug 8, 2014

    SEMBACH KASERNE, Germany (Aug. 8, 2014) -- Col. Layton G. Dunbar Jr. took command of Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's 598th Transportation Brigade in a change of command ceremony at the installation's Community Activity Center Thursday.

  • SDDC commander takes vehicle shipment concerns to heart

    Aug 7, 2014

    The commanding general of Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command seized the opportunity to visit the Kaiserslautern Vehicle Processing Center at Kapaun Air Station, Germany, while in country visiting one of her subordinate units Aug. 5 -- 7.

  • SDDC aware of, addressing privately owned vehicle shipping concerns

    Aug 1, 2014

    Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command and U.S. Transportation Command are standing up a team of transportation experts this week to quickly address the most significant challenges and concerns military customers are facing when shipping their privately owned vehicles.

  • Knowledge Newsletter 9 July 2014

    Jul 9, 2014

  • Davidson pins on rank of major general

    Jul 9, 2014

    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (July 9, 2014) -- Brig. Gen. Susan A. Davidson, commanding general of Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, pinned on the rank of major general today during a ceremony here.

  • Davidson confirmed by Senate for second star

    Jun 26, 2014

    The Office of the Army Chief of Staff announced today, Brig. Gen. Susan A. Davidson, commanding general of the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 25 for promotion to the rank of major general.

  • SDDC's 838th Transportation Battalion and its company assists with 12 CAB retrograde

    Jun 25, 2014

    It has been more than two decades since Army helicopters have landed at the port of Bremerhaven but recently, an influx of retrograding aircraft from Afghanistan landed here with a battalion in place to receive, prepare and safely load them onto a vessel for their trip back home.

  • Help is available if moving this summer

    Jun 25, 2014

    The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command wants to remind service members, civilians and their families how to get help, if needed, during a permanent change of station move this summer.

  • Davidson takes command of SDDC

    Jun 13, 2014

    Brig. Gen. Susan A. Davidson became the 19th commanding general of the U.S. Army's Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command today during a change of command ceremony, also marking her third assignment here.

  • SDDC logisticians: "It's all about options"

    May 30, 2014

    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- Logisticians in Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command are all about having "options" available when it comes to supporting Warfighters and getting equipment to them when they need it, wherever they are.

  • SDDC honors high performing shippers of 2013

    May 21, 2014

    Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command honored 15 government shippers for outstanding performance with the Defense Transportation System throughout 2013.

  • World War II Veteran awarded Bronze Star, fourth Purple Heart

    May 21, 2014

    SCOTT AFB, Illinois, May. 21, 2014 -- World War II Veteran, former U.S. Army Technical Sergeant Donald L. Cook, was awarded the Bronze Star and a fourth Purple Heart for his actions in combat during the Battle of Luzon in a ceremony at his home in Lesterville, Missouri Sunday.

  • Changes to DOD's Privately Owned Vehicle shipping program start May 1

    Apr 17, 2014

    The Personal Property directorate at Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command manages the Department of Defense's Privately Owned Vehicle shipping program and wants service members to know there are several changes in the program, starting May 1, 2014.

  • Army SARC takes SHARP to the community

    Apr 4, 2014

    As the SARC, Anderson is responsible for spearheading the U.S. Army's Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention efforts at the brigade, and its subordinate units in Concord, Calif., and Jacksonville, Fla. However, with fewer than 20 military members amongst the three locations, Anderson looked for a way to do more...

  • SDDC POLAD speaks to students during university's Global Awareness Week

    Mar 31, 2014

    SCOTT AFB, Ill., March 31, 2014 -- Students at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville got to hear firsthand what it's like to be, and what it takes to become, a globetrotting Foreign Service Officer working for the U.S. Department of State Thursday as part of the campus' annual Global Awareness Week.

  • SDDC centralizes regional storage inspection functions at Scott AFB

    Mar 17, 2014

    Change is in the air these days at Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command to continue cutting costs, gain more efficiency, and set the command's course to sustain the Warfighter of 2015 and beyond.

  • Mission to Afghanistan proves versatility of SDDC operations

    Mar 13, 2014

    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command personnel assigned to the SDDC Dubai Detachment and 840th Transportation Battalion recently supported the first airlift of Class I cargo via an Air Force C-17 aircraft from Dubai to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.

  • SDDC offers advice if planning to move this summer

    Mar 3, 2014

    Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command provides advice to members planning to permanently change stations during this summer's peak moving season.

  • 598th Transportation Brigade conducts safety tour of Northern European ports

    Feb 28, 2014

    The 598th Transportation Brigade safety manager recently conducted a series of site visits to the northern European ports of Bremerhaven and Nordenham, Germany; Eemshaven, The Netherlands; and Varberg, Sweden.

  • Davidson announced as next SDDC commanding general

    Feb 18, 2014

    The Office of the Army Chief of Staff announced Brig. Gen. Susan A. Davidson will be assigned as commanding general of Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command effective June 13.

  • SDDC establishes Internal Audit office

    Feb 10, 2014

    Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command is working hard preparing for the future by reshaping itself to be more relevant and cost effective in supporting the Warfighter of 2015 and beyond.

  • SDDC Contracting Office disestablished; G9, TRANSCOM, ACC pick up critical acquisition functions

    Jan 16, 2014

    In an effort to streamline and provide increased oversight and management of all Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command contract requirements, the SDDC Contracting Office will be disestablished as of Sept. 30, 2014.

  • Simultaneous operations no problem for Beaumont battalion

    Dec 23, 2013

    As if staging and loading a couple of vessels with a deploying Army unit's tanks, trucks and other heavy equipment wasn't a big enough task, the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's 842nd Transportation Battalion, 597th Transportation Brigade, also conducted vessel offload operations for equipment returning from Afghanistan at the Port of Beaumont and at Port of Port Arthur, Texas, simultaneously, these past two weeks.

  • SDDC employees encouraged to become active bystanders

    Nov 21, 2013

    In the fight against sexual harassment and sexual assault, hundreds of Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command employees attended a new, more interactive round of Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention training Nov. 14.

  • SDDC leverages technology reducing time, costs with DOD transportation process

    Nov 21, 2013

    Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's Information Technology Directorate is leveraging today's technology to reduce time-consuming manual administrative processes for thousands of transporters associated with shipping Department of Defense cargo.

  • Underwater honors: Divers unite 20 feet under in support of Veterans

    Nov 18, 2013

    Scuba divers from around Oahu came together on Veterans Day at a popular dive site to "fly" an American flag in the ocean to honor American veterans.

  • McHugh touts importance of Army ammunition ocean terminals

    Nov 17, 2013

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh was at the Military Ocean Terminal Concord (Calif.) to assess the facility's requirements and capabilities for the safe and secure delivery of munitions to and from the U.S. Pacific Command area of operation, Nov. 15, 2013.

  • Safety, security: SDDC's top priority for transportation of sensitive military cargo on U.S. roadway

    Nov 13, 2013

    The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command was granted an exemption by the Department of Transportation, effective Oct. 22, to the 30-minute rest break portion of the hours-of-service rules for drivers operating in the continental U.S. hauling arms, ammunition, explosives and other sensitive military cargo requiring constant surveillance for the Department of Defense.

  • SDDC business directorate supports DLA cost-saving initiative

    Nov 13, 2013

    Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's Strategic Business directorate, in partnership with Defense Logistics Agency Distribution, kicked off a program Oct. 28 to provide cost savings to the government as part of DLA's First Destination Transportation, or FDT, Initiative.

  • SDDC's DP3 hosts forum with moving industry

    Nov 4, 2013

    With the busy 2013 Peak Moving Season now over, the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's Personal Property Directorate, transportation service providers and moving association representatives met to conduct their bi-annual Personal Property Forum Oct. 29 near Scott Air Force Base.

  • Military cargo booking centralized at SDDC HQs

    Oct 16, 2013

    Beginning Oct. 15, U. S. military cargo movements requiring international commercial ocean liner and multimodal transportation services will be booked through a newly established Centralized Booking Office at the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's headquarters at Scott Air Force Base.

  • MG Richardson visits 595th Transportation Brigade

    Sep 19, 2013

    Change was the theme of the week as Maj. Gen. Thomas Richardson, commanding general, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, traveled to the 595th Transportation Brigade to conduct his quarterly site visit.

  • Service members experience smoother Peak Moving Season

    Sep 12, 2013

    Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's Personal Property directorate hosted its annual Peak Moving Season Hotwash meeting Sept. 4 and 5 with Department of Defense and commercial partners. During this meeting, attendees discussed what went right this summer and what needs improvement.

  • Banian returns to SDDC, assumes command of 595th

    Sep 6, 2013

    CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait -- Col. Andrew C. Peters transferred his duties as commander of the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's 595th Transportation Brigade to Col. David Banian during a change of command ceremony at Camp Arifjan Thursday.

  • SDDC's RPOE brings rapid response capability to disaster exercise

    Aug 8, 2013

    More than 40 members of Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's 689th Rapid Port Opening Element from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., teamed up with the U.S. Air Force at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah, Ill., this week honing their rapid response and assessment skills during a Joint Task Force -- Port Opening exercise.

  • Budden selected as SDDC deputy to the commander

    Jul 31, 2013

    The Office of Personnel Management announced this week the selection of William H. Budden as Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's next deputy to the commander. Budden will begin work at Hq. SDDC in mid-August.

  • AIDPMO completes move to Scott AFB

    Jul 10, 2013

    After a highly successful first 10 years in existence, the Army Intermodal and Distribution Platform Management Office, also known as AIDPMO, will continue its support to the U.S. Army from a new location after transitioning from Tobyhanna Army Depot, Penn., to Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

  • Yee pins on rank of brigadier general

    May 13, 2013

    Col. Garrett S. Yee, deputy commander for mobilization for Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, pinned on the rank of brigadier general today during a ceremony at Scott AFB, Ill.

  • SDDC logisticians save $1.2 million with 'outside the box' thinking

    Apr 24, 2013

    Logisticians in Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's Operation Center put their heads together recently to save U.S. Southern Command $1.2 million in transportation costs.

  • SDDC adds valuable capability to African Lion exercise in Morocco

    Apr 9, 2013

    As the morning rain ended and the Moroccan sun began to dry the ground, members of U.S. Transportation Command's Joint Task Force - Port Opening emerged from the pier side warehouse ready to provide a valuable capability to this year's African Lion exercise.

  • SDDC honors high performing shippers

    Apr 4, 2013

    The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command honors 15 government shippers for outstanding performance with the Defense Transportation System throughout 2012.

  • SDDC detachment fulfills mission, saves precious dollars

    Mar 22, 2013

    Members of Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's Pacific Northwest Detachment, headquartered in Seattle, Wash., managed the recent offload and distribution of 674 pieces of 2/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team vehicles and containers redeployed from Afghanistan into the Port of Tacoma and forwarded onto Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

  • DSC commander earns first star

    Mar 12, 2013

    In front of Soldiers and friends Saturday, Maj. Gen. Peter Lennon, commanding general, 377th Theater Sustainment Command, promoted Brig. Gen. Michael Mann, commander, Deployment Support Command (U.S. Army Reserve), to the rank of brigadier general.

  • SDDC offers tips to service members, families slated for summer moves

    Mar 11, 2013

    Service members, Federal employees and their families slated to move this summer can enhance their permanent change of station experience with proper planning, attention to detail and flexibility, ensuring a smoother move for their household goods.

  • The evolution of DOD's Defense Personal Property Program

    Mar 11, 2013

    After almost 55 years of technological and procedural improvements, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's Defense Personal Property Program, or DP3, provides uniformed members, federal employees and their families the highest quality household goods and privately owned vehicle moves seen to date.

  • MOTCO, California benefit from DOD environmental program

    Feb 25, 2013

    The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's Military Ocean Terminal, Concord, or MOTCO, Calif., is currently taking advantage of a U.S. Army-sponsored environmental program designed to locate unexploded ordnance and other metallic debris left over from decades of munitions-related military activities.

  • SDDC experts train Army Reserve Unit before deployment

    Feb 5, 2013

    Surface transportation experts from Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command headquarters recently traveled to Camp Shelby, one of the Army's training and mobilization bases, to conduct vital systems training for deploying Army Reservists from the 1398th Deployment and Distribution Support Battalion.

  • SDDC teleconference fills void in DOD shipper training, education

    Dec 17, 2012

    When the SDDC Training Symposium and Traffic Management Workshop were cancelled this year, a vital link between the command and its customers was severed.

  • SDDC laser-focused on property accountability

    Nov 27, 2012

    During the past two years, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command supply experts have been laser-focused on a Department of the Army program aimed at accounting for all its U.S. Army-owned equipment.

  • Change to TDR process routes money back to military units

    Nov 27, 2012

    According to Army transportation experts assigned to Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, U.S. military units with equipment that is lost, damaged or destroyed during transport have another good reason to complete a Transportation Discrepancy Report, also known as a TDR.

  • SDDC human capital plan a roadmap for continuous improvement

    Nov 21, 2012

    The development and implementation of a strategic human capital plan is a key step in SDDC's progress to maintain a highly effective, performance-based organization.

  • SDDC AQ employee earns 'Outstanding Performer' award

    Nov 15, 2012

    Carol Sinnard, a contract specialist assigned to Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's Acquisition Center, was recently named Hq. SDDC Outstanding Performer of the Quarter.

  • SDDC helps DOD save $5 million in transportation costs

    Nov 15, 2012

    Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's Transportation Policy and Procedures Branch, within the Strategic Business Directorate, takes pride in providing transportation advice to members of the Department of Defense who have requirements to move Arms, Ammunition & Explosives and sensitive cargo within the United States. As a result, the branch has helped the department save more than $5 million in unnecessary transportation charges.

  • Local schools tap into US Army 'brain power'

    Sep 28, 2012

    In September, a handful of engineers and transportation experts assigned to Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command here - from the command's Transportation Engineering Agency - briefly set aside their work for another issue that's also important to the DoD and the nation ... education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, for short.

  • SDDC's Hispanic Americans proud of their heritage, contributions

    Sep 27, 2012

    Sept. 15, thru Oct. 15, is Hispanic Heritage Month and a time set aside to recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans to American Society and Culture. Several Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command Hispanic American Soldiers and civilians shared nuggets of information about their heritage that we may not have known otherwise.

  • DOD's re-engineered personal property program streamlines PCS process, eases anxieties

    Sep 14, 2012

    It's been more than three years since Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command launched the Department of Defense's re-engineered household goods moving program -- the Defense Personal Property Program.

  • Joint Logistics Over the Shore: Waterborne Soldiers - The Force Behind the Trident

    Aug 30, 2012

    The Trident pier is maintained by the 331st Transport Company, "Causeway or No Way", 11th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade. The Roll-On/Roll-Off Discharge Facility pier conducts missions that are respected as the most dangerous in the watercraft field. It takes every ounce of muscle and sweat from the approximately 100 Soldiers assigned to the company to assemble the 1,200-foot pier. The highly anticipated Joint Logistics-Over-the-Shore exercise held this summer at Fort Story, Va. showcased the Trident pier and the strength of the troops involved

  • Point Defender 2012 puts Army ammo port to the test

    Aug 30, 2012

    According to the U.S. Army antiterrorism regulation, AR 525-13, [Antiterrorism] training will be afforded the same emphasis as combat task training and executed with the intent to identify shortfalls affecting the protection of personnel and assets against terrorist attack. In other words, "Point Defender."

  • Gen. Dennis L. Via receives proclamation, connects with Virginia Veterans

    Aug 30, 2012

    MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Surrounded by community leaders, mentors, family and friends Gen. Dennis L. Via, Commander, U.S. Army Materiel Command accepted the proclamations in his honor from the City of Martinsville and Henry County, Va., on Aug. 28.

  • SDDC advances quality assurance checks and balances

    Aug 27, 2012

    With budgetary uncertainty looming over the horizon, the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's Quality Assurance Branch, part of the Strategic Business Directorate, is focusing efforts now to advance their processes and gain efficiencies.

  • Small SDDC branch provides big cost-savings for DOD

    Aug 27, 2012

    Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's Special Requirements Branch is a one-stop shop for finding the right rate and transportation mode for Department of Defense shippers who need to move specialized and large volume cargo domestically.

  • If you build it…

    Aug 26, 2012

    TRANSWARRIOR is a pilot program of the 1394th TB and the DSC, of Birmingham, Ala., the command headquarters of the 1394th TB. Col. Ronald Lane, Commander, 1394th TB, and his staff saw a need in 2011 to develop a mission that would train their Soldiers in the critical facets of their military occupational specialties (MOS), mainly the 88 and 90 series. In coordinating the overall function of a command, the DSC developed several scenarios to train brigade and battalion staffs interacting with themselves and an ad hoc DSC staff developed for this exercise.

  • Former SDDC battalion commander returns to 'heart of logistics'

    Aug 17, 2012

    For Col. Ines White, joining the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command headquarters staff is the culmination of a 24-year U.S. Army career sharply focused on military transportation.

  • SDDC LSS projects recoup millions of unearned government dollars

    Jul 30, 2012

    Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command introduced continuous process improvement using the Lean Six Sigma methodology to command members in 2006. Since then, SDDC has realized cost avoidances of more than $25 million from LSS projects.

  • Estevez, Bash visit SDDC ammunition port

    Jul 11, 2012

    The Honorable Alan F. Estevez, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense (Logistics and Materiel Readiness), and U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Brooks L. Bash, Director for Logistics, Joint Staff, visited Military Ocean Terminal Concord, Calif., Monday for a close look at the West Coast's primary military ammunition port.

  • MOTSU Firefighters certified in vital training at cost-savings

    Jun 25, 2012

    Fire and Emergency Services at Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point, N.C., assigned to the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's 596th Transportation Brigade, hosted their first Shipboard Firefighting class June 4-8.

  • Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point receives massive capability, safety enhancement

    Jun 19, 2012

    The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's 596th Transportation Brigade at Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point, Southport, N.C., received two new massive ship-to-shore container gantry cranes, June 19, 2012, after more than 10 years of planning and $27.5 million.

  • SDDC publishes comprehensive 2012 Almanac

    Jun 5, 2012

    After months of planning, coordinating, editing, writing and designing, the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command Public Affairs office recently published the 2012 SDDC Almanac.

  • Gonzalez, Conklin capture SDDC NCO and Soldier of the Year honors

    May 29, 2012

    Army transporters from three continents converged on Wheeler Army Air Field May 21-23 as the 599th Transportation Brigade hosted the 2012 Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command Best Warrior Challenge.

  • SDDC DTTS hold 2nd ROC drill

    May 9, 2012

    Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's Defense Transportation Tracking System office, or DTTS, hosted their second Rehearsal of Concept drill and table-top exercise May 2 with various stakeholders sharing their roles, responsibilities and notification procedures for emergency response to incidents or accidents involving Arms, Ammunition and Explosives.

  • SDDC's 598th Transportation Brigade relocates to Germany

    Apr 27, 2012

    In accordance with the Department of Defense and the Department of the Army, the 598th Transportation Brigade Headquarters and 838th Transportation Battalion Headquarters, both elements of the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, will relocate from Rotterdam, The Netherlands, to the Kaiserslautern Military Community in Germany this spring to improve strategic deployment and distribution support to U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command, which are headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany.

  • Coyote Shield exercise blends military, civilian capabilities

    Apr 25, 2012

    The 834th Transportation Battalion at Military Ocean Terminal Concord, Calif., joined forces with 12 local and federal emergency agencies April 16-19 to tackle a series of antiterrorism, force protection and emergency response scenarios presented during the 2012 Coyote Shield exercise conducted by the U.S. Army's Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command.

  • SDDC and USTRANSCOM to host 2012 Mid-America Army Birthday Ball in St. Louis

    Apr 17, 2012

    In honor of the Army's 237th birthday, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command and U.S. Transportation Command will host the 2012 Mid-America Army Birthday Ball at the St. Louis Hyatt Regency at the Arch hotel on Saturday, June 16.

  • Last Iraq MRAP loaded for transport to 1st CAV museum

    Mar 27, 2012

    The last mine resistant, ambush protected vehicle to depart Iraq during Operation New Dawn was loaded aboard the Ocean Crescent, March 24, 2012, at Port of Ash Shuaiba, Kuwait, for transport to the 1st Cavalry Division Museum at Fort Hood, Texas.

  • Richardson takes command of SDDC

    Mar 27, 2012

    Maj. Gen. Thomas J. Richardson became the 18th commanding general of the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command March 27 during a change of command ceremony here.

  • Soldier's journey from Iraq to Scott AFB shows heroism, determination

    Mar 26, 2012

    Traveling from the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command headquarters building to the base hospital or the Base Exchange, Sgt. Charles "Chas" Shaffer said he sometimes gets a few unusual stares. Occasionally, he said, someone will stop him to let him know he's not allowed to ride his Segway on base.

  • How to make your PCS move go smoothly

    Mar 14, 2012

    Each year, about 225,000 Department of Defense and U.S. Coast Guard household good shipments are slated for movement during the summer months. These shipments compete with private sector moves creating a phenomenon in the transportation industry called the "peak moving season."

  • SDDC honors high performing shippers

    Mar 8, 2012

    The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command honored 15 government shippers here today for outstanding performance with the Defense Transportation System throughout 2011.

  • Davidson pins on rank of brigadier general

    Mar 2, 2012

    Col. Susan A. Davidson, deputy commander for Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, pinned on the rank of brigadier general today during a ceremony at Fort Belvoir, Va., making her deputy commanding general of SDDC.

  • CSM Riddick reflects on his time as SDDC's senior enlisted leader

    Mar 2, 2012

    In January, the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command sergeant major celebrated the two-year anniversary of his assignment here. And in less than two weeks, during a change of responsibility ceremony March 9, Command Sgt. Maj. James E. Riddick will hand that responsibility over to a new senior enlisted leader, Command Sgt. Maj. Cedric J. Thomas.

  • SDDC operations branch the 'hourglass' of DOD surface transportation

    Jan 17, 2012

    Many military operations centers tout themselves as the "nerve center" or the "heartbeat" of their organization. The deputy chief of Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's Command Operations Branch described SDDC's operations center as an hourglass.

  • 599th supports 25th CAB loadout at Barber's Point

    Jan 6, 2012

    At Barbers Point Kalaeloa Harbor, Hawaii, in December, the 599th Transportation Brigade loaded the 25th Infantry Division Combat Aviation Brigade's cargo and equipment onto the M/V Green Lake for deployment to Afghanistan.

  • Three SDDC units capture Supply Excellence Awards

    Oct 28, 2011

    Three Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command units were named winners of the command's 2011 Chief of Staff Supply Excellence Awards during the SDDC Commanders' and Command Sergeants' Major Fall conference today at Scott AFB.

  • SDDC conducts Traffic Management Workshop

    Oct 26, 2011

    Approximately 220 military and civilian transportation managers and 120 commercial carrier representatives from around the world attended Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's Traffic Management Workshop Oct. 17-20 at the Millennium Hotel, just a few blocks from Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinal's baseball team.

  • SDDC NCO battles for U.S. Army 'Best Warrior' title

    Sep 30, 2011

    Corpus Christie native and young father of two is preparing for an Army competition to claim the title of "Best Warrior" Oct. 2-7, 2011, at Fort Lee, Va.

  • SDDC recognizes eight traffic managers for excellence

    Sep 16, 2011

    Eight traffic managers were recognized Wednesday by Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command for outstanding service in traffic management.

  • SDDC remembers and honors 9/11 victims

    Sep 9, 2011

    Members of the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command assembled early Sept. 9 to remember and honor the thousands of Americans who lost their lives 10 years ago during the terrorist attacks with a 9/11 Remembrance Fitness Run/Walk.

  • SDDC Logistics Division takes Property Accountability to the next level

    Aug 12, 2011

    In July 2010, the Department of the Army created a program aimed at accounting for all U.S. Army-owned equipment. According to SDDC supply experts, the program has received considerable attention within this command.

  • New SDDC magazine harnesses power of the Web

    Aug 1, 2011

    In an effort to reduce spending and take advantage of new, Internet-based capabilities,, the official Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command magazine, Translog, has transitioned to an online-only publication effective Aug. 1.

  • Transportation warriors participate in Operation TransLOTS 2011

    Jul 22, 2011

    Nearly 300 Reserve Soldiers from units all over the country, including the territory of Puerto Rico, gathered there and at Cape Canaveral to participate in Operation TransLOTS 2011, an annual training mission preparing them for the duties they will perform when mobilized and deployed.

  • 1188th DDSB reflects on productive year in Kuwait

    Jul 21, 2011

    Video about all the 1188th DDSB accomplishments this past year as they bid farewell to Port Shuaiba, Kuwait. Soundbites include: Lt. Col. John Pistone, commander, 1188th DDSB; and Sgt. Corey Jackson of the 1173rd DDSB.

  • SDDC NCO takes top honors at AMC competition

    Jul 20, 2011

    Following five days of intense competition at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill. July 11-15, a Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command Soldier was named Army Materiel Command’s NCO of the Year.

  • MOTCO spends week honing emergency responder skills

    Jul 20, 2011

    The men and women of the 843th Transportation Battalion at Military Ocean Terminal Concord, Calif., were highly inconvenienced this week from their normal port operations, but with good reason. The battalion spent July 18 " 22 applying acquired training and skills to a series of antiterrorism, force protection and emergency response scenarios under the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command’s Coyote Shield 2011 exercise.

  • SDDC recognized for knowledge-based capabilities, solutions

    Jul 15, 2011

    The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command’s Information Technology Directorate was named a winner of the Army Knowledge Management Award for outstanding technology-based capabilities supporting the command’s knowledge management program.

  • SDDC Expeditionary Communications course takes off at Rock Island Arsenal

    Jun 27, 2011

    The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command Global Surface Distribution Management Team this month successfully completed the first two Expeditionary Communications courses at Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, Ill.

  • Commander recognized for military service, volunteer work

    Jun 22, 2011

    Maj. Armando Kuppinger, commander of the 690th Rapid Port Opening Element, Fort Eustis, Va., was recently awarded the 2011 American Legion Missouri Boys State Alumnus of the Year award.

  • MOTSU trains with federal, local emergency responders

    Jun 20, 2011

    Members of Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command’s 596th Transportation Brigade at Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point partnered with North Carolina National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, and multiple federal, state and local emergency response agencies during a weeklong exercise responding to a series of force protection scenarios as part of Point Defender 2011 exercise, June 13-17, in Sunny Point, N.C.

  • Tips servicemembers, and their families, can use for a successful move

    Jun 13, 2011

    The Surface Deployment and Distribution Command’s Personal Property Directorate has compiled a list of moving tips for you to use in preparing for a Permanent Change of Station or move. These tips are even more relevant during this busy peak season.

  • Planning is the key if moving during peak moving season

    Jun 13, 2011

    The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's Personal Property Directorate, responsible for the DOD’s household goods moving program, wants servicemembers to know a successful move during this peak time is certainly possible with proper planning.

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