"While they still work for an American chain of command, they are living, sleeping, fighting alongside their Iraqi host unit. Those advisors are embedded there 24/7."-Lt. Gen. Douglas E. Lute, chief operations officer for the Joint Staff, Jan. 17, discussing an initiative to embed groups of interagency civilians with brigades.
SDDC now a Major Subordinate Command to Army Materiel Command
The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) is officially a Major Subordinate Command (MSC) of the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC), headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Va. The SDDC falls under AMC as one of their MSCs for administrative purposes. Operationally, SDDC continues to work for the U.S. Transportation Command.
The Army has designated it's three four-star commands -- Forces Command, Training and Doctrine Command, and Army Materiel Command -- as "Army Commands." Under AMC, the SDDC continues to be the Army Service Component Command (ASCC) to USTRANSCOM -- a joint combatant command along with the Air Force's Air Mobility Command and the Navy's Military Sealift Command that provides USTRANSCOM with air, sea and surface capability to move DOD assets worldwide.
AMC provides SDDC with are four-star level Army support in all aspects of the command's administrative requirements. Major advantages of aligning SDDC to AMC support the following emerging capabilities:
- Single Army integrator of logistics with joint and strategic partners.
- Coordination of the end-to-end distribution pipeline from a national sustainment base to deployed Theatre Support Commands.
- Providing command and control, training readiness oversight of assigned forces.
- Assisting Forces Command generation and rapid projection of trained and ready forces from Continental United States based to Regional Combatant Commander and reset of forces upon return to home station.
SDDC remains an ASCC to USTRANSCOM. SDDC will continue to be responsible for all end-to-end surface deployment and distribution as an ASCC under the combatant command of USTRANSCOM.
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