Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) Overview

By SDDC Command AffairsSeptember 15, 2008

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The Army's Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) is headquartered at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., and Fort Eustis, Va., and commanded by Maj. Gen. James Hodge.

SDDC's mission is to provide global surface deployment command and control and distribution operations to meet National Security objectives in peace and war. SDDC is the Warfighter's single surface deployment/distribution provider for adaptive and flexible solutions that deliver capability and sustainment on time.

Without owning a single truck, train, barge or ship, SDDC's success in deploying and redeploying the Defense Department's assets is achieved by coordination and leveraging the capability of the commercial transportation industry and other military assets to create an efficient flow of materials worldwide. SDDC averages about 20 million square feet of deployment and redeployment cargo movements each year, or roughly 314 vessel operations per year.

SDDC has 24 port terminal units spread throughout the continental US and the world. In addition, SDDC deployment support teams composed of members of the port terminal units are able to deploy to virtually any port in the world.

SDDC manages and coordinates all surface moves in support of door-to-door container and break bulk cargo movements around the world and provides domestic routing services for rail and highway movements in the continental US, including arms, ammunition and explosives. SDDC also manages the assets of the Defense Rail Interchange Fleet and the Army's Containerized Ammunition Distribution System. In addition, SDDC manages household goods, privately owned vehicles, and coordinates force protection, plans, readiness, mobilization and support issues for Active and Reserve components. Reserve forces play critical roles in many of our operations.

SDDC has six major subordinate units. The 595th Transportation Group, Ash Shuaiba, Kuwait, is responsible for SDDC command and control in Southwest Asia and works closely with U.S. Central Command. The 597th Transportation Group, Fort Eustis, Va., is responsible for the command's port terminal units in the United States, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. The 598th Transportation Group, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, manages European ports and works closely with U.S. European Command and U.S. Central Command. The 599th Transportation Group, Wheeler Army Air Field, Hawaii, manages ports in the Far East region and works closely with Pacific Command. The 596th Transportation Terminal Group (Ammunition) (Provisional), Sunny Point, NC, coordinates ammunition and explosive movements, The Transportation Engineering Agency, Scott AFB, Ill., conducts global deployability engineering and analysis and influences transportation engineering policies.