Service members from the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) participated Thursday in a Leadership Professional Development (LPD) course focusing on the mission and capabilities of SDDC's Transportation Engineering Agency (TEA) and the Joint Distribution Process Analysis Center (JDPAC).

The course is one of a series of training opportunities presented by the command's Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment to increase service members' professional and career development. The topic of TEA and JDPAC operations was presented to introduce a part of the command's surface deployment and distribution mission that the Soldiers may not have a direct link to in their day-to-day jobs.

"The U.S. Transportation Command and SDDC have a large resource pool of assets and capabilities and, through this training program, service members have the opportunity to grow and learn professionally about what the Army is capable of," said Sgt. 1st Class Anna Sanders, the HHD first sergeant.

Leonard Gryzbowski, the TEA/JDPAC programmatics division chief, taught the course and focused on the role that TEA and JDPAC have in serving Surface Warriors around the world.

"This training is intended to establish a relationship where you can use the information you learn here, take it back to your duty section, and actually know how to apply it in your daily jobs," said Gryzbowski.

"Knowing how to use this information is important to you here at SDDC and in your careers," he added.

Sgt. James Moreno from the SDDC command group was one of the Soldiers that attended the training. He saw the LPD as an opportunity to fully understand what one piece of the SDDC puzzle does for the command.

"Training like this gives me a better understanding as a whole on what we do as an organization," he said, adding, "If I can add to what I already know about SDDC and the Army, then I will be a more effective Soldier in my career."

Sanders considers the LPD program very beneficial to the service members in the command, especially in focusing on their future.

"When they move to their next duty assignment, they will have a broader knowledge on what the big picture of the Army looks like," she said. "This makes them a better-rounded service member."

In the future, Sanders plans to invite service members from USTRANSCOM to attend the training. She also intends to set up a video teleconference to allow participation with the command's geographically dispersed brigades.

The LPD program began in October 2017 and has already hosted classes on SDDC history and container management. Future training topics include classes on Military Sealift Command capabilities, Joint Task Force-Port Opening capabilities, Defense Freight Railway Interchange, fleet professionalization of online conduct, and understanding important documents throughout your career.