A stevedore at the Port of Jacksonville drives a military vehicle onto the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command's USNS Bob Hope March 26, 2021 The vessel is bound for DEFENDER-Europe 21 linked exercise, Immediate Response. The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command is moving 750 pieces of cargo through this port with the support of its Total Force team of Reserve, National Guard and commercial partners. DEFENDER-Europe is an annual large-scale U.S. Army-led, multinational, joint exercise designed to build readiness and interoperability between U.S., NATO and partner militaries. This year’s exercise utilizes key ground and maritime routes bridging Europe, Asia and Africa. (U.S. Army photo by Kimberly Spinner)
1 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A stevedore at the Port of Jacksonville drives a military vehicle onto the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command's USNS Bob Hope March 26, 2021 The vessel is bound for DEFENDER-Europe 21 linked exercise, Immediate Response. The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command is moving 750 pieces of cargo through this port with the support of its Total Force team of Reserve, National Guard and commercial partners. DEFENDER-Europe is an annual large-scale U.S. Army-led, multinational, joint exercise designed to build readiness and interoperability between U.S., NATO and partner militaries. This year’s exercise utilizes key ground and maritime routes bridging Europe, Asia and Africa. (U.S. Army photo by Kimberly Spinner) (Photo Credit: Kimberly Spinner) VIEW ORIGINAL
An 841st Transportation Battalion Soldier monitors the load of the USNS Bob Hope at the Port of Jacksonville March 21 in support of DEFENDER-Europe 21. DEFENDER-Europe is an annual large-scale U.S. Army-led, multinational, joint exercise designed to build readiness and interoperability between U.S., NATO and partner militaries. This year’s exercise utilizes key ground and maritime routes bridging Europe, Asia and Africa.
2 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – An 841st Transportation Battalion Soldier monitors the load of the USNS Bob Hope at the Port of Jacksonville March 21 in support of DEFENDER-Europe 21. DEFENDER-Europe is an annual large-scale U.S. Army-led, multinational, joint exercise designed to build readiness and interoperability between U.S., NATO and partner militaries. This year’s exercise utilizes key ground and maritime routes bridging Europe, Asia and Africa. (Photo Credit: Kimberly Spinner) VIEW ORIGINAL
Florida National Guard’s 53d infantry Brigade Combat Team equipment and vehicles are prepositioned to be loaded on the Port of Jacksonville.  The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command is moving around 750 vehicles from this port in support of DEFENDER-Europe 21. DEFENDER-Europe 21. DEFENDER-Europe is an annual large-scale U.S. Army-led, multinational, joint exercise designed to build readiness and interoperability between U.S., NATO and partner militaries. This year’s exercise utilizes key ground and maritime routes bridging Europe, Asia and Africa.
3 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Florida National Guard’s 53d infantry Brigade Combat Team equipment and vehicles are prepositioned to be loaded on the Port of Jacksonville. The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command is moving around 750 vehicles from this port in support of DEFENDER-Europe 21. DEFENDER-Europe 21. DEFENDER-Europe is an annual large-scale U.S. Army-led, multinational, joint exercise designed to build readiness and interoperability between U.S., NATO and partner militaries. This year’s exercise utilizes key ground and maritime routes bridging Europe, Asia and Africa. (Photo Credit: Kimberly Spinner) VIEW ORIGINAL
Larry Lawrence, 597th Transportation Brigade, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command marine cargo specialist, reviews the stow plan for the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command's USNS Bob Hope prior to its arrival at the Port of Jacksonville. SDDC is moving 750 pieces of cargo through this port with the support of its Total Force team of Reserve, National Guard and commercial partners. The equipment is bound for DEFENDER-Europe 21 linked exercise, Immediate Response. DEFENDER-Europe is an annual large-scale U.S. Army-led, multinational, joint exercise designed to build readiness and interoperability between U.S., NATO and partner militaries. This year’s exercise utilizes key ground and maritime routes bridging Europe, Asia and Africa. (U.S. Army photo by Kimberly Spinner)
4 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Larry Lawrence, 597th Transportation Brigade, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command marine cargo specialist, reviews the stow plan for the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command's USNS Bob Hope prior to its arrival at the Port of Jacksonville. SDDC is moving 750 pieces of cargo through this port with the support of its Total Force team of Reserve, National Guard and commercial partners. The equipment is bound for DEFENDER-Europe 21 linked exercise, Immediate Response. DEFENDER-Europe is an annual large-scale U.S. Army-led, multinational, joint exercise designed to build readiness and interoperability between U.S., NATO and partner militaries. This year’s exercise utilizes key ground and maritime routes bridging Europe, Asia and Africa. (U.S. Army photo by Kimberly Spinner) (Photo Credit: Kimberly Spinner) VIEW ORIGINAL

The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command is once again moving cargo to Europe in support of the DEFENDER-Europe 21 exercise. A Total-Force team of active-duty, National Guard and Reserve Soldiers, civilians and commercial partners began loading the Military Sealift Command’s U.S. Naval Ship Bob Hope March 24, 2021 in support of Immediate Response, a linked exercise to DEFENDER-Europe 21, at the port of Jacksonville.

This is the first of four outbound port missions in support of the exercise for the 841st Transportation Battalion, 597th Transportation Brigade and SDDC headquarters.

DEFENDER-Europe is an annual large-scale U.S. Army-led, multinational, joint exercise designed to build readiness and interoperability between U.S., NATO and partner militaries. This year’s exercise utilizes key ground and maritime routes bridging Europe, Asia and Africa.

This overarching exercise is defensive in nature, integrating approximately 30,000 multinational forces from 27 nations conducting nearly simultaneous operations across more than 30 training areas in 12 countries. During the exercise, U.S. forces will demonstrate their ability to serve as strategic security partners in the western Balkans and Black Sea regions while sustaining operations in northern Europe, the Caucasus, Ukraine and Africa.

Members of the 841st Transportation Battalion monitor loading operations at the Port of Jacksonville  March 21 in support of DEFENDER-Europe 21.  DEFENDER-Europe is an annual large-scale U.S. Army-led, multinational, joint exercise designed to build readiness and interoperability between U.S., NATO and partner militaries. This year’s exercise utilizes key ground and maritime routes bridging Europe, Asia and Africa.
1 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Members of the 841st Transportation Battalion monitor loading operations at the Port of Jacksonville March 21 in support of DEFENDER-Europe 21. DEFENDER-Europe is an annual large-scale U.S. Army-led, multinational, joint exercise designed to build readiness and interoperability between U.S., NATO and partner militaries. This year’s exercise utilizes key ground and maritime routes bridging Europe, Asia and Africa. (Photo Credit: Kimberly Spinner) VIEW ORIGINAL
Michael Snipe, 841st Transportation Battalion, 597th Transportation Command, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command marine cargo specialist, double checks the stow plan for Spc. Fred Rodriguez, U.S. Army Reserve 390th Transportation Company from Puerto Rico. Rodriguez is tracking cargo as stevedores stow vehicles and containers on the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command's USNS Bob Hope, bound for DEFENDER-Europe 21 linked exercise, Immediate Response. DEFENDER-Europe is an annual large-scale U.S. Army-led, multinational, joint exercise designed to build readiness and interoperability between U.S., NATO and partner militaries. This year’s exercise utilizes key ground and maritime routes bridging Europe, Asia and Africa. (U.S. Army Photo by Kimberly Spinner)
2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Michael Snipe, 841st Transportation Battalion, 597th Transportation Command, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command marine cargo specialist, double checks the stow plan for Spc. Fred Rodriguez, U.S. Army Reserve 390th Transportation Company from Puerto Rico. Rodriguez is tracking cargo as stevedores stow vehicles and containers on the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command's USNS Bob Hope, bound for DEFENDER-Europe 21 linked exercise, Immediate Response. DEFENDER-Europe is an annual large-scale U.S. Army-led, multinational, joint exercise designed to build readiness and interoperability between U.S., NATO and partner militaries. This year’s exercise utilizes key ground and maritime routes bridging Europe, Asia and Africa. (U.S. Army Photo by Kimberly Spinner) (Photo Credit: Kimberly Spinner) VIEW ORIGINAL
Stevedores place Florida Army National Guard's 53d Infantry Brigade Combat Team’s equipment on the USNS Bob Hope at the Port of Jacksonville March 25, 2021. Around 750 containers and rolling stock will be loaded at this port in support of a DEFENDER-Europe 21 linked exercise, Immediate Response. DEFENDER-Europe is an annual large-scale U.S. Army-led, multinational, joint exercise designed to build readiness and interoperability between U.S., NATO and partner militaries. This year’s exercise utilizes key ground and maritime routes bridging Europe, Asia and Africa. (U.S. Army Photo by Kimberly Spinner)
3 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Stevedores place Florida Army National Guard's 53d Infantry Brigade Combat Team’s equipment on the USNS Bob Hope at the Port of Jacksonville March 25, 2021. Around 750 containers and rolling stock will be loaded at this port in support of a DEFENDER-Europe 21 linked exercise, Immediate Response. DEFENDER-Europe is an annual large-scale U.S. Army-led, multinational, joint exercise designed to build readiness and interoperability between U.S., NATO and partner militaries. This year’s exercise utilizes key ground and maritime routes bridging Europe, Asia and Africa. (U.S. Army Photo by Kimberly Spinner) (Photo Credit: Kimberly Spinner) VIEW ORIGINAL

“For the last few months, our battalion has been preparing for operations in support of DEFENDER-Europe 21,” said Maj. Andrew Deel, 841st Transportation Battalion operations officer.

At the port of Jacksonville, the [Total Force team] uploaded the 53d Infantry Combat Team in support of their joint-logistic-over-the-shore deployment to Albania,” Deel added.

JLOTS operations is part of U.S. Transportation Command’s strategic sealift mission. The LOTS process allows combined Army and Navy forces to move equipment to and from a ship on air-cushioned watercraft to overcome anti-access and area-denial challenges and improves the ability to move forces closer to tactical assembly areas.

“Following operations here in Jacksonville, the USNS Bob Hope will go up to Portsmouth, Virginia, where we will upload the 7th Transportation Brigade, as well as a Navy cargo-handling battalion,” said Deel.

“It’s a mission-critical task for the 7th Sustainment Brigade to be able to load and discharge the vessel and then conduct their own onward movement,” said Lt. Col. Altwon Whitfield, 841st Transportation Battalion commander.

S Spc. Jeanette Cáceres, U.S. Army Reserve 390th Transportation Company from Puerto Rico, tracks cargo as stevedores stow vehicles and containers on the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command's USNS Bob Hope, bound for DEFENDER-Europe 21 linked exercise, Immediate Response. Her unit is augmenting the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution command team moving around 750 containers and rolling stock. DEFENDER-Europe is an annual large-scale U.S. Army-led, multinational, joint exercise designed to build readiness and interoperability between U.S., NATO and partner militaries. This year’s exercise utilizes key ground and maritime routes bridging Europe, Asia and Africa. (U.S. Army photio by Kimberly Spinner)
S Spc. Jeanette Cáceres, U.S. Army Reserve 390th Transportation Company from Puerto Rico, tracks cargo as stevedores stow vehicles and containers on the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command's USNS Bob Hope, bound for DEFENDER-Europe 21 linked exercise, Immediate Response. Her unit is augmenting the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution command team moving around 750 containers and rolling stock. DEFENDER-Europe is an annual large-scale U.S. Army-led, multinational, joint exercise designed to build readiness and interoperability between U.S., NATO and partner militaries. This year’s exercise utilizes key ground and maritime routes bridging Europe, Asia and Africa. (U.S. Army photio by Kimberly Spinner) (Photo Credit: Kimberly Spinner) VIEW ORIGINAL

SDDC and their Total Force team, made up of Army Reserve, Army National Guard and commercial partners, loaded around 750 pieces of cargo, including containers and rolling stock onto the ship.

The U.S. military depends on sealift like this to project and sustain forces around the world, providing the means to deter regional aggression, to protect U.S. national interests, and to achieve U.S. strategic goals. SDDC gets equipment to the fight – rapidly and efficiently – from fort to port and port to the tactical edge.

"Supporting DEFENDER-Europe 21 is a great opportunity,” said Maj. Mark Huey, 841st Transportation Battalion terminal management team officer in charge. “The mission integrates units from the Reserve, National Guard and active duty, then also units on the naval side. We really get to exercise our full functionality.”

Soldiers cannot fight and win on the battlefield without weapons to fire and tanks to drive. SDDC delivers readiness and lethality to the point of need – on time, every time.