SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- 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.

The almanac includes 66 pages of SDDC information, including everything from senior leader letters and command organization and manpower charts, to brigade descriptions and mission accomplishments, an in-depth history of the command, and much more.

This is also the first SDDC Almanac hosted completely online.

In 2011, in an effort to save taxpayer dollars, the command discontinued printing of the command's flagship publication, TRANSLOG magazine. The magazine was moved online, where SDDC stories and photos are closely connected to the command's social media sites, like Facebook, Flickr and YouTube.

The 2012 SDDC Almanac -- created as part of the TRANSLOG online magazine -- was also designed with technology in mind. QR codes (barcodes) scattered throughout the magazine can be clicked or scanned (with a camera-enabled smartphone or tablet) to offer readers additional information, like videos and online news articles. Also, the publication (a 13MB PDF file) can easily be downloaded to an iPad, Android tablet, or other similar device (e.g., Kindle, Nook, etc.). The almanac can also be downloaded to smartphones, although the relatively small screen size will make viewing more difficult.

Also, although some SDDC employees may be tempted to print the Almanac as a desk reference, with today's fiscal constraints, we recommend saving the PDF file to your desktop instead of using up costly printer ink.

Lastly, we're looking for feedback, which will be used to update or improve future editions of the almanac. Comments are highly encourage (as always, please ensure comments are appropriate and in good taste). Use the comment block below, or visit the official SDDC Facebook page ( to post your feedback.

Almanac Download Instructions:

To download the 2012 SDDC Almanac, click on the download link , or go to this link ((located in the "Related Links" box attached to this article), or go to using the web browser on your mobile device. The link will take you to a webpage where you can download the almanac to your device.