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Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command

Thursday, February 19, 2015

What is it?

The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC), headquartered at Scott Air Force Base (AFB), Illinois, is the Army Service Component Command to the U.S. Transportation Command and a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. SDDC’s mission is to provide global deployment and distribution capabilities to meet our nation’s objectives.

What has the Army done?

By employing a globally postured, professional workforce using audit ready processes, SDDC is the preferred choice for deployment and distribution solutions. With approximately 2,400 people, SDDC books, ships, tracks, and conducts port operations for surface movements both domestically and worldwide by leveraging services from the best of the U.S. transportation industry. SDDC also supports Service members, federal employees, and their families with safe and secure delivery of their household goods and privately owned vehicles. The command manages an average of about 520,000 household goods shipments per year with almost half of those moves occurring between the peak months of May and August. Additionally, SDDC’s Transportation Engineering Agency, also at Scott AFB, provides the DOD with engineering, policy guidance, research, and analytical expertise, ensuring U.S. military forces can respond successfully to any requirement anywhere in the world.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned?

SDDC celebrates its 50th Anniversary as an Army command this month. Officially established on Feb. 15, 1965, as the Military Traffic Management and Terminal Service (MTMTS), the command was redesignated in 1974 as the Military Traffic Management Command (MTMC) to highlight its primary traffic management mission. Thirty years later, in 2004, the organization received its current designation as the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) to more directly reflect its global deployment and distribution mission.

Why is this important to the Army?

From the command’s activation in 1965 through today, SDDC has experienced numerous changes. Its organizational structure and mission have evolved; its headquarters and units have made numerous relocations; and the command has changed its name, from MTMTS to MTMC to SDDC. But, throughout each of the past 50 years, one thing has remained constant – SDDC’s dedicated support to the warfighter.


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