838th Transportation Battalion.[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]
Mission and Area of Responsibility
The mission of the 838th Transportation Battalion is to execute and enable expeditionary port and surface distribution operations within the USEUCOM USEUCOM United States European Command (US DoD) and USAFRICOM USAFRICOM Us Africa Command (proposed unified command) areas of operation in order to ensure mission success of DOD (1) (Dial On Demand) A feature that allows a device to automatically dial a telephone number. For example, an ISDN router with dial on demand will automatically dial up the ISP when it senses IP traffic destined for the Internet. and Coalition Forces across the full spectrum of conflict. On order, the 838th has the capability to deploy globally to execute and enable port operations and distribution support.
The 838th Transportation Battalion's Area of Responsibility is the northern part of the USEUCOM and USAFRICOM AORs with subordinate units stationed in four different countries throughout the continent of Europe. Its regular operating locations are Bremerhaven, Mannheim and Nordenham, Germany; Antwerp, Belgium; Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Stavanger and Trondheim, Norway; Ipswich, U.K.; Azores, Portugal and Szczcecin, Poland. There are an additional 20 ports in Europe that operate under One Time Only contracts as required.
The battalion has operated in multiple countries in Africa to include Ghana, Liberia, Sao Tome, Cameroon, Benin and South Africa South Africa, Afrikaans Suid-Afrika, officially Republic of South Africa, republic (2005 est. pop. 44,344,000), 471,442 sq mi (1,221,037 sq km), S Africa. . During the past 12 months the battalion has executed more than 15 operations in Africa.
Lt. Col. (P) James E. Anderson is the commander of the 838th Transportation Battalion. Sgt. Maj. Reginald Thompson is the 838th Transportation Battalion senior noncommissioned officer non·com·mis·sioned officer
n. Abbr. NCO
An enlisted member of the armed forces, such as a corporal, sergeant, or petty officer, appointed to a rank conferring leadership over other enlisted personnel. .
The 838th will safely and quickly execute all aspects of port operations associated with the upload, download, reception and onward movement of military cargo. Operations will focus on safety of equipment and personnel, operational security, documentation accuracy and accountability, as these are the foundation for achieving operational success.
Training is focused on Core Mission Essential Task List tasks required for mission success, and force protection training that will allow small teams to operate independently across Europe and Africa. Active leadership, supervision and teamwork ensure successful mission accomplishment every time.
Features of the 838th
The 838th Transportation Battalion is capable of projecting Deployment Distribution Support Teams capable of operating independently across the European and African continents. The 838th Transportation Battalion has the capability to deploy globally in its entirety, to execute and enable port operations and distribution support.
Recent Missions and Accomplishments
In the past 12 months, the battalion has supported the West African West Africa
A region of western Africa between the Sahara Desert and the Gulf of Guinea. It was largely controlled by colonial powers until the 20th century.
West African adj. & n. Training Cruise for the U.S. Navy Construction Teams in Ghana, Liberia, Sao Tome and Cameroon.
In March 2008, the battalion supported the 1st Infantry Division, 2nd Brigade Combat Team The brigade combat team (BCT) is the basic deployable unit of maneuver in the US Army. A brigade combat team consists of one combat arms branched maneuver brigade, and its attached support and fire units. during a critical reset equipment move at the port of Bremerhaven, Germany.
Also in March, the battalion supported the 1st Armored Division 2nd Brigade Combat Team's deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom at the port of Antwerp The port of Antwerp is a capesize port in the heart of Europe. Antwerp is situated at the estuarium of the Scheldt. In this estuary ships of more than 100 000 tons sail 80 km inland. , Belgium.
In May 2008, the battalion supported the deployment of Kosovo Force 10 at the port of Antwerp, Belgium. The 838th also supported the redeployment re·de·ploy
tr.v. re·de·ployed, re·de·ploy·ing, re·de·ploys
1. To move (military forces) from one combat zone to another.
2. of Kosovo Force 9 at the port of Rotterdam The port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe, located in the city of Rotterdam, South Holland, the Netherlands. From 1962 until 2004 it was the world's busiest port, now overtaken by Asian ports like Singapore and Shanghai. , Netherlands in July.
In November, the battalion supported the deployment of the 172nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team and the 2nd Stryker Combat Regiment at the port of Bremerhaven, Germany.