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EUCOM J4 and SDDC 598th Deployment and Distribution Workshop reinstituted.

Nearly three hundred military, civilian and commercial transportation professionals gathered in Sonthofen, Germany, Nov. 14-18 for the 2005 Joint European Command (EUCOM EUCOM European Command (USEUCOM)
EUCOM European Union Forces
) J4/SDDC 598th Terminal Transportation Group Deployment and Distribution Workshop. After a three-year pause, Col. Dennis D'Angelo, Chief, EUCOM Deployment and Distribution Operations Center (EDDOC EDDOC Eucom Deployment & Distribution Operations Center (Stuttgart, Germany) ), and Col. Gary R. Stanley, Commander, 598th Transportation Group revived the joint workshop which had been cancelled in recent years due to on-going operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"A lot has happened in the time since the last workshop in 2002: war in Iraq, formation of the EUCOM Deployment & Distribution Operations Center, and closure of Rhein-Main Air Base Rhein-Main Air Base (located at ) was a U.S. Air Force / NATO military airbase near the city of Frankfurt am Main, Germany. It occupied the south side of Frankfurt International Airport.  to name a few. It is now time to recap some of these events, consider the lessons learned, and look forward toward the future," said D'Angelo, the USEUCOM USEUCOM United States European Command (US DoD)  host during the welcome ceremony.

"Our theme this year, 'Beyond the Port--Transforming Transportation,' focuses on technological, organizational, and other changes to which transporters throughout the European area of operations An operational area defined by the joint force commander for land and naval forces. Areas of operation do not typically encompass the entire operational area of the joint force commander, but should be large enough for component commanders to accomplish their missions and protect their  find themselves adapting to our theater's growth in accommodating 'end-to-end' distribution process. These initiatives have made us smarter and more cross-organizationally skilled, but also has placed emphasis on the need to work together to provide better support to the warfighter," said Stanley, the SDDC SDDC Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (formerly Military Traffic Management Command)
SDDC Single Data Device Correction
 598th Transportation Group host.

The theme was chosen because of the increased role both organizations have assumed in the EUCOM theater of operations Noun 1. theater of operations - a region in which active military operations are in progress; "the army was in the field awaiting action"; "he served in the Vietnam theater for three years"
field of operations, theatre of operations, theater, theatre, field
 since the last workshop in 2002. During this time the Military Traffic and Management Command (MTMC MTMC Military Traffic Management Command (US DoD)
MTMC Mount Marty College
MTMC Micros-to-Mainframes, Inc. (stock symbol)
MTMC Middle Tennessee Medical Center (Murfreesboro, TN) 
) changed its name to the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) to better reflect its new role as the distribution process owner for surface transportation from fort to foxhole. EUCOM has undergone changes as well, recently transforming the Joint Movement Center The center established to coordinate the employment of all means of transportation (including that provided by allies or host nations) to support the concept of operations. This coordination is accomplished through establishment of transportation policies within the assigned operational  (JMC JMC Joint Military Commission
JMC Jefferson Medical College
JMC Jax Money Crew (computer gaming)
JMC Joint Munitions Command (US Army; Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island IL)
JMC James Madison College
) into the EDDOC to coordinate deployment and distribution operations across the theater.

The stage was set for a gathering of industry and military theater deployment and distribution leaders to meet in this tiny Bavarian village nestled in the foothills of the German Alps.

The workshop opened with keynote speeches by Maj. Gen. Charles W. Fletcher, Jr., commander of SDDC, and Rear Adm. Michael J. Lyden, Director of Logistics and Security Assistance, HQ USEUCOM. These senior leaders informed the workshop attendees about the transportation and distribution challenges that lie ahead as we simultaneously fight a global war on terror This article is about U.S. actions, and those of other states, after September 11, 2001. For other conflicts, see Terrorism.

The War on Terror (also known as the War on Terrorism
 and attempt to transform the theater.

"We are on the threshold of truly changing the way we perform logistics in the theater," Lyden said. He continued by addressing the important mission of distributing cargo beyond the port and the cooperation between the EUCOM J4 and SDDC that will make the mission a success.

Fletcher underlined the importance of quality communication between the transporter and the customer. He illustrated this with an example of the U.S. Civil War The U.S. Civil War, also called the War between the States, was waged from April 1861 until April 1865. The war was precipitated by the secession of eleven Southern states during 1860 and 1861 and their formation of the Confederate States of America under President Jefferson Davis.  where cargo was re-ordered up to three times before it arrived. Then with a "satellite view" he showed the audience the broad scheme of SDDC transportation and distribution activities around the globe.

The core of the workshop activities was a series of diverse panels and working groups organized by the joint EUCOM/598th workshop staff. A total of six different panels were offered. The Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF OIF Operation Iraqi Freedom
OIF Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (French: International Organization of Francophonie)
OIF Office for Intellectual Freedom (American Library Association) 
)/Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF OEF Operation Enduring Freedom (US government response to September 11, 2001 terrorism attacks)
OEF Oxford Economic Forecasting
OEF Oregon Entrepreneurs Forum
OEF Optimal Extension Fields
) Lessons Learned, Container Management, and Inland Transportation workshop panels scored very well with participants Other panels such as Sustainment Cargo, Air Transportation, and NATO/ISAF panels also received high marks from the conference attendees.

All panels offered an opportunity for subject matter experts to present material and then discuss that material with the audience. Additionally, a day was spent in working groups formed to discuss and generate solutions to issues like customs clearance, container management, the EDDOC, sustainment cargo, and transportation systems. Both the panel and working group sessions served to enlighten the 300 transportation and logistics professionals from commands all over Europe and the United States on the initiatives military transporters in Europe are undertaking to meet customers' needs.

One goal of the workshop planners was to bring the military and its commercial partners together to discuss deployment and distribution issues. This aim was highly visible throughout the week, with industry leaders sitting on panels and the opportunity for our users to speak with commercial representatives in the exhibit hall. The exhibit hall was the showcase for our industry partners and was filled with booths from 12 companies and agencies all sharing information about their business.

"Most attendees I've talked with were impressed with not only the relevance of the topics we placed on the table, but the quality of discussions and debates that took place," said Stanley. "Several issues identified will be worked out between EUCOM J4 and the 598th Transportation Group. Others will be passed along to our national partners to work at the strategic level. The plan now is to collate col·late  
tr.v. col·lat·ed, col·lat·ing, col·lates
1. To examine and compare carefully in order to note points of disagreement.

2. To assemble in proper numerical or logical sequence.

 the information gathered, develop a way ahead, assign responsibility for the issues raised and come together again on a periodic basis to track the progress that is being made.

"We won't wait for another three-plus years to discuss the relevant issues that affect the way we deploy and sustain forces not only in this theater, but around the globe."

During the closing ceremony on Friday, D'Angelo thanked all the attendees for their contributions and promised that this would mark the beginning of increased cooperation and sharing of information to insure the relevancy of theater deployment and distribution processes. "We have listened and together with your support we will give the warfighter what he needs, when he needs it."

In total, some 20 different activities/commands were involved in the conference which included participants from all of the components, NATO NATO: see North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
 in full North Atlantic Treaty Organization

International military alliance created to defend western Europe against a possible Soviet invasion.
 partners, as well as representatives from the commercial industry who are critical to the success of any theater deployment and distribution strategy/program. D'Angelo and Stanley both expressed their gratitude and pledged their commands' support to use these annual conferences as a springboard to improve support to the warfighter.

Keynote addresses, panel and working group briefings are available on the workshop website:

Bram de Jong, Command Affairs Officer 598th Transportation Group
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