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Multi-modal workshop stresses partnering for change.

Synchronizing synchronizing,
n a technique that a therapist uses to coordinate his or her breath with that of the client; builds trust and establishes relationship.
 end-to-end, seamless movement of unit equipment and freight from fort and depot to the warfighter served as a continuing theme at the 599th Transportation Group's annual multimodal Two or more modes of operation. The term is used to refer to a myriad of functions and conditions in which two or more different methods, processes or forms of delivery are used. On the Web, it refers to asking for something one way and receiving the answer another; for example requesting  traffic management conference.

The ability to accomplish today's military distribution challenges is directly related to our ability to integrate a global commercial transportation and distribution system with the capability of the Department of Defense, stressed Col. Tom Harvey, commander, 599th Transportation Group, the workshop host.

Over 350 transporters and distribution managers attended this year's workshop, Oct. 22-23, at Honolulu, Hawaii--the largest number ever to attend the annual forum that is co-sponsored by U.S. Pacific Command.

"To synchronize See synchronization.  the distribution process, will require involvement at every level-with suppliers, shippers, and distributors, and customers," said Harvey. "It is important to understand that we can't synchronize distribution for the Department of Defense on our own.

"If we can improve our alliances and teaming relationships, then we can more effectively take advantage of commercial industry and Department of Defense, infrastructure, and information to create a win-win for all parties. This partnership is critical to moving and supporting our forces throughout the Pacific and around the world."

Maj. Gen. Ann Dunwoody, Commanding General, Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, reinforced those views.

In her keynote address keynote address
An opening address, as at a political convention, that outlines the issues to be considered. Also called keynote speech.

Noun 1.
 to the audience, Dunwoody credited the success of past missions in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom to enablers that made the difference. Top on that list were industry partners.

"They (industry partners) did the heavy lifting by rail, truck, ports and ocean carriers," said Dunwoody.

Other critical enablers for on-time sustainment, said Dunwoody, were the Reserve components, the Ready Reserve fleet and technology enhancements that provided in-transit visibility The ability to track the identity, status, and location of Department of Defense units, and non-unit cargo (excluding bulk petroleum, oil, and lubricants) and passengers; patients; and personal property from origin to consignee or destination across the range of military operations.  and total asset visibility.

"What I want to leave you with," said Dunwoody, "is we couldn't have done it without you. Success was a result of people going above and beyond to synchronize carriers, rails, and vessels to meet the needs of out war fighters-it was a tough job. Pretty phenomenal. And, we still need your help!"

Dunwoody said the organization's recent name change to Military Surface Distribution and Deployment Command "accurately describes the organization that is fully engaged in transformation right now to meet the war fighter's deployment and distribution needs for today and the future."

The resulting benefits of changes already implemented became apparent when Dunwoody described the paradigm shift A dramatic change in methodology or practice. It often refers to a major change in thinking and planning, which ultimately changes the way projects are implemented. For example, accessing applications and data from the Web instead of from local servers is a paradigm shift. See paradigm.  experienced from Desert Shield/Desert Storm to Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.

"During Desert Storm, we sacrificed unit integrity for efficiency--we sought to maximize load efficiency," said Dunwoody. "By contrast, during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, we loaded vessels by unit and task organization, which proved to be a more efficient and effective way to discharge and move combat power."

The key, said Dunwoody, was SDDC's "delivered capability to the war fighter instead of the past focus on delivered equipment."

"Experience during Operation Iraqi Freedom shows that it takes longer to load vessels by task organization but the benefits to the war fighters on the receiving end makes it the preferred process," said Dunwoody. "We want to deliver capability--we need to educate out folks about this."

A former SDDC SDDC Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (formerly Military Traffic Management Command)
SDDC Single Data Device Correction
 assistant chief of staff for passenger and personal property, Col. Nonie Cabana, echoed the military transportation transformation in delivery sustainment to warfighters.

Cabana, deputy director for logistics, engineering and security, and U.S. Pacific Command's co-host, echoed that the road to transformation is well underway.

"We have gone from warehouses stuffed with supplies to relying on technology and contractors to provide inventory as needed as needed prn. See prn order. ," said Cabana.

"In the automatic information technology world, the logisticians at U.S. Transportation Command and the Defense Logistics Agency Noun 1. Defense Logistics Agency - a logistics combat support agency in the Department of Defense; provides worldwide support for military missions
Defense Department, Department of Defense, DoD, United States Department of Defense, Defense - the federal department
 were able to track cargo and personnel movements to the theater and avoid double and triple ordering by knowing exactly what was inside each shipping container.

"The glue that binds these efforts together is a highly synchronized syn·chro·nize  
v. syn·chro·nized, syn·chro·niz·ing, syn·chro·niz·es

1. To occur at the same time; be simultaneous.

2. To operate in unison.
 distribution process."

Both Dunwoody and Cabana honed in on the importance of leveraging technology to ensure in-transit and total asset visibility.

"The mantra mantra (măn`trə, mŭn–), in Hinduism and Buddhism, mystic words used in ritual and meditation. A mantra is believed to be the sound form of reality, having the power to bring into being the reality it represents.  during Operation Iraqi Freedom was "the warehouse is in the distribution pipeline," said Cabana. "It is imperative that we have visibility from factory-to-foxhole, throughout warehouses, and prepositioned stocks both afloat and ashore."

"We (SDDC) want to be the last line of defense for in-transit visibility/total asset visibility," said Dunwoody.

"Today, through leveraging out automation systems, we can provide 100 percent in-transit visibility/total asset visibility, of our surface cargo.

"It takes discipline throughout the system and back at the fort to make this happen. We need Level 6 Detail (maximum information available) for anything that enters our system."

Guest speaker Charles (Chuck) Raymond, chairmen, president and chief executive officer, Horizon Lines, had high praise for SDDC's change process.

"I've watched your progress and you've done things that, frankly we in the private sector only hope to accomplish as well," said Raymond, leader of the largest U.S. Flag carrier. "I'm talking I'm Talking was a 1980s Australian funk-pop rock band, noted for launching vocalist Kate Ceberano. History
After the break-up of the Melbourne-based experimental funk band Essendon Airport in 1983, members Robert Goodge (guitar), Ian Cox (saxophone) and Barbara Hogarth
 about streamlining your organization, reducing layers, cutting out costs, and relocating parts of the organization while maintaining a high level of service to your customers." Raymond also credited leveraging technology toward perfecting this effort.

"I'm especially impressed by your use of technology, things like your on-line booking initiatives, PowerTrack payment system," said Raymond. "And, on horizon, the implementation of the incredible Surface Transportation Management System.

"It takes commitment and a real gut-level desire to change, but in the end your customers will be better off."

The maritime industry has complimented the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command for its overall deployment support to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement The objective of the Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement is to provide the Department of Defense (DOD) with assured access to US flag assets, both vessel capacity and intermodal systems, to meet DOD contingency requirements. , which assures maritime support in a military crisis, and the military's organic fleet played important roles that led to a successful sealift sea·lift  
tr.v. sea·lift·ed, sea·lift·ing, sea·lifts
To transport (troops or supplies) by sea, as when ground or air routes are blocked.

A system or an instance of such transport.
 operation, said Eric Mensing, APL's vice president for U.S. Government Market.

"The military's organic fleet performed magnificently," said Mensing. "The Large, Medium-Speed, Roll-on/Roll-off vessels were able to deliver the heavy unit equipment.

"The Army and Marine Corps prepositioned vessels, the Military Sealift Command's chartered Army prep-positioned ammo vessels, and the Maritime Administration's rejuvenated re·ju·ve·nate  
tr.v. re·ju·ve·nat·ed, re·ju·ve·nat·ing, re·ju·ve·nates
1. To restore to youthful vigor or appearance; make young again.

 Ready Reserve Fleet all performed successfully, as planned."

All-service planning, through the Joint Planning Advisory Group was another critical element for the Operation Iraqi Freedom sealift success story, said Mensing. The critical information sharing See data conferencing.  and planning to prepare for both the surge and sustainment phases of the deployment occurred in these meetings, said Mensing.

To ensure in-transit visibility and total asset visibility, there was a mandatory requirement for Radio Frequency Identification See RFID.  tags to be used on all containers carrying subsistence subsistence,
n the state of being supported or remaining alive with a minimum of essentials.
 and construction/barrier material, he said.

Additionally, said Mensing, SDDC established a documentation business rule, which required carriers to obtain a release from its operations center The facility or location on an installation, base, or facility used by the commander to command, control, and coordinate all crisis activities. See also base defense operations center; command center. , in Fort Eustis Fort Eustis is a United States Army facility located in Newport News, Virginia.

The post is the home to the Army Transportation Corps, and also home to the U.S. Army Aviation Logistics School.
, Va. This rule provided SDDC with container content visibility down to the item level to facilitate tracking. "Though the business rule added process workload to the carriers' operational control activity," said Mensing, it was effective in meeting U.S. Central Command's total asset visibility requirements."

Story and photos by Terri Kojima, Command Affairs Officer, 599th Transportation Group
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