New focus on reserve training.Just as the global war on terrorism Terrorist acts and the threat of Terrorism have occupied the various law enforcement agencies in the U.S. government for many years. The Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, as amended by the usa patriot act has caused the U.S. Army Reserve to transform from a strategic to an operational focus in order to meet expeditionary rotational requirements, the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's units now have a global mission focus.
At the forefront of SDDC's effort to zero in on the changing mission and ensure its ultimate success is the re-emphasis on units being trained and equipped to be fully mission capable anywhere in the world 365 days a year.
"The role of the SDDC SDDC Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (formerly Military Traffic Management Command)
SDDC Single Data Device Correction Reserve Component has changed drastically since 9-11," said Lt. Col. Brian Kane, chief of SDDC Readiness and Mobilization. "Prior to 9-11 our units were sourced to provide support at continental U.S. ports only. We now have reserve units in multiple overseas ports and as far inland as Iraq and Afghanistan providing direct deployment and 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. support to the Warfighter."
With SDDC units training almost exclusively at their assigned location-- seaport or power projection The ability of a nation to apply all or some of its elements of national power - political, economic, informational, or military - to rapidly and effectively deploy and sustain forces in and from multiple dispersed locations to respond to crises, to contribute to deterrence, and to platform--Kane said unit commanders maintained battle books for those locations, and annual training was predominantly conducted the same time every year at the same locations.
But following 9-11, SDDC officials said it was clear that active and reserve Soldiers needed to be totally compatible if SDDC was to meet its mission. Included in this refocus on reserve training was a concept plan for the establishment of a Deployment Support Command, submitted to the Chief of Army Reserve by SDDC personnel.
"The DSC (1) (Digital Signal Controller) A microcontroller and DSP combined on the same chip. It adds the interrupt-driven capabilities normally associated with a microcontroller to a DSP, which typically functions as a continuous process. See microcontroller and DSP. will provide the reserve and active components one-stop shopping by providing standardized training in today's SDDC," said Lt. Col. Arthur Hedgepeth, deputy director of Training, Readiness and Mobilization.
The DSC will develop a training cycle for all SDDC-aligned units to include Warrior Task Training and SDDC technical training, followed by real-world missions to apply the technical skills and allow the unit to be evaluated on mission readiness.
Hedgepeth explained that this training outcome is a compatible workforce between the reserve and active components. This means beginning the process of providing reserve Soldiers with the same tools (hardware/systems) of their active counterparts and consolidating the Commanding General's Training Guidance into one document, thereby integrating active and reserve component training.
Kane said that also included in the guidance was the establishment of an observer/controller/mentor relationship between the active and reserves that is focused on realistic training to standard that will prepare all SDDC units for their worldwide missions.
"I'm excited," said Maj. Carlos Palacios, a reservist re·serv·ist
A member of a military reserve.
a member of a nation's military reserve
Noun 1. with 332nd Transportation Corps Battalion out of Tampa, Fla., during a recent training at the Port of Beaumont The Port of Beaumont is a deep-water port located in Beaumont, Texas.
It claims to rank as the fourth largest in the United States and the thirty-fourth largest in the world in terms of tonnage. It also claims to be the busiest military port in the U.S. for deployment preparation to Kuwait. Palacios said he thinks it's a great opportunity to get out there and show that reservists and active duty working side by side is doable.
Kane said that even though SDDC continuously monitors the training and readiness status of its units, prior to mobilization and deployment SDDC requests an update to ensure that the unit has the most up-to-date training and systems available.
"We have ensured that the active-duty units are aware of all the experience that our reserve units can bring to the table," Kane said, adding that most of the Soldiers in its reserve units have been in the unit for years and have performed SDDC missions multiple times.
"This is unlike the active units where personnel are rotated every two to three years and the only continuity is the civilian employees," said Kane. "Staff assistance visits and external evaluations are conducted to validate the unit's readiness and identify future training requirements. Reservists train alongside the active component units, forming a partnership that allows each to capitalize on Cap´i`tal`ize on`
v. t. 1. To turn (an opportunity) to one's advantage; to take advantage of (a situation); to profit from; as, to capitalize on an opponent's mistakes s>. the other's strengths."
"It's a good relationship between the reserves and active duty," Palacios said, explaining that the training intent is to provide Soldiers an idea of how to do operations and ensure that reservists are up to speed with the latest in technology and process. "We don't feel like we're outsiders--we're part of the team."
In addition to mission training opportunities in support of rotational deployments and redeploy-ments related to the 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 , SDDC supports National Training Center and Joint Readiness See: readiness. Training Center rotations, Sea Emergency Deployment Readiness exercises, Joint Logistics-Over-The-Shore exercises, and virtually all other Combatant Command A unified or specified command with a broad continuing mission under a single commander established and so designated by the President, through the Secretary of Defense and with the advice and assistance of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. and Joint sponsored major exercises such as Bright Star.
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SDDC Headquarters, 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.