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The biggest shipments of American military equipment in a half century have led to a record for Surface Deployment and Distribution Command port cargo-handling operations. In early March, SDDC transporters simultaneously worked cargo operations on four large, medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off vessels, or LMSRs, at Ash Shuaiba, Kuwait.

Three of the giant ships were discharging and a fourth was loading. In addition, a fast sealift ship was also discharging cargo at the port. the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command operates the five ships.

All of the cargoes were associated with Operation Iraqi Freedom.

"This is the largest number of LMSRs ever to work simultaneously in one port," said COL Victoria Leignadier, commander of the Netherlands-based 598th Transportation Group. "It is the largest number of MSC ships ever to work in the port of Ash Shuaiba.

"I am extremely proud of these Soldiers. All the credit goes to the outstanding transportation officers and NCOs I have out there making it happen day after day. Cargo operations are being conducted around the clock," said Leignadier.

The five ship operations involved the aggregate movement of 918,000 square feet of cargo, said COL Glen Joerger, deputy director of operations at U.S. Transportation Command. "That's the equivalent of 16 football field."

In all, SDDC was involved in 300 vessel operations between December and May. The shipments are the biggest since World War II.

The bulk of the cargo moving through Ash Shuaiba belonged to Army and Marine Corps units enroute to Iraq to replace military units that redeployed to their home stations. The arriving equipment belongs to the 1st Infantry Division, the 1st Cavalry Div., III Corps and the 1st Marine Expeditionary Group.

Outbound cargoes came from such units as the 1st the Armored Div., the 101st Airborne Div., the 82nd

Both active Army and Reserve Soldiers augment the work of the 598th in Kuwait. Reserve units assigned to the group included the 1181st and 1174th Transportation Terminal Battalions and the 91st, 388th, 509th and 1188th Trans. Detachments.
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Title Annotation:Moving The Army To Victory; Operation Iraqi Freedom
Author:Weteling, Martin
Publication:Soldiers Magazine
Geographic Code:7IRAQ
Date:Jul 1, 2004
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