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599th Transportation Group.

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The 599th Transportation Group is headquartered at Wheeler Army Airfield in Hawaii. All U.S. Pacific Command service component commands are co-located on the island, making the location ideal for the group to effectively plan and coordinate with its leading supported units. The unit's location also allows easy access to the Navy port at Pearl Harbor, as well as close access to Honolulu's commercial ports.

The area of responsibility for the 599th is geographically the largest in the world: 52 per-cent of the earth's surface, equal to about 105 million square miles.

The group is assigned three forward battalions operating across the theater: the 835th Transportation Battalion in Okinawa, Japan; the 836th Transportation Battalion in Yokohama, Japan; and the 837th Transportation Battalion in Daegu, Korea. The 836th also has detachments in Guam and in Alaska. Additionally, the group has a Naval Reserve unit assigned, SDDC 320, at Coast Guard Island, Alameda, Calif.

Recent Missions and Accomplishments

The 599th "Koa Kokua"--Warrior Support team conducted a change of command in July 2009, with Col. Courtney Taylor assuming command. Command Sgt. Maj. Steven Oldham is serving as command sergeant major.

The command element of the 599th Transportation Group executed three noteworthy missions in 2009.

Group personnel started the mission planning for the 2nd Infantry Division's 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team deployment to Afghanistan in March for execution in early summer in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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The mission held historical value in several ways: the deployment was the first fielding of an SBCT into Afghanistan, the first deployment of the 5th SBCT, and the first operational deployment of U.S. Transportation Command's Joint Task Force-Port Opening Seaport of Debarkation to expedite the move. More than 300 Stryker vehicles, 500 containers, and 60 other wheeled vehicles and trailers were moved by surface on two vessels from Tacoma, Wash., to Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, then moved into the USCENTCOM theater by air. In the end, a multi-modal solution to transloading a brigade-sized unit through Diego Garcia resulted in new possibilities for delivery of combat equipment into Afghanistan.

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Another major move was the 25th Infantry Division's Combat Aviation Brigade, stationed at Wheeler Army Airfield. The deployment process, which began in May 2009, fell under the auspices of the 599th to set up and coordinate the brigade's deployment for Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 599th, in concert with Fleet Industrial Supply Center--Pearl Harbor, the Directorate of Logistics, and the Navy Cargo Handling and Port Group from Cheatham Annex, Va., completed loading operations of equipment and aircraft onto a single vessel at Pearl Harbor in early August. The deployment package contained 862 pieces, including 88 helicopters, outsized equipment, and milvan containers.

A third noteworthy mission was in support of Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2009, which was a combined training exercise between the armed forces of the U.S. and India. The 25th Infantry Division's 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team deployed and redeployed 51 pieces of equipment including 17 Stryker vehicles from Pearl Harbor, to the port of Jawaharlal Nehru in Mumbai, India in October and November. A 599th deployment and distribution support team traveled to India to provide cargo manifesting capability, act as the single port manager for operations, and give 2nd SBCT in-transit visibility as their equipment was discharged. Movement of this cargo was significant in that it was the first deployment of Stryker vehicles to train with the Indian defense forces.

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835th Transportation Battalion

The 835th Transportation Battalion is located at Naha Military Port on the Ryukyu Island of Okinawa, Japan. In conjunction with providing surface distribution and military water terminal services for cargo transiting the common user water terminals at Naha Military Port, Aja Commercial Port, Tengan Ammunition Pier. and White Beach Naval Pier, the 835th also provides storage, processing, documentation, in-transit visibility, accounting, customs, and port clearance for all cargo transiting the ports. The 835th also deploys and conducts surface deployment, distribution, and water terminal operations to directly support and sustain units within the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility or worldwide as directed.

The 835th Transportation Battalion conducts terminal operations with their Soldiers, Department of the Army civilians, and Japanese national employees. Additionally, two contractors aid the battalion in the accomplishment of its mission, performing contract stevedore services and inland movement of cargo.

Although a vast majority of break-bulk cargo moves through Naha Military Port, the majority of containerized Department of Defense cargo moves through Aja Commercial Port. Some break-bulk and containerized operations also occur at Tengan Pier. In the event of surge ship operations, White Beach Naval Pier is used as a back-up port for break-bulk or containerized cargo.

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Recent Missions and Accomplishments

The 835th supported III Marine Expeditionary Force for each of its three major exercises in 2009.

Cobra Gold:

During the multinational exercise Cobra Gold, deployment operations were conducted from Jan. 11-13 at Naha Military Port and Tengan Ammunition Pier. A total of 229 pieces of cargo and 30 ammunition containers were loaded onto the MV Cape Howe. For redeployment, the deployment and distribution support team loaded 275 pieces of cargo on the MV Advantage at Chuk Samet, Thailand. On March 10, the team discharged 10 ammunition containers at Tengan Pier. The unit then discharged 220 pieces Naha Military Port, while a remaining 44 pieces were transported to Iwakuni.

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Balikatan:

During deployment, the 835th lift operations began March 28 at Naha Military Port and concluded at Tengan Ammunition Pier the next day. A total of 75 pieces of cargo, 30 ammunition containers, and one supercargo rider were loaded onto MV Advantage. For the redeployment phase, the 835th discharged 13 ammunition containers at Tengan Ammunition Pier from the MV Amalie Scan on May 13, and 61 pieces of cargo were discharged at Naha Military Port on May 14.

Talon Vision:

During the deployment phase for Talon Vision, the 835th loaded 332 pieces of cargo onto MV Hoegh Manila at Naha Military Port and 14 ammunition containers onto MV Cape Nelson at Tengan Ammunition Pier Sept. 26. For redeployment, the 835th discharged 10 ammunition containers at Tengan Pier Nov. 17 from the MV Noble Star. After the ship transited to Naha Military Port, the battalion discharged 310 pieces of cargo Nov. 18.

MK V Special Operations Craft:

The 835th DDST Team served as the single port manager and port operator, while performing cargo documentation and in-transit visibility functions for the MK V special operations craft deployment and redeployment operation. Port operations were conducted at the Port of Singapore and Subic Bay, Philippines.

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836th Transportation Battalion

The 836th Transportation Battalion and its two subordinate detachments in Alaska and Guam provide common user surface deployment, distribution, terminal operations, and port management services on mainland Japan, Alaska, Guam, and as directed in support of worldwide contingency operations.

The battalion daily delivers equipment and sustainment on time by leveraging the capability of commercial ocean liner carriers; line-haul and barge transportation companies; and stevedoring companies to support the units and communities operating as part of U.S. Forces Japan, U.S. Alaskan Command, and Joint Region Marianas.

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Additionally, the battalion can organize and deploy deployment and distribution support teams, customer service teams, and provide ocean cargo booking to meet a wide variety of operations throughout the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility.

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The heart of the 836th Transportation Battalion is its professional workforce, and it is through the dedicated Soldiers, Department of the Army civilians, and local national employees that the battalion is able to deliver equipment on time throughout its area of responsibility.

Recent Missions and Accomplishments

During 2009, the 836th Transportation Battalion conducted 22 ship operations in support of USPACOM exercises and unit sustainment. The unit operated at 9 seaports in Guam, Alaska, Japan and Australia. In addition to supporting Cobra Gold, TurboCADs, Balikatan, Key Resolve, Talon Vision, and Talisman Saber exercises from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, the battalion had several opportunities to meet global requirements for Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom through distributing foreign military sales materiel.

In Japan, the battalion provided support to the Defense Logistics Agency prime vendor meeting subsistence needs for Joint Special Operations Task Force--Philippines and to the 404th Army Field Support Brigade's APS-4 site at Sagami Depot, Japan by sending critical Class IX repair parts to Kuwait and Iraq. In Alaska, several units deployed and redeployed to and from OIF/OEF through the Port of Anchorage, a designated strategic seaport. The Alaska Detachment was also recognized as a runner-up for the 2009 Deployment Excellence Award for its efforts in deploying the 25th Infantry Division, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The Guam Detachment had many firsts as well this year, highlighted by the detachment chief, Gordon Lowe, who was named the Transportation Regimental Civilian of the Year. One of the key reasons he earned this prestigious award was due to his hard work in having the Port of Guam recognized as a strategic seaport, further enabling the future build-up of more than 8,000 Marines and their families who will relocate from Okinawa to Guam from 2010 to 2016.

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In addition to meeting Defense Transportation System requirements, the 836th has the responsibility of harbor master operations at Yokohama North Dock, as well as maintaining community and bilateral relationships throughout Japan. In 2009, the harbor master operations included berthing 80 vessels without accident. The battalion also supported the annual deployment of the Japanese Self Defense Forces Air Defense units' equipment to New Mexico and Washington for their annual exercise. The leaders of the 836th Transportation Battalion also have a formal relationship with the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force Transportation School and provide mentorship to students and cadre on a routine basis. Lastly, the battalion supports several local offices of the Yokohama City for emergency services training and educational programs.

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837th Transportation Battalion

The 837th Transportation Battalion conducts surface deployment, distribution and water terminal port operations to directly support and sustain forces within the Republic of Korea and worldwide as required. Pier 8, located in Busan is the primary seaport, but operations are conducted at ROK commercial and military ports such as Pohang, Chinhae, Mokpo and Gwangyang. The battalion's headquarters is located at Camp Henry in Daegu. The 2nd Infantry Division is the primary warfighting unit supported on the peninsula.

The 837th has a talented and diverse workforce. The team includes eight active duty U.S. military, three Reserve individual mobilization augmentees, nine DA civilians, and 30 Korean nationals. The battalion relies heavily on its local-national teammates who serve as the continuity of the organization. The 837th is a forward-deployed unit operating under armistice conditions and moves 95 percent of the cargo for U.S. Forces Korea.

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Recent Missions and Accomplishments

Supporting the Joint Force:

The 837th was responsible for the safe import of more than 31,000 short tons of break-bulk cargo (549 pieces of equipment, 1,966 short tons of ammunition) and export of more than 42,000 short tons of break- bulk cargo (1,484 pieces of equipment, 1,869 short tons of ammunition). Additionally, the 837th managed more than 9,400 twenty-foot equivalent units of sustainment cargo imported via 127 commercial vessels.

1-2 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion Re-Stationing:

The 837th provided deployment support for the restationing of the of 1st Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment Attack Reconnaissance Battalion and associated aviation intermediate maintenance cargo to Fort Carson, Colo., in March 2009. The upload consisted of 413 pieces of general cargo and 24 attack helicopters. Keys to this operation included a detailed mission rehearsal exercise, early coordination with the commercial carrier, and a total team effort from everyone involved.

Chinhae Ammunition Operations:

The 837th, along with its ROK Port Operations Group counterparts, supported the theater's War Reserves Stockpile Allies-Korea retrograde initiative which involved two vessels delivering 2,377 TEUs to the U.S.--1,127 in August and 1,250 in November. The November WRSA-K operation represented the single largest ammunition shipment to date under armistice conditions. Other missions included TurboCADS, U.S. Air Force prepositioned ammunition, and U.S. Navy opportune lifts.

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Army Materiel Command Operations:

The 837th continues to have success leveraging liner service to retrograde excess Class VII and support theater equipment fielding initiatives. During 2009, 1,071 pieces of Class VII were retrograded via 16 commercial vessels, and 549 pieces associated with fielding initiatives were delivered. The equipment sets ranged from up-armored humvees to M 109A6 howitzers.
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