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838th Transportation Battalion.


Mission and Area of Responsibility

The mission of the 838th Transportation Battalion is to execute and enable expeditionary port and surface distribution operations within the USEUCOM and USAFRICOM areas of operation in order to ensure mission success of DOD and Coalition Forces across the full spectrum of conflict. On order, the 838th has the capability to deploy globally to execute and enable port operations and distribution support.

The 838th Transportation Battalion's Area of Responsibility is the northern part of the USEUCOM and USAFRICOM AORs with subordinate units stationed in four different countries throughout the continent of Europe. Its regular operating locations are Bremerhaven, Mannheim and Nordenham, Germany; Antwerp, Belgium; Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Stavanger and Trondheim, Norway; Ipswich, U.K.; Azores, Portugal and Szczcecin, Poland. There are an additional 20 ports in Europe that operate under One Time Only contracts as required.

The battalion has operated in multiple countries in Africa to include Ghana, Liberia, Sao Tome, Cameroon, Benin and South Africa. During the past 12 months the battalion has executed more than 15 operations in Africa.

Lt. Col. (P) James E. Anderson is the commander of the 838th Transportation Battalion. Sgt. Maj. Reginald Thompson is the 838th Transportation Battalion senior noncommissioned officer.

Commander's Vision

The 838th will safely and quickly execute all aspects of port operations associated with the upload, download, reception and onward movement of military cargo. Operations will focus on safety of equipment and personnel, operational security, documentation accuracy and accountability, as these are the foundation for achieving operational success.

Training is focused on Core Mission Essential Task List tasks required for mission success, and force protection training that will allow small teams to operate independently across Europe and Africa. Active leadership, supervision and teamwork ensure successful mission accomplishment every time.

Features of the 838th

The 838th Transportation Battalion is capable of projecting Deployment Distribution Support Teams capable of operating independently across the European and African continents. The 838th Transportation Battalion has the capability to deploy globally in its entirety, to execute and enable port operations and distribution support.

Recent Missions and Accomplishments

In the past 12 months, the battalion has supported the West African Training Cruise for the U.S. Navy Construction Teams in Ghana, Liberia, Sao Tome and Cameroon.

In March 2008, the battalion supported the 1st Infantry Division, 2nd Brigade Combat Team during a critical reset equipment move at the port of Bremerhaven, Germany.

Also in March, the battalion supported the 1st Armored Division 2nd Brigade Combat Team's deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom at the port of Antwerp, Belgium.

In May 2008, the battalion supported the deployment of Kosovo Force 10 at the port of Antwerp, Belgium. The 838th also supported the redeployment of Kosovo Force 9 at the port of Rotterdam, Netherlands in July.

In November, the battalion supported the deployment of the 172nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team and the 2nd Stryker Combat Regiment at the port of Bremerhaven, Germany.

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