Commanding General bids SDDC a fond farewell.
In the almost two years I served in the command, I have seen so much, met so many magnificent SDDC Soldiers, civilians, foreign national and Korean Army augmentees-that I shake my head in awe.
What a magnificent contribution all of you have made to SDDC.
We have achieved success every where-and often against great challenges. Think of our world for the past two years and all our operations ... the ongoing conflicts in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom ... peacekeeping missions in the Balkans and Haiti ... transformation issues and our plans to consolidate our headquarters at Fort Eustis, Va. ... regularly scheduled training missions around-the-world ... the sustainment of America's military worldwide.
I have to thank the military's top leadership for helping us achieve our goals. They have always been there for us--in tough times and good times. In particular, I want to thank Gen. John Handy, Commander, U.S. Transportation Command, Gen. Peter Schoomaker, Army Chief of Staff, and Gen. Richard Cody, recently appointed Army Vice Chief of Staff, for their advice, guidance and support.
But, of course, it took the entire team--all of you--to make this happen. We could not have done it without all of you.
All our work is so truly global. All of our operations have such magnitude. I would like to discuss a few of the biggest ones ...
First, of course, the enormous contribution we have made to OEF and OIE We have achieved unbelievable records and challenges of every type. The command has moved more cargo for the American military than at any time in the past half-century.
Consider the metrics. Working at 26 ports and 13 power projection platforms, SDDC moved 70,000 containers and 50-million-square feet of cargo--enough to fill 1,036 football fields--in the period from Dec. 1, 2002 and July 15, 2004.
In all in this period, our ports conducted 527 vessel operations.
Deploying or redeploying, we moved eight of the Army's 10 divisions, several National Guard separate brigades and the Marines.
We deployed from multiple ports to a single port: Ash Shuaiba, Kuwait. This was not an easy task. Originally billed as a "three-ship port," we achieved more berth space by moving a cement ship and dredging an additional berth.
It has all been an incredible teat.
Our work in deployability and distribution operations has dovetailed nicely into our OEF and OIF operations.
It is a critical link for the movement of surface cargoes in support of the U.S. Transportation Command's new mission to serve as the Department of Defense's Distribution Process Owner. We are working it hard. When you have multiple carriers--multiple ports--it is a challenge.
We have not achieved the success alone. We have relied to an incredible degree--on the U.S. Army Reserves and the commercial transportation industry.
The SDDC Reserve components are a force multiplier. In the surge environment we face in today's military environment, Reservists have accomplished every mission and task-both here at home, and overseas in Southwest Asia.
Future SDDC units will be multiple compositions--these units will have Army Reservists directly aligned with the command's Soldiers and civilians.
Equally important are our industry partners. They are the ones who do the heavy lifting--particularly our rail, truck, port and ocean carrier partners. They have solved problem-after-problem, challenge-after-challenge.
In our personal property moves, we are about to start a new chapter in our support of services members. Beginning in October 2005, we will have a more business-like approach in the way we move 500,000 shipments for service members annually. The "Families First" program will include a number of improvements including full-replacement value for lost or damaged goods, best-value moves from our carriers and Web-based feedback from our customers. At last, we are on the path of a solution that has eluded us so long.
Finally, SDDC is poised to move to a consolidated headquarters. Like the Army, we in SDDC are in transformation. We all need to work as one team at one location. The center of gravity of SDDC is our Operations Center at Fort Eustis. Once approved, we stand ready to move out smoothly to make it a reality.
It will signal a new dynamic in the work of SDDC.
SDDC has a fine commander coming in. Brig. Gen. Charles Fletcher Jr., currently the Army's Assistant G-4 (Logistics), will take command in a formal change of command ceremony Aug. 24 at Fort Myer, Va. Experienced, seasoned and with a flair for his work, General Fletcher will do great things for SDDC in the very challenging operational and organizational atmosphere we are now working in.
I wish him every success. From my new assignment, I will be watching his success--and the success of all of you--with great pride and wonderment.
Looking back the past two years, without question this has been the best assignment of my Army career. I will miss this assignment. I will miss all of you.
We're one team--we're an incredible team!!!
I bid you all a fond farewell.
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|Title Annotation:||Ann E. Dunwoody; Surface Deployment and Distribution Command|
|Date:||Jun 22, 2004|
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