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From the Commanding General.

When Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command first unfurled its new colors and name in 2004, the change meant more than a new acronym for the Army. It reflected a command that had both the experience to carry out the vital missions of surface transportation and logistics, as well as the flexibility to meet the needs of a rapidly changing, 21st century military.

SDDC supports the warfighter and the nation in virtually every mission that touches the ground. We deploy, sustain, and redeploy our forces, move the household goods for their families, train and support contingency operations for active and reserve soldiers, provide transportation engineering for the armed services and work relentlessly for our military and our nation. Our team members display their continuing dedication and diligence and have deployed worldwide to support missions across the full spectrum of operations.

When deployment and distribution is at its best, it goes unnoticed. As Adm. Mike Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff recently told the trans porters of SDDC and USTRANSCOM, "What you do is like oxygen. We all need it, and we don't think about it until we don't have it."

It is an honor for me to be able to highlight the servicemembers, civilians and organizations that are the lifeblood of the U.S. military's operations around the world. These are the Global Surface Transportation Experts of SDDC. Committed, Dependable, Relentless!

James L. Hodge



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Author:Hodge, James L.
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 22, 2009
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