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From the Commanding General.

"SDDC REPRESENTS THE GLOBAL SURFACE TRANSPORTATION EXPERTS. I AM CONVINCED THAT TOGETHER WE CAN MEET THE CHALLENGE THAT THE SERVICES' MISSION REPRESENTS By PROVIDING WORLD-CLASS LOGISTICAL SUPPORT THAT IS BOTH TIMELY AND EFFECTIVE."

In my first two months as commander, it is clear to me that SDDC is an organization with missions critical to the success of our military worldwide ... and that we now confront our most daunting challenge: change.

The most significant changes are happening while our team is still in motion--arrival at a new headquarters, our new workforce, and a new commander. Despite the challenge these changes represent, I am confident we can adapt and improve in the midst of the constant demands of supporting the warfighter, military families, and the nation.

The transition from Operation Iraqi Freedom to Operation New Dawn Sept. 1 signified the end of major combat operations. SDDC's tremendous efforts in deploying, sustaining, and redeploying forces in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom helped pave the way for this transition. Amid those efforts, we've looked at how we accomplish the mission and how we can improve the process.

Efforts like the joint SDDC and Army Sustainment Command Lean Six Sigma project (featured on page 18) illustrate the need for a critical approach to our work.

Our job is to provide unparalleled distribution services worldwide, ensuring our nation's objectives are met. In order to be successful, our support must be proactive, not reactive. We must consider the mission and look for ways to prevent any logistical shortcoming. Service members and their families depend on us.

Adjusting our processes as needed and innovating when a mission calls for a fresh approach are crucial to how we operate. We can't simply be comfortable with "how things have always been done" if we have the integrity and ingenuity to do things better.

It is our duty to ensure that the military services are logistically supported, whether in peace or war. We must think of ourselves as logisticians in support of each unit, working together for a common goal. We need to be of one mind--focused on the mission, one heart--willing to serve, and one purpose--keeping our forces sustained and alive.

I am proud to be a member of the SDDC team, and I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together for our great nation.

KEVIN A. LEONARD

Major General, USA

Commanding

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Title Annotation:United States Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command
Author:Leonard, Kevin A.
Publication:Translog
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 22, 2010
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