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NDTA Military Unit of the Year Awards.

Since 1966, NDTA has honored units of the military Services that have performed outstanding service in transportation or a related field. These units are selected for this recognition by each of the Services.



97th Transportation Company (Heavy Boat)

10th Transportation Battalion (Terminal)

Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia

During 2013, 97th TC provided outstanding operational support to a vast array of customers via both pier-side and underway missions. The unit completed over 250 real-world operations, sailing over 50,000 nautical miles, transporting 2,571 short tons of cargo during 711 days underway in support of various Combatant Commands (COCOMs); Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental and Multinational (JIIM) agencies; the United States Army Transportation School (USATS); and fellow units within the battalion and brigade.

The unit distinguished itself by providing both a training and cargo movement platform to such high profile training and operational events as Combined Joint Logistics Over the Shore (C/ JLOTS) South Korea (in cooperation with the Republic of Korea Military and USARPAC), US Army Southern Command (ARSOUTH) 2013 (formerly USARSO), Operation Keen Sword (in support of USARPAC), Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore 2013 (in support of USTRANSCOM), as well as multiple training exercises in support of the US Coast Guard Marine Security Response Team, US Navy Special Warfare Group, International Maritime Fire Fighter's Association, Marine Incident Response Team, among others. 97th TC also helped field new equipment for the force, providing the first ever floating platform to test the Active Denial System (ADS).

* From March to May 2013, 97th took part in an interdepartmental and international C/JLOTS in South Korea. This exercise featured members of the US Army, US Navy, US Marine Corps, and Republic of Korea military personnel. This bilateral exercise provided a real world scenario for the 97th TC to showcase its capabilities as a JLOTS asset.

* During the US Army Southern Command Rotation 2013 the unit provided three vessels to support the requirement and participated in a variety of missions, logging over 14,000 nautical miles sailed, and transporting 1,126 short tons of cargo and equipment throughout the ARSOUTH area of responsibility.

* In 1st Quarter FY 13, 97th TC (HB), IPW Japanese Ground Self Defense Forces (JGSDF) and USARPAC/ US Navy, provided (1) x LCU crew to support transportation of personnel and equipment between Sasebo and Yokohama Japan ISO Operation Keen Sword.

* 97th TC (HB) provided (2) x LCUs with assigned crews to conduct waterborne transportation of cargo and personnel ISO JLOTS 2013 exercise. During the exercise, the LCUs engaged in multiple iterations of Ship-to-Shore and Shore-to-Ship cargo transport that improved the overall expeditionary capability of the 7th Transportation Brigade (Expeditionary).

* The Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate from Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA, demonstrated the maritime security application of the Active Denial System, or ADS. This was the first ever test on a floating craft for this weapons system. The technology is a long-range, non-lethal, personnel-deterring device. Leadership from every branch of the Department of Defense, Coastguard, NATO and members of the House Armed Services Committee were on hand.


114th Transportation Company

347th Regional Support Group

Chisholm, Minnesota

During current year 2013, the 114th Transportation Company (Wolfpack) accomplished a wide range of training in preparation for deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The unit was tasked with providing convoy security for military and host nation transportation assets performing retrograde and sustainment operations throughout Regional Command-East, Afghanistan. Upon receiving the Notice of Sourcing, efforts were focused on assembling the most experienced, willing, and capable team of operators, mechanics, and medics. Preparing to provide Combat Escort Teams (CETs) and execute convoy missions in Afghanistan required the unit to have trained personnel on specific, theater-provided equipment including the Mine Resistant Armor Protected (MRAP) vehicle and the MRAP Recovery Vehicle (MRV). Mission focused training therefore incorporated H8 School, MRV, MRAP University, and Brigade Combat Team Trauma Training (BCT3) for the medics.

The 114th TC mobilized 147 Soldiers with 94% of the pre-mobilization training requirements complete, receiving commendation from the 1st Army, 120th Infantry Brigade Command for the unit's high state of readiness and success executing mounted gunnery, CIED training, and the Cumulative Training Exercise. Arriving in theater ready, focused, and motivated, the 114th TC has gone on to establish itself as the best transportation company providing convoy escorts within the 10th Sustainment Brigade directly affecting the retrograde and closure of seven Forward Operating Bases, and identifying systematic faults on the MRAP MaxxPro vehicles which resulted in the manufacturing of improved products and additional safety guidance pushed theater-wide. The 114th TC has also been selected on multiple occasions to demonstrate CET Operations to Combined Joint Operations-Afghanistan, ISAF Joint Command, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, and Afghan counterparts assisting with improving Standard Operating Procedures adopted by units across theater and supporting the transfer of authority as Afghan National Security Forces develop logistics capacity and self-sufficiency.


US Army Reserve Component

630th Transportation Company

402nd Quartermaster Battalion

Washington, Pennsylvania

The 630th Transportation Company (TC), "YOU CALL, WE HAUL," is a medium truck, line-haul company, headquartered in Washington, Pennsylvania. The unit provides for the transportation of bulk petroleum utilizing the M915A3 (Freight-liner Tractor) and M967A1 (Semitrailer Tanker).

Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 proved to be a challenge for the 630th TC, but also showcased the high caliber of soldiers among its ranks. In February, the company's annual training scheduled for NTC at Ft. Irwin, CA was canceled, leaving the unit without an exercise. It was determined that the 630th TC would complete three separate missions instead. In March, forty soldiers using borrowed flatbed trailers began a campaign to rid the 316th ESC of delinquent lateral transfers and turn-ins. The mission covered over 40,000 miles and delivered over 600 tons of cargo, saved an estimated $200,000 in commercial transportation costs, and resulted in zero delinquent transfers and turn-ins within 316th ESC for the first time in five years.

At the same time, eighteen soldiers were tasked with transporting the battalion's equipment to Camp Roberts, CA for a Combat Support Training Exercise (CSTX). The mission required the soldiers to transport the equipment to Camp Roberts prior to CSTX and return at the completion to transport the equipment back to Pennsylvania. The soldiers traveled over 58,000 miles and safely delivered various vehicles, containers, and sensitive items.

The 630th TC also participated in the Quality Liquid Logistics Exercise (QLLEX). During this exercise the unit worked with DLA Energy to certify its tankers and transported bulk petroleum from storage sites to DOD customers. The unit operated out of Fort Pickett, VA and covered over 38,000 miles, delivering 41,500 gallons ofJP-8 to its Navy and Air Force partners. In total driving miles, the unit covered over 136,000 miles in 2013 without accident, incident, or loss. In recognition of their hard work, 46 soldiers earned Driver and Mechanic Badges.

Mission accomplishment was not the only success the unit had in 2013. Despite switching its fleet of tractors to the M915 A3 and conducting a required safety inspection of its tanker's frame structure, the unit maintained a 90.6% equipment readiness rating. Likewise, soldiers represented the 630th at the Army 10-Miler and participated in the Pittsburgh, PA Veterans Day Celebration.

Marine Corps


Marine Corps Logistics Command (Forward)

Camp Leatherneck, Helmand Province, Afghanistan

During 2013, and located aboard Camp Leatherneck, in the Helmand Province, Marine Corps Logistics Command Forward (LOGCOM [FWD]) distinguished itself within the Marine Corps and Department of Defense (DOD) as a vanguard unit of logistical excellence; employing a blended staff of highly proficient Marines and artisan contract personnel, it flawlessly executed the critical mission of Redeployment and Retrograde in support of Reset and Reconstitution (R4) operations. These actions supported the Commandant of the Marine Corps' Ground Equipment Reset Strategy, and were a force multiplier to the Operation ENDURING FREEDOM Marine Air Ground Task Force.

Leveraging multiple strategic modes of transportation, and working with the Surface Deployment and Distribution Center (SDDC), Army Materiel Command (AMC), and US Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) agents aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, and Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, LOGCOM (FWD) achieved the movement of over 9,700 PEI via USTRANSCOM military and commercial contracted air. Additionally, it achieved the movement of over 1,000 additional assets via the Pakistan Ground Line of Communication (PAKGLOC), and Oman, Jordan, Dubai, Baku, and Riga Aerial and Sea Ports of Debarkation.

Through expert management, coordination, and utilization of transportation resources, the command recapitalized and redistributed (111) low density high demand in-theater communications assets, valued at over $65 million, enabled the Marine Corps the ability to satisfy urgent mission requirements for First and Second Marine Expeditionary Forces (MEFs). Meanwhile, the collaboration of the command's Intermediate Support Base (ISB) detachment with the 143d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) (SC [E]) in Kuwait, facilitated the transfer of 378 container assets, and brought to International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) certification standards, 91 USMC containers. Together, these actions amplified and increased transportation throughput.

At the tactical level, the Overflow Maintenance Support (OMS) program supported MAGTF forces with 22,896 maintenance actions that ensured Marines on the ground were not left for want of critical equipment that would otherwise have cost time, and money to obtain; but moreover would have increased the risk to our forces.

The personnel of LOGCOM (FWD) continue to be widely recognized for their dedication and ability to enhance mission accomplishment, and proved themselves capable of rising to the challenge in the most difficult of situations. They embodied total accountability, good stewardship, and set the standard for sustained superior performance and mission accomplishment.



6th Motor Transport Battalion

4th Marine Logistics Group

Red Bank, New Jersey

The exceptional transportation and logistics support provided by 6th Motor Transport Battalion during Exercise AFRICAN UON in 2013 epitomizes the unit performance worthy of recognition by the National Defense Transportation Association. As the lead element for 4th Marine Logistics Group in support of Exercise AFRICAN LION 2013, 6th Motor Transport Battalion led both a task-organized logistics Combat Element (LCE) and task-organized Arrival and Assembly Operation Group (AAOG), which executed maritime prepositioned force (MPF) operations in a joint training environment with a US Transportation Command-sourced Joint Task ForcePort Opening (JTF-PO), in support of US African Command strategic goals. In early April 2013, the AAOG and JTP-PO established integrated port operations at Agadir that proved instrumental in the rapid offload, staging, accountability, assembly, and onward movement of over 691 pieces of equipment from the US Naval Ship LARRY G. DAHL and commercial vessels to a 2,500-person bi-lateral Task Force at geographically-disparate exercise locations.

Prior to the actual commencement of the exercise, however, a political disagreement between the United States and Morocco led to the abrupt cancellation of the exercise and a request for the immediate redeployment of Task Force personnel and equipment. Demonstrating incredible flexibility, confidence, and logistical acumen, the AAOG and LCE swiftly reorganized to support highly sensitive strategic mobility timelines by planning and executing accelerated retrograde and force reconstitution operations over a nine-day period with unparalleled success. Facing numerous challenges, 6th Motor Transport Battalion personnel successfully led the AAOG and LCE to receive and account for over 691 end items, complete over 306 Joint Limited Technical Inspections (JLTIs), clean and prepare over 386 tactical vehicles and containers for inspection, embark 175 pieces of tactical equipment aboard the USNS LARRY G. DAHL within 27-hours, and stage 211 pieces of tactical equipment for commercial shipment over 20-hours in advance of strategic mobility deadlines, and without a single reportable safety incident. This superior performance demonstrated the leadership, professionalism, and dedication to duty of 6th Motor Transportation Battalion personnel.



Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific/Task Force Seven Three (CTF 73)

Commander, US Seventh Fleet


Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific/Commander, Task Force 73 (CTF 73) provided an unprecedented level of operational logistics support in the Navy's largest and most active area of responsibility. As SEVENTH Fleet's primary logistics agent, CTF 73 exceeded every expectation when challenged to build and then rework dynamic afloat logistics support plans because of the year's continuously changing operational schedule.

Spring 2013 required CTF 73 to provide sustained logistics support during the salvage of USS GUARDIAN (MCM 5) after she ran aground on the Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea off the coast of the Philippines. CTF 73 ships maintained constant logistics, helicopter, and salvage support for nearly three months including transporting GUARDIAN Sailors back to Sasebo and providing over 11 million gallons of fuel through the effort. As Operation Guardian drew down, the Seventh Fleet Naval Forces operational summer schedule required major logistics changes to support the dynamic plans developed for the 2013 TALISMAN SABRE multinational exercise. CTF 73 made the crucial adjustments resulting in the effective delivery of 15.8 million gallons of fuel to 16 US and coalition force ships.

As the end of the year approached, the team witnessed the devastation that Typhoon Hayain caused when it struck the island of Leyte in the Philippines. CTF 73 supported Operation Damayan by replenishment of supporting ships, direct humanitarian aid support, and using helicopters for surveying and providing vertical lifts of material. CTF 73's efforts directly affected the flow of supplies and materials to a major ally of the United States during a time of crisis enhancing theater security cooperation.

In summary, the CTF 73 team directed more than 456 Replenishment At Sea events, synchronized 589 ship port visits, aided inter-theater sealift sustainment, and developed logistics support plans for four Carrier Strike Groups, three Amphibious Readiness Groups, 28 transiting ships, 23 Forward Deployed Naval Forces ships, and 12 Coalition Force ships. The team's unwavering flexibility and dedication to service to the fleet led to the highest levels of mission readiness in SEVENTH Fleet.


DLA Disposition Services--Afghanistan

DLA, Disposition Services


Defense Logistics Agency, Disposition Services Afghanistan distinguished itself while supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. During this period, DLA Disposition Services made history with the introduction of an entirely new operational model that pushed disposition services support forward to the warfighter. To support the massive coalition forces draw down in Afghanistan, this team planned, resourced, and executed the Hub Based Disposal Operations concept at forward locations in Afghanistan. Combined with Expeditionary Disposition Remediation Team missions, these hubs increased Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services' ability to remove unserviceable material at forward locations and reduced the need for 6,744 convoy trucks carrying ground shipments of material. This kept an estimated 7,675 soldiers off of dangerous Afghan roads and avoided $30.3 million in transportation costs.

This 104 joint military and 43 Department of Defense civilian member team operated from four fixed 20-acre locations, ten Hub Based Disposal Operation sites, and sent Expeditionary Disposal Remediation Teams to every region and major Forward Operating Base in Afghanistan. DLA Disposition Services--Afghanistan expeditionary logistics sites removed over 465 million pounds of excess or battle damaged materials, over 21,719 unseaworthy containers, and returned over $55.8 million to the United States Treasury through authorized contract sales of unserviceable material. They increased operational throughput by 312% over 2012 operations year over year.

In total, DLA Disposition Services --Afghanistan provided critical theater support in the closure or transfer of 233 bases in the Combined Joint Operations Area in 2013. The DLA Disposition Services Afghanistan team's actions and operational accomplishments reflect great credit upon them and are duly deserving of the National Defense Transportation Association's Military Unit Award for their representation of the military logistics innovation and operational excellence in the war theater.

Air Force


377th Logistics Readiness Squadron

377th Mission Support Group

Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico

The 377th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, distinguished itself by exemplary performance in all aspects of logistics. The unit proved itself as a peerless nuclear enterprise support agency by garnering an overall excellent rating during the 2013 Air Force Material Commands Combined Unit and Logistics Compliance Assessment Program Inspections. Additionally, the sustained performance of the unit's personnel yielded 18 Group, eight Wing, two Team Kirtland, four Air Force Nuclear Weapon Center, 13 Major Command, and one Air Force level awards. These outstanding successes are a credit to the achievements of each logistics specialty.

The vehicle management flight executed 1,300 work orders on a 573 vehicle fleet valued at over $40 million, delivering a superb 94.5 percent fleet mission capable rate. Furthermore, their management of a $6 million nuclear certified equipment fleet proved vital to a flawless rating during the Nuclear Surety Inspection. The supply management function flawlessly oversaw 234 equipment accounts, managed 2,400 weapons, issued 24,000 individual equipment assets, and 3,200 mission capability parts totaling over $187 million. Their efforts supported 41 aircraft, directly enabling the completion of 4,400 Air Education and Training Command sorties. The vehicle operation element, executed 20,000 transportation requests encompassed of 11,800 personnel, 5.6 million pounds of cargo, covering over 97,000 miles. Their support was vital to the execution of 20 Special Airlift Assignment Missions, 35 Reflex Deltas, the extinguishment of an 80,000-acre forest fire, and the recovery of two CV-22 aircrafts.

The fuels management element issued 6.3 million gallons of JP-8 aircraft fuel, 7.2 million gallons of ground fuel, and 28,000 gallons of liquid oxygen while sustaining a 16-minute average response time, posturing for Jet-A fuel transition, and surpassing the 30 percent presidential fossil fuel reduction mandate. The traffic management sections validated 8,300 movements, issued 6,500 airfares, shipped 8,000 priority level-3's, and consolidated 4,500 depot-level shipments. Their innovative management practices saved over $25 million, earning the Defense Logistics Agency's "Million Dollar Board" award.

The logistics plans and air transportation sections processed and deployed 25 combat ready airmen, an 80 member national nuclear security administration team, an Air Force research laboratory $55 million Improvised Explosive Devise, three Unites States Marine Corps squadrons, Space Command Minotaur-1 missile load, and 54 Air Force Reserve component missions. Their efforts projected nuclear deterrence operations and safeguarded 27,000 deployed coalition members. The combined unit efforts led to the squadron winning the 2013 Air Force Materiel Command Daedalian Major General Warren R. Carter Logistics Effectiveness Award Non-Flying Squadron.

Coast Guard

US Coast Guard Sector Honolulu

Fourteenth Coast Guard District

Honolulu, Hawaii

The Port of Honolulu serves as the hub in the hub-and-spoke model for cargo distribution throughout the state with more than 80 percent of goods consumed in Hawaii imported and 98 percent of those goods transported through its commercial harbors. Due to the criticality of a deep draft port to serve as the initial entry point, Sector Honolulu worked with the State of Hawaii, Department of Defense, Federal Emergency Management Agency, maritime industry, and other concerned parties to develop an Alternate Port Concept. The concept utilizes pier space at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam to offload cargo from container ships in the event that the Port of Honolulu is blocked or experiences significant infrastructure damage following a hurricane, tsunami, or other major event. The centerpiece to offloading cargo under this plan is obtaining a portable cargo crane that can survive an event and then be used to offload containers at a pier in the alternate port location. In 2012, the Department of Homeland Security awarded the State $3.6 million to purchase a portable crane to provide resiliency.

In 2013, Sector Honolulu spearheaded efforts through its Maritime Transportation System Recovery Unit to advance the alternate port concept. Working together with industry, as well as the Navy contractor that will use the crane on a day-to-day basis and thus maintain the crane at no cost to the State, a potential crane was identified and specifications submitted for bid. The winning bid came in under budget and the purchase contract is now being finalized. The project required significant outreach to the Governor, his staff, and several other key entities to educate them on the need and gain their support. Significant progress was also made in creating memorandums of agreement that outline cargo operations, security arrangements, and day-today maintenance. Pre-scripted mission assignments were explored for port assessments critical to restoration, as well as additional cargo offloading capacity. These planning efforts are critical to establishing resiliency in a state more than 2,500 miles away from another port, and have dramatically strengthened the partnerships and relationships with key federal, state, and local agencies, as well as the maritime industry.
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Title Annotation:2014 NDTA AWARDS; National Defense Transportation Association
Publication:Defense Transportation Journal
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2014
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