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President's corner.

The DTJ has a lot to offer! This month, readers will enjoy a White Paper entitled "In Search of Logistics Visibility: Enabling Effective Decision Making," by LTG Chris Christianson, Director of Logistics, the Joint Staff. If you have been reading the minutes of the NDTA Board of Director meetings through the Members Only pages on our website (, you know that General Christianson's J-4 office is involved in a number of key issues impacting policy. If you haven't visited the site, I advise you to log on now to learn what other high-powered leaders are saying on topics of critical importance that affect you!

Congratulations to MG Gainey and SDDC for organizing and managing an outstanding Training Symposium! I have received many positive comments on the event, especially the venue and superb facilities. Our thanks to all our industry members for their great support of the Expo. I had the opportunity to visit all the booths and I always learn more about our industry from the exhibitors--new products, equipment, and capabilities.

A special thank you to all of our sponsors. You were there supporting NDTA, promoting your brand, and strengthening the government/industry relationship. National Air Cargo, UPS, and YRC Worldwide provided the "extra" boost by hosting food and beverages in the Exhibit Hall. Finally, our congratulations to the SDDC Quality Award and Shipper Performance Award winners, who demonstrate commitment and competency in all that they do each day.

This issue also shares a look at the National Transportation Week (NTW) activities in Detroit, where the brands of YRC Worldwide (Roadway, USF Holland, and Yellow) volunteered trucks and drivers to announce the NTW Student Poster contest winner for all to see.

Recognition of transportation accomplishments go well beyond our borders with an article from the US Army Corps of Engineers outlining the work that's been done to upgrade Iraq's infrastructure. To the Corps of Engineers--We salute you! And, our Round UP feature, "Chasing Clouds," spotlights venues for learning more about achievements in aviation from NDTA members and friends.

You'll find a taste of what's on tap in the Forum & Expo section. This year's theme--"Better TOGETHER"--refers to partnerships of all kinds that enhance our organization and the efficiency and strength of the supply chain. Our professional program is shaping up to be one of the best ever, and because our members asked for it, we have added a one-day course on Lean Management where Continuing Education credits can be earned. The Association for Operations Management (APICS), a leader in the educational field, has specifically organized this course for NDTA for hands-on managers who need principles they can apply in the office and on the job. We are also offering a half-day tabletop exercise on Emergency Preparedness, which has been a core competency of NDTA since its very beginnings and which is a selection criterion for the International Chapter of the Year Award. Chapters interested in beginning or enhancing their Emergency Preparedness programs should seriously consider taking part in this exercise.

Additional Forum details concerning scholarship events, offsite tours, and lodging are included, and Kevin Dennehy, correspondent for Recon Magazine, gives his take on sites in the area of particular interest to military history enthusiasts. So read up and make your plans to be in Charleston with us this fall from September 15 through 19!

Please share the word about the Forum and the Association with colleagues and friends. We are working hard to stay in step with the ever-changing world of transportation and supply chain logistics. Adding to our already strong and supportive membership base helps us in these efforts, so be sure to encourage individuals and companies that stand to gain to learn more about NDTA.

LTG Ken Wykle, USA (Ret.)

NDTA President



The August issue of the DTJ will feature venues for learning (Surface) in tribute to National Truck Drivers Appreciation Month
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Date:Jun 1, 2007
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