All About R4D — The new Army AL&T magazine is here

All About R4D — The new Army AL&T magazine is here

By Steve Stark   FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Herculean, monumental, massive, unprecedented — all of these words have been used to describe the undertaking we know as R4D, and the October – December 2013 issue of Army AL&T magazine goes in depth on the effort, underway right now, to retrograde, reset, redeploy, redistribute and dispose of the material accumulated in Afghanistan over more than a decade of war there. And it’s ongoing, even as new capabilities, such as Capability Set 13, are being deployed. Robots, medical supplies, UAVs, wheeled and tracked vehicles, and much, much more – the effort to scale down our materiel in Afghanistan by the end of […]

SDDC teleconference fills void in DOD shipper training, education

SDDC teleconference fills void in DOD shipper training, education

Mark Diamond   SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill – When the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command Training Symposium and Traffic Management Workshop were cancelled this year, a vital link between the command and its customers was severed. The symposium and workshop were cancelled in response to Department of Defense guidance that promotes further efficiency and cost consciousness in federal government operations. According to SDDC transportation experts, in years past, the symposium and workshop were conduits for the exchange of ideas and, more importantly, an avenue for education, training and policy updates related to the movement of DOD cargo in support of military contingency operations, exercises and humanitarian missions around […]

Small SDDC Branch Provides Big Cost Savings for DOD

Small SDDC Branch Provides Big Cost Savings for DOD

Mitch Chandran For DOD shippers who need to move specialized and large-volume cargo domestically, the Special Requirements Branch (SRB) of Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) is a one-stop shop for finding the right rate and transportation mode. The branch, part of SDDC’s Strategic Business Directorate, wants DOD shippers with special requirements to know that not all rates are equal and that they will help find cost-efficient transportation solutions. The branch specializes in arranging transportation for oversize, overweight, and high-volume cargo movements. Dora Elias, SRB Chief, and her team of 11 transportation experts partner with commercial industry’s truck, rail, barge, and pipeline carriers daily on behalf of shippers to […]

SDDC Advances Quality Assurance Checks and Balances

SDDC Advances Quality Assurance Checks and Balances

Mitch Chandran With budgetary uncertainty looming, the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command’s (SDDC’s) Quality Assurance Branch is focusing its efforts now to advance its processes and gain efficiencies. The branch, part of the Strategic Business Directorate, is responsible for evaluating and monitoring more than 1,200 motor carriers from the transportation industry that are approved to transport government cargo for DOD shippers. SDDC provides expeditionary and sustained end-to-end deployment and distribution solutions for surface shipping of DOD equipment and supplies to warfighters worldwide. Branch Chief Maureen Carlo and her team of 10 transportation experts manage myriad programs designed to ensure that carriers doing business with the government comply with U.S. […]