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2005 News Archive (82)

USTRANSCOM’s first J9 Director looks at challenges for the Reserve Component Directorate

Upon his retirement, USTRANSCOM’s first J9 Director, Maj. Gen. James P. Czekanski, looks at challenges for USTRANSCOM Reservists and the Reserve Component Directorate.
Published: Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Article Views: 1084      Release #: 051214-1

General Hawkins assumes command of 18th Air Force

Maj. Gen. James A. Hawkins assumed command of 18th Air Force from Lt. Gen. William Welser III during a ceremony here Nov. 29.
Published: Friday, December 02, 2005
Article Views: 1128      Release #: 051202-1

Lippert addresses Defense Logistics Conference

Defense Logistics Agency Director Vice Adm. Keith Lippert spoke about the DLA transformation and several other topics to more than 600 people Nov. 29 at the annual North American Defense Logistics Conference in Washington.
Published: Friday, December 02, 2005
Article Views: 1152      Release #: 051202-2

Draft document issued to obtain industry feedback – Services contract expected to increase effectiveness, efficiency

Issuance of this document marks a significant milestone for the Defense Transportation Coordination Initiative (DTCI), a Department effort to increase the efficiency of freight shipments in the continental United States.
Published: Friday, December 02, 2005
Article Views: 1123      Release #: 051202-3

The Road Ahead for DEAMS

USTRANSCOM, the U. S. Air Force and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service have joined forces to implement the Defense Enterprise Accounting and Management System or DEAMS, providing USTRANSCOM and the Air Force with a single financial system.
Published: Monday, November 28, 2005
Article Views: 1361      Release #: 051128-1

New cargo pallet will save U.S. military $1.3 million

USTRANSCOM planners expect the new, less expensive Associate Intermodal Platform (AIP) system to save money by using less 463L pallets.
Published: Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Article Views: 1118      Release #: 051123-1

Employers visit Texas port to learn about the Defense Transportation System

USTRANSCOM's Joint Transportation Reserve Unit sponsors a trip to the Port of Corpus Christi, Texas, for the employers of its Reservist members.
Published: Monday, November 21, 2005
Article Views: 1135      Release #: 051121-1

Families First takes strategic pause to ensure a high quality program

SDDC announces Phase II of the Families First Program will not launch in February 2006 and is in a “strategic pause”.
Published: Friday, November 18, 2005
Article Views: 1150      Release #: 20051118-1

Defense Department Seeking Transportation Partnership-Use of Coordinator expected to increase effectiveness, efficiency

Establishing partnership with a transportation management services provider mirrors a growing trend in industry where companies are turning to professional providers to increase efficiency across their supply chain.
Published: Thursday, November 03, 2005
Article Views: 1226      Release #: 051103-1

Scott financial managers see the future

SFIS lays the foundation for vastly improved financial management by providing a common language. DEAMS will use that language to link new processes and systems essential for efficient and effective financial management.
Published: Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Article Views: 1154      Release #: 051101-1

USTRANSCOM commander discusses separation of commands

A large portion of the separation is because of the growth and maturity USTRANSCOM has made in becoming the defense supply chain manager that the Secretary of Defense had envisioned for the command.
Published: Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Article Views: 1060      Release #: 051102-1

New AMC commander discusses command's future

"We are in this [Global War on Terrorism] for the long haul, and we've got to continue to do this better," General McNabb said. "But you look at our fleet and we must modernize."
Published: Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Article Views: 1012      Release #: 051102-2

AMC personnel unload giant Russian-made airlifter

The difficulty faced by the Contingency Response Group (CRG) members was the way the cargo had been loaded into the aircraft.
Published: Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Article Views: 1121      Release #: 051025-1

“Citizen Soldiers” honored upon their return home

The Welcome Home Warrior Citizen Award is a new Soldier recognition program enacted by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Bush.
Published: Monday, October 24, 2005
Article Views: 1096      Release #: 051024-1

Sealift ship hosts military transportation leaders

This marks Gen. Schwartz' first official visit to one of MSC's more than 115 ships that serve the U.S. military in a variety of noncombatant roles, including defense transportation.
Published: Monday, October 24, 2005
Article Views: 1143      Release #: 051024-2

U.S. Transportation Command is prepared to support relief efforts for Hurricane Wilma

When USNORTHCOM passes requirements to USTRANSCOM, planners validate the requirement and determine the best methods to accomplish the tasks – balancing other global requirements against available assets based on priority.
Published: Thursday, October 20, 2005
Article Views: 1135      Release #: 051020-1

Cargo Tracking Technology Implementation - Lets Military “See” Shipments from Factory to Foxhole

The Alaska initiative will establish the network through which DoD will move forces and materiel and gain the visibility required to execute with precision and agility.
Published: Thursday, October 20, 2005
Article Views: 1054      Release #: 051020-2

USTRANSCOM managed airlift - supporting U.S. relief efforts to Pakistan

CH-47 Chinook helicpoters were loaded on C-5 cargo planes at Fort Hood, Texas today.
Published: Saturday, October 15, 2005
Article Views: 1107      Release #: 051015-1

General McNabb takes command of AMC

Gen. Duncan J. McNabb took command of Air Mobility Command during a ceremony here Oct. 14.
Published: Saturday, October 15, 2005
Article Views: 1092      Release #: 051015-2

U.S. response to Pakistan earthquake - almost immediate

Less than 48 hours after a devastating earthquake struck Pakistan and parts of India and Afghanistan, the U.S. military began sending relief supplies.
Published: Friday, October 14, 2005
Article Views: 1080      Release #: 051014-1

Relief supplies on-the-way from U.S. to Pakistan

A U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender aircraft is loaded with relief supplies at Langley Air Force Base, Va., Oct. 11, 2005.
Published: Friday, October 14, 2005
Article Views: 1134      Release #: 051014-2

AMC assists initial U.S. earthquake response

The first C-17 aircraft, loaded with 23 CRW personnel and approximately 100,000 pounds of air operations equipment, stopped briefly at Ramstein AB, Germany, before continuing to Pakistan.
Published: Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Article Views: 1078      Release #: 051011-1

General McNabb receives Senate confirmation

The Senate has confirmed Lt. Gen. Duncan J. McNabb for appointment to the grade of general and assignment as commander of Air Mobility Command.
Published: Thursday, October 06, 2005
Article Views: 1121      Release #: 051006-1

SDDC honors seven traffic managers as best in 2004

Traffic managers representing the DoD, DLA, USCG and AAFES were recognized by SDDC with Excellence in Traffic Management Awards Sep. 14.
Published: Thursday, October 06, 2005
Article Views: 1220      Release #: 051006-2

USTRANSCOM supporting relief efforts for Hurricane Rita

USTRANSCOM has already moved thousands of evacuees, hundreds of which were patients, out of the projected hurricane impact area.
Published: Friday, September 23, 2005
Article Views: 1180      Release #: 050923-1

AMC 'chasing the clock' to move hundreds of Hurricane Rita evacuees

We're moving hundreds of people from the path of the hurricane," said Colonel Franklin. "We're basically emptying hospitals and nursing homes and taking those people to safety."
Published: Friday, September 23, 2005
Article Views: 1137      Release #: 050923-2

Ready Reserve and Training Ships Providing Hurricane Relief

A Ready Reserve ship activated by USTRANSCOM Sept. 20, was not able to leave its home port of Beaumont, TX but that doesn’t mean it isn’t working.
Published: Friday, September 23, 2005
Article Views: 1145      Release #: 050923-3

Dover colonel links USTRANSCOM to federal relief efforts

A Dover colonel is spearheading U.S. Transportation Command’s efforts to help Gulf Coast areas recover from Hurricane Rita.
Published: Friday, September 23, 2005
Article Views: 1041      Release #: 050923-4

Military airlift evacuates patients in the path of Rita & delivers them to safety

Approximately 3,000 people were evacuated from areas in the path of Hurricane Rita since Wednesday, Sept. 21st.
Published: Friday, September 23, 2005
Article Views: 1141      Release #: 050923-5

U.S. Transportation Command Demonstrates Port Opening Capability

USTRANSCOM recently demonstrated a new capability designed to enhance the initial flow of forces and cargo into a theater of operations.
Published: Friday, September 16, 2005
Article Views: 1144      Release #: 050916-1

Joint Patient Movement Team Evacuates Hurricane Katrina Survivors

When the team left on September 4, they had moved more than 2,400 patients in 96 hours; a first in the history of patient movement.
Published: Thursday, September 15, 2005
Article Views: 1200      Release #: 050914-1

First 'Joint Task Force – Port Opening’ hits ground in Egypt

Sixty-five Airmen and Soldiers landed in Egypt, Aug. 23 as part of the first Joint Task Force – Port Opening to participate in Exercise Bright Star 05/06.
Published: Thursday, September 15, 2005
Article Views: 1096      Release #: 050915-1

SDDC ensures value at the fort before it goes to the port

Task Force Bastogne is a special transportation team formed by SDDC to provide customized end-to-end deployment and distribution of the 101st Airborne Division.
Published: Monday, September 12, 2005
Article Views: 1185      Release #: 050912-1

SDDC supports hurricane relief efforts

In the days following Katrina’s rampage across the Gulf Coast, SDDC personnel joined the DoD effort underway supporting FEMA to save lives, restore order and begin the long process of recovery and rebuilding.
Published: Monday, September 12, 2005
Article Views: 1152      Release #: 050912-2

Specialized AMC unit eases airlift burden in New Orleans

The 818th Contingency Response Group from McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., arrived a day after Hurricane Katrina.
Published: Monday, September 12, 2005
Article Views: 1044      Release #: 050912-3

Experts and technology speed the delivery of hurricane relief operations

Center Provides Logistics Experts Armed with State-of-Art Technology
Published: Friday, September 09, 2005
Article Views: 1210      Release #: 051009-1

Schwartz assumes command of U.S. Transportation Command

Air Force General Norton A. Schwartz took command of U.S. Transportation Command in a ceremony here today.
Published: Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Article Views: 1021      Release #: 050907-1

U.S. Transportation Command`s top general retires

Air Force General John W. Handy retired from the Air Force in a ceremony here today as the outgoing commander of U.S. Transportation Command and commander of Air Mobility Command.
Published: Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Article Views: 1175      Release #: 050907-2

U.S. Northern Command support to Hurricane Katrina disaster relief

U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Published: Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Article Views: 1154      Release #: 050831-1

AMC answering humanitarian call in aftermath of Katrina

Moving people, equipment and supplies is an everyday occurrence for Air Mobility Command aircraft, especially when providing humanitarian relief.
Published: Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Article Views: 1023      Release #: 050831-2

U.S. Transportation Command supporting relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, The U.S. Transportation Command is employing assets of the military’s Defense Transportation System in support of the massive humanitarian relief efforts.
Published: Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Article Views: 1181      Release #: 050831-3

AMC and DLA establish a new information interface -- improves distribution processes to support deployed forces

The new interface will improve information flow between DLA’s Consolidation and Containerization Points (CCPs) information system and the one used at Air Force aerial ports.
Published: Friday, August 05, 2005
Article Views: 1072      Release #: 050805-1

SDDC partners with Defense Distribution Depot Korea, Busan Storage Facility to improve container distribution in the Korean Theater of Operations

The 837th Transportation Battalion recently conducted an internal review of contract requirements to prepare for a 2006 contract award.
Published: Friday, August 05, 2005
Article Views: 1190      Release #: 050805-2

General Handy inducted into AMC Order of the Sword

"The Order of the Sword is the highest honor and tribute noncommissioned officers can bestow upon an individual," said Command Chief Master Sgt. Mike Kerver, the AMC command chief.
Published: Friday, August 05, 2005
Article Views: 1128      Release #: 050805-3

Families First will transform service members’ moves

Families First is designed to alleviate some of this stress by involving the service member in the process and giving them a voice in how their personal property is moved.
Published: Thursday, July 14, 2005
Article Views: 1150      Release #: 050714-1

Defense Enterprise Accounting and Management System software contract awarded to Oracle Corporation

The Defense Enterprise Accounting and Management System $22.7 million firm-fixed price delivery order was awarded to Oracle Corporation for commercial software on June 30.
Published: Friday, July 08, 2005
Article Views: 1103      Release #: 050708-1

USNS Sirius becomes training ship for Texas Maritime Academy

The U.S. Transportation Command’s maritime component, the Military Sealift Command’s combat stores ship USNS Sirius became the Texas Maritime Academy's new training ship July 1.
Published: Friday, July 08, 2005
Article Views: 1034      Release #: 050708-2

Commercial industry is providing valuable information to support DTCI vision

DTCI aims to develop a long-term partnership with a coordinator of transportation management services to improve the movement of DoD materiel in the U.S.
Published: Thursday, June 23, 2005
Article Views: 1161      Release #: 050623-1

Training program crucial to Defense Enterprise Accounting and Management System implementation

DEAMS is being managed as a joint USTRANSCOM, USAF, and DFAS initiative.
Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Article Views: 1064      Release #: 050622-1

Premier air mobility event kicks off

Rodeo tests the flight and ground skills of aircrews and aeromedical evacuation personnel as well as the related skills of ground support teams like security forces, aerial port operations and maintenance.
Published: Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Article Views: 1153      Release #: 050621-1

USNS Benavidez returns to Corpus Christi

Since her delivery to the Navy in September 2003, the 950-foot Benavidez has made 10 trips to the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the global war on terrorism.
Published: Friday, June 17, 2005
Article Views: 1180      Release #: 050617-1

Schwartz nominated to command USTRANSCOM

President Bush has nominated Air Force Lieutenant General Norton A. Schwartz to the rank of general with his next assignment as commander, U.S. Transportation Command.
Published: Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Article Views: 1076      Release #: 050614-1

Largest vessel ever at Port of Olympia demonstrates versatility of smaller ports

On a typical spring evening in the northwest, the largest vessel ever to berth at the Port of Olympia, Wash., was towed through the fog and drizzle. The 950-foot USNS Pililaau arrived to discharge 600 vehicles and containers from Southwest Asia.
Published: Thursday, June 02, 2005
Article Views: 1051      Release #: 050602-1

Defense Enterprise Accounting and Management System (DEAMS) working contract selection process for software

The Defense Enterprise Accounting and Management System (DEAMS) program is working toward a contract award for commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software.
Published: Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Article Views: 1172      Release #: 050524-1

DLA’s Kuwait depot proves cost effective for taxpayers, OIF troops

Operations at the DLA’s forward distribution depot in Kuwait, DDKS, have avoided approximately $45.7 million in airlift and shipping costs by using less expensive surface transportation methods.
Published: Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Article Views: 1229      Release #: 050511-1

DLA saves dollars, speeds delivery of food and water to troops in Afghanistan

These initiatives resulted from DLA’s efforts in the integrated distribution pillar through the partnership with U.S. Transportation Command as the Department of Defense’s Distribution Process Owner.
Published: Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Article Views: 1125      Release #: 050511-2

Director of SDDC’s TEA earns Presidential Award

Cooper directs DOD's transportation engineering efforts by providing analyses of surface deployment infrastructure to support equipment and materiel movement worldwide.
Published: Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Article Views: 1146      Release #: 050510-2

AMC leaders describe significance of CRWs

AMC stood up its first CRW March 1 at McGuire AFB. On April 11, a second CRW was activated on the West Coast at Travis AFB.
Published: Thursday, May 05, 2005
Article Views: 1035      Release #: 050505-1

U.S. Transportation Command says “Thanks” to Civilian Employers

Gen. John W. Handy, Commander, U.S. Transportation Command, welcomed civilian employers of USTRANSCOM reservists as part of Employer Appreciation Day, April 30, 2005.
Published: Thursday, May 05, 2005
Article Views: 1120      Release #: 050505-2

DLA eager to partner in performance-based logistics

Performance-based logistics is key to supplying our war fighters with better equipment while saving money...
Published: Wednesday, May 04, 2005
Article Views: 1162      Release #: 050504-1

MSC ships wrap up disaster relief work in Indonesia

USNS Mercy had been conducting a string of medical aid missions in Southeast Asia following 40 days of tsunami relief work in Banda Aceh when the ship was summoned to help the people of Nias.
Published: Wednesday, May 04, 2005
Article Views: 1136      Release #: 050504-2

USTRANSCOM COMPTROLLER WINS NATIONAL AWARD

Mr. Robert Folen, deputy director for Program Analysis and Financial Management, won the individual award in the Comptroller/Deputy Comptroller, Major Command Headquarters or higher category.
Published: Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Article Views: 1105      Release #: 050426-1

U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia visits MSC hospital ship USNS Mercy

Mercy, one of two 1,000-bed hospital ships in the U.S. Navy, is currently providing medical aid and disaster relief to citizens of Nias, following the 8.7 magnitude earthquake that struck the island March 28.
Published: Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Article Views: 1029      Release #: 050425-2

Defense Distribution Depot Sigonella, Italy, celebrates one-year anniversary

In 2004, DDSI established, streamlined and continually improved distribution processes in support of forward-deployed detachments.
Published: Monday, April 25, 2005
Article Views: 1115      Release #: 050425-1

SDDC Commander promoted to Major General

Brig. Gen Charles W. Fletcher, Jr. was promoted to the rank of major general by Gen. John Handy, commander, U.S. Transportation Command.
Published: Friday, April 15, 2005
Article Views: 1016      Release #: 050415-1

USTRANSCOM Receives Award for Supply Chain Operations

USTRANSCOM won the Award for Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Logistics and Materiel Readiness, and the Supply-Chain Council.
Published: Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Article Views: 1155      Release #: 050413-1

Moving America’s Military Might - Metaphorically Speaking…

The U.S. Transportation Command is responsible for getting American forces where they need to be, when they need to be there, delivering supplies while they are there, and then bringing them home.
Published: Wednesday, April 06, 2005
Article Views: 1145      Release #: 050406-1

MSC ships sail to assist Nias Island earthquake victims

The hospital ship USNS Mercy and MSC combat stores ship USNS Niagara Falls were ordered to get underway from East Timor to Nias Island, Indonesia, March 30.
Published: Monday, April 04, 2005
Article Views: 1032      Release #: 050404-2

Services work together, keep convoys off streets

The Department of Defense's various services are working together to make Iraq a safer place for American service members.
Published: Wednesday, March 30, 2005
Article Views: 1037      Release #: 050330-1

Navy admiral makes a difference in early education

Vice Adm. David L. Brewer III, USN, commander of the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command, volunteered as a guest reader to promote early education and literacy in African-American and Hispanic communities.
Published: Friday, March 25, 2005
Article Views: 1040      Release #: 050325-1

DEAMS Team learns about incorporating the Standard Financial Information Structure (SFIS)

The Defense Enterprise Accounting and Management System team received a Standard Financial Information Structure (SFIS) briefing/update from Mr. Dave Smith, Director, Financial Management Domain, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller).
Published: Friday, March 25, 2005
Article Views: 1084      Release #: 050325-2

DoD Distribution Partners conduct Industry Day to roll out vision for DTCI – Program asserts improving the movement of DoD materiel across the US

Nearly 200 representatives of the country’s transportation and logistics industry met to learn more about the Department of Defense’s (DoD) plans to implement a third party logistics (3PL) program for U.S.-based freight movement.
Published: Friday, March 18, 2005
Article Views: 1348      Release #: 050318-1

USNS Altair hosts dignitaries, media in South Africa

As MSC’s ships transit the world’s oceans, however, moving cargo efficiently and in a timely manner often requires the cooperation of host nations.
Published: Friday, March 18, 2005
Article Views: 1083      Release #: 050318-2

Merchant mariners donate to Marine charity

The crew of the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command roll-on/roll-off ship USNS LCPL Roy M. Wheat donated $1,000 in honor of the ship’s namesake to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund,
Published: Wednesday, March 09, 2005
Article Views: 1080      Release #: 050303-1

Families First will transform service members’ moves

Packing, handling and shipping of personal belongings is a great concern for our service members when they relocate.
Published: Friday, February 11, 2005
Article Views: 1129      Release #: 050211-1

SDDC capitalizes on small hardware to make big improvements

The results from this test provided higher efficiency, lower error rates, and added value to in-transit visibility for combatant commanders and SDDC port operators.
Published: Friday, February 11, 2005
Article Views: 1134      Release #: 050211-2

Flexible distribution plan in Iraq reduces risk for truck drivers

Recent initiatives to mitigate the risks to truck drivers of American convoys in Iraq have have allowed more than 1,200 drivers per week to stay off the most dangerous roads.
Published: Friday, February 04, 2005
Article Views: 1000      Release #: 050204-1

DLA assesses third joint DDOC, contributes to tsunami relief

DLA and partners USTRANSCOM, the military services and the USJFCOM met at Camp Smith, Hawaii, Nov. 29 to collaborate on its third joint Deployment Distribution Operations Center, this time for USPACOM.
Published: Monday, January 31, 2005
Article Views: 1326      Release #: 050131-1

U.S. Navy civilian-crewed ships support tsunami relief

Eleven non-combatant, civilian-crewed ships from the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command are supporting Operation Unified Assistance -- the United States' humanitarian relief response to the tsunami that struck Southeast Asia.
Published: Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Article Views: 1155      Release #: 050125-1

AMC aircraft, people support tsunami relief operations

As of Jan. 5, AMC aircraft and aircrews had delivered more than one million pounds of cargo and 567 passengers in support of tsunami relief operations.
Published: Thursday, January 06, 2005
Article Views: 1052      Release #: 050106-1

599th Transportation Group members support tsunami relief efforts

The 599th Transportation Group under the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command was designated today to serve as the single port manager to offload critical supplies supporting tsunami relief efforts.
Published: Thursday, January 06, 2005
Article Views: 1139      Release #: 050106-2

Tsunami relief - USTRANSCOM supporting worldwide military efforts

In order to facilitate future shipments of humanitarian assistance, the infrastructure to receive these commodities is quickly developing to provide the logistics pipeline.
Published: Monday, January 03, 2005
Article Views: 1044      Release #: 050103-1

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