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2023 News Archive (65)

USTRANSCOM commander’s Japan visit deepens alliance, strengthens cooperation

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As part of a multiweek trip through the Indo-Pacific, Commander of U.S. Transportation Command Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost visited Japan, where she met with government officials, reaffirming their nations’ longstanding alliance.
Published: Friday, December 22, 2023
Article Views: 1685      Release #: 20231222-1

USTRANSCOM commander travels to Australia; lauds partnership, stresses greater collaboration

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U.S. Transportation Command Commander Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost's recent visit to Australia underscored the command's critical role in reinforcing Indo-Pacific stability and strengthening the U.S.-Australia alliance.
Published: Friday, December 22, 2023
Article Views: 1517      Release #: 20231222-1

USTRANSCOM commander commends PNG advancements in military gender inclusivity during Keynote visit

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Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) commander, recognized Papua New Guinea Defence Force's (PNGDF) advancements in gender inclusivity within its ranks, underscoring the country's emergence as a regional beacon for Women's Peace and Security.
Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2023
Article Views: 1780      Release #: 20231213-1

USTRANSCOM commander arrives in Papua New Guinea

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea — Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost arrived in Port Moresby Dec. 11 where she met with Katherine Monahan, the U.S. Charge d’ Affairs. 
Published: Monday, December 11, 2023
Article Views: 1628      Release #: 20231211-1

USTRANSCOM delays start of Global Household Goods Contract shipments

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The Defense Personal Property Management Office (DPMO) at U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) continues to focus on improving the relocation experience for Defense Department and Coast Guard personnel and their families through the implementation of the Global Household Goods Contract (GHC).
Published: Thursday, December 07, 2023
Article Views: 3546      Release #: 20231207-1

USTRANSCOM delivered 54,000 pounds of aid to Gaza

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In coordination with the U.S. Agency for International Development and U.S. Central Command, U.S. Transportation Command flew more than 54,000 pounds of humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza on Nov. 28.
Published: Wednesday, November 29, 2023
Article Views: 1958      Release #: 20231129-1

USTRANSCOM leadership gives thanks to Team Dover

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U.S. Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, U.S. Transportation Command commander, and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, USTRANSCOM command senior enlisted leader, visited Dover AFB, Delaware, Nov. 16, 2023.
Published: Friday, November 24, 2023
Article Views: 1869      Release #: 20231124-1

AMC Announces Additional Awards for Operation Allies Refuge

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Air Mobility Command will award eight Distinguished Flying Crosses, two Bronze Star Medals, 229 Air Medals and 98 Meritorious Service Medals for actions taken during Operation Allies Refuge.
Published: Wednesday, November 08, 2023
Article Views: 1947      Release #: 20231108-1

Pope demonstrates rapid global mobility

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The 43rd Air Mobility Operations Group at Pope Army Air Field is a small U.S. Air Force presence on the U.S. Army’s Fort Liberty. However, just as a small cotter pin can serve a pivotal function on an aircraft, the 43rd AMOG serves as a vital power projection platform for the United States of America.
Published: Thursday, November 02, 2023
Article Views: 2384      Release #: 20231102-1

USTRANSCOM commander emphasizes decision advantage

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National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) and United States Transportation Command’s (USTRANSCOM) Fall Meeting opened today, bringing together military and industry leaders from across the globe to discuss current trends and logistics challenges.
Published: Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Article Views: 2603      Release #: 20231031-1

Exploring the universe of space systems for DOD logistics

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U.S. Transportation Command explores spacelift as a new fourth mode of Defense Department global transportation for warfighting customers.
Published: Thursday, October 26, 2023
Article Views: 2558      Release #: 20231026-1

USTRANSCOM’s reserve force charts new era

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U.S. Transportation Command deactivated its Joint Transportation Reserve Unit during a ceremony on Oct. 21, following three decades of service.
Published: Monday, October 23, 2023
Article Views: 2529      Release #: 20231023-1

USDOT Strengthens Economic Supply Chain and Defense Operations

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New investments in the Maritime Security and Tanker Security Programs expand the U.S. flagged fleet while strengthening support to DoD.
Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2023
Article Views: 2252      Release #: 20231017-1

Humans of Scott: Col. Daniel Mendoza leads AF wide HEAT team

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As Hispanic Heritage Month continues its festivities across Team Scott, at the heart of the celebrations stands Col. Daniel Mendoza, United States Transportation Command global bulk fuels division chief, and co-leader of the Air Force wide Hispanic Empowerment and Advancement Team. 
Published: Friday, October 13, 2023
Article Views: 2547      Release #: 20231013-1

The sunset of the KC-10: A farewell to an aerial refueling legend

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History was made as the KC-10 aerial refueling aircraft, assigned to the 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, was officially deactivated Oct. 4, 2023.
Published: Friday, October 06, 2023
Article Views: 2691      Release #: 20231006-1

Air Force trailblazer, Maj. Gen. Leavitt, retires after 31 years of service

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Air Force trailblazer, Maj. Gen. Leavitt, retires after 31 years of service
Published: Saturday, September 23, 2023
Article Views: 4122      Release #: 20230923-1

Combined working group embodies USTRANSCOM’s motto

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U.S. Transportation Command hosted a combined working group to discuss the Mutual Airlift Support Agreement. This longstanding agreement between the United States and the Republic of Korea allows the exchange of airlift during contingency operations on the Korean peninsula.
Published: Thursday, September 21, 2023
Article Views: 2828      Release #: 20230921-1

Gen. Van Ovost awarded French National Order of Merit

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French Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Laurent Bili, presented the French National Order of Merit to Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, commander, U.S. Transportation Command.
Published: Friday, September 15, 2023
Article Views: 3095      Release #: 20230915-1

USTRANSCOM and HomeSafe Alliance continue Global Household Goods Contract transition

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The Defense Personal Property Management Office at U.S. Transportation Command and the military services’ personal property functions have adjusted the timeline under which shipments will be ordered using the Global Household Goods Contract.
Published: Monday, September 11, 2023
Article Views: 6357      Release #: 20230911-1

Sobeck takes command of Military Sealift Command as Wettlaufer retires

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Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, USTRANSCOM commander, presides over the MSC change of command ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) at Naval Station Norfolk, Sept. 8.
Published: Friday, September 08, 2023
Article Views: 2902      Release #: 20230908-1

USTRANSCOM, maritime partners discuss sealift readiness, plan for future challenges

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Defense leaders met with maritime industry partners on Aug. 30 during the bi-annual Sealift Executive Working Group , at the Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education in Piney Point, Maryland, to enhance cooperation on key sealift issues.
Published: Thursday, September 07, 2023
Article Views: 2831      Release #: 20230907-1

Team Scott celebrates Women's Equality Day

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In observance of Women's Equality Day, Team Scott and U.S. Transportation Command hosted a lunch and learn, aimed at supporting and reflecting on the significant strides women have made in the military to establish a more equitable service.
Published: Thursday, September 07, 2023
Article Views: 2525      Release #: 20230907-1

MV Ocean Giant Returns to Norfolk from 4th Resupply Mission

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The MSC chartered heavy lift container ship MV Ocean Giant concluded its two-day retrograde offload in Naval Station Norfolk, Aug. 12. The vessel’s offload was part of MSC’s annual Operation Pacer Goose resupply mission to Pituffik Space Base — formerly known as Thule Air Force Base — in Greenland.
Published: Thursday, August 17, 2023
Article Views: 3237      Release #: 20230817-1

Units Conduct Complex Logistics Operation at Talisman Sabre 23

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Units participating in Exercise Talisman Sabre 23 have cleared a key milestone as part of a large-scale, joint logistics operation to bring ashore heavy military equipment from ships stationed off the coast of central Queensland, Australia.
Published: Tuesday, August 01, 2023
Article Views: 3685      Release #: 20230801-1

USTRANSCOM, NORAD-USNORTHCOM discuss enhanced cooperation and advocacy

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Greater shared understanding of requirements and areas for mutual advocacy highlighted key outcomes of staff talks between U.S. Transportation Command, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command June 27-28, at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado.
Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2023
Article Views: 3451      Release #: 20230726-1

Air Mobility Command's Largest Global Exercise Proves Success in Indo-Pacific Theater

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Air Mobility Command concluded Mobility Guardian 23, the largest iteration of the Air Force’s premier multinational mobility exercise to date on July 21, 2023.
Published: Monday, July 24, 2023
Article Views: 3624      Release #: 20230724-1

Air Mobility Command exercise expedites Joint Force capabilities

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Mobility Guardian '23 fosters interoperability between Allies and partners as well as Joint Forces, in the maneuvering of more than 15,000 U.S. and international forces associated with other exercises across the Indo-Pacific.
Published: Wednesday, July 12, 2023
Article Views: 3691      Release #: 20230712-1

USTRANSCOM welcomes new command senior enlisted leader

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Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Brian P. Kruzelnick assumed command senior enlisted leader responsibilities for U.S. Transportation Command in a ceremony today.
Published: Thursday, July 06, 2023
Article Views: 4025      Release #: 20230706-1

Values in service: FLTCM Myrick’s exit interview 

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As the first Sailor to hold the position of USTRANSCOM senior enlisted leader, he's been instrumental in shaping the future of the command. With his active-duty career coming to an end, we sat with Myrick to discuss his Navy career, his time at USTRANSCOM and the importance of family. 
Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2023
Article Views: 5552      Release #: 20230627-1

Celebrating 100 years of air refueling

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The United States Air Force will be conducting flyovers across 50 states on June 27 to honor 100 years of aerial refueling excellence. More than 150 tankers from 26 Total Force installations are scheduled to participate with KC-135 Stratotankers, KC-10 Extenders, and KC-46 Pegasus aircraft.
Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2023
Article Views: 3536      Release #: 20230627-1

43 countries gather in Illinois for logistics symposium

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Global power projection and our global mobility posture are enabled by a robust network of allies and partners, Commander of U.S. Transportation Command Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost said today at the 2023 International Logistics Symposium.
Published: Thursday, June 15, 2023
Article Views: 4196      Release #: 20230615-1

Honoring sacrifice and the bond of service

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Before sunrise, a sense of anticipation filled terminal two at St. Louis Lambert International Airport. Sixty-five veterans, along with family members and volunteers, waited to board the 102nd Greater St. Louis Honor Flight — an extraordinary initiative that flies veterans to visit the national memorials dedicated to their service.
Published: Wednesday, June 07, 2023
Article Views: 3365      Release #: 20230607-1

Fueling the fight: USTRANSCOM celebrates new global bulk fuel mission

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U.S. Transportation Command is now the manager for global bulk fuel management and delivery, and the magnitude of the command’s new responsibility cannot be understated, USTRANSCOM Commander Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost said during a commemoration ceremony June 5.
Published: Tuesday, June 06, 2023
Article Views: 5314      Release #: 20230606-1

USTRANSCOM unveils new professional development program

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To stay ahead of our adversaries, we must invest in our most valuable resource: Our people, Commander of U.S. Transportation Command Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost said during a recent supervisor town hall.
Published: Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Article Views: 4310      Release #: 20230531-1

A final farewell to Maj. Gen. Vincent Barker

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U.S. Transportation Command Chief of Staff Army Maj. Gen. Vincent Barker retired May 19, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, after 42 years of service.
Published: Monday, May 22, 2023
Article Views: 3675      Release #: 20230522-1

Resiliency and remembrance: Maj. Gen. Barker's exit interview

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Army Maj. Gen. Vincent Barker, U.S. Transportation Command chief of staff, retires on May 19 after 42 years of uniformed service.
Published: Tuesday, May 16, 2023
Article Views: 4079      Release #: 20230516-1

Readout of USTRANSCOM leadership’s visit with 597th Trans. Bde. Soldiers and TACAD Sailors

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Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, commander of U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), and Navy Fleet Master Chief Donald Myrick, USTRANSCOM senior enlisted leader, traveled to Fort Eustis, Virginia, to meet with Surface Warriors from the 597th Transportation Brigade.
Published: Monday, May 15, 2023
Article Views: 5211      Release #: 20230515-1

DoD codifies USTRANSCOM as military's new global bulk fuel manager

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The Secretary of Defense appointed U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) to be the Department of Defense’s (DOD) single manager for global bulk fuel management and delivery in a memorandum May 10.
Published: Friday, May 12, 2023
Article Views: 6579      Release #: 20230512-1

USSPACECOM works with USTRANSCOM, NASA to move satellites

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U.S. Space Command, in partnership with U.S. Transportation Command and NASA, synchronized movement of the first satellite from France to California by a U.S. Air Force C-17 in October 2022 for launch in December 2022.
Published: Wednesday, May 03, 2023
Article Views: 4101      Release #: 20230503-1

JMC, USTRANSCOM partnership provides ammo in record time to Ukraine

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In response to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s now famous call to action — “I need ammunition, not a ride” — Joint Munitions Command, with support from U.S. Transportation Command, distributed munitions in record time to support these emergent requirements.
Published: Tuesday, May 02, 2023
Article Views: 4311      Release #: 20230502-1

USTRANSCOM seeks industry solutions for contested logistics

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Working with commercial partners could be the answer to modernizing the Department of Defense’s in-transit visibility capabilities, Rear Adm. Philip Sobeck, director of U.S. Transportation Command’s strategy, policy, programs, and logistics directorate, said April 26 at an Industry Day event, on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.
Published: Monday, May 01, 2023
Article Views: 4556      Release #: 20230501-1

The global F-35 effort: A model of cooperation

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Representatives from countries with F-35s arrived at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, on April 19 to discuss a shared problem affecting their fifth-generation fighters: getting spare parts.
Published: Friday, April 28, 2023
Article Views: 4263      Release #: 20230428-1

General expresses concerns over readiness in sealift, air refueling

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Funding levels must enable the United States to preserve its logistical dominance, Air Force Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost, commander of U.S. Transportation Command, said today at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee to discuss the president's fiscal year 2024 budget request.
Published: Thursday, April 27, 2023
Article Views: 4574      Release #: 20230427-1

ASC, USTRANSCOM talk enterprise logistics support in Poland

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Behind every military operation lies an integrated logistics machine, and the Army Sustainment Command is one driving force behind this effort. On April 10, ASC hosted Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, commander of U.S. Transportation Command, to discuss ASC’s efforts in providing enterprise logistics support and its wartime readiness.
Published: Thursday, April 20, 2023
Article Views: 3942      Release #: 20230420-1

Gen. Van Ovost leads discussions at University of Chicago

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Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, commander of U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), visited the University of Chicago, April 11 for a morning of strategic discussions and mentorship with the next generation of leaders.
Published: Friday, April 14, 2023
Article Views: 4300      Release #: 20230414-1

Antarctic express: A journey to the frozen continent

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The sun loomed overhead as Marie Morrow stumbled off the aircraft. The frigid air pricked her exposed face, enveloping her in an insatiable chill. And the immaculate snow that blanketed the land glared upon her gaze. Nevertheless, Morrow continued despite the cold Antarctic greeting — excited for the journey to come.
Published: Wednesday, April 12, 2023
Article Views: 5334      Release #: 20230412-1

USTRANSCOM Commander: Logistics is vital to securing US’ strategic advantage

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For the United States to maintain its strategic advantage, we must invest in our military logistics, Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost told the House’s joint subcommittee today.
Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Article Views: 5933      Release #: 20230328-1

Command interview: Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, USTRANSCOM

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Airman magazine interview with Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, commander, United States Transportation Command.
Published: Thursday, March 23, 2023
Article Views: 4935      Release #: 20230323-1

Government and maritime industry executives discuss readiness

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Officials from the Department of Defense and Department of Transportation, and executives from the U.S. maritime industry met in New Orleans last week to discuss wartime readiness and strengthen their strategic relationships.
Published: Monday, March 20, 2023
Article Views: 4691      Release #: 20230320-1

USTRANSCOM annual award winners

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Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, commander of U.S. Transportation Command, and Navy Fleet Master Chief Donald Myrick, USTRANSCOM senior enlisted leader, announced the command’s 2022 annual award winners during a recognition ceremony March 16.
Published: Friday, March 17, 2023
Article Views: 5083      Release #: 20230317-1

USTRANSCOM commander stresses importance of logistical dominance

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Preserving our logistical dominance is key to maintaining our strategic advantage, U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) Commander Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost said at the 14th Annual Defense Programs Conference March 15.
Published: Thursday, March 16, 2023
Article Views: 4417      Release #: 20230316-1

Ultimate Caduceus tests US’ life-saving aeromedical capabilities

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U.S. Transportation Command kicked off Ultimate Caduceus today to assess the Defense Department’s aeromedical evacuation and critical care air transport capabilities.
Published: Monday, March 13, 2023
Article Views: 4901      Release #: 20230313-1

MSC: United, we sail

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Military Sealift Command is the Naval Component to U.S. Transportation Command, delivering agile, persistent and innovative maritime logistics solutions to the Navy and joint force.
Published: Monday, March 13, 2023
Article Views: 5055      Release #: 20230313-2

USTRANSCOM Ramps Up Collaboration to Implement Global Household Goods Contract

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United States Transportation Command is gaining momentum on its efforts to begin a phased launch of personal property shipments moving under the Global Household Goods Contract (GHC) in September of 2023.
Published: Thursday, March 09, 2023
Article Views: 8326      Release #: 20230309-1

Col. Zachary Hall enshrined on USTRANSCOM memorial wall

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Family, friends and colleagues of Air Force Col. Zachary Hall came together March 3, for a memorial plaque dedication ceremony in honor of his legacy at U.S. Transportation Command.
Published: Thursday, March 09, 2023
Article Views: 4326      Release #: 20230309-2

Women leaders discuss benefits of military service

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In celebration of Women's History Month, top women military leaders discussed the importance of recruiting and retaining the best and most competent personnel in the military.
Published: Tuesday, March 07, 2023
Article Views: 4389      Release #: 20230307-1

Women in the military: Moving beyond ‘firsts’

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Be intentional about encouraging your peers and mentoring those following your path. It will take continuous engagement to reach a place where there are no more “firsts” or “onlys” left … where women are simply a foundational part of every team at every level — before, beside and behind each of us.
Published: Monday, March 06, 2023
Article Views: 4102      Release #: 20230306-1

A look inside the world’s largest military terminal

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On the west bank of the Cape Fear River lies the largest ammunition port in the nation: Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point (MOTSU). While MOTSU encompasses over 16,000 acres in Brunswick County, North Carolina, the secretive port is barely seen or heard from beyond its border, except for two colossal cranes that peak over the horizon.
Published: Monday, February 27, 2023
Article Views: 5618      Release #: 20230227-1

SDDC: Delivering on time, on target, every time

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When U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) needs to deliver by surface, it calls on the Surface Warriors of the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC).
Published: Wednesday, February 15, 2023
Article Views: 4855      Release #: 20230215-1

USTRANSCOM strengthens partnerships in the Middle East

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Air Force Gen. Van Ovost, USTRANSCOM commander, and Fleet Master Chief Donald Myrick, USTRANSCOM senior enlisted leader, traveled to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait last week to deepen military-to-military and international relationships, as well as enhance interoperability, flexibility and capabilities within the region.
Published: Monday, February 13, 2023
Article Views: 5056      Release #: 20230213-1

USTRANSCOM delivers Urban Search and Rescue teams to Türkiye

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SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), in coordination with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is transporting two Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams and a critical aid package to Türkiye, following the devastating earthquakes that occurred on Feb. 5.
Published: Tuesday, February 07, 2023
Article Views: 5616      Release #: 20230207-1

Staff-to-Staff talks focus on operations in the Indo-Pacific, ensuring a free and open region

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SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) and Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) leaders met to better align operational plans in support of the National Defense Strategy during staff-to-staff talks Jan. 24-25, in Hawaii.
Published: Friday, February 03, 2023
Article Views: 5442      Release #: 20230203-1

USTRANSCOM sends more than 60 Bradley Fighting Vehicles to Ukraine

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U.S. Transportation Command is delivering the first shipment of Bradley Fighting Vehicles to Ukraine as part of the United States’ $2.85 billion military aid agreement announced earlier this year.
Published: Monday, January 30, 2023
Article Views: 17494      Release #: 20230130-2

The journey ahead: Dawson promoted to Senior Executive Service ranks

Gen. Van Ovost promoted Andy Dawson to the Senior Executive Service ranks Jan. 18. Upon receiving this promotion, Dawson will oversee the successful completion of permanent change of stations for thousands of military members, civilian employees, and their families every year.
Published: Thursday, January 19, 2023
Article Views: 5302      Release #: 20230119-1

AMC: Bringing lethality to the warfighter

Military forces cannot operate for an extended period without a robust flow of supplies. But when time is critical, such as delivering humanitarian aid after crisis strikes or move military equipment across the globe — no one does it better than Air Mobility Command.
Published: Thursday, January 12, 2023
Article Views: 5984      Release #: 20230112-1

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