From MTMC Public Affairs
Release #: 031017-2
Published: Friday, October 17, 2003
FORT EUSTIS, Va., (USTCNS) --- A veteran Army transportation officer, just back from duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom, is Military Traffic Management Command's new Deputy Commanding General/Director of Operations.
Brig. Gen. Mark E. Scheid pinned on the star of a General Officer today in a ceremony at the MTMC Operations Center at Fort Eustis.
This is a great day for the Army and a great day to recognize excellence, said Gen. Kevin P. Byrnes, commander, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command.
The promotion is a symbolic starting point for his new responsibility of running operations for MTMC's global distribution of Department of Defense surface cargoes.
MTMC is a major Army command, and a Transportation Component Command of the U.S. Transportation Command.
"This ceremony isn't really about me, it's an opportunity for me to thank all of you for your support over the past 26 years," Scheid said.
Scheid also will direct 24 MTMC terminal unit locations located around the world.
He is a great leader who will move us, and the Transportation Corps, forward into the 21st century, Byrnes said.
Scheid has actually been on-the-job running the MTMC Operations Center since the Sept. 30, retirement of Brig. Gen. Barbara Doornink.
"It's been a great ride, so far," Scheid said.
As one of the Army's newest generals, Scheid brings extensive contingency transportation experience to MTMC.
"The stars are on the right shoulders," Byrnes said. "He is exactly the type of leader that we need in this Army, with our nation at war."
From late in 2002 until June 15, 2003, Scheid served as Chief, Joint Movement Control Center, in Kuwait City, Kuwait, supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The work in Iraqi transportation movements was a good introduction to the Military Traffic Management Command.
I'm glad to still be a part of this team, Schied said. I look forward to the many challenges we have ahead.
Scheid has often interacted with the warfighters and customers, working directly with MTMC and the Military Sealift Command.
There were "three big success stories" involving transportation in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, he said. The three included: MTMC Deployment Support Teams, Large, Medium-Speed, Roll-on/Roll-off vessels, and the new family of High-Speed Vessels.
"These really made a difference," Scheid said.
Munitions shipments were vastly increased in Operation Iraqi Freedom, said Scheid.
"There is no doubt in my mind in this operation we had the best movement of munitions we have ever had," he said.
Unlike Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, MTMC shipped no break-bulk shipments of munitions. All munitions moved in Operation Iraqi Freedom were in containerized shipments, monitored via state-of-the-art in-transit visibility.
He deployed to Kuwait as an extension of his former position as Chief, Plans Division, J-4, U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. He was assigned to the Central Command position in June 2000.
Scheid is a graduate of Bowling Green University, Toledo, Ohio. Upon graduation in 1977, he was commissioned through the Reserve Officers Training Corps as a second lieutenant.
In his initial assignment, Scheid served as platoon leader with the 7th Transportation Group's 119th Transportation Co., at Fort Eustis. Overseas assignments in his 26-year career include Germany, Korea and Bosnia.
Scheid is a graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps War College, Quantico, Va.