Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC).


The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) links the Joint Deployment and Distribution Enterprise with the Army's Materiel Enterprise as the Army component of US Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) and a Major Subordinate Command to Army Materiel Command. SDDC serves as the Department of Defense's (DOD) global surface transportation expert by planning, booking, shipping, and tracking cargo; conducting port operations; and managing personal property moves for Warfighters and other federal employees, including their families.


The command is in the middle of executing the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) relocation and currently has a split headquarters with elements at Scott AFB, IL, and its operations center still at Ft. Eustis, VA. The entire headquarters will complete BRAC re-locations to Scott AFB in 2010.

With more than 4,600 military and civilian personnel, SDDC supports USTRANSCOM's Defense Transportation System and other combatant commands by providing transportation and distribution solutions, operating all common-user seaports worldwide and by procuring more than $1.8 billion annually in commercial truck, rail, barge, and ocean transportation services.

SDDC's success is achieved by lever-aging the capability of the commercial transportation industry and military assets to create an efficient flow of materials. In 2009, SDDC was instrumental in the import and export of approximately 12.4 million square feet of unit cargo in support of combat operations. Of that, SDDC shipped more than 7.7 million square feet of cargo to the US Central Command Area of Responsibility via 134 vessels, including more than 90 percent of all ammunition through SDDC's Military Ocean Terminals at Sunny Point, NC, and Concord, CA.

SDDC is supported by the US Army Reserve Deployment Support Command (DSC). The DSC is the newest operational and functional command born of Army Transformation. The one-star command consolidates all Army Reserve surface mobility units under a single command. Headquartered in Birmingham, AL, the DSC was established in March 2008 and gained operational control of 53 Army Reserve units in October 2008. The DSC's mission is to provide command, control, and technical supervision of all SDDC aligned Army Reserve units performing terminal, rail, and deployment/distribution support missions and functions.

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