People Are Our Strategic Advantage.

Author:Farmen, Stephen E.

Around the globe, SDDC performs operations supporting the warfighter with a Total Force made up of trusted professionals from the active-duty and Reserve components, government civilians, contractors and local national employees, and our fourth component, commercial industry partners.

SDDC is both the Army Service Component Command to the US Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) and a major subordinate command to the US Army Materiel Command (AMC). We are a key member of USTRANSCOM's Joint Deployment and Distribution Enterprise (JDDE) and the global intermodal surface connector, harmonizing the kinetics between the JDDE and AMC's Materiel Enterprise, at echelon, by connecting surface warfighting requirements through distribution network nodes to the point of need.

Our Army's readiness is at the highest point that it has been for a long time, and our Surface Warriors work hard to connect the kinetics to keep it that way. SDDC's Total Force Surface Warriors are the connective tissue that binds this whole distribution network together, and it takes a professional, skilled and extremely dedicated wotkforce to make this a reality. Simply put, our people are our strategic advantage.

SDDC's active-duty force is manned, equipped and trained, and geographically positioned to ensure warfighting readiness. They provide surface mobility options to ensure strategic readiness, instill confidence in our Allies and mission partners, deter our enemies, and support warfighting requirements to the point of need.

With five active-duty transportation brigades and their subordinate battalions located throughout Europe, Asia, the Pacific and the continental United States, these units do not need to deploy to support Combatant Commanders because they are already there, ready to deliver readiness and lethality.

SDDC's US Army Reserve force, the Deployment Support Command (DSC), provides SDDC with an integrated Total Force capability that is critical to sustaining our readiness. Half our strength and power resides in the DSC, and the integration of SDDC's active and Reserve components is a primary capability that enables our mission readiness.

The DSC brings significant capability to the fight and supports SDDC operations by providing four Reserve transportation brigades and an Expeditionary Rail Center. Operationally controlled by SDDC and headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, the DSC is a direct-reporting command of the 377th Theater Support Command, located in...

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