Though the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) experienced significant changes during the second half of 2017, the command's role as a key member of the nation's Joint Deployment and Distribution Enterprise is more effective now than ever.
CHANGES IN LEADERSHIP
SDDC recently welcomed three new senior leaders to its Headquarters Command Team.
In August, Command Sgt. Maj. Dana "Spence" Mason, Jr., replaced retiring Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin McKeller as SDDC's Senior Enlisted Leader. Mason comes to SDDC from Redstone Arsenal, Alabama where he served as the US Army Security Assistance Command Senior Enlisted Leader.
Mason's experience as a senior Noncommissioned Officer includes leadership positions with the 1st Armored Division, 82d Airborne Division, and 8th Theater Sustainment Command.
Since arriving at SDDC, Mason has been focused on his duties, stating, "My top priority will always be the accomplishment of the organization's mission and the welfare of its service members, civilians and family members."
The SDDC Command Team also gained two new senior officers, with Colonels Deacon Maddox and Lillard Evans arriving in September. Together, they bring a combined total of 50 years of service in the US Army along with a wealth of knowledge and operational experience to SDDC.
Maddox, SDDC's new Deputy Commander, comes from command of the Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. His career began in 1994 when he entered the US Army Ordnance Corps following graduation from the Virginia Military Institute.
Maddox is a veteran of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Joint Endeavor, and has more than 14 years of experience leading troops at the platoon, company, and battalion levels. Additionally, he has two years of Organic Industrial Base experience commanding Army civilians at the brigade level and has also served a Joint tour at the White House Military Office as a logistics program manager.
Evans, SDDC's new chief of staff, is very familiar with the command. In his previous assignment, he served as the commander of SDDC's 595th Transportation Brigade, headquartered at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.
Evans earned his commission as a Transportation Corps officer in 1990 through the South Carolina State University ROTC program and has served in multiple staff and leadership roles across the Army.
In his first meeting with his staff directors, the new chief made his role clear. "My job is to help the commanding general achieve...