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The USCENTCOM Train: The Deployment and Distribution Operations Center Turns 10

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On December 12, 2003, just months after the U.S. invasion of Iraq and on the cusp of transition to Operation Iraqi Freedom II, General John Abizaid, USA, accepted on behalf of U.S. Central Command USCENTCOM an invitation that would birth the first Deployment and Distribution Operations Center DDOC. In an October 24, 2003, memorandum, General John Handy, USAF, commander of U.S. Transportation Command USTRANSCOM, and General Paul Kern, commander of Army Materiel Command, had offered a joint intermodal distribution team led by a flag officer who would have visibility and synchronization authority over all theater-level lift platforms. With General Abizaid s go-ahead, a team of 42 USTRANSCOM distribution experts began arriving at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait to establish initial operational capability and validate the emerging DDOC concept during the major muscle movements of the Iraqi Freedom II transition. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld decided in September 2003 to transfer oversight of the entire Department of Defense DOD distribution process to USTRANSCOM. With the title of DOD Distribution Process Owner added to his list of responsibilities, General Handy decided process changes would be appropriate for oversight of movements, especially those supporting the operation and the active USCENTCOM area of responsibility. Furthermore, a Government Accountability Office GAO report released in December 2003 revealed inefficiencies in the logistics support structure these inefficiencies created a 1.2 billion discrepancy between the amount of materiel shipped to theater and the amount received by the end user and a backlog of hundreds of pallets and containers of materiel at various distribution points due to transportation constraints and inadequate asset visibility.

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  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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