Corps Distribution Command Inactivates
Story by Maj. James Best
FORT HOOD, Texas — A subordinate unit of the 13th COSCOM was inactivated during a 10 a.m. ceremony held at Sadowski Field here June 8.
The Corps Distribution Command was activated October 1, 2003 to serve as the focal point for 13th COSCOM's logistical support operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom II.
"The CDC, formed only months before deploying to combat, has written another chapter in the distinguished history of military logistics," said Brig. Gen. James Chambers, the 13th COSCOM commanding general, during the inactivation ceremony.
Under the leadership of Col. Laurie F. Sattler, the brigade distinguished itself during its 12-month Iraq tour drawing accolades from many corners of both the logistics and operations communities.
"Pick almost any location in the country [Iraq] and you would have found elements of the CDC 24 hours a day, seven days a week," said Sattler.
The CDC originally formed with three Fort Hood based battalions, the 4th Corps Materiel Management Center, the 49th Transportation Battalion (Movement Control) and the 13th COSCOM Special Troops Battalion under its task organization.
After establishing the CDC at Logistics Support Area Anaconda near Balad, Iraq, Sattler added three additional battalions, the 126th Finance Battalion from Fort Bragg, North Carolina; the 50th Finance Battalion an Army Reserve unit from New Jersey and the 138th Personnel Services Battalion an Illinois based National Guard unit, to the command.
It was at LSA Anaconda that the 1,600 Soldier Brigade would make its mark on combat service support operations across the 900-mile Iraq combat zone as it supported over 165,000 U.S. and Coalition personnel, living up to its motto, "Lifeline to the Corps".
The CDC and its subordinate units produced staggering statistics as they provided all aspects of logistics support to the Multi-National Forces.
The 4th CMMC planned, coordinated, managed, and synchronized the distribution of 4.3 million cases of meals ready to eat, 1.2 million tray pack meals, 185,000 cases of humanitarian rations, 9.3 million cases of bottled water, 520 million gallons of fuel, and more than 10,400 short tons of ammunition valued at over $600 million to combat units across the theater.
The CMMC also directed subordinate units that produced nearly 1 billion gallons of potable water and processed over 4.8 million supply requisitions valued at over $3.5 billion.
Maintenance managers assigned to the battalion managed and monitored the completion of more than 13,000 ground maintenance work orders and 5,000 aviation maintenance work orders, supporting the readiness of 132 different equipment systems consisting of over 24,000 vehicles.
STB warehouse operations processed over $40 million worth of serviceable excess from across the theater.
The battalion also provided "shooter" support for sustainment convoys logging over 250,000 miles across the world's most difficult, dangerous and deadly roads.
In the face of over 100 enemy attacks, these convoys delivered over 2.5 million gallons of fuel and 20 million tons of supplies to Multi National Corps -Iraq units.
STB units also purified over 7 million gallons of water for use in multiple detainment facilities, coordinated airfield movement at Balad that staged and moved over 200,000 soldiers who were deploying, redeploying, or taking R&R Leave from the theater and transloaded over 34,000 pallets of critical cargo.
STB soldiers also provided base camp logistics support to the Abu Ghraib prison complex.
In the face of the largest logistical effort since World War II, the 49th MCB set the stage for success by redeploying five Army divisions from the Iraqi theater while simultaneously deploying two Army divisions and the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force into the combat zone.
The MCB synchronized the timetable that enabled the movement of over 19,700 pieces of equipment through over 323 million miles of the Iraqi Zone via air, ground, and rail and established tracking systems that monitored over 56,300 convoys consisting of over 1.1 million vehicles. These convoys moved over 2.6 million pieces of equipment and delivered over 853 million tons of supplies to combat forces.
The MCB renovated Iraqi airfields within the combat zone to maximize their potential as logistical hubs. Through these efforts 49th soldiers processed over 10,200 aircraft, 100,700 passengers, 70,200 tons of supplies, and 63,000 pallets of cargo.
The Personnel Services Battalion's detachments played a vital role in Soldier morale by processing over 50 million pieces of mail.
138th PSB soldiers operated at every forward operating bases supporting III Corps ensuring all manner of orders, promotions and awards were processed without flaw. The battalion completed over 100,000 personnel actions during their tour.
The 50th and 126th Finance battalions disbursed over 3.1 billion dollars, to that end, ranging from paying local vendors working on rebuilding infrastructure, to cashing the individual Soldiers' checks. These units also solved countless complicated Soldier pay issues allowing Soldiers to focus on their mission.
The CDC returned to Fort Hood with the COSCOM headquarters in December 2004 and immediately took on a key role in resetting the III Corps and transforming the Army.
Corps Distribution Command Inactivation
Corps Distribution Command Inactivation