598th Transportation Group Rotterdam, The Netherlands SDDC Chronicle of Warrior Logistics in Motion!Volume 8, Number 4, April 2009 Sgt. Scott Yeager, 598th, NCO of the Year 09 After a great deal of preparation, experience and mental focus, Sgt. Yeager was named the 598th Transportation Group NCO of the year. (See Page 4).
598th TRANS TRIBUNEVolume 8, Number 4 April 2009SDDC 598th TRANS TRIBUNE Commander Colonel Stephen E. Farmen Command Sergeant Major James E. Riddick Editor Chief, Command Affairs Bram de Jong Asst Editor/CAO Martin WetelingForward input for this newsletter to the Editor via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call DSN 362-2460 or Commercial +31 10 4592460598th Trans Tribune April 2009 Page 2 598th Transportation Group (SDDC) Warrior Logistics In Motion! C Sergeant Scott Yeager! COMMAND TEAMBy Col. Stephen E. Farmen, Commander 598th Trans Gp (SDDC) and Command Sgt. Maj. James E. Riddick, 598th Trans Gp CSM
598th Trans Tribune April 2009 Page 3Information Technology/Knowledge Management Community and beyond The SDDC NCO an SDDC NCO Imagination is more Powerful than Knowledge, Einstein To enhance your professional development, I offer the following books for your reading queue: Day of Battle (enhanced title), By Rick Atkinson Hot, Flat, and Crowded, by Thomas L. Friedman Living Supply Chains: How to mobilize the enterprise around delivering what your customers want, by john Gattorna Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town, by Paul Theroux
598th Trans Tribune April 2009 Page 4 By Sgt. Ryan Hall, AFN Livorno Photos by Joyce Costello, USAG Livorno PAO This competition has taught me responsibility. It has taught me to grow up and also to be a better person, It also taught me that there is something worth aspiring to. To be able to mentor and train soldiers and to go through the things that I have over the years, that is what is most important to me and stands out the most. They have embraced the Year of the NCO in a very profound way and reinforced this message in putting together this tough, spirited, yet healthy competition which proved to be a real professional test for our NCOs, said Farmen. Command Sgt. Maj. James Riddick and his Sgt. Majors and senior NCOs put together a competition which amplified the main pillars of the Year of the NCO: education, fitness, leadership, and pride in service. What an honor it is for Sgt. Yeager to win our Group's NCO of the Year competition, in this, the year of the NCO, Congrats to all our competitors and I am confident Sgt. Yeager will be ready to rise to the occasion and make us proud at the upcoming port. map for the land navigation portion of the competition.598th Trans Gp Soldiers Compete to be Named NCO of the Year portation Battalion tests Staff Sgt. James Phillips on his map overlay reading ability lips shoot azimuths from the starting point at the Camp Darby training site.
598th Trans Tribune April 2009 Page 5 839th NCOs Lead Camp Darby NCO Induction Ceremony during the NCO Induction Ceremony.
598th Trans Tribune April 2009 Page 6 Lt.Col. Jim Anderson, Commander 838th Trans Bn inducted as NCO lips recognize NCO history by the lighting of the candles. 2. 598th Command Sgt. Maj. James Riddick reeds Lt.Col. Anson leaves the podium passing crossed sabres of a Dutch Sgt. (Ret.) Wesley Bruin) and U.S. NCO (Staff Sgt. Philips). 4. The happy Anderson family; daughters Sarah and Alexandra, Mrs. Melissa and her husband Lt.Col. Jim Anderson with the initiater of this induction; Sgt. Maj. Reginald Thompson, 1 2 3 4
By Paul Weitenburg, 598th Traffic Manager woehr, a Certificate of Appreciation was signed by Col. Farmen, Commander 598th and preGrafenwoehr GPC VPC COR and Anna Capo598th Trans Tribune April 2009 Page 7 POV SURGE
and therefore strategically positioned as an asset within SDDC to help facilitate the success of units during Installation Support Activity operations. 838ths DDSTs'SDDC Special Operators' These teams bring a highly specialized skill set to the fight. In the SDDC guys are the first ones in, they are our main effort, they prep the SDDC battlefield, and ultimately ensure mission successtime and time again. 598th Trans Tribune April 2009 Page 8 tion Traffic Service Battalion in Illesheim, Germany, as they Deployment Distribution Support Team. Rhine River Detachment and Michel van Bn, place HAZMAT decals on Army containers to prepare them for deployment. Photos by Anthony Trans Bn and Wolfgang Scherer.
598th Trans Tribune April 2009 Page 9 This is my third rodeo and as always it was a very good experience to teamwork with other colleagues from all over Europe. Planners have their own methods of stow-planning. If somebody is watching me go through my process, they may try to correct me because they do it differently when either way will work, 838th Hosts I-CODES Rodeo 2009
Safety in the PortThe 598th Transportation Group (SDDC) concerns itself with the handling of military equipment through water ports. These operations may range from occasional shipments through one port, regular full shiploads through others, or the movement of all wheeled and/or tracked equipment of entire divisions. Contracts between U.S. Army and commercial stevedoring companies do contain safety requirements. Safe ways of operation will be established, which will without fail lead to a decrease in the amount of damage to material and lessen the chance of personnel injuries. on worker behavior at water terminals in different parts of the world. They apply different principles. To ensure safe operations, the 598th Transportation Group's (SDDC) own safety standards for port operations must be considered as a minimum requirement. ity. By paying close attention and obeying the safety rules we can avoid accidents and injuries. Before any operation, a Risk Assessment must be prepared. Risk Management is the process of identifying, assessing and controlling risks arising from operational factors and making decisions that balWhen participating in port operations, protective clothing, like hard and personnel assigned to the 598th. When on board a vessel, hearing protection is mandatory and gloves are optional. Primary mode of communication, during port operations, is a hand held radio with different frequencies for all sections. The frequencies are posted on the back of the radios, so everyone knows how to contact each other. procedures and the danger of port operations will be brought to every ones attention. Special attention will be given to the vessel's ramp. A walking path will be created on the ramp entering or exiting the vessel and ground guides are positioned on top and bottom of the ramp to control the time on the ramp and stopping and or parking is not allowed on the ramp. Vehicles are stopped if there are people walking on the ramp. Ground guides are positioned throughout the vessel on every ramp. Also, an ambulance is positioned at the ramp for immediate response and U.S. Life Savers are positioned on the decks where vehicles are loaded or discharged. Ground guides are also used for tracked vehicles on board the vessel and on staging areas. The operation can only be a success if there are NO injuries or accidents. 598th Trans Tribune April 2009 Page 10 Safety Briefing Reflective Clothing Head and Ear Protection Safety Boots
598th Trans Tribune April 2009 Page 11Article and photo by Steve Hooper Lawrie, UK Det. UK Detachment continues to build the team, by reaching out!
598th Trans Tribune April 2009 Page 12 AAFES Commanders visit Rotterdam Shoppette
598th Trans Tribune April 2009 Page 13 Dep Commanding General SDDC visits 598th visits the 598th Staff. (Picture 2) (Picture 4). (Picture 5). (Text 598th PAO). 2 5 4 3
838th Trans Bn Awards Presentation 598th Trans Tribune April 2009 Page 14 (below) (Bottom Left) (bottom right) (Text and photos 598th PAO)
African American Black History Month 598th Trans Tribune April 2009 Page 15 Farmen Commander 598th Trans Gp officially opens the African American Black History commemoration in the theater. On the first row, from left to right; Staff Sgt. Joseph Philips, Sgt. David Kehrer, Sgt. Scott Yeager and Ernest 'Judge' Allen.
598th Trans Tribune April 2009 Page 16 Easter Egg Hunt at the Rotterdam Community Sponsored by the 598th Family Readiness Group!