The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

August 17, 2021


Highlights of the 2021 Transportation Academy Sessions

The 2021 NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting will be held October 18 – 21, at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort and Conference Center, MD.  The always popular Transportation Academy will conduct over 60 interactive seminars/classes covering a variety of interest areas, including seminars taught by USTRANSCOM and Component Command senior leaders. […READ MORE]


Highway Landing Showcases Air Force Flexibility

By MSgt Daniel Heaton, USAF, 127th Wing Public Affairs

American Air Power recently added a new adjective. Long known for air superiority and global reach, “agility” has now entered the lexicon.

On a state highway in northern Michigan, six U.S. Air Force aircraft landed and took off from the road, proving the Air Force’s ability to deploy to austere conditions and continue to operate. The mission underscored the flexibility and versatility highlighted in the Air Force’s new Air Power Doctrine, published earlier this year. That the aircraft came from both the active-duty component and the Air National Guard only underscored the Air Force’s ability to assemble the right force to forward project air power anywhere in the world. […READ MORE…]


FY 2022 Per Diem Rates for Federal Travelers Released

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) released the fiscal year (FY) 2022 travel per diem rates for the lower 48 continental United States (CONUS) and the District of Columbia, which will take effect on October 1, 2021. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Taliban Take Presidential Palace as Kabul Falls with Americans, Afghans Still Trapped
(Defense One)  The U.S. races yet another 1,000 troops to Kabul, increasing the total force on the ground to 6,000 within days.

640 People, One Jet: Flight Trackers Reveal Heroic, Desperate Effort in Chaotic Afghanistan Evacuation
(Forbes)  The flight controller seemingly cannot believe what he is hearing from ‘Reach’ RCH871, a flight Sunday involving a U.S. Air Force C-17A cargo jet that departed from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul bound for Al Udeid airbase in Qatar. “Ok, how many people are on your jet? 800 people on your jet? Holy cow… Good job getting off the ground!”

See Russia and China Launch Joint Military Drills
(Defense News)  Russia’s defense minister on Friday hailed joint war games with China this week as a sign of increasingly close military cooperation that should expand further.

Tension on the Black Sea: What Great Power Competition Looks Like From the Deckplates
(Navy Times)  On the morning of July 2, following live-fire drills between the United States and Ukraine, a Russian ship made unexpected radio contact with the American destroyer Ross. Leave this location, the Russians told the crew. The Russian Navy is conducting an exercise here. The officers on the bridge of the Ross were firm. We’re conducting an international exercise in international waters, they replied. We have the right to be here, too. This is what great power competition looks like in action in 2021.

Military Moving Season Proving as Chaotic as Expected
(Federal News Network)  This moving season is proving to be chaotic as people who delayed moves during the COVID-19 pandemic stampede to relocate and companies struggle with labor shortages.


FedEx Ground and Berkshire Grey Team Up to Streamline Small Package Processing
(FedEx)  FedEx Ground recently implemented Berkshire Grey’s Robotic Product Sortation and Identification (RPSi) systems at its station in Queens, NY, to robotically sort the thousands of small packages that arrive daily in bulk into containers bound for other specific hubs and stations across the FedEx Ground network.

Atlas Air Worldwide Releases Environmental, Social and Governance Report
(Atlas Air Worldwide)  Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: AAWW) recently announced the release of its second environmental, social, and governance (ESG) report. Featuring the theme “Caring for the World We Carry,” the 2020 ESG Report shares milestones in the Company’s ongoing sustainability journey.

Agility-Backed Shipa Opens State-of-the-Art E-Commerce Fulfillment Center in Kuwait
(Agility)  Shipa, the digital logistics and e-commerce arm of Agility, announced the opening of a state-of-the-art e-fulfillment center in Kuwait. Shipa’s 15,000 SQM e-fulfillment center gives merchants and brands the infrastructure and services they need to capitalize on the explosive growth in e-commerce and online sales across Kuwait and the GCC.

Have No Fear, the American Rescue Plan Act is Here to Get Your State and Local Government IT Systems Modernized Today
(SAP Concur)  When the COVID-19 crisis hit, it very quickly highlighted the drawbacks of legacy systems, demonstrating the need for modernization in state and local government IT. With funding available under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act. These agencies now have the chance to upgrade their technologies to put themselves in a better, more resilient position going forward.

Boeing KC-46A Tanker for Japan Completes First Refueling Flight
(Boeing)  KC-46A tanker built for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) recently refueled another KC-46A aircraft in the skies over Washington state. The Japan-bound tanker also successfully received fuel in return.


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