The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

May 25, 2021


As we think about the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, we at NDTA along with our association members will pause to give thanks and reflect on the many sacrifices made over the years for our Nation.  Of course, 9/11 and the resulting conflicts have reminded us of the price of freedom.

With that in mind, NDTA wanted to highlight the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial and the effort to build a Visitor Education Center to tell the 9/11 story and to recognize and honor the many who lost their lives on this tragic day.

More information about the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial Visitor Center is available at





The National Defense Transportation Association recently awarded 142 individual medals to participating ROTC Units across the United States in April and May 2021. This year’s winners included 81 Army, 10 Navy, and 51 Air Force. The award is a ribbon with a silver medal pendant, depicting the NDTA emblem with the letters ROTC superimposed, and a ribbon bar. […READ MORE…]


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MARAD Announces Centers of Excellence Designations for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education

The US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) has announced the designation of 27 Centers of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education (CoE). The CoE designation recognizes community colleges and training institutions that prepare students for careers in our nation’s maritime industry. These academic institutions are located in sixteen states and one US territory. […READ MORE…]


The Surface Force Projections Conference Meets Challenges Head On

The third annual—and second virtual—Surface Force Projection Conference (SFPC) took place last week. During these challenging times, NDTA has continued to build on its partnership with conference co-host Christopher Newport University’s Center for American Studies (CNU CAS), as well as with the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), the Maritime Administration (MARAD), and the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC). NDTA President & CEO VADM William “Andy” Brown, USN (Ret.) described the evolution of the meeting, saying that its development would continue in accordance with the needs of the collective government-industry partnership in mind. […READ MORE…]


USTRANSCOM Conducts Critical Ship-to-Shore Exercise in Balkans During Defender Europe 21 

US Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) recently conducted its annual Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore (JLOTS) exercise over a two-week period at Durres, Albania, as part of the larger US Army-led exercise Defender Europe 21. JLOTS exercises maintain the Army and Navy’s capability to conduct ship-to-shore logistics and open a strategic port to surge forces and equipment. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Russia’s Northernmost Base Projects Its Power Across Arctic
(AP) Russia’s northernmost military base is bristling with missiles and radar and its extended runway can handle all types of aircraft, including nuclear-capable strategic bombers, projecting Moscow’s power and influence across the Arctic amid intensifying international competition for the region’s vast resources.

Can Special Ops Build a C-130 Seaplane?
(Breaking Defense) Air Force Special Operations Command is pushing to refit MC-130J aircraft to be able to take off and land in the water. An amphibious C-130 would give special operations forces another way to insert themselves in areas where US military leaders think will be most contested in the coming years — small island chains in the Pacific where Chinese forces have built a string of small bases contesting claims by rival nations.

The Pentagon Has Never Passed an Audit. Some Senators Want to Change That
(NPR) The Pentagon went through its first independent financial audit in 2017. But after three failed attempts, lawmakers are losing their patience. A new bill could impose financial penalties on the DOD.

37 Defense Industrial Base Companies Affected by SolarWinds Intrusion
(NextGov) Rear Adm. William Chase III, deputy principal cyber adviser to the defense secretary and director of the Protecting Critical Technology Task Force, said during a Senate Armed Services cyber subcommittee hearing that 37 companies reported exposures related to the SolarWinds intrusion. He also said that while the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification would not necessarily have prevented the intrusions, meeting certain CMMC requirements may have helped companies spot hackers’ movements.

Long-Term Partnerships with at Least Six African Countries Expected, SFAB Colonel Says
(Army Times) A recent deployment of Army advisors to Africa saw U.S. troops pull out of Somalia but increase their footprint on the continent, beginning training missions in Senegal, Kenya, and Ghana. COL Michael P. Sullivan, head of 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, told reporters that he expects the SFAB mission in Africa to grow.

Active-Duty Troops Could Be Deployed Along the Southern Border Again
(Military Times) Thousands of National Guardsmen who’ve been rotating to the U.S.-Mexico border since 2018 are supposed to go home for good by Sept. 30, the chief of the National Guard Bureau told lawmakers on Tuesday, but because the Homeland Security Department wants that mission to continue, they could be replaced by active-duty troops.


Crowley Cares Supports Military Families Facing Food Insecurity
(Crowley) Crowley Cares, the charitable and volunteerism arm of Crowley Maritime Corp., will donate $25,000 to provide groceries and other wellness initiatives to support military families facing food insecurity in Jacksonville. The money will be contributed to the First Coast American Heart Association in an alliance with the USO of Jacksonville.

AAR Named to “Best of the Best 2021 – Top Veteran-Friendly Companies” by U.S. Veterans Magazine
(AAR CORP.) AAR has been named to the “Best of the Best 2021 – Top Veteran-Friendly Companies” list by U.S. Veterans Magazine (USVM). This is the second consecutive year AAR has received this recognition.

Investing in the Guest Experience: Wyndham Becomes First Major Hotel Company to Begin Rollout of Oracle’s OPERA Cloud Globally
(Wyndham) Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has announced the roll out of the next-gen Oracle Hospitality OPERA Cloud Property Management (PMS) to its full-service hotels, making it the first major hotel company to adopt the system globally. The decision comes following successful pilots at nearly 50 Wyndham hotels over the last nine months.

Echo Global Logistics Launches EchoShip Rewards Program
(Echo Global Logistics) Echo Global Logistics has announced that after a successful pilot that began in March, it has formally launched EchoShip Rewards, a loyalty program that allows clients to earn reward points when they book LTL and Truckload shipments via EchoShip, the company’s proprietary shipping platform.

Maersk Seeks Collaborative Efforts to Decarbonize Logistics
(Maersk) Speaking on a panel at the Port of Houston’s Global Freight Summit on 19 May, Maersk North America Managing Director Narin Phol shared the company’s timeline, strategy, and plans to decarbonize operations by 2050. “Decarbonization is an important agenda for the industry and for Maersk. We are part of the problem and so must be part of the solution.”


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