U.S. Transportation leader makes first visit to U.S. European Command

STUTTGART, Germany — Air Force Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) commander, visited U.S. European Command headquarters here June 13. It was his first visit to EUCOM since taking over as TRANSCOM leader.

TRANSCOM, which is located at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., is the single manager for global air, land and sea transportation for the Defense Department.

While here, command leaders, including Army Gen. William E. "Kip" Ward, EUCOM deputy, briefed Gen. Schwartz on transformation including the U.S. Army-Europe return to the U.S. as well as movement of other major units. The group also discussed Operation Enduring Freedom Trans-Sahara, EUCOM Deployment Distribution Operations Center and the European Union customs process.

"General Schwartz as the head of USTRANSCOM is designated by the Secretary of Defense as the Distribution Process Owner," said Marine Col. Thomas Lynn, TRANSCOM liaison officer for EUCOM. "He is responsible for the effective and efficient movement of supplies, end items and personnel throughout the Defense Department distribution network."

"EUCOM functions as a key point in TRANSCOM operations," Lynn said. "Not only is EUCOM a recipient of the supplies and personnel they move to this side of the world, but they also provide en route infrastructure TRANSCOM needs to support other areas of responsibility in the global network. This position has both combatant commands working hand in hand when it comes to distribution. Without working together, we would waste assets of people, money and time."

The EUCOM visit was an opportunity for the two leaders to discuss vision and challenges for both commanders and their staff in a face to face environment.

During his European visit, Schwartz also made stopovers at units of his component commands in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and Incirlik, Turkey. In addition, he traveled to NATO to discuss TRANSCOM responsibilities to uphold U.S. commitments to NATO in the global war on terrorism and to Qatar to meet with Central Command Air Force and Mobility Forces staff.

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