599th Transportation Group
The 599th Transportation Group is located at Wheeler Army Airfield, on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. The 599th Transportation Group is a subordinate of the Military Traffic Management Command which is one of three transportation component commands assigned to the US Transportation Command (TRANSCOM). The 599th Transportation Group Mission is to maintain command and control of MTMC's common user ocean terminals in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Manage the ocean movement of Department of Defense (DOD) sponsored cargo. Plan for and support combatant commands during exercises, mobilizations, wars or emergencies. Provide liaison with unified and combined commands in theater. Monitor ocean carrier performance and compliance with Military Sealift Command shipping and container agreements and contracts. Manage the DOD Personal Property Program in the Pacific and Indian Ocean areas.
The 599th Transportation Group first came into existence Oct. 1, 1984 in Seoul, Korea as the Military Traffic Management Command, Transportation Terminal Command - Far East. It was established as a planning cell for MTMC ocean terminal operations and also as a nucleus for wartime expansion. In July 1985, the Command's range of responsibility expanded to include command and control of MTMC Terminals in Pusan, Korea; Naha, Okinawa; and Yokohama, Japan. The Command also took over the Ocean Cargo Clearance Authority in Yokohama, plus the Ocean Cargo Booking Offices in Guam and the Republic of the Philippines. In July 1991, the Command relocated from Seoul to Wheeler Air Force Base in Hawaii. There it was consolidated with the MTMC Field Office Pacific and the Ocean Cargo Booking Office, Hawaii and redesignated as MTMC Pacific.
A major turning point occurred in January 1997 when MTMC Pacific was designated a "Stand Alone" area command which reported directly to HQ, MTMC in Washington, DC. Then in October 1997, MTMC Pacific was redesignated as the 599th Transportation Group (Terminal).
Right from the beginning, the 599th has been a major player in the sealift support of forces in the Pacific Command's Area of Responsibility. Whether sustaining day to day operations at home station or deploying to exotic places like Hachinohe, Japan, Darwin, Australia or Sattahip, Thailand , the 599th's soldiers, sailors, airmen and civilian employees are always there to provide outstanding support to the war-fighting commanders, their personnel and families. The 599th has made a difference in worldwide contingency operations like Desert Shield and Storm and brought hope to thousands of people through disaster relief programs and humanitarian shipments.
The 599th Transportation Group supports the U.S. Pacific Command - geographically covering half the Earth's surface, over 100-million square miles, stretching from the Hawaiian Islands to the East Coast of Africa. Support of the U.S. PACOM is achieved through three separate transportation battalions. All three provide military ocean terminal operations and services. Besides support of the Transportation Battalions, the 599th Transportation Group supports the Ocean Cargo Booking Offices at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and Apra, Guam and the Ocean Cargo Clearance Authority at Yokohama, Japan
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