835th Transportation Battalion
The 835th Transportation Battalion conducts terminal operations at Naha Military Port, Tengan Navy Pier, and White Beach. It conducts container control functions at AJA commercial port, and performs single port manager functions for MTMC use of ports of Okinawa. The Battalion plans for and deploys deployment support teams (DST) for off-island exercises, contingencies, and humanitarian missions. It provide traffic management services to all components on Okinawa, participates in contingency planning with all services on Okinawa, and provides military common-user ocean terminal and common-user land transportation (CULT) for all forces on Okinawa.
The 835th Transportation Battalion mission is to support U.S. forces operating in or through Okinawa with port operations and provides common user land transportation to the island. The port is also responsible for maintaining accountability for all DoD sponsored cargo moving through Okinawa and surface responsibility of all U.S. forces during contingencies. The 835th Trans. Bn. is also responsible for deploying personnel throughout the western Pacific for fixed terminal operation in support of Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) exercises.
The U.S. portion of Naha Port has 12 berths, 7 of which can accomodate larger cargo vessels. Naha Port contains over 100 acres of staging area for receiving and shipping supplies and equipment. The port facility is capable of handling all types of vessels including modern roll-on/roll-off and container ships. The 835th Transportation Battalion moves over 500 thousand tons of cargo on and off the island each year. This includes all Army & Air Force Exchange Services (AAFES) and DECA life support items inportant to military personnel and their families.
Port operations on Okinawa began in 1947, organized as the 53rd Medium and Small Port Transportation Corps. In 1959 the unit was redesignated as the U.S. Army Transportation Group, and in 1965 it was reorganized and redesignated as the U.S. Army Terminal Command. In 1977 the Terminal was activated as the MTMC Terminal, Okinawa, and in 1993 redesignated as the 1315th Medium Port Command. In 1997 MTMC redesignated the unit as the 835th Transportation Battalion.
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