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Sealift Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise (SEDRE)

The sea emergency deployment readiness exercise (SEDRE), widely used and well received by units, provides critical training to units routinely deployed in contingency operations. The objective of a SEDRE is to train units in standard deployment procedures. The SEDRE concept includes an alert procedure, deployment of unit equipment and personnel, and upload and offload of a brigade-sized task force, using actual port facilities and ships, within the ASMP-specified standards. Sixteen successful SEDRE's were conducted in FY 1993 through 1995.

In July 1995, elements of the 1st Cavalry Division deployed to the National Training Center and made preparations for a Sea Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise. The SEDRE led into a subsequent deployment to Korea for the Foal Eagle Exercises in October of that same year.

The Dragon Team '96 sea emergency deployment readiness exercise tested the players' ability to deploy on a moment's notice, moving a unit from fort to foxhole. An aviation task force from the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky., hastily departed for Jacksonville, Fla., where nearly 500 pieces of division equipment -- from helicopters to 5-ton trucks -- arrived by air, rail and ground transportation. When the 101st's equipment arrived in Jacksonville, stevedores loaded it aboard USNS Antares. Then the ship sailed to Norfolk, where 7th Transportation Group soldiers from Fort Eustis, Va., and 101st port support soldiers unloaded it in a simulation of a strategic movement to a port of debarkation. Besides soldiers from the 101st Abn. Div. and 7th Trans. Grp., it involved Army Reservists, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard personnel. The Navy contributed a fast sealift ship and staging facilities at Norfolk Naval Base, Va. Air Force personnel tracked the weather and the Coast Guard provided port security. The entire Hampton Roads, VA area simulated different kinds of foreign ports. Norfolk Naval Base simulated an improved port. Fort Eustis' 3rd Port area -- the main terminal for 101st aircraft that were transported from Norfolk on Army watercraft -- served as a restricted landing area. Craney Island, a small port near Norfolk, represented an area with no port facilities and required exercise participants to conduct logistics-over-the-shore operations. To avoid creating congestion on area highways, equipment was convoyed over two routes or transported by 7th Trans. Grp. boats from Craney Island to the 3rd Port at Fort Eustis. In the force projection Army, 7th Grp. is absolutely essential to total Army readiness. Likewise, in an actual deployment, the Hampton Roads area -- because of its military ports, Langley Air Force Base and other installations all within a 50-mile radius -- would serve as a main port of embarkation.

The Savannah, GA Port Readiness Committee participated in a SEDRE from 7-26 September 1996 involving elements of the U.S. Army's 3 rd Infantry Division (ID) (Mechanized) onto the USNS SHUGHART. This SEDRE provided the first operational test on Military Sealift Command's first converted, large medium speed, roll-on/roll-off (LMSR) ship.

The Savannah Port Readiness Committee participated in a Sealift Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise (SEDRE) from 9 -14 January 1997 involving the loading elements of the US Army's 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized) onto the USNS REGULUS. The SEDRE involved enforcement of a security zone during the loading of military cargo.

The 834th Transportation Battalion conducted 15 separate exercises throughout the year with various commands. From 21-24 MAR 98, the battalion hosted a combination of Sealift Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise (SEDRE), convoy and fly-away exercise (JRTC), and Logistics Over the Shore (LOTS) exercise at the port of Beaumont. Participating commands included the USA, USN, TRANSCOM, MSC, USCG, and the local port authorities.

A Sealift Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise (SEDRE) began 28 October 1998, and ended November 3, at Blount Island, Florida.

2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment (ACR) conducted a Sea Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise (SEDRE) at Ft Polk 13 - 16 Jul 1999 and Port of Beaumont 19 - 22 Jul in conjunction with an NTC rotation.

In April 2001 during Sealift Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise (SEDRE) Dragon Team 01, the Cape Douglas was loaded out in Savannah, Ga., to support the exercise.

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