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Conducting Global Container Management Training Online

Initiatives developed by Major General James L. Hodge while he was the commanding general of the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) identified the need to provide deploying Soldiers and units with critical container management training before deployment. SDDC’s Global Container Management Division launched a distance learning module in August 2009 to provide “just in time” container management training to deploying units.

The module was built through a collaborative effort among the Army Medical Department Center and School’s Production and Development Division Center for Distributed Learning at Fort Sam Houston, Texas; the Army Combined Arms Support Command’s Training Support Directorate at Fort Lee, Virginia; and SDDC. It was launched on the Army Transportation Center and School website.

Putting the training on the Transportation Center and School website makes it available at all levels across the Army and allows the program to be reached by more Soldiers from a wider variety of military occupational specialties. Web-based training also reduces the need to send out global container management training teams or bring deploying personnel to Fort Eustis, Virginia, to meet deployment training requirements.

Leaders assigned to the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility have been using the program as a training tool for Soldiers needing access to the Integrated Booking System-Container Management Module (IBS–CMM). IBS–CMM is a web-based tool designed for easy entry and retrieval of container management information. It is also the program used to provide leaders with visibility of containers in the theater and throughout their life cycle.

“In the field, those who have already conducted the training cite it as a valuable tool in their execution and management of container assets in the theater,” said Kenneth Queensberry, a training analyst for the Training Support Directorate. “It will save Soldiers valuable time in preparing for deployment,” said Robert Friedman, former supervisor of traffic management for SDDC. “Now units can spend more time with their families before they deploy while still learning the skills necessary to successfully manage their container assets.”

A mobility noncommissioned officer-in-charge (NCOIC) took the online global container management course and noted the lack of training that has been given to Soldiers who have deployed to the CENTCOM area of responsibility before this training was available. The NCOIC also commented on the usefulness and Soldier friendliness of the training module.

The Container Management Course, 551_CMC–101N, can be accessed through the Army Transportation Center and School Blackboard website located at https://trans.ellc.
. Users must have an AKO/DKO username and password. After logging into the website, click the “Community” tab and then type “Container” into the “Organization Search” box to the left side of the screen to access the training. To enroll, select the “Enroll” button.

Soldiers who enroll must complete a 40-hour series of modules that culminates with an exam. Further information about the online Container Management Course can be obtained by sending an email to thomas.catchings@us.army.mil.

Thomas Catchings is the Programs and System Program Manager for Global Container Management with the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command. He holds a B.A. degree from Alabama State University and is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. He is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College’s Civilian Advanced Course, and the Civilian Education System Foundation and Basic Courses.

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