Unfortunately, since Afghanistan is a landlocked country, cargo items requiring sealift must be unloaded at a sea port of debarkation
in another country and transported via railways or trucks into Afghanistan.
A JTF-PO Sea Port of Debarkation
(SPOD) was effectively employed during the Operation Unified Response humanitarian mission in Haiti.
The DOD program known as Agile Transportation for the 21 st Century (AT21) is set to release 11 operational capabilities by July 2012 that will individually and collectively improve TRANSCOM and its components' ability to provide timely, best-value delivery from the port of embarkation (POE) to the port of debarkation
According to the mission statement, JTF-PO provides the capability to rapidly establish and initially operate a port of debarkation
and conduct cargo handling and movement operations in support of contingency operations.
23) For an aerial port of debarkation
(APOD), the Air Force operates the off-loading ramp area.
The 21st TSC MCTs managed both the rail operations and the aerial port of debarkation
, an air terminal where troops, units, military-sponsored personnel, unit equipment, and materiel unloaded.
Today, we build ad hoc support organizations to execute aerial and sea port of debarkation
operations, and we depend on forces from several organizations to establish the theater sustainment base.
By spending an extra day in the port of debarkation
, you won't have to compete with all the other arriving cruise-ship passengers attempting to get to the airport, and you'll get a chance to enjoy the day in your last port, said Royal Caribbean's Smith.
Services will be performed in the Kuwait Area of Responsibility including: Camp Arifjan, Camp Buehring, Udairi Range Complex, Camp Patriot on the Kuwait Naval Base (KNB), the Aerial Port of Debarkation
(APOD) located at the Kuwait City International Airport (KCIA), and Sea Port of Debarkation
(SPOD) located at the Kuwait Port of Shuaiba.
We are also familiar with reception, staging, onward movement, and integration efforts to get our Soldiers and gear from the port of debarkation
to the foxhole and engaged in the fight.
However, USTRANSCOM's span of control or authority is limited to the transport from port of embarkation (POE) to the port of debarkation
(POD), and relies upon partnerships with our service, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), General Services Administration (GSA), as well as the Combatant Command (COCOM) theater transporters and commercial transportation providers, to impact the total supply chain.
The RPOEs perform USTRANSCOM's mission to deploy quickly in a crisis or contingency operation in order to clear the Air Port of Debarkation
and Sea Port of Debarkation
for follow-on personnel and equipment.