Army Staffing Plan Clears Way for First 'Port Opening' Task Force

By Sebastian Sprenger / December 6, 2007 at 5:00 AM
Defense Department officials have solved an impasse over the staffing of a new type of joint unit charged with quickly readying austere ports for the landing of U.S. troops and equipment during crises, an Army official tells . In August, Pentagon leaders approved a plan to provide 55 active-duty Army personnel to the Pentagon's first Joint Task Force-Port Opening, the source said. The move effectively creates a new Army unit, the 688th Transportation Detachment, to be activated at Ft...

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