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Maj. Gen. Farmen returns to lead SDDC

Army Maj. Gen. Stephen Farmen accepts command of the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command during a change of command ceremony Feb. 16 at Scott. SDDC, the Army Service Component Command of the U.S. Transportation Command, is the premiere surface transportation provider delivering and sustaining the joint force in peace and war. Prior to assuming command of SDDC, Farmen commanded the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command.
Army Maj. Gen. Stephen Farmen accepts command of the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command during a change of command ceremony Feb. 16 at Scott. SDDC, the Army Service Component Command of the U.S. Transportation Command, is the premiere surface transportation provider delivering and sustaining the joint force in peace and war. Prior to assuming command of SDDC, Farmen commanded the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command.

Maj. Gen. Stephen E. Farmen became the 21st commanding general of the U.S. Army’s Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command Feb. 16 during a change of command ceremony at Scott Air Force Base making this his second assignment in the command.

I’m thrilled to be standing here at Scott Air Force Base and take the reins of the mighty SDDC team.

Maj. Gen. Stephen E. Farmen, who recently became the 21st commanding general of the Army’s Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command

Army Gen. Gustave F. Perna, commanding general of U.S. Army Materiel Command at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, was the host and presiding official, and Air Force Gen. Darren W. McDew, commander of U.S. Transportation Command, also participated in the ceremony.

Farmen replaced Maj. Gen. Kurt J. Ryan, who had commanded SDDC since June 2016.

“SDDC is gaining an experienced logistician and a highly capable senior leader,” said Perna during his remarks. “I’m confident Steve is the right commander at the right time for SDDC.”

Farmen commanded troops on many occasions throughout the world, as a Company Commander in North Carolina, Battalion Commander in Germany, Brigade Commander in the Netherlands, Commanding General of an Expeditionary Sustainment Command in the Republic of Korea and as the Commanding General of Joint Munitions and Lethality Life-Cycle Management Command and Joint Munitions Command in New Jersey and Illinois.

McDew concurred, adding that “this organization, this formation, these surface warriors make a difference every single day for the greatest nation on earth.”

Farmen has held a wide variety of command and staff positions. Previous to this assignment, he commanded the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.

He graduated from the University of Richmond, Virginia, in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and was commissioned into the Transportation Corps. The majority of his career has been spent in Army transportation and logistics.

Farmen commanded troops on many occasions throughout the world, as a Company Commander in North Carolina, Battalion Commander in Germany, Brigade Commander in the Netherlands, Commanding General of an Expeditionary Sustainment Command in the Republic of Korea and as the Commanding General of Joint Munitions and Lethality Life-Cycle Management Command and Joint Munitions Command in New Jersey and Illinois.

He holds a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. His military education includes the Transportation Officer Basic and Advanced Courses and the United States Naval Command and Staff College.

Among his awards are the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with two oak leaf clusters), the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal (with three oak leaf clusters). He proudly wears the Senior Parachutist Badge and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge.

SDDC is gaining an experienced logistician and a highly capable senior leader. I’m confident Steve is the right commander at the right time for SDDC.

Army Gen. Gustave F. Perna, commanding general of U.S. Army Materiel Command at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama

“I’m thrilled to be standing here at Scott Air Force Base and take the reins of the mighty SDDC team,” said Farmen.

SDDC provides global surface deployment and distribution services to meet the nation’s objectives. Serving as Department of Defense’s global surface transportation experts, SDDC plans, books, ships and tracks cargo; and conducts port operations by leveraging the capability of commercial industry and other military services.

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