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January 10, 2011
Middle East logistics command changes leadership
The command responsible for providing air and sea logistics to the U.S. Navy in the Middle East changed leadership Jan. 9 in Manama, Bahrain.
Navy Capt. David A. Geisler took charge of Military Sealift Command's Sealift Logistics Command Central from Navy Capt. Donald D. Hodge, who has held the position since August 2009.
Geisler reports to SEALOGCENT from U.S. Joint Forces Command, Standing Forces Headquarters, where he served as the operations chief.
In his new role as SEALOGCENT's commander, Geisler will also serve as commander, Task Force 53 and commander, Logistics Forces, U.S. Naval Forces Central. In these roles, he is responsible for coordinating the air and sea delivery of personnel, mail, cargo, fuel, ammunition and provisions to a fleet of more than 40 U.S. and coalition ships operating in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.
"I'm happy and honored," said Geisler. "These people work countless hours to support the missions out at sea and in the air. I want to be their advocate and support the overall mission."
Under Hodge's leadership, the command oversaw the distribution of 120 million gallons of fuel to ships in theater during 1,256 underway replenishments and delivery of an additional 490 million gallons of fuel to Department of Defense fuel distribution depots. The command also supported more than 6,400 air logistics missions and managed a daily average of 50 ships and seven aircraft in theater. In addition, the command's aviation unit coordinated and moved more than 19,700 tons of cargo, 8,000 tons of mail and 42,300 passengers during Hodge's tour.
"It's been my great privilege to work with this team," said Hodge. "You met every mission, every time. The fleet depends on us, and you make it happen."
Following his tour at SEALOGCENT, Hodge will report to commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia, Detachment Bahrain as commanding officer of a new command located at Isa Air Base, Bahrain.
SEALOGCENT provides at-sea logistics and strategic sealift services to U.S. and coalition troops operating throughout the U.S. Central Command theater. In its strategic sealift capacity, the command is responsible for overseeing the delivery of nearly 90 percent of all cargo being used by troops operating in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Middle East.
SEALOGCENT is one of five worldwide operational commands of the Navy's Military Sealift Command. MSC operates approximately 110 noncombatant, civilian-crewed ships that replenish U.S. Navy ships, conduct specialized missions, strategically preposition combat cargo at sea around the world and move military cargo and supplies used by deployed U.S. forces and coalition partners.
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