The SIU-affiliated Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education in mid-September hosted a regular meeting of the U.S. Transportation Command’s (USTRANSCOM) executive working group on the Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement (VISA).
In addition to conducting their regular meeting, committee members toured the Piney Point, Maryland campus, visiting with students, instructors and staff along the way. Among those taking the tour were USTRANSCOM Deputy Commander Lt. Gen. John Broadmeadow; Maj. Gen. Stephen Farmen, commanding general of the U.S. Army’s Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command; and Vice Adm. Andy Brown (USN, Ret), president and CEO of the National Defense Transportation Association.
SIU Executive Vice President Augie Tellez is a member of the executive working group.
The VISA program “is a partnership between the U.S. government and the maritime industry to provide the Department of Defense with assured access to commercial sealift and intermodal capacity to support the emergency deployment and sustainment of U.S. military forces,” notes the U.S. Maritime Administration. “Intermodal capacity includes dry cargo ships, equipment, terminal facilities and intermodal management services.”