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    Story by Jonathan Stefanko 

    U.S. Transportation Command

    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. — On the west bank of the Cape Fear River lies the largest military terminal in the world: Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point (MOTSU). While MOTSU encompasses over 16,000 acres in Brunswick County, North Carolina.

    But its gates opened recently, welcoming U.S. Transportation Command’s (USTRANSCOM) leadership for a rare tour of the facility and an inside look into how MOTSU supports the command’s global mission.

    “We’re excited to host Gen. Van Ovost [USTRANSCOM commander] and Fleet Master Chief Donald Myrick [USTRANSCOM senior enlisted leader] to see the great work we do here at MOTSU,” said Steven Kerr, the MOTSU deputy to the commander.

    MOTSU, run by the U.S. Army, is the nation’s largest ocean terminal for receiving and delivering military equipment like rockets, missiles, howitzers, grenades, projectiles, pyrotechnics and more. The terminal is also the Defense Department’s East Coast strategic ammunition port.

    “Wherever we’re fighting is where we’re likely sending or receiving cargo,” Kerr said.

    With this being Van Ovost and Myrick’s first time visiting the terminal, they took time to speak with the men and women operating at the busy port. She also recognized several key performers with a military coin as a token of appreciation, one of whom was Susan Apke, who helped modernize MOTSU’s information management networks.

    Apke’s 40-year career with MOTSU is a testament to her tremendous work ethic and unwavering dedication to the mission, noted Van Ovost. In the past 12 months, Apke oversaw several critical information management projects, provided continuity during the COVID-19 pandemic, and addressed network failover problems, increasing the IT support throughout the port.

    During the East Coast trip, Van Ovost and Myrick visited ROTC cadets and midshipmen at the Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. During the visit, Van Ovost discussed her career with the cadets, explaining that she never expected to be where she is today.

    “Reflecting on my career, and I believe Fleet feels the same way, we didn’t expect to serve as long as we have – almost 35 years now for me and 37 for Fleet,” Van Ovost said to the cadets. “I can promise, back when I was an Air Force Academy cadet, I never dreamed of serving as a general officer, let alone COCOM [combatant commander].

    “The skills you’re developing now represent the foundation you’ll build upon as you progress through your career – whether that is four years or over 30,” she continued. “Let me thank you all for taking the first steps towards to improving yourselves by participating in a commissioning program. Our nation will always have need of leaders of character and I will be proud to serve alongside you.”

    USTRANSCOM exists as a warfighting combatant command to project and sustain military power at a time and place of the nation's choosing. Powered by dedicated men and women, TRANSCOM underwrites the lethality of the Joint Force, advances American interests around the globe, and provides our nation's leaders with strategic flexibility to select from multiple options while creating numerous dilemmas for our adversaries.



    Date Taken: 02.27.2023
    Date Posted: 02.27.2023 15:55
    Story ID: 439307
    Location: NORTH CAROLINA, US

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