Dr. Tulio Sulbaran, director of the Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation at The University of Southern Mississippi, served as one of the key presenters during the Naval Air Systems Command's International Transportation Compliance and Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) meeting held July 30-31 at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi.
Sulbaran provided insight about the Center’s history and mission, as well as an update on the master’s degree program.
The meeting included representative from the U.S. Department of Defense, foreign military sales partners from 13 countries, industry attendees from the Gulf Coast, and 20 other U.S. Agencies. Those in attendance gained enhanced knowledge of the transportation management processes for military equipment, particularly in the Gulf Coast area.
An important highlight from the meeting included a presentation by Maj. Craig Sumrall and Capt. David Leiva from Camp Shelby’s Joint Force Training Center titled, “Ports, People and Potential: Rethinking Military Logistics in the 21st Century.” Sumrall and Leiva addressed Mississippi’s potential role in the future of military logistics in 2015.
With 135,000 acres, Camp Shelby is the largest state owned training facility in the Southeastern United States. In the future, sophisticated and integrated training can be provided for military organizations, other government agencies, intergovernmental organizations, law enforcement, and unmanned aircraft systems training and testing.
Sumrall and Leiva also shared remarks by Curtis D. Spencer, president of IMS Worldwide Inc., who said: “Getting in front of the path of progress begins with properly positioning a region as a destination for goods distribution or manufacturing. Understanding how logistics, transportation and shifting supply chains impact the key decision elements of both distribution and manufacturing operations is imperative for all.”
The Gulf Coast can be that region because of its capacity and access, availability, history of use, proximity to shippers, and cost of terminal operations and workforce.
Other outstanding presentations at the meeting included Current Export Issues by Mr. Andrew Samarripa, Port Director for the Port of Pascagoula, Miss; Mississippi Army National Guard Troop Employment and HAZMAT Mitigation by SGM John Raines and SGM Robert Goldsmith; International Trade Commercial Compliance by Jessica Gordon from the Department of Commerce; and Results of HAZMAT Investigations by Kimberly TaiSee from the Department of Transportation.
As was pointed out during the meeting -- the global environment continues to present complex challenges for the U.S. Department of Defense and international partners, and the need to understand the legal compliance and safe requirements in shipping military products and HAZMAT is paramount to saving lives.
For more information about the Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation, call 601.266.4895 or visit: http://www.usm.edu/logistics-trade-transportation