JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, ALASKA – In response to a catastrophic incident or natural disaster, such as an earthquake, the Port of Anchorage will be vital to getting needed supplies and equipment to any relief, recovery, and reconstruction effort. What happens if port facilities are degraded or destroyed in the incident?
United States Transportation Command in partnership with Joint Task Force-Alaska, the Municipality of Anchorage and the State of Alaska will test their ability to reestablish port facilities, offload containers, equipment and bulk supplies, and transfer, store, and deliver fuel to the area. A Joint Logistics Over The Shore operation will be established in the Port of Anchorage to exercise these critical Department of Defense capabilities and simulate supporting a request to assist the State of Alaska in recovering the port.
JLOTS equipment will began arriving in the Port of Anchorage March 26th. The harbor now has a number of military vessels now including a large Military Sealift Command vessel, two Landing Craft Utility vessels, a Logistics Support Vessel, and several military tug boats. The joint exercise, which is linked to Exercise ALASKA SHIELD 2014, brings approximately 700 active duty and reserve soldiers, sailors, marines, and coast guardsmen from all over the United States to Alaska for this event.
LTC Gerald Ostlund
364th Press Camp Headquarters
Supporting JTF Alaska for Alaska Shield