j. Estimate the downtime involved in loading, transporting, bracing, inspecting, documenting, and releasing
carriers to the transportation service. Downtime is the interval between the arrival of an empty carrier at a
Class V storage facility and its loaded departure. It begins when the carrier arrives at the ammunition
supply facility office and terminates when the carrier clears the vehicle assembly area checkpoint.
k. Determine the number of pallets or boxes of each item to be loaded on each carrier before the
transportation vehicle arrives. This reduces the downtime of loading. It also improves the degree of
control over personnel, MHE, and documentation. Each type of package and carrier should have a
separate loading plan.
3. Liaison with transportation agencies.
a. The responsible movement control center (MCC) designates a movement control team (MCT) to be the
single point of contact for each shipping or receiving activity. The MCT is the link between the shipping
activity and the transportation service organization.
The MCT receives transportation service
requirements from the MCC and processes the requests. The MCT coordinates the activities of
transportation operators and expedites movements of incoming and outgoing carriers.
b. For efficient transportation and ammunition service support, ammunition units must establish close liaison
with the MCT serving their area. Timely and accurate data must be provided to the MCT on impending
shipments. This way the MCT can provide advance information of the mode of transportation, the time of
arrival, and any other pertinent information that the receiving installation may need to plan for the receipt.
4. Ammunition shipments: Transporting ammunition between the Continental United States (CONUS Outside
Continental United States (OCONUS), and within the theater of operation (TO) require close coordination
between the ammunition and transportation agencies.
a. CONUS shipments. The Commander of Military Traffic Management Command (MTMC) is responsible
for the performance of traffic management functions within CONUS. This includes the direction, control,
and supervision of all functions incident to the effective and economical procurement and use of:
Freight and passenger transportation services from commercial for-hire transportation companies.
Military-owned railway stock (Defense Freight Railway Interchange Fleet) registered for interchange
MTMC must approve all commercial vehicles that transport hazardous cargo for the government.
The MTMC is a jointly staffed, major Army field command with headquarters in Falls Church, VA. Its
major subordinate commands are as follows:
Eastern Area Command with headquarters in Bayonne, NJ.
Western Area Command with headquarters in Oakland, CA.
Transportation Engineering Agency with headquarters in Newport News, VA.