DLA Distribution San Joaquin, Calif.
DLA Distribution San Joaquin, Calif., with facilities in Tracy and Lathrop, Calif., receives, stores and ships materiel in support of America's Armed Forces around the clock, around the world. DLA Distribution San Joaquin, Calif., is in the military readiness business and is the Department of Defense's western strategic distribution platform, serving as a hub of logistics activities for America's Warfighter. The distribution center stores over 676,000 different stock numbers valued at $5 billion. In 2008, nearly 3.4 million line items valued at $4.16 billion were shipped to customers around the world.
DLA Distribution San Joaquin, Calif., originated in 1942 as part of the Army's Quartermaster system and has supported every major war and many contingency operations over the past seven decades from World War II to current operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as several humanitarian relief efforts. Today, DLA Distribution San Joaquin, Calif., is the second largest of 26 depots subordinate to DLA Distribution, headquartered in New Cumberland, Pa.
DLA Distribution San Joaquin, Calif., was the winner of the prestigious Commander-in-Chief?s Installation Excellence award for 2009 and 2005. The award honors outstanding and innovative efforts of the people who operate and maintain U.S. military installations. The distribution center was recognized for increasing productivity, reducing transportation costs, and ongoing efforts in the area of customer support, workforce improvements, environmental compliance and support services. Additionally, the distribution center received the Gold Level Eureka Award from the California Council for Performance Excellence, and was selected as one four representatives on behalf of the Department of Defense to compete for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The fire department at DLA Distribution San Joaquin, Calif., swept the Emergency Service Awards for DLA receiving Fire Department of the Year, Fire Prevention Office of the Year, Firefighter of the Year, and Fire Officer of the Year recognition. Furthermore, the fire department was the first department to be accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International throughout DLA and the fifth in the state of California.
Warfighters overseas in the Pacific are supported through DLA Distribution San Joaquin, Calif.'s, Consolidation and Containerization Point, or CCP, which operates much like a cross-docking, freight-forwarding business, consolidating freight into seagoing vans or on special air pallets for shipment to overseas customers. Items from other distribution centers, government agencies, and independent vendors account for 50 percent of the materiel shipped from the CCP with the remainder coming from DLA Distribution San Joaquin, Calif., mission stock. On a monthly average, the CCP will ship more than 500 seavans and nearly 150 air pallets to 4,000 customers stationed in the Pacific. Support is tailored to each customer unit's individual requirements.
Dedicated truck service features customized delivery schedules, reduced transit times, and items packed to suit the Warfighter which results in reduced transportation costs and enhanced partnerships with customers and freight carriers. More than one-third of DLA Distribution San Joaquin, Calif.'s, shipments are transported on dedicated trucks. Customers on the west coast receive deliveries same day or overnight, while customers as far away as Pennsylvania can be supported in 72 hours.
DLA Distribution San Joaquin, Calif., also assembles Unitized Group Rations, or UGRs, a heat and serve meal that sustains military personnel on worldwide deployments. The UGR uses commercially available foods to provide the highest quality group meals to soldiers in the field.