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News | May 14, 2019

Advanced Study of Air Mobility Officers visit DLA Distribution Yokosuka, Japan

By Dawn Bonsell, DLA Distribution Public Affairs

Navy Cmdr. Allen “AJ” Rivera, commander, DLA Distribution Yokosuka, Japan, hosted 16 field grade officers from the U.S. Air Force Advanced Study of Air Mobility class May 3. The annual event highlights the course these advanced aviators receive while visiting Japan. According to Rivera, “It’s a great opportunity to engage and discuss with the young Air Force mid-grade officers in the ASAM program about DLA Distribution—the storage and distribution provider for the Department of Defense. Educating them on distributive capabilities DLA offers in sustaining the warfighter readiness in the INDO-PACOM Area of Responsibility will better prepare them for their challenging follow-on assignments throughout DOD.”
The class received a brief from the commander and then a walkthrough of DDYJ’s warehousing, transportation and distribution services. Mr. Jason Evans, DDYJ transportation officer, explained the transportation division of the distribution center to the group during the facility tour.
Based at Fort Dix, New Jersey, the ASAM program offers Air Force majors the opportunity to become air mobility experts in the military and global classrooms, while earning a Master of Air Mobility degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology. The course is a rigorous academic program where over the course of 13 months students study the academic, military and civilian facets of logistics. Upon graduation the students move on to key planning and logistics positions where they provide key inputs to decisions affecting mobility forces worldwide.