IWAKUNI, Japan, May 22, 2017 —
Defense Logistics Agency Distribution cut the ribbon on its newest facility during a ceremony with logistics partners and customers May 15.
Located in Iwakuni, Japan, the site was the result of a two-year collaboration between the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy, U.S. Forces Japan, and United States Pacific Command and based on a requirement resulting from the growth of the U.S. forces at Iwakuni.
The new location aims to decrease customer wait times for critical material by pre-positioning it on site, reducing investment and transportation costs to the services, and increasing readiness for troops in the Area of Responsibility.
“This distribution center, like the others in our global distribution network, has been established to ensure that our customers have the right things, at the right place, at the right time,” DLA Distribution Commanding General Army Brig. Gen. John Laskodi told the audience. “It also represents an enduring commitment by the US Department of Defense, to strengthen our military logistics posture in the Pacific…the logistics which support our operational and tactical forces across all domains.”
Cutting the ribbon alongside Laskodi were Navy Cmdr. Nolasco Villanueva, commander, DLA Distribution Yokosuka, Japan; Marine Corps Col. Richard Fuerst, commander, Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni; Navy Capt. Tim Daniels, commander, DLA Pacific; and Thelmo Santos, site director, DLA Distribution Iwakuni.