DLA Distribution San Joaquin was named Commander-in-Chief’s Installation Excellence Award winner by the Defense Logistics Agency

By Annette Silva DLA Distribution Public Affairs

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DLA Distribution San Joaquin, located in Tracy, California along with their 10 DLA organizations that comprise the installation was selected as the DLA winner to compete for the prestigious Commander-in-Chief’s Installation Excellence Award. 

“Although Team San Joaquin is honored for being selected to compete for this prestigious award, we also recognize and acknowledge the great efforts of every DLA Installation and Distribution Center across the enterprise,” DLA Distribution San Joaquin Commander Marine Col. Andre Harrell said.  “This award represents the hard work, collaborative efforts, and selfless dedication to duty from every government employee, contractor, and military member aboard our installation.   It also reflects the outstanding work, team cohesion, humility, and unselfish commitment to meeting, exceeding, and sustaining a high level of performance in everything we do.  We strive to always be accountable for our metrics, audit readiness, responsiveness, and quality, while doing everything possible to take care of our most treasured resource – our employees.”

The Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence recognizes the outstanding and innovative efforts of the people who operate and maintain U.S. military installations. It is presented annually to one installation from each branch of service and DLA in the Department of Defense (DoD) category.

The distribution center takes pride in serving as DoD’s Western Strategic Distribution Platform and DLA’s primary distribution point to the western U.S., Pacific, and Indian Ocean regions. The San Joaquin team coordinates storage and distribution, materiel logistics, wildfire support, and unitized group rations in  support of DoD, interagency partners, foreign allies, and first responder customers, to deliver materiel requirements on time, every time.

In order for the distribution center to be able to expertly warehouse and manage over 400,000 national stock numbers valued at $7.3 billion, and ship more than 1.4 million line items valued in excess of $3.6 billion during fiscal year 2017, this would not have been possible without the outstanding working relationships with DLA Installation Operations San Joaquin, DLA Information Operations and support from our local union American Federation of Government Employees 1546 partners. These organizations are vital to the success of our mission providing superb infrastructure support, information technology support and strong partnering with the union and management across the installation.

“We are proud of Team San Joaquin for their enduring/tireless commitment to supporting our Warfighters, interagency partners (e.g. FEMA, Department of Homeland Security), foreign allies, first responders, and most importantly, each other.  One Mission, One Team, One Focus, & One Family –  selfless, dedicated, and committed to supporting the men and women who honorably sacrifice their all to ensure we enjoy the day-to-day privileges of a free, thriving, and viable democratic society,” Harrell concluded.

The next step in the process is to compete at the DoD level to be named as the installation of excellence. The award submission package will be evaluated in the following criteria areas: mission support, energy, quality of life, real property asset management and stewardship, competitive activities, communications, safety and health, security and public relations.