First shipment of F-35 Lightning II aircraft material arrives at San Joaquin

By Annette Silva, DLA Distribution San Joaquin Public Affairs

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Defense Logistics Agency Distribution San Joaquin, located in Tracy, California, was selected as the Wholesale Air Vehicle Storage and Distribution location for F-35 Lightning II aircraft parts. DLA Distribution has a proven track record as the Defense Department’s storage and distribution provider and DLA Distribution San Joaquin will step up as a key player in support of the sustainment of the DoD’s premier weapon system.

In January 2019, the F-35 Joint Program Office designated DLA as the Product Support Provider for North American Regional Warehousing, as well as PSP for Global Transportation and Distribution in partnership with U.S. Transportation Command. The PSP designations formally assign DLA as the service provider responsible for all warehousing on the North American continent. DLA Distribution San Joaquin will act as the wholesale inventory hub supporting F-35 global fleet sustainment.

First shipment of F-35 Lightning II aircraft material arrives at San Joaquin
Devin Cooper and Natalie Lee-Haynes are inspecting the first F-35 material to arrive at Defense Logistics Agency Distribution San Joaquin, California, in support of the Wholesale Air Vehicle Storage and Distribution mission Feb. 16, 2021. Photo by Annette Silva (210216-D-LB125-1005)
First shipment of F-35 Lightning II aircraft material arrives at San Joaquin
First shipment of F-35 Lightning II aircraft material arrives at San Joaquin
Devin Cooper and Natalie Lee-Haynes are inspecting the first F-35 material to arrive at Defense Logistics Agency Distribution San Joaquin, California, in support of the Wholesale Air Vehicle Storage and Distribution mission Feb. 16, 2021. Photo by Annette Silva (210216-D-LB125-1005)
Photo By: Annette Silva
VIRIN: 210216-D-LB125-1005

The F-35 mission team at DLA Distribution San Joaquin is headed by Program Manager Cynthia Louie and a blended workforce of federal and contracted employees. The team is responsible for receiving, storing and shipping F-35 materiel to customers in North America. The DDJC team completed classroom training Feb. 12 and a Lockheed Martin representative is currently embedded with the team to provide technical support, additional training and guidance on the process.

Louie is excited for the F-35 mission and looks forward to her team’s involvement in the mission. “We are humbled to be entrusted with the F-35 mission in support of national security. Much time and effort has gone into building strategic partnerships across the distribution network,” she commented. “Today it all comes to fruition, with the arrival of the first shipment.”

The first truckload of F-35 material arrived at DLA Distribution San Joaquin Feb. 16, representing the initial push of inventory to transition the mission from Lockheed Martin’s third party logistics in Fort Worth, Texas, to the distribution center in Tracy, California. The team received, inducted and stored material for future F-35 customer requests.