NEW CUMBERLAND, Pa –
Marine Corps. Col. Kevin Chunn assumed command of Defense Logistics Agency Distribution San Joaquin, California, from Marine Col. Tiffany Harris during a change of command ceremony June 17.
DLA Distribution Commanding General, Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Keith Reventlow, officiated the ceremony.
Harris served as both the Defense Distribution Depot San Joaquin installation/base commander and the DLA Distribution San Joaquin commander, overseeing over 1,300 government, contractor and military personnel. She led 10 DLA organizations and three Army units aboard the installation. DDJC is one of two strategic distribution platforms responsible for providing distribution support to continental United States based customers and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command customers.
Harris managed the strategic distribution support to 16,000 customers globally, four theater consolidation shipping points, 12 break bulk points and 4,000 Defense Department account activity codes in the Pacific theater of operations. Additionally, Harris was responsible for the storage, inventory and distribution of 379,000 national stock numbers valued at approximately $11.6 billion, while receiving and shipping more than five million line items valued in excess of $5 billion per year.
The initiatives Harris planned and directed allowed DLA to extend its reach and enterprise by providing accurate and cost-effective logistics support to requesting services and whole of government components. DDJC also received two DoD enterprise level awards: the DoD Voluntary Protection Program Achievement Award; and the DoD Commander in Chief Installation Excellence Award.
In October 2021, DDJC was designated the primary storage and distribution point for CUE Health COVID-19 test kits, supporting the Health and Human Services Department and DoD customers. Harris coordinated multiple work centers to make a DLA system flexible enough to respond to private and nonprofit shipping and distribution requirements. This team proved their expertise and met customer demands in the most rural regions of the country, as well as to warfighters down range in Guyana. In total, team San Joaquin received 3.4 million COVID-19 test kits and shipped over 2.3 million, never missing a single required delivery date.
Also, during Harris’ tenure as commander, DDJC flawlessly processed over 9 million transactions (receipts, issues, transshipments, Wildfire Support, Unified Group Rations, Foreign Military Service, Hazardous and classified) and outperformed DLA Distribution percent on time and average days key performance metrics for over five consecutive years and counting; an astounding accomplishment that has not been achieved since headquarters began capturing this data in 2002.
As an avid and proactive member of the community in San Joaquin County, Harris supported the community by giving guest speeches during holiday events and volunteered her time to support local charity events. Harris leaves DLA Distribution San Joaquin with a legacy of innovation, improvement and dedication to quality.
For her many accomplishments as commander of DDJC, Harris was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal.
Incoming commander Chunn enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1991. In 1999, he was accepted to Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. via the Meritorious Commissioning Program. Following graduation from Ground Supply Officer Course, he received orders to the 3rd Marine Division, Okinawa, Japan. He was assigned to the 4th Marine Regiment and served in various assignments to include supply officer and assistant regiment logistics officer, before assuming command of Headquarters Company.
Chunn’s key billet assignments include supply management unit operations officer for the 3rd Material Readiness Battalion, 3rd Force Service Support Group, executive officer, 1st Marine Logistics Group, Combat Logistics Regiment 1, Camp Pendleton, California, operations officer, Combat Logistics Battalion 13, G-3 logistics readiness center officer in charge and later executive officer for CLB-61st Marine Logistics Group Forward, Regional Command Southwest, at Helmond Province, Afghanistan and then returned to serve as the future plans officer for Combat Logistics Regiment-15 at Camp Pendleton. His next assignment was at U.S. Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, where he served as J-5 Strategy and Governance Division, lead military planner for joint enabling capabilities and Title X Wargames.
Chunn then assumed duties as branch chief for Joint Enabling Capabilities and Wargames in TRANSCOM's J-5 Strategy and Governance Division. In 2015, he joined 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Okinawa, Japan and assumed duties as G-4, Materiel Readiness Branch officer in charge. In 2016, he assumed duties as the Deputy AC/S G-4 for 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. In 2017, he assumed command of 3rd Supply Battalion in Okinawa, Japan. In 2020, he reported to Marine Corps Logistics Command at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Georgia, and assumed duties as director of the plans division. In 2021, he assumed his most recent billet as AC/S G-3, 1st Marine Logistics Base in Camp Pendleton, California.
Chunn’s deployments include Korea as CJ-4 sustainment planner, Pakistan with Operation Lifeline, Jordan for Exercise Native Fury, Western Pacific with 13th Marine Expeditionary and Kuwait as chief of plans for Central Command Deployment Distribution Operations Center, Exercise Freedom Banner/Sang Yong-18 in Gwanyang, South Korea, and to Taiwan for Blue Sea Marine Corps-18. While deployed he supported operations, exercises and training across U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, U.S. Central Command and U.S. Africa Command.
Chunn’s military education includes Expeditionary Warfare School in Quantico, Virginia, Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, as the commandant of the Marine Corps International Security Studies Fellow.