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Defense Distribution Depot San Joaquin Base Guide

Defense Distribution Depot San Joaquin is the top distribution site for the western region of the country, providing and moving all essential materials for military operations and base life.

Employing almost 2,000 people, this site has solidified Tracy, California as a hub of importance for military missions and necessary to keep other bases in operation. The site moves survival supplies like food and clothes, as well as repair parts, electrical, medical and industrial supplies easily with its central location and access to both water and land routes of transportation.

Learn more about Defense Distribution Depot San Joaquin including its history, info on the surrounding area, services such as housing and childcare, and important contact information below.

Defense Distribution Depot San Joaquin Base History

The Defense Distribution Depot San Joaquin site conducts operations through the Tracy Facility and the Sharpe Facility in San Joaquin County, California.

The DDSJ readily aided all branches of the US military in their efforts in World War II beginning in 1942 by utilizing the proximity to rail stations and a sea port. This made shipping supplies on all fronts convenient. In 1950, Tracy Facility changed hands to another system and kept up its efforts to supply operations in the Korean War, followed by supporting the Vietnam War not long after in the 1960’s.

Just before the turn of the millennium, the Sharpe Facility merged with the Tracy Depot, which reduced the necessary staff to support the facility. The site continues to be a central hub for all supply relations within the US military.

Defense Distribution Depot San Joaquin Surrounding Area

The DDJC is well-situated within a short distance from Stockton and Tracy, California. Stockton features urban amenities with a population of over 300,000, while Tracy is more cozy at about 100,000. Adventure-seekers can take day trips from the DDJC to Yosemite National Park and go see the giant sequoias.

Other options include the Livermore Valley Wine Tour or a casual day at the beach on the Big Sur California Coast. There is even an option of a self-driving tour of Silicon Valley for an outside-the-box agenda. Or families can stroll casually through the Ruth Bancroft Garden. The outdoorsy and the special interest traveler will have plenty of options here.

Defense Distribution Depot San Joaquin Mission and Units

Defense Distribution Depot San Joaquin facilitates and organizes the storage, shipping and receiving of supplies for military operations in the western region of the United States.

Essential items for military use such as medical and construction supplies are managed here as well as food and clothing. This award-winning site keeps many other sites well-stocked and running at their highest capacity for success.

  • DLA Disposition Services San Joaquin
  • DLA Distribution San Joaquin
  • DLA Installation Management San Joaquin
  • DLA Office of the Inspector General, Investigations Division
  • Distribution and Materiel Logistics Training Division
  • J1 Human Resources
  • J6 Information Operations
  • US Army Medical Materiel Agency (USAMMA)

In-Processing and Check-In

Civilians can contact the Pass & ID Office at Tracy Depot.  Military members should report directly to their unit of assignment.

San Joaquin Depot Child Care

From six weeks of age to five years, children of service members can receive quality child care through the Child Development Center. At this facility, the CDC is located on the Depot in Building 32 with standard business hours.

At this time, the Defense Distribution Depot San Joaquin does not offer School Age and Youth Services Programs. The phone number to the CDC for availability and registration for care is (209) 839-4901.

Defense Distribution Depot San Joaquin Housing

Defense Distribution Depot San Joaquin does not have government or contracted housing facilities.

Related: Basic Allowance for Housing Calculator


There is no Commissary at this installation. The nearest commissary is at Travis Air Force Base, approximately 70 miles from the Deport.

PCS and TDY Lodging

The nearest temporary lodging to the base is the InterContinental Hotels Group Army Hotel on the Camp Parks Reserve Forces property. Otherwise there is no lodging offered at the Defense Distribution Depot San Joaquin. The hotel can be reached at (925) 574-1004 to check for pricing and vacancies.


The nearest airport to the facility is the Sacramento International Airport. Drivers should take the I-5 going south for a little over an hour and exit 458A for Tracey, California. Follow signs to the Truck Gate, which stays open day and night. Other options are the employee gate or the main gate.

For those who need transportation within the confines of the base, they can arrange for taxi services, ride shares, and van pools. To make arrangements, call the depot at (209) 839-4127.

Vehicle Registration and Driver’s License

To enter the Defense Distribution Depot, San Joaquin drivers must be able to show their current driver’s license and sufficient vehicle insurance. All vehicles that enter are subject to unannounced searches.

Drivers should follow standard safety protocols while driving on base, including wearing seatbelts, using hands-free devices while operating their vehicle and proper safety seats for young passengers.

Defense Distribution Depot San Joaquin Schools

Tracy, California, has many options for schooling for young learners who can attend schools in the Tracy Public School District or the Lathrop/Manteca Unified Public School District. High-quality schools in MUSD include but are not limited to:

  • Lathrop Elementary
  • Joseph Widmer School
  • Mossdale Elementary
  • Lathrop High School

Tracy schools include:

  • North School
  • Louis Bohn Elementary
  • McKinley Elementary
  • Central Elementary
  • Williams Middle School
  • Monte Vista Middle School
  • Kimball High School
  • West High School

Nearby Colleges and Universities

Depending on the needs and goals of the adult learner, this site has two options.

For those seeking their GED, CLEP, SAT exams or continuing education services, the Defense Distribution Depot San Joaquin has ties with Delta College in Stockton, California, to allow self-paced learning. This campus can be reached by calling (209) 954-5151.

Those working toward their bachelor’s or graduate degrees or specific certifications should apply to Notre Dame de Namur University in Tracy, California. The cam is centrally located and can be reached at (209) 833-5020.

Related: Ultimate GI Bill Guide

Defense Distribution Depot San Joaquin Contacts

Installation Address
25600 S. Chrisman Rd.
Tracy, CA 95304
(209) 839-4294

  • Child Development Center (209) 839-4901
  • Family Advocacy Program (209) 839-5029
  • Personnel Support Office (209) 839-4294
  • Relocation Assistance Program (209) 839-5029
  • Emergency Relief Services (209) 839-5029

Related: Ultimate Military Benefits Guide



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