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San Joaquin County is the northernmost county in the San Joaquin Valley. San Joaquin County has an inland seaport in Stockton and more than a thousand miles of recreational waterways along the Delta. The City of Stockton was founded in 1849. It is connected to the San Francisco Bay by a 78-mile deepwater channel. When gold was discovered, Stockton became a staging center for miners who were arriving from San Francisco by riverboat. Many of these miners stayed in the valley to farm, and flour mills and grain elevators eventually lined the Stockton waterfront. Riverboats transported products to San Francisco with many items sent on to foreign markets. In the 1930's the Port of Stockton facilities were built and the deep water channel was dredged to accommodate ocean going vessels. During WWII, 10,000 workers built military picketboats, minesweepers, and landing craft. Stockton has become one of the fastest developing warehousing and distribution centers in California.

The Defense Logistics Agency San Joaquin Depot is made up of distribution facilities at three separate locations -- Tracy, Sharpe and Stockton's Rough & Ready Island. The depot receives, stores and ships supplies to military customers located mainly in the western U.S. and the Pacific Theater of operations, and in some cases worldwide.

The Defense National Stockpile is managed by the U.S. Department of Defense, with day-to-day operations being guided by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). In 1998, the DLA sold 12,183 tons of pig tin from the stockpile. Of this total, 10,313 tons represented long-term sales contracts to RMT Corp. and Considar, Inc. (both of New York, NY). The DLA continued its monthly spot tin sales program under the same format as in recent years, with sales being held on the first Wednesday. The following depots held the largest inventories of tin, in descending order: Hammond, IN; Anniston, AL; Point Pleasant, WV; and Baton Rouge, LA. At 1998 yearend, 83,607 tons of tin remained in the NDS. The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) 1999 tin sales program emphasized its long-term activity and had only a modest spot sales effort. DLA allocated 2,000 tons of tin to sell on the spot market at monthly sales. Two long-term sales were again conducted, one in the spring, another in the fall. DLA announced that its Annual Materials Plan for fiscal year 1999 called for sales of up to 12,000 tons of stockpile tin. Stockpile tin is warehoused at six depots, with the largest holdings at Hammond, IN, and Baton Rouge, LA. The Stockton, CA, depot was closed.

CAARNG Stockton Complex

The California Army National Guard [CAARNG] Stockton Complex is situated in central California in the southern portion of the city of Stockton, within Congressional District #11. The Stockton Complex facilities (armory, OMS #24, CSMS, and AASF) are located adjacent to the Stockton Municipal Airport. Stockton was incorporated in 1850 and is the seat of San Joaquin County. The city is also a deepwater port at the head of navigation on the San Joaquin River. The local demographics provide an adequate recruiting population. The installation makes a positive contribution to the local economy in terms of salaried jobs and purchases.

Additionally, the installations support full-time personnel including recruiters, 5 Area coordinators, OMS personnel at the armory, and personnel at the CSMS. The three Area coordinator maintenance technicians provide facility maintenance support to all northern California sites. There are Chinook (CH-47) helicopters assigned to CO G. An additional CH-47 helicopters were assigned to CO G in fiscal year (FY) 1999. Company B has Iroqouis (UH-1) helicopters assigned to its unit. Additional UH-1s are also assigned to Company D.

The Stockton Complex (armory, organizational maintenance shop [OMS], combined support maintenance shop [CSMS], and Army aviation support facility [AASF]) of the California Army National Guard (CAARNG) was constructed in phases from the 1950s through the 1980s. The armory, OMS, and CSMS are located on the western half of the site, with the AASF located on the eastern portion. The site is situated on a 55-acre parcel for all assigned units and operations.

The California Army National Guard [CAARNG] aviation units are based at the Mather Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF) located at the former Mather Air Force Base (AFB) in Sacramento, the AASF in Stockton, the California Aviation Classification Repair Depot (AVCRAD) in Fresno, and the Armed Forces Reserve Center (AFRC) in Los Alamitos. All sites include hangar facilities, aircraft parking aprons, and armories.

Naval Communication Stockton (NCS)

NAVCOMMSTA Stockton was an element of the Naval Computer and Telecommunications System (NCTS) and was responsible for maintaining communications for command, operational control, and support of administrative functions within the Department of the Navy (DON); managing, operating and maintaining those facilities of the Defense Information System (DIS) as assigned; and performing such other functions as may be validated by Chief of Naval Operations (CNO).

NAVCOMMSTA Stockton was an Echelon 3 shore command in an active operating status, under a commanding officer reporting administratively to the Naval Computer and Tele- communications Command (NAVCOMTELCOM) and operationally to the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station EASTPAC (NCTAMS EASTPAC). In addition, NAVCOMMSTA Stockton is subject to the jurisdiction of area coordinator, COMNAVBASE San Francisco and, where applicable, to the direction of individuals with delegated authority from CNO or NAVCOMTELCOM.

NAVCOMMSTA Stockton performed tasks as directed by NCTAMS EASTPAC, exercising authoritative direction and control of tactical ship-shore-ship telecommunications functions; providing NCTS support to ashore subscribers; and, where applicable, providing telecommunications systems in support of strategic communications requirements. In addition, NAVCOMMSTA Stockton exercises operational and administrative control of its assigned Naval Tele- communications Centers (NTCCs) and other components.

NAVCOMMSTA Stockton operated a SHF satellite facility in support of tactical requirements in the EASTPAC NAVCOMMAREA. It also operated an UHF satellite facility in support of tactical requirements in the EASTPAC NAVCOMMAREA.

The Navy Microwave Relay Facility at Mt. Diablo, CA provides a contract operated microwave site in support of DIS interconnect requirements, and UHF/VHF transmit/receive support systems.

The Navy Microwave Relay Facility at Mt. Vaca, CA provides a contract operated microwave site in support of DIS interconnect requirements.

As a result of DDT-contaminated surface soil at Naval Communication Station (NCS) Stockton, California, the Navy chose to aggressively mitigate the contamination and help develop innovative technologies for application in the marketplace. At the time the DDT contamination was discovered, cost- effective treatment options for DDT had not been developed. However, the Navy proved that solvent extraction can remove DDT from clay soil, with on-site treatment at a cost savings of approximately $2,000 per ton. NCS Stockton is located within the ecologically sensitive Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta of California. The San Joaquin Delta lies at the confluence of two major California rivers, is the largest source of drinking water in California, and is home to several threatened and endangered species. In order to preserve the endangered species habitat, the Navy chose to excavate DDT-contaminated soil, characterize the lateral and vertical extent of DDT by using innovative immunoassay field screening methods, and evaluate innovative technologies to remove DDT.

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