U.S.

July 5, 2012

Citizen Airmen, Soldiers join forces to deliver jet fuel

Tags:
Maj. Gabe Johnson
162nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Army Reserve Pvt. Jamarcus McGee, top, checks a fuel tanker seal while Staff Sgt. Buzz Decker verifies seal numbers below before unloading fuel at the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Fighter Wing at Tucson International Airport, June 21. Soldiers delivered JP8 to 73 F-16 Fighting Falcons here for two weeks as part of their annual Quartermaster Liquid Logistics Exercise.

When American Soldiers need practice managing the vital fuel that keeps the military mobile, they look to the Arizona Air National Guard for hands-on experience.

It’s not often that Army reserve quartermasters, experts in military logistics and supply, get to transport, store and test JP8 jet fuel for an F-16 Fighting Falcon training mission, but once a year the Soldiers work alongside their Air National Guard counterparts at Tucson International Airport to ensure 73 fighters stay airborne.

From June 16 to 29, several Soldiers of the 418th Quartermaster Battalion along with coordination efforts of the 655th Quartermaster Detachment based in Marana, Ariz., and the 369th Transportation Company in Wichita, Kan., delivered more than 50,000 gallons per day to the 162nd Fighter Wing as part of their annual Quartermaster Liquid Logistics Exercise – or QLLEX.

“Our full-time F-16 mission requires about 54,000 gallons of fuel each day, so here they can get experience and training that impacts daily operations,” said Senior Master Sgt. Daniel Larrivas, fuels superintendent for the 162nd Fighter Wing.

“We even take them out to the flightline where they get to drag the fuel hoses to our crew chiefs. I think they like it because they get to see the end result of their work when they see our jets take off.”

The fuel, which is owned and managed by the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, is primarily transported to the wing daily from nearby Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by civilian contractors. However, DLA Energy teams up with reserve Soldiers during QLLEX to keep them ready to move JP8 should the need for more fuel haulers arise.

“Without being deployed, this as close to what it would be like for us to do our jobs handling fuel overseas,” said Warrant Officer Candidate Melissa Rodriguez of the 655th. “We like this mission, our guys are always excited to work around jets.”

Rodriguez’ team served as quality assurance for DLA during the exercise to prevent spillage, ensure administrative tasks were accomplished correctly, and to verify that each tanker carried the right amount of fuel at 7,000 gallons each.

“We concentrated on the drivers’ training,” said Capt. Joshua Kohler of the 369th. “Hauling a liquid, you can feel it sloshing around. It’s a different experience and for many of our Soldiers, this is their first time.”

The Tucson-based fighters were just one of many customers for this year’s QLLEX. The 161st Air Refueling Wing in Phoenix was one of 10 other sites participating with various quartermaster units around the country.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
FoodBank_pict

Commissary food bank donations top 4 million pounds

FORT LEE, Va. – In a classic case of a crisis creating an opportunity, the government shutdown of 2013 served as a catalyst to revive donations from military commissaries to local food banks, with the stores donating more tha...
 
 
DoD
Equality_pict

Women’s Equality Day commemorates history, bridges future leaders

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Women’s Equality Day, Aug. 26, not only commemorates the ratification of the 95th anniversary of the 19th Amendment — which solidified women’s voting rights — but it also coincides with...
 
 
DoD
ArmyDepot

Army Depot explosion in Japan remains under investigation

WASHINGTON — The cause of an explosion and the resulting large fire at a storage building early today at the Army’s Sagami General Depot in Sagamihara City, Japan, remains under investigation, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt....
 

 
AAFES_pict

Shopping the Exchange pays $224 million in dividends

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service paid a dividend of $224 million in 2014 to morale, welfare and recreation efforts for the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy. In the past 10 years, the Exchange has prov...
 
 
3D_pict

To print a missile: Raytheon research points to 3-D printing for tomorrow’s technology

The day is coming when missiles can be printed.  Researchers at Raytheon Missile Systems say they have already created nearly every component of a guided weapon using additive manufacturing, more commonly known as 3-D printing...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash

AF Senior leaders give State of the Air Force address

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III held a State of the Air Force address at the Pentagon, Aug. 24. The first topic of discussion w...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>