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    Bulk Fuel fuels III MEF operations

    Bulk Fuel fuels III MEF operations

    Photo By Lance Cpl. Shelby Karr | U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Jamal Washington, an assistant contracting officer...... read more read more



    Story by Lance Cpl. Shelby Karr 

    Marine Corps Installations Pacific

    CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA, Japan – U.S. Marines with Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations Pacific – Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, provide a 24/7 fuel source for the U.S. military community on MCB Camp Butler.

    Defense fuel supply points throughout Okinawa allow III Marine Expeditionary Force to stay ready at a moment’s notice.

    “Everything runs on fuel,” said U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt Bradley Hoffman, the staff noncommissioned officer in charge contracting officer representative with the bulk fuel office, H&S Battalion. “Everything that’s moving, aircraft and large trucks that are transporting the equipment from this island to the next will definitely need fuel at some point.”

    Bulk fuel supports all types of transportation fuel for a variety of U.S. military vehicles on Okinawa.

    According to Hoffman, all the tanks on Camp Foster are convault tanks which are stationary. Each tank is an 8,000 to 12,000 gallon tank split between motor gas ethanol free gasoline and diesel fuel. In addition there is JP-8 jet engine fuel available totaling to 24,000 gallons of fuel.

    Along with Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Jamal Washington, an assistant COR, is the only other Marine assigned to bulk fuel.

    “In order to support day-to-day operations we are here to supply that fuel at an expedient rate so that everyone can get where they need to go,” said Washington, a native of Charleston, South Carolina. Both Hoffman and Washington work alongside five master labor contractors that assist in coordinating fuel supply operations.

    One of the assets that bulk fuel has on hand is the pantograph, a stationary refueling system that connects directly to any U.S. military aircraft or external tanks for efficient refueling.

    “You will see these on the flight line with the F-18s and the Ospreys that can all hook up to this pressure locking nozzle,” said Hoffman. “What we do here on the ground side is provide a bulk issue or large quantity of fuel into external tanks that are brought in off of 7-ton vehicles or trailers, so having this on Camp Foster is a huge asset—there is nothing else like it on the south side of the island.”

    As a section under the base supply branch of MCIPAC, G-4 helps support the formulation and promulgation of logistical support related policies and procedures for MCB Camp Butler.



    Date Taken: 01.14.2021
    Date Posted: 01.14.2021 19:28
    Story ID: 386915
    Hometown: BETHLEHEM, PA, US
    Hometown: CHARLESTON, SC, US

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