2004 API Awards for Excellence in Fuels Management

2004 API Awards for Excellence in Fuels Management

Joan Paquin

RADM Justin D. McCarthy, SC, SN, then Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP), announced the 2004 Navy and Marine Corps winners and runners-up for the American Petroleum Institute Awards for Excellence in Fuels Management.

The awards are presented annually under the sponsorship of the American Petroleum Institute, an internationally recognized petroleum trade organization. The awards recognize activities and personnel that made the most significant contributions to the Department of the Navy fuel operations, petroleum supply chain management and fleet fuel support. There are five award categories: Navy Bulk Fuel Terminals, Navy Retail Fuel Activities, Marine Corps Non-Tactical Activities, Marine Corps Tactical Units, and individual awards.

The following activities and personnel are recognized for their accomplishments and contributions:

Category I–Navy Bulk Fuel Terminals Winner–Naval Support Facility, Diego Garcia

NAVSUPPFAC Diego Garcia Played a key role as the primary Navy bulk fuel terminal providing outstanding fuel supply support to U.S. and coalition forces during Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), while operating in an isolated environment. They demonstrated superior management and leadership ability by safely transferring 243 million gallons of fuel to U.S. Air Force and Military Sealift Command forces. This volume represents a 2:1 distribution to storage turnover ratio on the depot’s storage capacity.

Activity personnel issued 88.8 million gallons of JP-5, a 420 percent increase over “pre 9/11” issue rates and provided superior allied fuel logistics to support cargo aircraft from eight foreign countries.

Category II–Navy Retail Fuel Activities Winner–Naval Base Ventura County, Calif.

NBVC transformed an aging 1950s era fuel facility into a world-class complex at relatively little cost to the taxpayers. Personnel pursued modernization improvements, environmental enhancements and engineering concepts, including completion of a new seismic shutdown system at Point Mugu; full rehabilitation of the CBC Port Hueneme government gas station; and completion of two new JP-5 issue stands with energy efficient motors/pumps, electronic safety systems, and overfill protection. Over 80 percent of the materials used were assets reclaimed from the Marine Corps Air Station E1 Toro closure. They contributed to the Navy and Marine Corps mission in 2003, supporting preparations of four battle groups deploying to Iraq.

Category III–Marine Corps Fuel Activities Winner–Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Japan

MCAS Futenma is operated solely by Marines and Sailors. The Fuels Division distinguished itself by conducting over 10,000 fueling operations and handling over seven million gallons of JP-5 without incident, fuel spill, or failed mission. The defueling operations recovered over 248,000 gallons of JP-5, which was credited back to the squadrons, saving the Marine Corps over $230,000 in 2003.

The Station Fuels HAZMAT site, considered the most complete site in the area, has been regularly toured and is used as an outstanding example by local HAZMAT inspectors when conducting classes. This group also excelled at providing fuel support to station, tenant and transient aircraft, and Marine Air Group-36 Test Cell and Ground Support Equipment 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Category IV–Marine Corps Tactical Units Winner–1st Bulk Fuel Company, 7th Engineer Support Battalion, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

The Marines of 1st BFC, 7th ESB ensured continuous fuel support during Operation Iraqi Freedom which allowed the Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) to push inland over 600 miles. Their innovative thinking resulted in fielding new concepts, like the employment of an inland distribution system developed from organic equipment to provide fuel support during OIF. They installed a 58-mile system during the worst sand storm in 20 years, and provided timely fuel delivery to units engaged in the Battle for An Nasiryah. Detachments were sent to Baghdad and Ad Diwaniyah to establish a 300,000-gallon fuel farm and six fuel sites for ongoing sustainment missions in support of the MEF and assisted in reconstruction efforts by offloading over 2 million gallons of diesel fuel from Iraqi railroad fuel tankers in Ad Diwaniyah.

Category V–Fuels Personnel Navy Fuels Officer of the Year LCDR Edwin F. Bogdanowicz, SC, USN, assigned to Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Yokosuka, Japan, led the largest Fuel Department within the Department of Defense with outstanding success, resulting in the accomplishment of many initiatives and improvements throughout the seven FISC Fuel Terminals. Under his leadership, FISC Yokosuka played a vital role in the logistics support for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, meeting all commitments consisting of 91 operations, with 338 million gallons of fuel transferred on time and on spec. His three-pronged safety vision of training, ORM principles, and facilities, was the key to a record setting program of only one minor lost time injury, despite the fact that the fuel department bad the busiest year on record.

Navy Fuels Chief Petty Officer of the Year Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate–Fuel (AW) James L. Miner, Naval Support Facility, Diego Garcia, provided outstanding leadership, management and support to U.S. and coalition forces during Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. His contributions to the U.S. military while operating in an isolated environment exceeded expectations. He ensured the safe and efficient transfer of 160 million gallons of fuel that included servicing 7,300 aircraft, 204 ship refuelings, 14 tanker offloads, and 42,200 vehicle refuelings to Navy, Air Force, and coalition forces in support of OEF and OIF. He led the Fuels Division in earning an unprecedented score of outstanding on the 2003 Supply Management Inspection, and monitored the completion of over $3.1 million in Defense Energy Support Center-sponsored fuel projects.

Navy Fuels Petty Officer of the Year Aviation Boatswain’s Mate-Fuel 1st Class (AW) Hakan Cayci, NSA Souda Bay, Greece, streamlined fueling procedures which enabled NSA Souda Bay to flawlessly handle a major surge in fueling operations during Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. His technical expertise in aviation fuels operations proved invaluable to mission accomplishment at the highest operational tempo in NSA Souda Bay’s history. He coordinated the establishment of a 100,000 JP-8 bladder system to support deployed U.S. Air Force personnel and USAF tanker aircraft. Additionally, he supervised and directed three military, one local national, and 16 contract personnel in the safe and efficient performance of their daily duties, and personally developed and managed the division’s training program.

Navy Fuels Civilian of the Year As Deputy Incident Commander, and working with a team of 205 responders from throughout the Navy region, state of Washington, U.S. Coast Guard and Kitsap County, Robert V. Cairns, FISC Puget Sound, Wash., successfully executed a triennial “worst-case” oil spill drill, negotiating and resolving issues between the parties, the Suquamish Tribe and the support contractors to ensure the Navy remained in compliance with regulations and would continue to provide critical fuel service to Pacific Northwest joint forces. He aggressively pursued funding sources for facility projects and sought out alternatives to contract maintenance, such as employing the North Dakota Air National Guard to conduct tank cleanings thus saving the Navy $250,000.

Marine Corps Fuels Officer of the Year CWO3 Michael D. Neill, 1st Bulk Fuel Co, 7th Engineer Support Battalion Camp Pendleton, Calif., worked at both operational and tactical levels. He ensured the successful employment of hose reel, helping to assemble a fuel line that was the cornerstone of combat service support for the Force Service Support Group during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Despite a difficult breach lane and logistical restraints, he accomplished the deployment of 30 miles of hose reel in record time. Neill personally oversaw the retrofit of Maritime Preposition Squadrons following retrograde and reconstitution of deployed units and performed duties superbly while forward deployed in support of OIF. His depth of knowledge of tactical bulk fuel equipment yielded great dividends for the Marine Corps and the bulk fuel community.

Marine Corps Fuels Staff NCO of the Year Gunnery Sergeant Daniel H. Devries, 1st Bulk Fuel Co, 7th Engineer Support Battalion, Camp Pendleton, Calif., reconfigured three Amphibious Assault Fuel Systems (AAFS) and 20 booster stations into an inland distribution system during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Under his leadership, 1st BFC employed the hose reel system, in conjunction with the reconfigured amphibious assault fuel system (AAFS) and laid over 58 miles of hose from Breach Point West at the Kuwait-Iraq border to Logistics Support Area Viper located in southeastern Iraq. The unconventional employment of the equipment in this capacity ensured the MEF with sustained fuel support. In addition, he was instrumental in revamping the bulk fuel personnel structure and embark process with a new table of organization for the employment of upgraded AAFS.

Marine Corps Fuels NCO of the Year Sergeant Kevin T. Hill, Marine Wing Support Squadron 371, MCAS Yuma, Ariz., made several significant and long lasting contributions to 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and the Marine Corps. He supervised and refueled 624 aircraft with over 114,400 gallons of aviation fuel, and provided 1,975 gallons of ground fuel in support of forward arming refueling points at Ar Rumayla, Camden Yards, Samara, and Tikrit, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Additionally, he was responsible for the embarkation and retrograde of over 3,000 tons of Tactical Fuels System equipment during OIF. He flawlessly supervised the inventory and loading of eight TAFDS, seven HERS of MPF Tactical Fuels System into ISO containers for retrograde to the Special Purpose MAGTF.

Marine Corps Civilian of the Year

Despite numerous obstacles resulting from the ongoing repair and upgrade of the facility, including the loss of 230,000 gallons of storage capacity, Kevin D. Bickle of MCAS Beaufort, N.C., developed a method that allowed his crew to cut the barge and truck offloading times in half, thereby saving his crew man-hours, allowing the trucking company to save man-hours, and allowing the operators to return to their destinations well ahead of schedule. Additionally, he maintained support to the tenant units and still allowed the contractor to meet their requirements while scheduling barge deliveries to ensure adequate stock. He was able to keep the flight line fuel pits open for hot refueling, load racks operational for trucks, and still allow for multiple construction projects to take place.

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