Spc. Marquis Hopkins
3rd SB
 Photos by Spc. Marquis Hopkins
Sgt. 1st Class Rodric Booker, a petroleum supply specialist with 135th QM Co., 87th CSSB, 3rd SB, 3rd ID fuels a humvee Oct. 25, at the South Carolina National Guard Armory, in Manning, S.C.

 

Fort Stewart fuelers deliver roadside service

Soldiers assigned to the 135th Quartermaster Company, 87th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, conducted a fuel support mission for the 21st Chemical Company, Special Troops Battalion, 82nd Sustainment Brigade, Oct. 25, at the South Carolina National Guard Armory, Manning, South Carolina.
The 21st Chem Co. requested the fuel support mis­sion for their road convoy to Fort Stewart, Ga. to con­duct a field training exercise.
The 135th QM Co. is a bulk petroleum company that is the only asset within the 3rd Inf. Div. capable of delivering large quantities of fuel to maneuver forc­es including resupply of bulk petroleum, oil and lubri­cants.
“Our unit has the capabilities to provide retail and bulk fuel,” said Sgt. 1st Class Rodric Booker, the Non Commissioned Officer in charge of the mission assigned to 135th QM Co. “We currently own the PQAS-E lab to test fuel quality and filter effectiveness for units across Fort Stewart.”
135th QM Co. runs testing for petroleum, oil and lubricants throughout Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield before transporting the fuel for missions.
“Being in charge of the fuel lab and conducting daily operations helps us prepare for missions” said Booker. “We’re the asset that keeps everyone moving.”
Soldiers from 135th QM Co. perform daily fuel oper­ations to ensure that all of their Soldiers are well trained and are ready to complete any mission at a moments notice.
“We did not need any additional training because we train on fueling operations daily,” said 1st Lt. Brandon Murphy a platoon leader with 135th QM Co. “We were ready to complete this mission.”
Soldiers from 135th QM Co. completed training on the M978A4 Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck prior to this mission to get familiarization before head­ing to South Carolina. The training and classes pro­vided 135th QM Co. Soldiers with knowledge of how to properly issue fuel in the most effective way.
“For this mission we utilized an M978A4 HEMTT for both easy maneuvering and conducting retail oper­ations,” Murphy said.
The equipment that 135th QM Co. uses depends on the type of mission and customer equipment. Being able to use a HEMTT allows the Soldiers to operate more efficiently than using the typical 5k Tanker.
“The mission went very well,” Booker said. “Any time you leave and return with all of your Soldiers is always a successful mission.”