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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Marines, soldiers conduct joint exercise on fuel transport

By Lance Cpl. Orrin Farmer | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | June 07, 2013

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Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Jerril Billy shows Marine Sgt. Ken Wall the process of testing fuel from fuel farms during the Quarter Master Liquid Logistics exercise held at Camp Sierra in the 62-area here June 6. The Quarter Master Liquid Logistics exercise is an Army reserve exercise that helps train service members in the movement of large amount of fuels from one fuel farm to another. Billy is the petroleum lab supervisor for the 316th Quarter Masters Battalion stationed in Okmulgee, Ok. Wall is a bulk fuel specialist and a squad leader for Bulk Fuel Company A, stationed in Tucson, Ariz.

Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Jerril Billy shows Marine Sgt. Ken Wall the process of testing fuel from fuel farms during the Quarter Master Liquid Logistics exercise held at Camp Sierra in the 62-area here June 6. The Quarter Master Liquid Logistics exercise is an Army reserve exercise that helps train service members in the movement of large amount of fuels from one fuel farm to another. Billy is the petroleum lab supervisor for the 316th Quarter Masters Battalion stationed in Okmulgee, Ok. Wall is a bulk fuel specialist and a squad leader for Bulk Fuel Company A, stationed in Tucson, Ariz. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Orrin G. Farmer)


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Lance Cpl. Francis King checks a monitor on the pipeline to make sure the right number of gallons flow through per hour on the Army side of the line during the Quartermaster Liquid Logistics Exercise held here June 6. The Quartermaster Liquid Logistics Exercise is an Army reserve exercise that helps train service members in the movement of large amount of fuels from one fuel farm to another. King is a bulk fuel specialist with Bulk Fuel Company A, stationed in Tucson, Ariz.

Lance Cpl. Francis King checks a monitor on the pipeline to make sure the right number of gallons flow through per hour on the Army side of the line during the Quartermaster Liquid Logistics Exercise held here June 6. The Quartermaster Liquid Logistics Exercise is an Army reserve exercise that helps train service members in the movement of large amount of fuels from one fuel farm to another. King is a bulk fuel specialist with Bulk Fuel Company A, stationed in Tucson, Ariz. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Orrin G. Farmer)


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Lance Cpl. Andrew Kissinger monitors a pipeline that comes onto shore and the first pump for the Gold Beach fuel farm during the Quartermaster Liquid Logistics exercise held here June 6. The Quartermaster Liquid Logistics Exercise is an Army reserve exercise that helps train service members in the movement of large amount of fuels from one fuel farm to another. Kissinger is a bulk fuel specialist and a pump operator for Bulk Fuel Company A, stationed in Tucson, Ariz.

Lance Cpl. Andrew Kissinger monitors a pipeline that comes onto shore and the first pump for the Gold Beach fuel farm during the Quartermaster Liquid Logistics exercise held here June 6. The Quartermaster Liquid Logistics Exercise is an Army reserve exercise that helps train service members in the movement of large amount of fuels from one fuel farm to another. Kissinger is a bulk fuel specialist and a pump operator for Bulk Fuel Company A, stationed in Tucson, Ariz. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Orrin G. Farmer)


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Lance Cpl. Garrett Nickum and Lance Cpl. Daniel Reid are preparing to shut a system off that is pumping water from their fuel farm to another fuel farm, manned by soldiers, one kilometer down the beach during the Quartermaster Liquid Logistics Exercise held here June 6. The Quartermaster Liquid Logistics Exercise is an Army reserve exercise that helps train service members in the movement of large amount of fuels from one fuel farm to another. Nickum is a bulk fuel specialist with Bulk Fuel Company A, stationed in Tucson, Ariz. Reid is a bulk fuel specialist with Bulk Fuel Company A, stationed in Tucson, Ariz.

Lance Cpl. Garrett Nickum and Lance Cpl. Daniel Reid are preparing to shut a system off that is pumping water from their fuel farm to another fuel farm, manned by soldiers, one kilometer down the beach during the Quartermaster Liquid Logistics Exercise held here June 6. The Quartermaster Liquid Logistics Exercise is an Army reserve exercise that helps train service members in the movement of large amount of fuels from one fuel farm to another. Nickum is a bulk fuel specialist with Bulk Fuel Company A, stationed in Tucson, Ariz. Reid is a bulk fuel specialist with Bulk Fuel Company A, stationed in Tucson, Ariz. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Orrin G. Farmer)


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This line is pumping water from the Marines fuel farm one kilometer to the Army’s fuel farm, the Marines are simulating that they are pumping real fuel during the Quartermaster Liquid Logistics Exercise held here June 6. The Quartermaster Liquid Logistics Exercise is an Army reserve exercise that helps train service members in the movement of large amount of fuels from one fuel farm to another.

This line is pumping water from the Marines fuel farm one kilometer to the Army’s fuel farm, the Marines are simulating that they are pumping real fuel during the Quartermaster Liquid Logistics Exercise held here June 6. The Quartermaster Liquid Logistics Exercise is an Army reserve exercise that helps train service members in the movement of large amount of fuels from one fuel farm to another. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Orrin G. Farmer)


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A convoy of Army Reserve M-915A5 Line-Haul Tractors prepare to depart from the sierra-training site here during the Quartermaster Liquid Logistics exercise held in the 62-area here June 6. The Quartermaster Liquid Logistics Exercise is an Army reserve exercise that helps train service members in the movement of large amount of fuels from one fuel farm to another.

A convoy of Army Reserve M-915A5 Line-Haul Tractors prepare to depart from the sierra-training site here during the Quartermaster Liquid Logistics exercise held in the 62-area here June 6. The Quartermaster Liquid Logistics Exercise is an Army reserve exercise that helps train service members in the movement of large amount of fuels from one fuel farm to another. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Orrin G. Farmer)


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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --

Marines and soldiers joined together in Camp Pendleton’s 62-area sierra training site this week for two-week bulk fuel training June 6.

The goal of the exercise is to help Marines and soldiers become technically and tactically proficient in their skills within their military occupation specialty while doing so in a realistic tactical training environment.

The U.S. Army Reserve conducts this exercise annually across the country, and this year Bulk Fuel Company A, 6th Engineers Support Battalion, Marine Corps Forces Reserve is serving as a bulk fuel company attachment to the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 316th Quartermasters Battalion from Okmulee, Okla.

Training soldiers and Marines with real fuel, filling bladders, putting fuel into tankers, performing line-haul missions, and joint service operations are the basis this Quartermasters Liquid Logistics Exercise.

The Marine Corps Reserve has not participated in the annual exercise until this year, making for a unique training experience for both the Marines and soldiers.

“This is the first time we have ever done a QLLEX with another service,” said Army Lt. Col. Scott Richards, the commanding officer of the 316th Quarter Masters Battalion. “It hasn’t been difficult at all, it’s been very fun and exciting. The soldiers really like working with the Marines.”

Richards said they have learned from each other almost every step of the exercise. The only hiccup is the different nomenclature and terminology between the Army and Marine equipment.

“Everything is joint now, it’s not just working with the Army. You work with the Navy, Air Force, and Marines anywhere you go,” said Richards. “This is a good opportunity for soldiers and Marines that haven’t been deployed yet to realize that these services can work together.”

The Marines are operating as a reserve fuel farm at the sierra training site and learning directly from the Army about their equipment and fuel handling.

“Our mission will be delivered by the Army, they will tell us to store fuel and when to pass fuel from our fuel farm to the Army’s fuel farm,” said Capt. Ryan T. Embree, the commanding officer of Bulk Fuel Company A. “We are also doing tactical convoy training and our unit on Gold Beach is doing simulated beach unloading of fuel.”

Embree went on to explain that they maximize the training potential for their annual training by doing and learning as much as possible.

The operation at Gold Beach is a different mission from that at sierra training site.

At the Gold Beach site the Marines are simulating pulling fuel from a ship by sucking ocean water into a 20,000 gallon bladder right on the beach. That is the simulated fuel farm. The bulk fuel specialists and pump operators then pump it through a one kilometer pipeline to the Army’s larger fuel farm.

The soldiers receive it like its fuel but then purify the water and separate it into several different 3,000 gallon bladders. This whole beach operation is known as the Amphibious Assault Fuel Farm System.

Cpt. Sheridan J. Conklin, Inspector-Instructor of Bulk Fuel Company A said that participating in the Quartermasters Liquid Logistics Exercise reinforces the 6th Engineers Support Battalion motto, “We are ready.”

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