FORT LEE, Va. - The 2009 API Award for Tactical Petroleum Soldier was awarded to Sgt First Class Alexander Haynes Sr. of the 49th Quartermaster Group, Fort Lee, Va. Haynes, a Brooklyn, NY native, recently deployed with the 3rd Detachment, 49th Group in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom (Jan 2009-Jan 2010).

He performed quality assurance and surveillance for over 20 million gallons of fuel in Iraq and Afghanistan. He facilitated the training, testing and certification procedures to petroleum laboratory specialists operating Petroleum Quality Analysis Systems (PQAS) at various locations, thus contributing to mission success.

According to Haynes, "I am truly honored and proud to represent the 49th Quartermaster Group and all 92L's (Petroleum Laboratory Specialists) in receiving this honor. This is one of the greatest achievements a Soldier can attain in our field, especially as a 92L, for we are a small, often forgotten but very essential aspect of the Petroleum and Water Field".

Haynes was presented his award during the Defense Energy Support Center's annual Worldwide Energy Conference in Baltimore, MD from 10-13 May.

Each year the American Petroleum Institute and the Army Petroleum Center, conduct their annual Army API Awards Ceremony. The Army API Awards Program recognizes excellence in petroleum management and fuels handling within the U.S. Army and the DOD based upon four critical mission categories: Army Installation Fixed Bulk/Retail Petroleum Operations; Individual achievements and contributions of a fixed fuel facility operations and maintenance support; Army Tactical Petroleum Operations; and Individual achievements and Contributions of Tactical Petroleum personnel.

Story by Sgt First Class Lesley Crutchfield, 49th Group public affairs. For queries, contact 49th Group Public Affairs at: (804) 765-3922.

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