TF Spearhead 'will pump you up'…with fuel
October 8, 2011
FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHINDAND, Afghanistan -- Whenever a unit deploys, milestones are achieved as they execute their mission, and stories are often written about units reaching these milestones.
For most units, pumping over 1 million gallons of fuel on a year-long deployment is a common occurrence. However there is nothing common about Task Force Spearhead of the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade as they have pumped over 1 million gallons of fuel in less than four months of being deployed.
TF Spearhead, of the 1st ACB, 1st Cavalry Division, pumped their millionth gallon at Camp Victory Sept. 25.
One reason why TF Spearhead's numbers are so high out here is that they are servicing coalition members and civilian contractors as well as our traditional military customers, said Lt. Col. Blake Alexander, a native of San Antonio, commander, TF Spearhead, 1st ACB.
Staff Sgt. Patrick Sayles, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the Forward Arming and Refueling Point at Camp Victory for TF Spearhead was one of the fuelers present when the millionth gallon of fuel was pumped.
"We've safely pumped the million gallons between everyone; everything is running smoothly out here," said Sayles. "What else can you ask for?"
In the end, the success of the task force is due to the efforts of the soldiers, said Alexander.
"Hitting this benchmark so early is really a testament to how much hard work, effort and dedication the Soldiers are putting into the mission," said Alexander. "Overall, they are doing an outstanding job."