• KUSAN AIRBASE, Korea " "Champions" 501st Sustainment Brigade Commander, Col. Mark J. Weinerth expresses his congratulation "On a job well done" following his walkthrough of the inaugural 501st Sustainment Brigade Petroleum Expo at Kusan Airbase, Korea, August 8, 2012. The Petroleum Expo is the first Joint Training Exercise held on the Korean peninsula to focus on the fuel supply, consumption and equipment requirements as well preparing for the possibilities of Joint fuel missions during combat operations. (U.S. photo by Army Staff Sgt. Robert DeDeaux 501st SBDE Public Affairs)

    Champions' Brief

    KUSAN AIRBASE, Korea " "Champions" 501st Sustainment Brigade Commander, Col. Mark J. Weinerth expresses his congratulation "On a job well done" following his walkthrough of the inaugural 501st Sustainment Brigade Petroleum Expo at Kusan Airbase, Korea...

  • KUSAN AIRBASE, Korea "  Army Warrant Officer 1 Thomas Shipp, 501st Sustainment Brigade Petroleum and Water Support Expert, briefs Brig. Gen. Paul C. Hurley, 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Commander during a walkthrough of the 501st SBDE Petroleum Expo held at Kusan Airbase, Korea, August 8, 2012. "Without fuel there's no fight," emphasized Shipp. (U.S. photo by Army Staff Sgt. Robert DeDeaux 501st SBDE Public Affairs)

    Expert Advice

    KUSAN AIRBASE, Korea " Army Warrant Officer 1 Thomas Shipp, 501st Sustainment Brigade Petroleum and Water Support Expert, briefs Brig. Gen. Paul C. Hurley, 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Commander during a walkthrough of the 501st SBDE Petroleum Expo...

  • KUSAN AIRBASE, Korea " The M969s, a 5,000 gallon tanker also known as a Fuel Truck is attached to an oil and water separator. Students from the Army, Air Force and Korean Service Corps used this vehicle for training during the 501st Sustainment Brigade Petroleum Expo at Kusan Airbase, Korea, August 6-10, 2012. (U.S. photo by Army Staff Sgt. Robert DeDeaux 501st SBDE Public Affairs)

    Fuel Truck

    KUSAN AIRBASE, Korea " The M969s, a 5,000 gallon tanker also known as a Fuel Truck is attached to an oil and water separator. Students from the Army, Air Force and Korean Service Corps used this vehicle for training during the 501st Sustainment Brigade...

  • KUSAN AIRBASE, Korea" Army Pvt.1st Class Threston Thomas, a fuel specialist assigned to the 348th Quartermaster Company, 194th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 501st Sustainment Brigade, explains purpose of the Tank and Pump Unit (TPU) to 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Commander Brig. Gen. Paul C. Hurley during the 501st SBDE Petroleum Expo at Kusan Airbase, Korea, August 8, 2012. "Whenever a mission happens I want to perform that mission properly," said Thomas who hails from Detroit, Mich. "I'm confident in myself and what I do." (U.S. photo by Army Staff Sgt. Robert DeDeaux 501st SBDE Public Affairs)

    General Inspection

    KUSAN AIRBASE, Korea" Army Pvt.1st Class Threston Thomas, a fuel specialist assigned to the 348th Quartermaster Company, 194th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 501st Sustainment Brigade, explains purpose of the Tank and Pump Unit (TPU) to 19th...

  • KUSAN AIRBASE, Korea " The Korean Service Corp begin training on Forward Area Refueling Equipment (FARE) during the 501st Sustainment Brigade Petroleum Expo at Kusan Airbase, Korea, August 8, 2012. (U.S. photo by Army Staff Sgt. Robert DeDeaux 501st SBDE Public Affairs)

    KSC training

    KUSAN AIRBASE, Korea " The Korean Service Corp begin training on Forward Area Refueling Equipment (FARE) during the 501st Sustainment Brigade Petroleum Expo at Kusan Airbase, Korea, August 8, 2012. (U.S. photo by Army Staff Sgt. Robert DeDeaux 501st...

  • KUSAN AIRBASE, Korea" Army Pvt.1st Class Vairon Calcedo-Ocampo, a fuel specialist assigned to the 348th Quartermaster Company, 194th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 501st Sustainment Brigade, prepares for his next Oil and water pump separator demonstration during the 501st SBDE Petroleum Expo at Kusan Airbase, Korea, August 8, 2012. (U.S. photo by Army Staff Sgt. Robert DeDeaux 501st SBDE Public Affairs)

    Preparation

    KUSAN AIRBASE, Korea" Army Pvt.1st Class Vairon Calcedo-Ocampo, a fuel specialist assigned to the 348th Quartermaster Company, 194th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 501st Sustainment Brigade, prepares for his next Oil and water pump separator...

KUSAN AIRBASE, Korea-- The 501st Sustainment Brigade Support Operations Cell completed training of 95 students assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division, Air Force and the Korean Service Corps during the 501st SBDE Petroleum Expo at Kusan Airbase, Korea, August 10, 2012.

The Petroleum Expo is the first Joint Training Exercise held on the Korean peninsula to focus on the fuel supply, consumption and equipment requirements as well preparing for the possibilities of Joint fuel missions during combat operations.

"Without fuel there's no fight," said Warrant Officer 1 Thomas Shipp, 501st SBDE Petroleum and Water Support Expert.

Students conducted fuel specific operations on the M969s, a 5,000 gallon tanker, Tank and Pump Unit (TPU), Forward Area Refueling Equipment (FARE), Tanker Aviation Refueling System(HTARS), Refuel on the Move and Fuel System Supply Points.

"The training is geared for combat operations, not just day to day tasks," explained Shipp. "Ground reconnaissance which checks for road routes and land space is also another aspect of the training."

Driving force behind the planning of Petroleum Expo, Shipp emphasized the importance of the student training and readiness to 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Commander Brig. Gen. Paul C. Hurley, during a walkthrough of the expo.

During the walkthrough, the enlisted Soldiers briefed the General on specific equipment and what they had learned from the course.

The Noncommissioned Officers provided an overview of hazardous material and environmental concerns while conducting fuel operations.

"Whenever a mission happens I want to perform that mission properly," said Army fuel specialist, Pvt. 1st Class Threston Thomas a native of Detroit Mich., assigned to the 348th Quarter Master Company, 194th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 501st SBDE after demonstrating the abilities of the TPU to Brig. Gen. Hurley. "I'm confident in myself and what I do."

"This five-day training exercise is a chance for the US and Korea to show their ability to perform petroleum operations in a combat environment," added 18 year veteran, Cpt. Stephen Francis Smith, 501st SBDE logistics officer. "We have to be prepared for a situation where Air Force fuel equipment would be used on Army vehicles. Our students are cross training on other branch fueling equipment to be able to do if the situation arises."

"We plan on making this an annual Joint Training Event," concluded Shipp. "We will likely have far more units participating next year."

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