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635th MMG supports Little Rock AFB cooperative fuel effort

Cooperative fuel effort

Airmen from the Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resources Base wait to load equipment onto a C-130J Super Hercules with two Airmen from Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, on Holloman AFB, New Mexico, Aug. 7, 2020. The Ariel Bulk Fuel Delivery System equipment provided will be used in training missions at Little Rock. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

Cooperative fuel effort

A C-130J Super Hercules from Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas lands on the flightline at Holloman AFB, New Mexico, Aug. 7, 2020. The C-130 was loaded with Ariel Bulk Fuel Delivery System equipment to assist with training missions at Little Rock. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

Cooperative fuel effort

Airmen from the 635th Materiel Maintenance Group, lift a fuel pump onto a C-130J Super Hercules on Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, Aug. 7, 2020. The pump was transported to Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, to be used to train total force warfighters on unique refueling capabilities, increasing Air Force readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

Cooperative fuel effort

Airmen from the 635th Materiel Maintenance Group load a fuel pump onto a C-130J Super Hercules, with Airmen from Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, on Holloman AFB, New Mexico, Aug. 7, 2020. The Ariel Bulk Fuel Delivery System equipment transfer and training between Holloman and Little Rock Airmen increases Air Force global reach. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

Cooperative fuel effort

Airmen from the 635th Materiel Maintenance Group push two fuel bladders onto a C-130J Super Hercules with Airmen from Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, on Holloman AFB, New Mexico, Aug. 7, 2020. The cross-training on Ariel Bulk Fuel Delivery System equipment between Holloman and Little Rock Airmen increases Air Force global reach. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

Cooperative fuel effort

A fuel pump and fuel bladders sit in a C-130J Super Hercules on Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, Aug. 7, 2020. The equipment was transported to Little Rock Air Force Base AFB, Arkansas, to be used to train total force warfighters on unique refueling capabilities, increasing Air Force readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

Airmen from the 635th Materiel Maintenance Group’s Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resources Base loaded Ariel Bulk Fuel Delivery System equipment to assist training efforts at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Aug. 7, 2020 here.

ABFDS equipment is used to deliver fuel to trucks, bladders and aircraft.

Staff Sgt. Dustin Cournoyer, 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuel laboratory noncommissioned officer in charge, and Staff Sgt. James Brooks, 19th LRS fuels accountant, traveled from Little Rock to Holloman on a C-130J Super Hercules early Friday morning. 

This is the first time BEAR Base has shared ABFDS equipment with the 19th LRS; however, it may not be the last.

“We rarely see this equipment unless we’re downrange doing refueling exercises,” said Cournoyer. “Getting hands-on training with the equipment will make us far more effective at using it.”

The equipment will be used to train total force warfighters on unique refueling capabilities, increasing Air Force readiness.

“What’s special about the equipment is it’s capable of fueling an aircraft with the alternate capability equipment,” said Staff Sgt. Mitchell Daebelliehn, 635th Materiel Maintenance Support Squadron NCO in charge of war reserve material. “We only have some at BEAR (Base), but we don’t have a team capable of using it.”

The Air Force now has a team capable of training and utilizing the ABFDS equipment, increasing its global reach.

“If we have a vehicle or aircraft in a remote location without access to fuel, we now have the ability to take care of them,” said Daebelliehn. “This equipment essentially turns a C-130 into a mobile gas station.”

Through the efforts of many involved, the equipment transfer was completed quickly and effectively.

“This mission really highlights the collaborative efforts of our Air Force,” said Capt. Elizabeth Scarberry, 635th MMG operations officer.

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