2003 American Petroleum Institute Awards for Excellence in Fuels Management.
The awards are presented annually under the sponsorship of the American Petroleum Institute, an internationally recognized petroleum trade organization, to recognize activities and personnel that made the most significant contributions to the Department of the Navy fuel operations, petroleum supply chain management and fleet-fuel support. The awards are presented in five categories: Navy Bulk Fuel Terminals, Navy Retail Fuel Activities, Marine Corps Non-Tactical Activities, Marine Corps Tactical Units, and individual awards.
The following activities and personnel are recognized for their accomplishments and contributions:
Navy Bulk Fuel Terminals Winner--Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC) Puget Sound, Wash.
FISC Puget Sound continued to improve the physical plant by executing various projects worth over $2.2 million. These projects included a two-week long tank cleaning evolution, in which fuel department personnel, together with a team from the North Dakota Air National Guard, cleaned 18 bulk fuel tanks and one barge and completed API inspections on five above-ground tanks. This partnership enabled the avoidance of over $250,000 of commercial costs.
They also executed another project worth over $580,000 for the scheduled depot-level maintenance of fuel oil barges (non self-propelled) 315 and 319.
Navy Retail Fuel Activities Winner--Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
NAS North Island initiated construction in June 2002 of a $12M military construction project to replace existing JP-5 underground storage tanks with above-ground tanks and complete fuel handling system. This will bring all North island JP-5 tanks and issue systems above ground, eliminating costly environmental testing and will remove the threat of underground spills contaminating the station's water table.
They also began and completed a corrosion prevention assessment of all tanks and pipelines that are not affected by the above MILCON and developed a means to satisfy underground test requirements for aviation gasoline piping. The largest aerospace employer in San Diego, Naval Air Station, North Island has the only West Coast Naval Aviation Depot and supports more aircraft than any other Pacific Fleet naval air station.
Marine Corps Fuel Activities Winner--Marine Corps Base Hawaii; Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii
MCBH Kaneohe Bay, during an average month in 2002, refueled over 965 aircraft, 64 surface crafts, accomplished 1,696 issues at the service station facility, 45 issues to support the boilers and 83 issues of propane.
Home base for l0 Marine Corps and Navy squadrons, MCBH conducted operations from a topnotch infrastructure, that also serves as back-up storage supply and issue points for the Coast Guard. During Rim of the Pacific, the largest exercise of the year, they issued and received over 2 million gallons of fuel, and conducted over 3,000 transactions within three weeks. This exercise was accomplished with no delays, missed fuel requests, spills or accidents.
Marine Corps Tactical Units Winner--Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 274, Cherry Point N.C.
MWSS 274 provided tactical and installation efficient fuel support to multiple operations and contingencies within CONUS and around the world, including 2nd and 3rd Marine Aircraft Wings, Landing Force 6th Fleet, Combine Arms Exercise (CAX) 9/10, and Operation Enduring Freedom. All of these exercises and operations were conducted in accordance with all environmental regulations and with the utmost proficiency.
The squadron also implemented the Tactical Fuel System reconfiguration and was the leading unit in qualifying and introducing the Aviation Refueling Capability (ARC) to the operating forces on the East Coast.
Navy Fuels Officer of the Year--LCDR Paul Amodio, Fuels Officer, Fleet and Industrial Supply Center San Diego, Calif.
LCDR Amodio managed an $8 million project to upgrade diesel fuel marine piping and a $4 million project to upgrade the facilities automated fuels handling equipment while working within the constraints of a stringent Most Efficient Organization.
LCDR Amodio coordinated and conducted the three-year major oil spill drill with over 150 participants from regulatory agencies, naval activities and the coast guard and represented not only the facility, but the entire FISC organization. His conscientious management style and scheduling abilities made sure there was no impact on customer service or mission accomplishment.
Navy Fuels Chief Petty Officer of the Year-Aviation Boatswain's Mate Fuel Chief Javier Portillo, Aviation Fuels Branch Supervisor, Naval Station Rota, Spain
ABFC Portillo managed a 26-member military and Spanish local national team at the Aviation Fuels Branch. The team is responsible for refueling 4,700 aircraft and issuing over 50 million gallons of aviation fuel, representing a 66 percent increase in operations over the previous four years. He directed the maintenance of the Type III Hydrant System, three pantograph assemblies and 16 refueler trucks, saving the Navy $140,000 for the cost of a separate maintenance contract.
Portillo provided translation assistance in meetings between U.S. Navy and Spanish Defense officials negotiating replacement-in-kind (RIK) agreements and recovery of over $12 million in RIK payments.
Navy Fuels Petty Officer of the Year ABF1 (AW) Robert E. Nowlin, Refueling Safety Supervisor, NAS Whidbey Island, Wash.
ABF1 Nowlin conducted fuel quality assurance testing procedures for contractor personnel and redesigned more than 20 different fuel and contractor inspection forms to ensure high quality service to the fleet. He discovered that a specific safety procedure involving hot-refueling was not properly documented in the Naval Air Training & Operating Procedure & Standard Manual and was recognized by Commander Naval Air Systems Command for his efforts to correct the matter.
Through his own initiative, ABF1 Nowlin qualified as a small boat coxswain for weekly barge receipt booming operations and as a responder in the event of a catastrophic spill.
Navy Fuels Civilian of the Year-Stephen L. Isaacson, Fuel Officer/ Contracting Officer Representative, Naval Air Station Fallon, Nev.
Due to the extraordinarily high tempo of world events, Steve Isaacson ensured more than 38 million gallons of DLA owned product were safely issued to 35,904 aircraft, while simultaneously managing the fuel operations segment of a $5.3 million MILCON project that significantly upgraded the fuel facilities at NAS Fallon.
His efforts resulted in a new contractor-owned 8,000-gallon refueling fleet replacing the 18-year-old Navy-owned 5,000 gallon fleet. The increased efficiency reduced aircraft turnaround time by up to 30 percent.
Marine Corps Fuels Officer of the Year--CWO 3 Oliver K. Ezell, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) Bulk Liquids Officer, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
CWO3 Ezell devised a fielding plan for the distribution of Tactical Water Purification systems.
He participated in the U.S. Joint Forces Command exercise Millenium Challenge 2002, that brought together live field exercises and computer simulation and assisted the 2nd MEF's and the Marine Corps' efforts to explore the military's ability to conduct Rapid Decisive Operations against a determined adversary.
CWO3 Ezell was instrumental in ensuring fuel expertise was represented in the Supply Logistics Analysis Program inspections that are critical and must be performed for each deploying Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Marine Corps Fuels Staff NCO of the Year--Staff Sergeant Nigel D. Wylie, Operations Chief, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan
SSgt. Wylie implemented the Tactical Petroleum Laboratory Medium (TPLM) in a tactical environment, developed and instituted effective safety standards, environmental procedures, testing requirements and an updated standard operating procedure. He played a major role in the company's deployment to Iwo Jima for Exercise Tayoreru Partner in November and December 2002, including planning the embarkation and employment of bulk fuel assets to support the operation.
SSgt. Wylie implemented the installation and operation of a 1.2 million-gallon tank farm and enabled complete setup of the tactical system within the first 36 hours.
Marine Corps Fuels NCO of the Year -Sgt. Adam L. Miller, Embarkation Chief, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan
Sgt. Miller served as Tank Farm NCO-in-Charge and was assigned to Brigade Service Support Group 3 for Exercise Cobra Gold/Freedom Banner 2002. While deployed, the Marines issued more than 116,000 gallons of JP8 to ground units, conducting training with royal Thai Marines and the Republic of Singapore Army.
He ensured all fuel transactions were properly documented and the highest level of quality assurance was met.
Sgt. Miller conducted training on Tactical Fuel System operations and created an equipment embarkation database to track equipment usage, availability and accountability as well as tracking fuel consumption in preparation for deployments.
Sgt. Miller is a strong leader who never settles for less than 100 percent, is relentless in pursuit of excellence and has been a major asset to Bulk Fuel Company and 9th Engineer Support Battalion.
Marine Corps Civilian of the Year--Barbara J. Grimes, Supply Technician/ Fuels Accountant, Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, N.C.
Ms. Grimes was instrumental in the final step of Fuels Automation System (FAS) implementation within the Fuels Department at MCAS Cherry Point. Her enthusiasm to support the Marines, both those within the fuels organization as well as MCAS Cherry Point home-based fuel customers, along with her desire to learn new technology and to employ that technology as a tool for mission accomplishment, greatly assisted both Defense Energy Support Center and Naval Petroleum Office Fuels Automated System (FAS) implementation efforts.
Her knowledge of fuel accounting procedures, willingness to adapt, and devotion to duty in an ever-changing environment of FAS, and her overall dedication to the Marine Corps continue to ensure monthly reconciliation of Cherry Point's average 2 million gallons throughput for JP5, mobility gasoline, and diesel fuels.
"BZ" to all participants.
Joan Paquin, Program Analyst, Naval Facilities Division, Navy Petroleum Office
Joan Paquin has worked for DoD for over 20 years. She has been at NAVPETOFF for 14 years, and has worked in a variety of fuel facility related programs, including Reclaimed Fuel NAVSUP Real Estate, Barge Overhaul Preventive Maintenance, National Stock Numbers.