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NEWS | June 27, 2017

A better way to service through new fuel station

By Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

The 733rd Logistics Readiness Squadron will gain another asset to their mission with a new fuel service station that will be built at Joint Base Langley-Eustis. Construction for the fuel station began early April, 2017 and the project is expected to be completed within 16 months.


The service station will provide gasoline and E-85 diesel fuels for government vehicles, generators and flight equipment.


“Our entire mission is fuels, jet fuel and ground products fuel, but by having service stations it frees us up to focus on the flight missions,” said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Benjamin Moore, 733rd LRS fuel facility manager. “Our main mission is getting our fuel to the planes and the service station will allow us to do that more.”


In addition to enabling the petroleum oil and lubricant flight to transport fuel to the aircraft on the installation, the location of the service station will also cause less traffic congestion and will be closer to the flightline, at the intersection of Holly Street and Beech Avenue.


“For example, being located by the flightline will make it easier for the forklifts from the passenger terminal, they won’t have go as far to fuel and won’t have to drive on the same road as personally owned vehicles,” said Moore. “We all know how that it is, you’re driving down the road and there’s a forklift holding up traffic.”


According to U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael Lance, 733rd LRS NCO in charge of fuels facilities, another improvement that will be made with the service station construction is a change in the type of fuel used. The current diesel fuel used by the POL flight is biodiesel fuel. Though environmentally friendly, the biodiesel can damage vehicle engines, so to preserve the Air Force’s assets and the longevity of the GOVs engines, POL will be using E-85 diesel fuel instead.


Lance explained, since safety is a primary concern, the new station will have better safety measures regarding spills, environmental damage and will also have an oil well separator which will separate the oil from the water to prevent water contamination.


With the construction underway, the POL flight looks forward to the future of assisting the installation and to continually improve their performance.


“We hope to continue to bring our customers perfect quality fuels as fast and safely as we can,” said Lance. “(With this service station) we want to increase our relationship with our customers and the flow rate of the mission.”