Overhauling an Air Station

Aug. 17, 2015 | By scnewsltr
In the photo, Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Logistics Department gathers in front of their new facility in celebration of 220 years of Navy Supply. Lt. Cmdr. Romeo B. [caption id="attachment_3111" align="alignright" width="300"]
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From left: LS1 (SW) Reggie Guevarra, LS3 Bernardo Almanzarsilverio, LS2 (SW) Tiffany Turner, LSSN Jason Aguirre, LCDR Romeo Romeo, LT Oliver Lisama, LSC (SW/AW) Cora Dabbs, CSC (SW) Chanco, LS2 (EXW) Jarod Pace, LSC (SW/AW) Delbert Briones, Lt. Eric Mills, LS2 (SW/AW) James Little, LS2 (SW) Jian Deng, LSSA Jorge Barragandeandres, LSCM (SW/AW) Gilbert Ermitano, Lt. Christopher Norman, SHCM
Manalata Florentino (Ret.). U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Carlos Cruz Romeo, logistics officer, leads 14 divisions during an accelerated phase of base expansion in support of Marine Air Group 12 and the relocation of Carrier Air Wing 5. The new facility is just one of several projects that have enlarged the logistics foot-print throughout a five-year base-expansion plan headed by the Defense Policy Review Initiative in partnership with the Government of Japan. A brand new flight line dining facility opened April 1, 2015. This is the third mess hall in half a square mile that will specifically cater to the influx of squadron and tenant activities over the next two years. Additionally, the Logistics Department accepted a new air cargo terminal, more warehousing space for Advance Traceability and Control (ATAC) and Distribution Management Office (DMO), an expanded Motor Transportation facility to house and maintain supplementary vehicles and busses, two fuel storage tanks, 12 pantographs for hotpit refueling, and are incorporating a significant workforce increase to manage and operate within the department over the next three years. As the DPRI projects are scheduled to reach completion in FY 17, the military construction season continues past FY 20 with expanding fuel pier capabilities, installing wide-body aircraft fuel hydrant and truck receiving stations, and upsizing the bulk fuel storage capacity four-fold. Once considered an augmenting air station for Okinawa, MCAS Iwakuni played the role as a passive air terminal with its own 18-hole golf course. Today, the skyline is unrecognizable with new housing developments, facility construction and ground excavation. It is a unique and rewarding challenge for logisticians to take part in the re-outfitting processes of the air station and prepare for CVW-5’s homeport shift. By Lt. Christopher T. Norman, SC, USN, Fuels Officer, MCAS Iwakuni, Japan