BY CANDICE VILLARREAL, DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER SAN DIEGO
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The NAVSUP FLC San Diego San Clemente Island fuels team celebrates the complete replacement of its fuel facility during a ribbon cutting ceremony July 6. From left: Cmdr. Brian Flick, Capt. Stephen Barnett, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) Second Class Michael McGee, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) Third Class Payton Murrietta, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) First Class Gregory Rudman, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) First Class S. Gallego, Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) Christian Noble, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) Second Class Christina Conte, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) First Class Ivan Soto-Guerra, Rear Adm. James McNeal, Capt. John Palmer.
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The NAVSUP FLC San Diego San Clemente Island fuels team celebrates the complete replacement of its fuel facility during a ribbon cutting ceremony July 6. From left: Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) 1s t Class Ivan Soto-Guerra, Senior Chief Ship’s Serviceman Ledrick Lackey, Cmdr. Brian Flick, Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) Christian Noble, Capt. Stephen Barnett, Michael Carter, Cmdr. Troy Brunhart, Rear Adm. James McNeal, Capt. John Palmer, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) 2nd Class Michael McGee.
Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) San Diego celebrated the complete replacement of its San Clemente Island fuel facility during a ribbon cutting ceremony July 6.
The ceremony commemorated the conclusion of Military Construction Project (MILCON) P-704F, a $31 million project replacing fuel storage facilities and pipeline slated to ensure Navy aircraft will have the essential fueling support they need to keep flying into the foreseeable future.
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NAVSUP GLS Vice Commander William Bickert and NAVSUP GLS Commander Rear Adm. James McNeal discuss fuel quality testing procedures with Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) 2nd Class Christina Conte at the San Clemente Island fuel lab.
The Navy-owned, coastal California island serves as a live-fire range and research facility, playing a pivotal role in tactical training for both fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft squadrons assigned to Navy Region Southwest. As a result, enhanced aircraft fueling capabilities are a critical component of mission success.
“Fuel is one of the most essential resources for military forces in every theater and corner of the globe today,” said Commander, NAVSUP Global Logistics Support Rear Adm. James McNeal. “The fueling facilities in the Southwest Region, in particular, service one of the largest concentrations of naval forces in the world. To ensure the facility maintained optimal support levels to the Fleet while also mitigating impact to the environment during such substantial construction is a very significant achievement.”
“The success of this project is testament to the fantastic working relationship between NAVSUP and Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC),” continued McNeal. “I’d like to thank Rear Adm. Bret Muilenburg (commander, NAVFAC), and his entire team at NAVFAC Southwest.”
During the three-year MILCON, three subterranean JP-5 jet fuel tanks were replaced with new, state-of-the art, 100,000 gallon above-ground tanks. A new pump house and pump room also complement the innumerable upgrades to the facility’s fire suppression systems, truck fill stands, and leak detection systems. The intensive construction project essentially replaced an aging fuel facility with the cutting-edge, safety and mission-focused modernizations it needs to provide unparalleled warfighter support.
“It is noteworthy to consider the nature and number of tactical flight operations this facility supports,” said NAVSUP FLC San Diego Commanding Officer Capt. John Palmer. “The execution and ultimate success of each of those evolutions hinges on the ability of this facility and its staff to keep them ready, fueled and flying.”
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Commander, NAVSUP Global Logistics Support (GLS) Rear Adm. James McNeal meets with NAVSUP FLC San Diego Barge Operations Officer Darryl Beckham during a visit to San Clemente Island July 6.
The San Clemente Island fuel facility issues in excess of 80,000 gallons of jet fuel each month for hundreds of Navy, Joint service and allied forces aircraft.
As part of the Navy’s ongoing commitment to the environment, much of the project was planned and executed according to “green building” guidelines. Those initiatives, in turn, led to the facility’s current consideration for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver certification for groundbreaking efforts in environmental responsibility.
“To have such a busy fuel facility undergo a construction project of this magnitude – while still meeting all mission requirements in supporting aggressive warfighter training – speaks volumes about the caliber of personnel we have on the job,” said Palmer. “Everyone involved, from our civil service and military personnel to our trusted contractor partners, has certainly gone above and beyond in ensuring this project resulted in success. I am certain I speak for America’s warfighters when I thank them for their tireless efforts and congratulate them on a job well done.”
–photos by Candice Villarreal