More than 40 paratroopers with the 249th Composite Supply Company received training on new tank rack modules during the 189th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion field training exercise at Fort Bragg, in early December.
The recently received TRMs are a part of the larger modular fuel system that consists of two, 600-gallon-per-minute pump racks and 14 tank racks for a maximum fuel capacity of 35,000 gallons.
“Adding the new tank rack modules to our line of fuel equipment enables our team to further modify how we execute our fuel support missions to meet the exact requirements of our customer units,” said Capt. Matthew Mayor, 249th CSC company commander.
“No matter the mission, we have the right fuel equipment and personnel to consistently deliver the right quantity of fuel at the right place and the right time.”
The TRM system can be transported by the load handling system, palletized load system, M1076 PLS trailer, C-130, and CH-47, in addition to being compatible with sling load and air drop platforms. The 2,500 gallon TRM can operate in conjunction with other widely utilized fuel systems like the M978 heavy expanded mobility tactical fuel truck and provides both additional fuel capacity and unique transportability functions. These advantages can afford commanders new and more flexible options for executing fuel support missions in a combat environment.
“The tank rack module is a multi-functional fuel distribution platform because it can either double a mobile fuel point’s capacity when paired with a HEMTT fuel truck or it can be dropped on carefully planned points on the battlefield to be utilized as a static fuel retail point,” said Spc. Tasia Majors, a petroleum supply specialist with 249th CSC’s Fuel Platoon.
Majors, along with specialists Joseph Meritt and Alba Tipiani, led blocks of instruction for 249th CSC’s Fuel Platoon on the capabilities, functionality and safety features of the TRM. Soldiers learned the basics of operating, recirculating and conducting preventive maintenance checks and services on the new fuel platform.
“The major advantage of the new modular fuel system is that it can be tailored to meet any fuel support mission whether it involves small and mobile retail fuel point operation or a larger, static fuel point that can be set up, torn down and transported much faster than the older fuel system supply point equipment,” said Meritt.
With 249th CSC’s addition of the new system, the 82nd Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade can provide better fuel support operations to the 82nd Abn. Div.’s Global Response Force to win tomorrow’s fight.