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MG ‘19 Airmen fill fuel bladder in U.S. for the first time

C-17 and FORCE

A C-17 Globemaster III from Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina, taxis by after a Fuels Operational Readiness Capability Equipment mobile fuel bladder, which is used to refuel aircraft and mobile fuel trucks, received about 8,000 gallons of fuel from a truck during Air Mobility Command’s premier large-scale mobility exercise, Mobility Guardian 2019 at Fairchild AFB, Washington, Sept. 11, 2019. This was the first time the FORCE system has been used in an uncontested environment. Through robust and relevant training, Mobility Guardian is designed to build full spectrum readiness and develop Mobility Airmen to ensure we deliver rapid global mobility now and in the future (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Travis Edwards)

Measuring Fuel

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Daniel Rey, 92nd Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Information Service Center section chief, measures the amount of fuel inside a Fuels Operational Readiness Capability Equipment mobile fuel bladder during Air Mobility Command’s premier large-scale mobility exercise, Mobility Guardian 2019 at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, Sept. 11, 2019. This was the first time the FORCE system has been used in an uncontested environment. Through robust and relevant training, Mobility Guardian is designed to build full spectrum readiness and develop Mobility Airmen to ensure we deliver rapid global mobility now and in the future (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Travis Edwards)

Turn the Crank

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael Garrett, 92nd Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Operational Readiness Capability Equipment technician closes a valve to the FORCE mobile fuel bladder after it received 8,000 gallons of fuel during Air Mobility Command’s premier large-scale mobility exercise, Mobility Guardian 2019 at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, Sept. 11, 2019. This was the first time the FORCE system has been used in an uncontested environment. Through robust and relevant training, Mobility Guardian is designed to build full spectrum readiness and develop Mobility Airmen to ensure we deliver rapid global mobility now and in the future. Garrett joins MG19 from Holloman AFB, New Mexico. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Travis Edwards)

Fuel Bladder and Fuel Truck

An 8,000 gallon fuel truck delivers gas to a 50,000 gallon Fuels Operational Readiness Capability Equipment mobile fuel bladder, which is used to refuel aircraft and mobile fuel trucks, during Air Mobility Command’s premier large-scale mobility exercise, Mobility Guardian 2019 at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, Sept. 11, 2019. This was the first time the FORCE system has been used in an uncontested environment. Through robust and relevant training, Mobility Guardian is designed to build full spectrum readiness and develop Mobility Airmen to ensure we deliver rapid global mobility now and in the future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Travis Edwards)

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. --

A handful of 92nd Logistics Readiness Squadron Airmen employed a Fuels Operational Readiness Capability Equipment system during Mobility Guardian 2019, marking the first time the mobile fuel bladders have been used stateside in an uncontested environment, Sept. 11, 2019.

“We use the FORCE to help sustain bare bases and allow for fuel distribution anywhere around the world at a moment’s notice,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Daniel Rey, 92nd LRS fuels information service center section chief. “The bladder can hold up to 50,000 gallons of fuel, which can help service a wide range of friendly aircraft.”

Filling the 50,000 gallon FORCE system gave an opportunity for LRS Airmen to provide agile support and employ in future contingency operations. It can refuel an aircraft or be used as a refueling station for mobile fuel trucks.

In comparison, the F-16 Fighting Falcon can hold anywhere from 900 to 1,100 gallons of fuel fully-loaded and the KC-135 Stratotanker’s maximum transfer fuel load is just under 30,000 gallons.

Team Fairchild LRS Airmen employed five 8,000-gallon fuel trucks to fill the bladder, taking only 20 minutes to deposit each load.

“It can be dropped anywhere we need it,” said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael Garrett, 92nd LRS FORCE technician, who is deployed to Fairchild from Holloman AFB, New Mexico. “We can meet up wherever it’s dropped, start assembling and have it ready as soon as gas arrives.”

Although the FORCE system at Fairchild AFB won’t be used to fuel assets during MG ‘19, Rey said it’s important to practice fueling the bladders so they can be used during real-world contingency operations or in contested environments. 

First deployed in 2007 to Southwest Asia, and now during MG19 at Fairchild, the FORCE continues to enable Airmen to execute the mission day-in and day-out, ensuring the readiness of Mobility Airmen anywhere, anytime.