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Fuels facilities maintains base service station

A photo of an Airman checking operating valves at a fuel service station

Senior Airman Gavin Rees, left, 23d Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) fuels facilities technician, and Staff Sgt. Bryan White, 23d LRS fuels facilities NCO in charge, check operating valves Oct. 30, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 23d LRS fuels facilities is responsible for maintaining facilities, product purity, storage and accountability. Fuels facilities Airmen maintain the base service station by performing routine checks on the operating valves, fuel tanks and service station parts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Azaria E. Foster)

A photo of an Airman turning an operating valve at a fuel service station

Staff Sgt. Bryan White, 23d Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) fuels facilities NCO in charge, turns an operating valve Oct. 30, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 23d LRS fuels facilities is responsible for maintaining facilities, product purity, storage and accountability. Fuels facilities Airmen maintain the base service station by performing routine checks on the operating valves, fuel tanks and service station parts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Azaria E. Foster)

A photo of a fuel truck driver refilling tanks

Brent Deas, Florida Rock & Tank Lines Incorporated truck driver, holds a hose while refueling tanks Nov. 6, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 23d LRS fuels facilities is responsible for maintaining facilities, product purity, storage and accountability. Fuels facilities Airmen maintain the base service station by performing routine checks on the operating valves, fuel tanks and service station parts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Azaria E. Foster)

A photo of a fuel station meter

A meter reads the quantity of fuel service tanks receive Nov. 6, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 23d LRS fuels facilities is responsible for maintaining facilities, product purity, storage and accountability. Fuels facilities Airmen maintain the base service station by performing routine checks on the operating valves, fuel tanks and service station parts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Azaria E. Foster)

A photo of an Airman checking a vehicle interface link socket on a fuel service station

Staff Sgt. Bryan White, 23d Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) fuels facilities NCO in charge, checks a vehicle interface link socket for damage Oct. 30, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 23d LRS fuels facilities is responsible for maintaining facilities, product purity, storage and accountability. Fuels facilities Airmen maintain the base service station by performing routine checks on the operating valves, fuel tanks and service station parts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Azaria E. Foster)

A photo of an Airman climbing a ladder on a fuel tank

Staff Sgt. Bryan White, 23d Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) fuels facilities NCO in charge, climbs a ladder Oct. 30, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 23d LRS fuels facilities is responsible for maintaining facilities, product purity, storage and accountability. Fuels facilities Airmen maintain the base service station by performing routine checks on the operating valves, fuel tanks and service station parts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Azaria E. Foster)

A photo of an Airman handing a fuel hose to another Airman

Staff Sgt. Bryan White, right, 23d Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) fuels facilities NCO in charge, hands a hose to Senior Airman Gavin Rees, 23d LRS fuels facilities technician Oct. 30, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 23d LRS fuels facilities is responsible for maintaining facilities, product purity, storage and accountability. Fuels facilities Airmen maintain the base service station by performing routine checks on the operating valves, fuel tanks and service station parts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Azaria E. Foster)

A photo of an Airman draining tank sumps of fuel

Senior Airman Gavin Rees, 23d Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) fuels facilities technician, drains tank sumps Oct. 30, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 23d LRS fuels facilities is responsible for maintaining facilities, product purity, storage and accountability. Fuels facilities Airmen maintain the base service station by performing routine checks on the operating valves, fuel tanks and service station parts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Azaria E. Foster)

A photo of an Airman testing an emergency eye wash station

Staff Sgt. Bryan White, 23d Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) fuels facilities NCO in charge, checks the emergency eye wash station Oct. 30, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 23d LRS fuels facilities is responsible for maintaining facilities, product purity, storage and accountability. Fuels facilities Airmen maintain the base service station by performing routine checks on the operating valves, fuel tanks and service station parts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Azaria E. Foster)

A photo of Airmen refueling government vehicles at the base service station
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Airmen use the base service station to refuel government owned vehicles Nov. 6, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 23d LRS fuels facilities is responsible for maintaining facilities, product purity, storage and accountability. Fuels facilities Airmen maintain the base service station by performing routine checks on the operating valves, fuel tanks and service station parts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Azaria E. Foster)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

Approximately 438 government owned vehicles (GOV) on Moody use fuel provided by the base service station in order to do their job.

The service station’s tanks, which can hold up to 40,000 gallons of fuel, are maintained by two Airmen assigned to the 23d Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) fuels facilities section.

“Our mission is to provide clean, dry fuel to all government [owned] vehicles and agencies within the Air Force,” said Staff Sgt. Bryan White, 23d LRS fuels facilities NCO in charge.

To maintain the facility and ensure the fuel is safe for vehicles, the Airmen perform routine checks on the valves, tanks and service station parts.

“We do daily, weekly, monthly and annual checks,” said White. “Each get more in depth as they increase with time. For example, our annual check entails us recalibrating the meters that measure how many gallons get off-loaded from fuel trucks. They are more in-depth than a daily check, which is when we only make sure [there are] no leaks or damage to valves.”

In addition to completing checks, the tank sumps are drained to make sure there is no water or contamination in the fuel.

“Water always sinks to the bottom of the tank because it’s heavier than fuel,” said White. “So, we pull fuel from the bottom of the tank and if water comes out, we get rid of it. It prevents us from giving out contaminated fuel, which could damage GOVs.”

Without the maintenance checks being performed on the service station, vehicle management would spend additional funds to keep GOVs operating.

“If [fuels facilities Airmen] didn’t check the quality of the fuel, as far as it being contaminated, that would affect our vehicles by having us replace fuel system components because they would wear out prematurely,” said Master Sgt. Judson Andrews, 23d LRS vehicle management superintendent.

The efforts to maintain the service station indirectly impact those who directly contribute to the mission.

“Without us, the service station could easily become inoperable,” said White. “If the base service station couldn’t issue fuel, all the GOVs you see driving around wouldn’t be and each organization’s connection to the mission wouldn’t be able to be done.”