Marines with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron received fuel aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Aug. 22.

The fuel came aboard a barge and will be used to support operations aboard MCAS Beaufort in the following weeks.

 “There aren’t very many places in the Department of Defense that receive fuel via barge,” said Cpl. Jason Pelc, a bulk fuels specialist with H&HS. “Our job is always changing; before I came here I was with a combat logistics battalion. When I came to the air station it was all completely new to me and a shock to say the least.”

Cpl. Adam Jordan, Cpl. Pablo Mendoza, Cpl. Zachary Kuchicki and Cpl. Jason Pelc station a boom around a barge aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Aug 22. The boom is used to contain any fuel in case of an accidental spill. The Marines are all with station fuels aboard MCAS Beaufort.

The occasion also allowed training opportunities for Marines who have never participated in a fuel delivery from a barge before. The cross training allows for more Marines to be ready at all times no matter the time or place.

“This is the first time I have ever been able to take part in this kind of event,” said Cpl. Adam Jordan, also a bulk fuels specialist. “When I was working a different shift it was more of just supporting flight operations. It’s really neat seeing where all of the fuel we use comes from and how it gets here.”

During the movement of fuel to the air station, environmental concerns were met and mitigated with the staging of booms around the barge and pier to contain any fuel should it leak into the water. Every Marine and civilian fuel specialist is also required to become Facility Response Team trained on oil spill response procedures.

Staff Sgt. Mario Diazregaldo unwinds a boom from its spool aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Aug. 22. Diazregaldo is the Operations Chief of station fuels aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.

“This kind of event has multiple components,” Pelc said. “The Marines are responsible for the safety as well as the positioning of the boom, while the civilians are responsible for the transferring of the fuel to the actual storage facilities.”

Once the boom is anchored in place, the fuel is in the appropriate storage container and the barge is on its way back home, the fuel will then lay in wait to help carry out MCAS Beaufort’s future missions.

“We make sure that the air station can sustain its mission,” Pelc said. “I know that the training is almost nonstop and we have great infrastructure here to support all of the squadrons. It’s nice being able to see that I’m making a worth while difference with what I do here on the air station.”