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Yuma's MWSS-371, Marines receive award for fuel operations

US Marine Corps News

By Lance Cpl. Jakob Schulz, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma

Yuma’s Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 and two of its Marines were recognized by the American Petroleum Institute April 10, 2010, for their work while on deployment in Afghanistan in 2009.

The squadron was runner-up in the Marine Corps tactical unit category of the awards, which recognize activities and personnel that made significant contributions to the Department of the Navy bulk fuel operations, petroleum supply chain management and fleet fuel support.

While deployed to Afghanistan, the squadron’s bulk fuel section pumped 2,022,976 cubic tons of fuel into various tactical vehicles and aircraft. They also built a fueling station to support the historic 2.2-million-square-foot aluminum matting airfield at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, the largest airfield ever constructed of aluminum matting in a combat zone.

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Bradley Kussatz, squadron fuel officer, received runner-up in the Marine Corps fuel officer category, while bulk fuel noncommissioned officer Sgt. Daniel Maddox, placed first in the Marine Corps fuel NCO category.

Both Marines were pleased to hear of their awards.

“It’s a fairly prestigious award, and I’m happy to have been nominated,” said Kussatz.

“It’s amazing,” said Maddox. “It’s always a great feeling to be recognized by your superiors for working hard.”

While both Marines were pleased by the recognition, both attributed their success to the Marines working for them.

“It was a team effort,” said Kussatz. “Without the Marines under him Sgt. Maddox wouldn’t have gotten the award and without him I wouldn’t have been nominated.”

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