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Navy Fuels Army in Joint Exercise

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS180730-16
Release Date: 7/30/2018 11:46:00 AM

By NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville, Office of Corporate Communications

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville (FLCJ) and U. S. Army 61st Quartermaster Battalion conducted QLLEX (Quartermaster Liquid Logistics Exercise) at Defense Fuel Supply Point (DFSP) Jacksonville, 17-25 July.

QLLEX is an annual exercise for Army Reserve units to train for their wartime mission of providing petroleum and water to units worldwide. This year's exercise used Army convoys to transport fuel from DFSP Jacksonville to NAS Jacksonville supporting the ongoing operations of twelve aviation squadrons focused on anti-submarine warfare.

"This exercise is a fantastic opportunity to train alongside the Army in executing a wartime mission," said Lt. Cmdr. Jason Monts, NAVSUP FLCJ Fuels Officer. "QLLEX tests critical skills for proper onload, control and delivery of fuel for the Army, while assessing our ability to provide fuel services throughout the Southeast region."

QLLEX began as the Petroleum Oil and Lubricant Exercise (POLEX), 32 years ago, with the initial focus on petroleum, oils, and lubricants. In 2004 it evolved into QLLEX, with a broader focus, becoming a multi-echelon, multi-component joint exercise. Today, QLLEX is a real-world test of Soldiers' and Sailors' skills in rapidly conducting fuel operations throughout the geographic region.

NAVSUP FLCJ fuel operators manned the pumps at the fueling station, filling tanker trucks and conducting safety training with the Soldiers. Once fueled, the Soldiers transported the fuel to the aviation squadrons to support ongoing operations. During the exercise, more than half a million gallons of fuel was transported from the north side of Jacksonville to NAS Jacksonville via 133 Army truck deliveries.

"This training tested the FLCJs fuels teams' ability to support Army operations while affording Soldiers an opportunity to operate their equipment in support of a real-world mission," according to Chief Warrant Officer Norris Sherfield, 61st Quartermaster Battalion petroleum systems technician.

NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville, one of eight fleet logistics centers under Navy Supply Systems Command, provides operational logistics, business and support services to fleet, shore and industrial commands of the Navy, Coast Guard, Military Sealift Command, and other joint and allied forces. Services include contracting, regional transportation, fuel, material management, household goods movement support, postal and consolidated mail, warehousing, global logistics and husbanding, hazardous material management, and integrated logistics support.

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