Sailors from Navy Cargo Handling Battalion (NCHB) 1, homeported in Williamsburg, Va., conducted refueling operations with Marines assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 371 during Exercise Winter Fury.
Winter Fury is currently underway until Feb. 19 at training locations across Southern California, Arizona, and the coastal islands.
Winter Fury's goal is to test 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing’s (MAW) ability to fight a “near-peer adversary” by employing all of the aircraft in its inventory, including F-35 Lightning II stealth fighters, AH-1Z Viper gunships, UH-1Y Venom utility helicopters, F/A-18 Hornet jets, CH-53E Super Stallion transport helicopters, MV-22B Osprey tiltrotors, and KC-130J Super Hercules tankers.
During the exercise, 3rd MAW Marines are conducting long-range strikes, deploying and supporting troops, transporting artillery, and providing logistical support to Marines on the ground.
Additionally, the wing is working closely with the Navy to conduct expeditionary advanced base operations, including the establishment of forward arming and refueling points.
Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group (NAVELSG) and subordinate NCHBs provide naval and joint forces with flexible and resilient land-based refueling points capable of receiving, storing, transferring, and distributing fuel from sea and from shore. Refueling operations at air ports of debarkation, sea ports of debarkation, and Forward Arming and Refueling Points (FARPs) service ships and aircraft with the fuel required to sustain combat operations in conflict.
The ability of NHCB 1 to operate on both Navy and USMC fuel platforms enhances the versatility of expeditionary fuel capabilities. This entity will not only maximize our service member’s abilities, but it gives more insight into the importance of joint operations.
“Coming from a Base Fuel’s division at Marine Corp Air Station, Hawaii, I was focused more on the behind the wire requirements from a fueling perspective," said Chief Darron Booth, NMCB 1 fuel’s chief. “After participating in this exercise we have learned that air support and timing are the true mission essentials for tactical fuels distribution outside of the wire.”
“As we move forward in maintaining air and ground superiority, having the ability to deploy naval personnel, who are trained and qualified to operate and maintain FARP sites, maximizes our joint mission capability and allows us to push forward in the fight,” said Master Sgt. Robert Gallup, Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group. “This was a great opportunity to integrate with the Marine Corps and will enhance our sailor’s ability to operate in a joint environment.”
NAVELSG reinforces blue-lethality by providing a wide-range of supply and transportation support critical during competition, crisis, and conflict. Naval Expeditionary Logistics Force conducts a variety of missions to include rearm, repair, resupply, refuel, replenish, restore, and revive integrated U.S. naval forces.