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Soldiers build huge fuel farm during Raider Focus
Staff Sergeant Acevedo Luis, a squad leader assigned to Co. A, 3rd BSB, 1HBCT, 3rd ID, opens a gate valve on a huge 120,000 gallon fuel farm system his unit built from the ground up, April 19. - photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Blakeslee

Soldiers from Company A, 3rd Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, Third Infantry Division, gazed upon a massive 120,000 gallon fuel farm system they just completely built and tested as part of Raider Focus, April 19, near Faro Airfield.

While fuel farms are not new to the Army, they are somewhat new to Fort Stewart and the Soldiers of the Marne Division while in the field.

“As far as I know this is the first operational fuel farm to be built from scratch here on Fort Stewart,” said a proud Staff Sgt Acevedo Luis, a squad leader assigned to Co. A, 3rd BSB, 1HBCT, 3rd ID.

While the Soldiers of Co. A, 3rd BSB took point on this grand project, many other units worked in collaboration with Company A to make this a mission success story.

“There were 29 Soldiers from Company A who set up and did the leg work to build this fuel farm,” added Staff Sgt. Luis. “We had engineer support to level the ground, and Solders from Company B, 3rd BSB, tested the fuel lines along with many more additional units providing much needed support.”

With the first gate valve open, the smell of petroleum begins to fill the air. As the first of the six 20,000 gallon holding bags begin to fill with diesel fuel, smiles begin to spread across the faces of each Soldier of the “Ready to Roll” battalion with the realization that they just accomplished something great.

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