Fuels Airmen Breathe Life into Aviation > U.S. Pacific Command > 2015

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — As a C-17 Globemaster III gains altitude, air pressure decreases, reducing the amount of oxygen in a pilot’s blood. If unprepared, permanent damage to vital organs can happen within minutes. To prevent this, aircrew rely upon liquid oxygen.

Airmen from the 673d Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) fuels facilities section maintain this and other vital resources for Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER).

The fuels facilities section consists of seven Airmen and four civilians who execute and document the receipt, storage and transfer of 14 million gallons of jet fuel, ground fuel, liquid oxygen and de-icing fluid each year.

“This section is critical to the JBER mission as they provide the energy that moves all of our assets,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Joshua Hightower, 673d LRS Fuels Operations section chief. “Their scope of responsibility is vast as they control all aviator breathing oxygen, vehicle and equipment fuel, aviation fuel and de-icer products. Without the proper management of these products, the JBER mission ceases.”

The team coordinates daily operator maintenance on assets valued at $302 million, consisting of…

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