It is estimated that 60 percent of the supplies entering a theater of operations will be petroleum products.
The quality surveillance mission is to maintain the quality of these products from point of origin to point of
PART A - QUALITY SURVEILLANCE OPERATIONS
Quality surveillance is a group of measures to be utilized to determine and maintain the
quality of government-owned petroleum and related products so such products are suitable
for use. (Aggregate does not equal whole; total considered with reference to its parts.)
Quality Surveillance Programs. Quality Surveillance SOP is a vigilant quality
surveillance program implemented by properly trained personnel necessary to protect the
original product quality.
Army Petroleum Center (APC). United States Army Petroleum Center conducts Quality
Surveillance of Army owned petroleum products at CONUS depots, commercial
terminals, and installations. APC is responsible for developing, coordinating, and
monitoring the CONUS Quality Surveillance program.
APC (WEST). All the states on the west of the demarcation line are served by this office
located at the Defense Depot, Tracy, CA.
APC (EAST). All the states on the east of the demarcation line are served by this office
located at the New Cumberland Army Depot, New Cumberland, PA.
Other CONUS facilities. These facilities have a limited Quality Surveillance capability.
(Fort Hood, TX; Fort Lee, VA; Fort Campbell, KY; Fort Bragg, NC; Fort Stewart, GA; and
Fort Rucker, AL.)
Overseas. The Joint Petroleum Office (JPO) ensures that an adequate Quality
Surveillance program is maintained within the command.
Others. Others responsible for Quality Surveillance include services having physical
possession of the product and the individuals actually in contact with the product.
SOP Requirements. To be able to maintain a Quality Surveillance program and be
effective, you have to have at least minimum requirements such as:
Storage and handling.
Packing and marking.
Loading and shipping. Records and reports.
Quality Surveillance Procedures. To keep products on specification and prevent
Make sure the product name and grade are stenciled on storage tanks, tank
compartments, vehicle manhole covers, pipelines, valves, loading racks, control
valves, and servicing units.
When loading and unloading petroleum make sure the product being loaded or
unloaded is the same as the product in the receiving tank.
Make sure a filter separator is installed in each aviation fuel line between the storage
tank and loading point. Take a sample to check the effectiveness of the
filter/separator after the elements have been changed and every 30 days.
Always use operational filter/separators when dispensing fuel.
Never carry mixed loads of fuel in multicompartment tank vehicles. Convert tankers
from one fuel to the other using the appropriate procedures.
Each day a tank vehicle is used, recirculate the fuel in the tanker for 3 to 5 minutes.
Then take a visual fuel sample and observe it for color brightness and clarity. Also, if