(4) Base Fuels Management Flights.
(a) Responsible for base level receipt, storage, quality control, distribution, and issue of aviation
and ground fuels and for receipt and storage of cryogenics.
(b) Flight is manned according to a core strength target of 75 for a typical base and adjusted with
additional personnel for varying missions.
(c) Flight is managed by a two-person team normally consisting of a company grade officer and
a senior noncommissioned officer (E-8/E-9).
(d) Typical fuels flight is organized and tasked as follows:
1 Fuels Management Team: Responsible for overall management of the flight. Specific
responsibilities include budgeting funds for equipping and supplying flight operations and developing base fuels
support plans. Ensures required minimum fuel inventory levels are maintained and that operational technical
orders are complied with for all fuel handling and servicing operations
2 Quality Control and Inspection Element: Eyes and ears of the fuels management team.
Performs internal quality control inspections on all flight operations and provides detailed reports to the fuels
management team. Operates the base fuels laboratory and maintains a fuel sampling and testing program.
3 Operations Element: Comprised of three areas: fuels storage, fuels distribution, and the
fuels control center. Responsible for physical receipt, storage, and issue of all fuels and cryogenics products.
4 Fuels Accounting and Administration Element: Responsible for inputting all fuels receipt
and issue transactions into the Fuels Accounting System. Maintains accountability of fuel inventory. Prepares
and maintains all formal correspondence, reports, and publications.
5 Fuels Support Element: Responsible for internal technical and ancillary training program,
material control, and the flights mobility program.
c. Refueling Operations.
(1) Air Force refueling operations can be performed either through the use of hydrant systems or
along-side refueling operations. A hydrant system is simply a system of pumps, pipes, and valves used to conduct
refueling operations at an airfield. Along-side refueling is refueling operations conducted using tank vehicles.
(2) The Air Force requires that 85 percent of fuel be issued using a hydrant system or 85 percent of
aircraft being refueled be from a hydrant system. The use of a hydrant system is the safest and most efficient
method of refueling aircraft at an airfield.