officer coordinates with the EPA representative, the unit petroleum officer, and the environmental
regulators to make an assessment of the petroleum operation. This assessment is used to determine how
the petroleum operation will affect the wildlife and local population within the unit's area of operation.
Environmental compliance officers use the results from the assessment to verify whether or not the
petroleum operation is IAW the prescribed environmental compliance. The unit environmental officer
works with the following personnel: the environmental compliance officer, the EPA officer, the unit
petroleum officer, and environmental regulators. As with any operation, the unit environmental officer
must stress spill prevention.
The unit environmental officer is also responsible for knowing the governing spill contingency policy,
the installation policy, the CONUS policy and or the OCONUS policy, and any host nation policy that
applies to the area in which the petroleum operation will be conducted.
In the years since World War II, the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps has operated petroleum pipelines
throughout the world in locations such as Korea, Japan, Europe, and Alaska. More recently, tactical
pipelines have been deployed to support Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Somalia. Also, military
exercises such as Roving Sands, Market Square, Bright Star, and Tandem Thrust have seen deployment
of tactical, multiproduct pipelines.
Although often thought of as insignificant during peacetime, all petroleum NCOs and Officers will find
themselves sought out by field commanders during wartime. Battles and wars hinge upon a leader's
ability to bring overwhelming destructive firepower upon the enemy. Good leaders recognize they must
include petroleum leaders during initial planning phases of any operation. Otherwise, they may find
themselves and their command nonmission capable. All petroleum leaders must strive to educate their
superiors on the importance of adequate petroleum support. You must also teach your subordinates to
know, understand, and be able to execute their responsibilities to support the force.