Story and photos by Pfc. Andrew Ingram
1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
Petroleum supply specialists assigned to Company A, 4th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, battled the wind and rain to practice their basic tasks during a refuel-on-the-move training mission, Sept. 12.
The Soldiers refueled Humvees, M1A1 Abrams tanks and M2A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicles at an improvised fueling station in the Fort Carson training area.
“In a combat environment a unit may not have time to go back to the (Forward Operating Base) to refuel before heading to their next objective,” said Staff Sgt. Joseph Hudson, petroleum supply specialist, Company A. “We set up a ROM point at a designated location so they can roll in, get the fuel they need as quickly as possible and continue the mission.”
The tactical expedience of a ROM operation ensures that U.S. Forces missions are completed quickly and efficiently, making setting up a ROM point an important task for petroleum supply Soldiers to master, said Hudson.
“I have an outstanding group of individuals working with me,” he said. “My Soldiers love getting out there and doing missions, they love setting up the ROM. This is what we do, and we love it.”
The Sept. 12 mission marked the third time in seven days the Soldiers set up a ROM point to provide fuel for 1st BCT units operating in the Fort Carson Training Area.
“We have had a lot of vehicles come through here during these operations,” said Sgt. Christopher Brewer, petroleum supply specialist, Company A. “When they come in, we have two minutes to give them a quick top off and get them on their way.”
Sgt. Doug Underwood, petroleum supply specialist, Company A, emphasized speed as the key to setting up a successful ROM mission.
“The last time we set up the ROM point, it took us just over 30 minutes. This time, it took us 22 minutes,” Underwood said. “We would like to get it down to 15 minutes, but that will come with practice. Most of these Soldiers had never set up a ROM before, so I’m pretty pleased with how well they are doing.”
Not only was the time improved, but inexperienced Soldiers were able to learn their jobs in the field.
Many of the junior enlisted Soldiers broadened their knowledge base of the vehicles they will work with during deployment, said Spc. Brandon Hartman, petroleum supply specialist, Company A.
“This is a good team-building mission,” Hartman said, gesturing to the cold rain needling his comrades as they prepared to meet the first convoy of the day. “No matter what the weather conditions are, everybody pulls together and gets the job done.”