By Sgt. James Geelen | 4th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
FORT CARSON, Colo. — The same can be said about every successful mission that the 4th Infantry Division and tenant units on Fort Carson perform. Before units on the installation can conduct missions, the Soldiers from the Petroleum Quality Analysis System: Enhanced (PQAS-E) must conduct their tests.
The petroleum team is mostly comprised of Soldiers from 247th Composite Supply Company, 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 4th Inf. Div. along with support assets from the rest of the division.
“Our main mission is to support the 4th Infantry Division with its petroleum products quality assurance,” said Sgt. Meghan Middlesworth, petroleum technician, 247th CSC, 68th CSSB, 4SB, 4th Inf. Div. “Our main function is to provide filter effectiveness tests, product identification and product deterioration testing. Currently the 247th CSC’s Fuels Lab is the only operational lab on Fort Carson, which means all petroleum testing from every unit on the installation is performed by our lab.”
This time, the Soldiers were front and center as the team was recognized by the U.S. Army Petroleum Center with the U.S. Army Award for Petroleum Excellence.
“This crew has been performing outstanding work and to see them get recognized is incredible,” said Capt. Mathew Garrett, company commander, 247th CSC, 68th CSSB, 4SB, 4th Inf. Div. “We’ve been working these Soldiers extremely hard and they continue to roll up their sleeves and get the job done. I’m extremely excited for them and they deserve all the credit.”
The team recently redeployed after a nine month deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) where they supported the Iraq and Afghanistan Area of Operation.
“They operated the only petroleum lab in Iraq. They processed all petroleum testing in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as fuel samples from Saudi Arabia,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jorge Ramirez, petroleum systems technician, 247th CSC, 68th CSSB, 4SB, 4th Inf. Div. “In total, they processed more than 1,150 fuel samples ensuring more than 60 fuel dispensing units in the area of operations were within Army standards.”
Ramirez said it was no surprise that the team would win the award a second year in a row.
“I knew that we were going to win this award, because these Soldiers are simply the best,” Ramirez said. “I can’t take credit for what they do. They are very proficient at what they do. It’s a great honor for me to be included in this group.”