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Tech. Sgt. Justin, 380th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, directs Tech. Sgt. Joshua, 380th ECES, in moving a new fuel bladder from the shipping container to an empty berm at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Nov. 9, 2016. This bladder is the first of four scheduled for replacement over the next month. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Carwile)

Tech. Sgt. Justin, 380th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, directs Tech. Sgt. Joshua, 380th ECES, in moving a new fuel bladder from the shipping container to an empty berm at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Nov. 9, 2016. This bladder is the first of four scheduled for replacement over the next month. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Carwile)

Members of the 380th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron remove the protective shipping cover from a new fuel bladder at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Nov. 9, 2016. The cover has to be removed before crane operators leave in case the bladder needs to be moved so that it rolls out in the correct direction. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Carwile)

Members of the 380th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron remove the protective shipping cover from a new fuel bladder at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Nov. 9, 2016. The cover has to be removed before crane operators leave in case the bladder needs to be moved so that it rolls out in the correct direction. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Carwile)

Members throughout the 380th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron joined the Fuel Management Flight to roll out a new fuel bladder at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Nov. 9, 2016. This 210,000 gallon bladder will be part of the largest fuel bladder farm in the U.S. Air Forces Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Carwile)

Members throughout the 380th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron joined the Fuel Management Flight to roll out a new fuel bladder at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Nov. 9, 2016. This 210,000 gallon bladder will be part of the largest fuel bladder farm in the U.S. Air Forces Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Carwile)

The 380th Expeditionary Logistics and Readiness Squadron come together to lay out a new 210,000 gallon fuel bladder at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Nov. 9, 2016. The Fuels Management Flight maintains 27 bladders and two underground tanks holding JP-8 jet fuel in addition to other bladders and tanks containing five other fuels. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Carwile)

The 380th Expeditionary Logistics and Readiness Squadron come together to lay out a new 210,000 gallon fuel bladder at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Nov. 9, 2016. The Fuels Management Flight maintains 27 bladders and two underground tanks holding JP-8 jet fuel in addition to other bladders and tanks containing five other fuels. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Carwile)

380th Fuels Management Flight members latch a fuel hose onto the new JP-8 jet fuel bladder that was installed at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Nov. 9, 2016. This bladder will hold 210,000 gallons of jet fuel once fully connected, becoming part of a network of 27 similar bladders providing fuel to the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing flying mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Carwile)

380th Fuels Management Flight members latch a fuel hose onto the new JP-8 jet fuel bladder that was installed at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Nov. 9, 2016. This bladder will hold 210,000 gallons of jet fuel once fully connected, becoming part of a network of 27 similar bladders providing fuel to the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing flying mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Carwile)

SOUTHWEST ASIA --

The Fuels Management Flight of the 380th Expeditionary Logistics and Readiness Squadron replaced the first of four fuel bladders identified as unserviceable at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, November 9, 2016.

 

The Air Force’s primary mission to “Fly, Fight, and Win” is a goal that is mainly accomplished through aerial domination. This is a mission that absolutely cannot be completed without fuel support

 

“We support the largest fuel bladder farm in the AOR with a mix of 27 jet fuel bladders,” said TSgt James, 380th ELRS Fuels Management Flight.

 

Fuel bladders are constantly monitored for leaks, tears and seeps; once a problem is identified, they are either repaired or deemed unserviceable.

 

“When a bladder is identified as being unserviceable, we start an involved process of emptying it and breaking it down since there’s no other practical way to remove the bladder,” said James. “The easiest part is installing the new bladder.”

 

According to Senior Airman Walter, 380th ELRS/LGRF, the fuel bladders are used to fill the two primary supply tanks, but can also serve as the primary system when maintenance is conducted on the tanks.

 

“Our flight is responsible for maintaining and supplying fuel to the entire 380th AEW and our coalition partners that are here with us,” said Walter.

 

 

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