Air Force completes historic fuel conversion
Air Force Completes Historic
By Master Sgt. Brad West, Air Force Petroleum Agency.
Washington D.C. – (AFNS)
– October 31, 2014 – The Air Force officials took an important step in fiscal
responsibility and supply chain efficiency with the conversion of the final
stateside installation from Jet Propellant 8 (JP-8) fuel to the more common and
commercially available Jet A fuel, Oct. 29 at Wright Patterson Air Force Base,
Col. Linda Hurry grinds off a JP-8 fuel
decal on an R11 refueler as part of the Air Force transition to commercial jet
fuel Oct. 15, 2014, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. The Jet A conversion is a
Department of Defense cost saving initiative that will save the Air Force
approximately $25.5 million dollars annually. Hurry is the 635th Supply Chain
Operations Wing Commander.
The transition to Jet A completed a process where the Air
Force, in partnership with the Defense Logistics Agency, converted 130 stateside
Air Force fuels locations in less than five years, approximately 18 months ahead
of the estimated 2016 conversion completion date.
"The fuel conversion at Wright Patterson AFB marks the end of
a journey and the beginning of a new era of financial stewardship for the Air
Force fuels community," said Col. Linda Hurry, the 635th Supply Chain Operations
Wing commander at Scott AFB, Illinois.
The Air Force Petroleum Agency (AFPET) became operationally
aligned under the 635th SCOW as of Oct. 3 as part of the Future Air Force
The Jet A conversion process began in 2009 as an AFSO21 cost
savings initiative that incorporated Defense Acquisition Reform policy and the
Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 guidance.
"Education and open dialogue have been key to the Jet A
conversion," Hurry said. "It is a true testament to our Air Force logistics
leadership team and our fuels professionals, who realized the benefits
associated with this conversion and accelerated the process."
"Over the past 10 years refineries were becoming hesitant to
produce JP-8 fuel, as it required segregated handling and transportation.
Suppliers desire to produce the commercial grade Jet A fuel, which is a fungible
product and readily available." said Col. Carmen Goyette, the commander of the
Air Force Petroleum Agency.
Because of its interchangeability and availability, the
switch to a commercial specification product will expand the industrial base and
should eventually mean lower overall aviation fuel costs for military customers,
Air Force bases will now receive Jet A blended with the same
additives required in JP-8. Jet A with additives, has been assigned the NATO
"Department of Defense aircraft have received Jet A at
commercial airports for years and we have researched extensively, in concert
with the Air Force Research Laboratory, to ensure commercial Jet A would not
impact the Air Force mission," Goyette said. "Translation of the program intent
to our NATO partners was key to the continued success of joint exercise and
Jet A (F-24) performs essentially the same as JP-8 (F-34),
with the same additives, and saves everyone money, Goyette said.
The conversion allows not only the Air Force, but the
Department of Defense as a whole to take advantage of a much larger commercial
fuels supply chain and promises a 2 cent per gallon initial cost savings.
Two cents a gallon will yield a significant savings as the
DOD spent $6.95 billion on JP-8 in 2013. The Air Force purchases more than one
billion gallons of fuel annually within the CONUS, therefore the transition will
save the Air Force an estimated $25.5 million in annual fuel costs and will help
eliminate excess infrastructure, provide energy security and create operational
flexibility for the Department of Defense.
The transition from military specification jet fuel to a
commercially available jet fuel increases the agility of the Services and the
Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) in their efforts to meet the warfighter
requirements while simultaneously yielding multi-million dollar annual savings.
“As a result of their efforts the AF Petroleum Agency was
selected for the 2013 Defense Standardization Program Team Achievement Award,”
Hurry said. “This is the second consecutive year that AFPET has been recognized
for exceptional Defense Standardization Program achievement.”