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Posted 8/23/2015

Release no. 15-045


USACE - Japan District Public Affairs

NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Japan District and Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistic Center (FLC) Yokosuka, Site Atsugi fuel department personnel conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony Jul. 23 re-opening the government gas station onboard Naval Air Facility Atsugi.

The remodeling of the gas station began in February 2015 and was a two million dollar project that included help from the Japan District's Kanagawa Resident Office, said U.S. Navy Capt. Ray Bichard, commanding officer, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka.

Government gas cardholders and their government-owned vehicles will now be able to fill up their tanks at the new self-service pumps, enabling them to conduct their missions with ease.

“This project has only taken 5-months to complete and has brought back online our GOV fueling station here at Atsugi allowing our customers to fill up their government vehicles by themselves, without our Sailor’s pumping out of a truck,” said Bichard. “My Atsugi fuels team has made the temporary solution work but it is very nice today to re-open this facility and let our folks get back to work doing what they do best…fueling our fleet and joint DoD customers on the flight line and elsewhere.”

The importance of fuel capabilities for the different services, especially for the Navy, is critical, in allowing them to do their mission, said U.S. Army Col. John Hurley, District Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Japan District.

Site Atsugi personnel who run the fueling station partnered with U.S. Navy designers and U.S. Army engineering teams as well as local national construction companies to get the job done, which allowed the improved fueling station to come back on-line in such short order.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has overall responsibility for construction projects for all the service branches in Japan and they understand the importance of this work as it relates to the customers on the ground, said Hurley.

“Construction projects can be disruptive while being built,” said Hurley. “That is why it is important that you recognize and celebrate when projects are finished,” he added referring to the ribbon cutting ceremony.
At the end of the day, the new station was open for business and NAF Atsugi customers had what they needed thanks to the fuel team onboard.

“Our fuel team professionals - Sailors, Master Labor Contract (MLC) and United States Civil Service (USCS) employees - provide clean, clear and bright fuel to the fleet and joint warfighter,” said Bichard. “Their highly technical fuel missions are an everyday occurrence for this command, which prides itself