25th CAB holds FARP rodeo with Marine counterparts

| December 6, 2013 | 0 Comments
 Sgt. Shawnna Saulsberry, petroleum supply specialist, 325th BSB, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, connects fuel filters on the extended range fuel system used from a CH-47 Chinook, more commonly known as the "Fat Cow," during the 25th CAB's first joint service FARP  Rodeo, Nov. 18.

Sgt. Shawnna Saulsberry, petroleum supply specialist, 325th BSB, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, connects fuel filters on the extended range fuel system used from a CH-47 Chinook, more commonly known as the “Fat Cow,” during the 25th CAB’s first joint service FARP Rodeo, Nov. 18.

Story and photo by
Sgt. Daniel Schroeder
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs 25th Infantry Division

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — The 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, hosted a joint service Forward Arming and Refueling Point (FARP) Rodeo competition, here, Nov. 20.

Soldiers from the CAB, along with those with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th ID, and Marines from Marine Wing Support Detachment 24, participated in the three-day event.

“The competition is designed to increase the proficiency of our Soldiers on the ways to set up a FARP,” said Staff Sgt. Maximo Nunez, FARP noncommissioned officer in charge, Company A, 209th Avn. Support Battalion, 25th CAB.

“The event focuses on attention to detail while working quickly under stress,” Nunez explained. “By inviting 3rd Brigade and the Marines to the event, we can increase our proficiency between branches and throughout the division and become a better military force.”

Groups of Soldiers and Marines received instructions and hands-on training on the four Army FARP systems to refuel aircraft and ground equipment and trained on all of the systems for the first two days of training.

“The (forward area refueling system) is similar to our HERS, helicopter expedient refueling system,” stated Marine Cpl. John Fazio, bulk fuel specialist, MWSD 24. “It is great that we were able to do a dry run on the setups before using it.”

Other systems used in the competition were the Heavy Expendable Mobility Tactical Truck Tanker Refueling System, the micro-FARE system and the Extended Range Fuel System.

“This was good hands-on training for my Soldiers,” said Sgt. Shawnna Saulsberry, petroleum fuel specialist, Co. A, 325th Bde. Support Battalion, 3rd BCT.

“Not only did my Soldiers get vital training on systems they have not used, they were able to work with other branches of the military,” Saulsberry added.

Instructors positioned at each station answered questions and aided the teams during the first two days.

On the third day, as the sun started shining over the horizon, the FARP Rodeo competition kicked off with an Army Physical Fitness Test. Afterwards, the teams rotated between four stations where they were given 30 minutes to set up and tear down each FARP.

“It was exciting and fun to compete against other branches,” said Fazio. “Being able to do something different like this makes us more proficient and better-rounded.”

The competition was close, with the time separating first place and fifth place fewer than 10 seconds in each event, but the team from Co. A, 209th ASB, won the rodeo with a time of 14 minutes, 41 seconds.

A future FARP Rodeo, to be hosted by the Marines at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, is planned for next summer, with participants from the Air Force, Navy, 25th ID and 25th CAB to be in attendance.

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