Tropic ACE fuels joint cooperation between Air Force, Marines

Tropic ACE fuels joint cooperation between Air Force, Marines

U.S. service members of the 36th Contingency Response Group, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, and Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, Camp Foster, Japan, fuel a 31st Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pave Hawk during exercise Tropic ACE Aug. 28, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Tropic ACE was designed to exercise components of Pacific Air Forces’ Agile Combat Employment (ACE) concept of operations (CONOPS), a warfighting concept the command is operationalizing to ensure airpower resiliency. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)

Tropic ACE fuels joint cooperation between Air Force, Marines

U.S. service members of the 36th Contingency Response Group, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, and Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, Camp Foster, Japan, fuel a 67th Fighter Squadron F-15 Eagle during exercise Tropic ACE Sept. 1, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Tropic ACE was designed to exercise components of Pacific Air Forces’ Agile Combat Employment (ACE) concept of operations (CONOPS), a warfighting concept the command is operationalizing to ensure airpower resiliency. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)

Tropic ACE fuels joint cooperation between Air Force, Marines

U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Misty Crowsey, Marine Wing Support Squadron 172 bulk fuels specialist, stationed at Camp Foster, Japan, explains a fuel pump setup to Airmen of the 36th Contingency Response Group, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, during exercise Tropic ACE Aug. 27, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Tropic ACE was designed to exercise components of Pacific Air Forces’ Agile Combat Employment (ACE) concept of operations (CONOPS), a warfighting concept the command is operationalizing to ensure airpower resiliency. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)

Tropic ACE fuels joint cooperation between Air Force, Marines

U.S. Marines from Marine Wing Support Squadron 172 set up a fuel pump during exercise Tropic ACE Aug. 26, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Tropic ACE was designed to exercise components of Pacific Air Forces’ Agile Combat Employment (ACE) concept of operations (CONOPS), a warfighting concept the command is operationalizing to ensure airpower resiliency. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)

Tropic ACE fuels joint cooperation between Air Force, Marines

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Alberto Marquez, Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, bulk fuel specialist, assigned to Camp Foster, Japan, explains a fuel pump setup to Airmen of the 36th Contingency Response Group, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, during exercise Tropic ACE Aug. 26, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Tropic ACE was designed to exercise components of Pacific Air Forces’ Agile Combat Employment (ACE) concept of operations (CONOPS), a warfighting concept the command is operationalizing to ensure airpower resiliency. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)

Tropic ACE fuels joint cooperation between Air Force, Marines

U.S. service members of the 36th Contingency Response Group, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, and Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, Camp Foster, Japan, move a fuel bladder during exercise Tropic ACE Aug. 26, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Tropic ACE was designed to exercise components of Pacific Air Forces’ Agile Combat Employment (ACE) concept of operations (CONOPS), a warfighting concept the command is operationalizing to ensure airpower resiliency. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)

Tropic ACE fuels joint cooperation between Air Force, Marines

U.S. Marines from Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, stationed at Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, carry a fuel bladder during exercise Tropic ACE Aug. 26, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Tropic ACE was designed to exercise components of Pacific Air Forces’ Agile Combat Employment (ACE) concept of operations (CONOPS), a warfighting concept the command is operationalizing to ensure airpower resiliency. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)

KADENA AIR BASE, OKINAWA, JAPAN -- U.S. Marines from the Marine Wing Support Squadron 172 assigned to Camp Foster, Japan, and Airmen from the 36th Contingency Response Group, assigned to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, partnered to develop advanced fueling solutions for contingency operations during exercise Tropic ACE (Agile Combat Employment) Aug. 28 - Sept. 15, 2017 2017.

MWSS-172 specializes in providing all essential Aviation Ground Support (AGS) requirements to a Marine Aviation Combat Element and offers solutions and equipment to fueling in austere regions during the exercise with the members from the 36th CRG.

“We bring the equipment, and the expertise on the equipment,” said U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Misty Crowsey, MWSS-172 fuels specialist. “It’s a good opportunity for us to work with the Air Force to teach them what we know, and for them to teach us what they know.”

Marines and Airmen collaborated during the exercise to discuss strategies and assets to better understand how each service works and to enhance deployed joint operations.

“What we’re getting from this exercise is knowledge from each other,” Crowsey said. “We’re learning on each other’s equipment.”

The combined expertise and job knowledge enabled participants to seamlessly integrate various fueling solutions, maximizing their adaptability for a variety of battlefield environments.

“When I touch down on ground with my equipment, and Staff Sgt. Crowsey is on the ground with her equipment, it’s not us meeting and figuring out their system,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Mike Coad, 36th CRG fuels specialist. “We already know what they have, we already know how they do business, so we just go to work.”

The Agile Combat Employment concept enables U.S. forces to operate from various austere operating bases where they may not necessarily have traditional bases, ensuring Airmen and aircrews are ready if a conflict arises.