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Marines with MWSD-273 conduct a Forward Arming and Refueling Point exercise aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, SC, Dec. 19, 2018. The FARP trained the Marines for upcoming exercises and deployments.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Debra S. Sainer/Released)

Photo by Cpl. Debra S. Sainer

MWSD-273 Conducts Forward Area Refueling Point training aboard Fightertown

27 Dec 2018 | Cpl. Debra Sainer Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

Marine Wing Support Detachment -273 conducted a Forward Arming and Refueling Point training exercise aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, SC, Dec. 19. The training was conducted to prepare for future exercises and deployments. During the training, Marines worked together to refuel aircraft.

“Our goal is to provide quality fuel safely, efficiently and timely” said Gunnery Sgt. Michael Toler, the Fuels Chief for MWSD-273. “We want to rule out any possible issues now, so that when we are called upon, we can accomplish the mission properly.”

1391 bulk refuelers and 3534 mobile refuelers served their vital roles during the exercise. Pilots from different squadrons, their captains, and wing
crews came out to participate. “Mission readiness for us is to ensure that the Marines are ready to
deploy worldwide at any given time” said Toler. “They need to be kept updated on our standards, training and the whole Marine. We need to be as close to 100% ready as possible at all times.”

During the FARP, Marines with MWSD-273 also tested their equipment and trained all personnel so that they know the right place to be and the right actions to take.

“The exercise has provided us a lot of insight on points of friction” said Toler. “The great thing about training like this is being able to eliminate points of friction now, so when we have to do the real thing, we will be able to accomplish the mission properly.”

The Marines of MWSD-273 will continue to use the knowledge they learned to enhance unit readiness and effectiveness for months to come.

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