After more than a decade in the making, Redstone Arsenal’s bulk fuels privatization initiative has flipped the open sign.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Thursday for the new fuel terminal on Patriot Drive. The new tanks increase fuel storage on Redstone Arsenal from 36,000 gallons to 70,000 gallons with an extra 12,000 gallons of diesel. In addition to increased capacity, the environmentally-friendly tanks are more cost-effective for storage and will realize a cost savings of more than $3 million over the next 20 years for the Army. 

“Exactly 11 months ago to the day, LRC sponsored the project’s groundbreaking ceremony signifying the final phase of the project,” Logistics Readiness Center’s Tony Fuller said. He noted that although the construction phase was less than a year, the entire scope of the project went back to 2008, when the Directorate of Logistics, precursor to the LRC, began looking to the future of fuel storage on the Arsenal. 

“In November 2009, Defense Energy Support Center published their economic analysis recommending privatizing fuel operations on Redstone Arsenal as the best course of action,” Fuller said. 

Maytag Aircraft Corporation was awarded the 19-year contract and construction began in July 2018 by Burns & McDonnell. 

During the ceremony, key people were recognized and thanked for their work in bringing the initiative to fruition. Gary Shelton, Pete Green, Allen Colley, Mike Moore, Clint Howard and Mike Stierwalt received coins from Garrison Commander Col. Kelsey Smith. 

Also presented with a commander’s coin were members of the groundbreaking and ribbon-cutting teams: Ralph Langford, Shawn Lueders, David Wilson, Seong Dobbins, Darrell Johnson, Larry Cable and Danny Wright.

Fuller also recognized and thanked the people and teams who contributed to the project: Mike Mikita, Ron Winthrop, Chris Bock, Nick Collins, Joe Baker, Mark Davidson, Phoenix Grounds, CMSI, Army Petroleum Center, Defense Logistics Agency-Energy, Corps of Engineers and the Garrison’s Master Planning Team, Environmental Division, Real Property Team, Lease Team, Utilities Team, Restoration Team, Airfield Team, Physical Security Team, Director and Network Enterprise Center-Redstone. 

Before cutting the ribbon, Garrison Commander Col. Kelsey Smith demonstrated their functionality by pumping the terminal’s first gallon of gas. Fuller recognized Smith’s support of the project over the past year since assuming command in 2018.

“Sir, thank you – and that will be $2.90.”

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