Position Description for Theater Fuels Subject Matter Expert 

 Position Description for 

Theater Fuels Subject Matter Expert 

Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) Advisory and Assistance Services (A&AS) 


Incumbent must have knowledge and experience in the fuels career field or any logistics field if previously assigned to Air Force MAJCOM staff or assigned as an exercise planner at Pacific Command (PACOM), Pacific Fleet (PACFLT), Marine Forces Pacific (MARFORPAC), Special Operation Pacific (SOPAC), or Army Pacific Command (ARPAC). Other knowledge and expertise include experience planning Command Post Exercises (CPXs) preferably on the staff of the Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), which includes Exercise Control Group (ECG) planning, exercise training objectives development, and writing Master Scenario Event List (MSEL) injects. 

The position requires comprehensive knowledge of specific engagement programs such as Enhanced Preparedness Partnership Program (EPPP) and Enhanced Air Cooperation (EAC). Additionally, the position requires extensive knowledge of the Joint Exercise Life Cycle (JELC), Joint Training System (JTS), Defense Readiness Reporting (DRRS), Joint Training Information Management System (JTIMS), Joint Lessons Learned Library (JLLIS), Universal Joint Tasks Lists (UJTL), Mission Essential Tasks Lists (METLs), Joint Operation Planning and Execution System (JOPES), Deliberate and Crisis Action Planning and Execution Segments (DCAPES), War Mobility Plan (WMP), and Time Phased Force Deployment Data (TPFDD). 

2-year accredited university degree required. 

10 Years in fuels career field or, 10 years in any logistics field if previously assigned to Air Force MAJCOM staff or assigned as an exercise planner at PACOM, PACFLT, MARFORPAC, SOCPAC, or ARPAC required. 

CPX participation/ planning 1+ year, any PACAF Staff 2+ years, or USAF Fuels 7+ Lvl 

Familiarity with the Joint Exercise Life Cycle (JELC) required. 

Contingency Wartime Planning Course (CWPC) graduate desired. 

Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Certification desired. 

Secret Clearance Required. 

Duties and Responsibilities: 

Set the Theater (STT) 

Assist PACAF/A4 in developing innovative methodologies for the distribution of PACAF and non-PACAF sourced assets such as War Reserve Materiel (WRM), Airfield Damage Repair (ADR), and Mobility Readiness Spares Package (MRSP). Assist PACAF/A4 in conducting research of commercial seaports and other storage locations to collect pertinent information on host-nation infrastructure and logistics capabilities. Provide PACAF/A4 regular reports and updates including interim progress reviews and briefings to A4 Director and higher authorities within and outside of PACAF. 

Exercise Control Group (ECG) 

Advise and assist PACAF/A4 in developing exercise objectives. Assist in scenario development and conduct detailed training of contingency processes. Establish and staff Exercise Control Group (ECG). Develop exercise training objectives. Develop Master Scenario Events Lists, Joint Manning Documents (JMD), and Start-Ex data. Act as a member of the exercise response cell for the AFFOR Staff. 

Develop and present input for the Concept Development Conference (CDC), Initial Planning Conference (IPC), Mid Planning Conference (MPC), MSEL Development Conference (MDC), Final Planning Conference (FPC) and MSEL Synchronization Conference (MSC). Submit post-conference After Action Reports. 

Attend PACAF/A3Y led Exercise Planning Group (EPG) meetings. Create PACAF/A4 exercise training objectives for each CPX involving PACAF/A4. De-conflict and synchronize MSELs with PACOM or PACAF ECG. Lead PACAF/A4 White Cell. Administer MSEL injects. Respond to inject Requests for information (RFIs) and inputs. Develop after actions and lessons learned reports. 

Provide inputs to PACAF/A4X for monthly Exercises and Engagements interim progress review to PACAF/A4. 


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 WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument 

 WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument 

1845 Wasp BLVD, #176 

Honolulu, HI 96818 


National Park Service News Release 

National Park Service 

U.S. Department of the Interior 

Date: October 29, 2018 

USS Arizona Memorial dock completion expected in March 2019 

HONOLULU – The National Park Service (NPS) expects the USS Arizona Memorial dock repair project to be complete by March 2019, allowing visitor access to the memorial to resume. 

The design phase of the project was recently completed, allowing for the development of a more precise timeline for the repair process. Unfortunately, it will not be completed in time for National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on December 7. Since May, the NPS has worked with its partners in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force to ensure repairs are made as quickly as possible with special consideration given to the national significance of the site. 

“Not being able to welcome survivors and their families on the USS Arizona Memorial this coming December 7th is heartbreaking,” said Jacqueline Ashwell, superintendent of WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, who oversees the memorial. “After exploring multiple options, we are working with our friends in the U.S. Navy to hold an intimate ceremony aboard a vessel adjacent to the USS Arizona. The Navy has been our partner every step of the way, and I could not be more grateful for their support.” 

The boat-based ceremony will include a floral tribute and will also allow survivors, their families, and other key dignitaries to pay their respects to the fallen at the USS Arizona. This special ceremony will be in addition to the full land-based commemoration ceremony. 

Access to the USS Arizona Memorial was suspended on May 6 when minor damage to the exterior of the structure became visible at the main point of entry. A more thorough examination revealed that the damage was caused by a failure of the visitor loading dock anchoring system. This placed extreme pressure on the loading bridge that provides overwater passage for visitors from the loading dock to the USS Arizona Memorial. Access was curtailed immediately to ensure visitor safety and prevent additional damage to the memorial. 

Ashwell also stated, “We are committed to restoring access to the memorial as soon as possible for all visitors, and it will remain a top priority across the board for this site and the National Park Service. We have condensed this project to the shortest amount of time necessary while also implementing solutions that will ensure a similar problem does not occur again. We appreciate the public’s continued patience as we work to complete the process and reinstitute access to the USS Arizona Memorial.” 

While the repair process continues, visitors will continue to see a 25-minute documentary film followed by a harbor tour of Battleship Row on U.S. Navy vessels which pass as close as possible to the USS Arizona Memorial. The NPS will continue to provide live or recorded commentary in an effort to maximize the visitor experience. Reservations are encouraged, as tickets for these programs continue to be fully distributed each day. 

All other amenities at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center remain open and accessible. Visitors are encouraged to visit our two free museums, shore side exhibits, snack shop and bookstore. Our partners at the Battleship Missouri Memorial, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum remain open and ready to welcome visitors. 


For more information, please visit our website at www.nps.gov/valr and our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ValorNPS or contact: 

WWII Amazing Statistics

Truly the Greatest Generation. Some comparison to what we see today.
WWII U.S. Army Air Corps

Back in the day when America was in the “Big War” WWII, these planes were flown by young boys. Politically correct was, go to war, kill the enemy and win. Apparently, no one worried about nose art on the bombers. Probably would not be allowed to leave the ground today. More airmen died in WWII than Marines

Amazing stats re the Army Aircorps in WWII.
Almost 1,000 Army planes disappeared enroute from the US to foreign locations.  But an eye-watering 43,581 aircraft were lost overseas including 22,948 on combat missions (18,418 against the Western Axis) and 20,633 attributed to non-combat causes overseas.
In a single 376 plane raid in August 1943, 60 B-17s were shot down. That was a 16 percent loss rate and meant 600 empty bunks in England ..  In 1942-43 it was statistically impossible for bomber crews to complete a 25-mission tour in Europe.

Pacific theatre losses were far less (4,530 in combat) owing to smaller forces committed.. The worst B-29 mission, against Tokyo on May 25, 1945, cost 26 Superfortresses, 5.6 percent of the 464 dispatched from the Marianas..

On average, 6,600 American servicemen died per month during WWII, about 220 a day. By the end of the war, over 40,000 airmen were killed in combat theatres and another 18,000 wounded.  Some 12,000 missing men were declared dead, including a number “liberated” by the Soviets but never returned.  More than 41,000 were captured, half of the 5,400 held by the Japanese died in captivity, compared with one-tenth in German hands.   Total combat casualties were pegged at 121,867.

US manpower made up the deficit.  The AAF’s peak strength was reached in 1944 with 2,372,000 personnel, nearly twice the previous year’s figure.

The losses were huge—but so were production totals.  From 1941 through 1945, American industry delivered more than 276,000 military aircraft. That number was enough not only for US Army, Navy and Marine Corps, but for allies as diverse as Britain, Australia, China and Russia.  In fact, from 1943 onward, America produced more planes than Britain and Russia combined.  And more than Germany and Japan together 1941-45.
However, our enemies took massive losses.  Through much of 1944, the Luftwaffe sustained uncontrolled hemorrhaging, reaching 25 percent of aircrews and 40 planes a month. And in late 1944 into 1945, nearly half the pilots in Japanese squadrons had flown fewer than 200 hours.  The disparity of two years before had been completely reversed.

Experience Level:

Uncle Sam sent many of his sons to war with absolute minimums of training. Some fighter pilots entered combat in 1942 with less than one hour in their assigned aircraft.

The 357th Fighter Group (often known as The Yoxford Boys) went to England in late 1943 having trained on P-39s.   The group never saw a Mustang until shortly before its first combat mission.

A high-time P-51 pilot had 30 hours in type.  Many had fewer than five hours.  Some had one hour.

With arrival of new aircraft, many combat units transitioned in combat.  The attitude was, “They all have a stick and a throttle.  Go fly “em.” When the famed 4th Fighter Group converted from P-47s to P-51s in February 1944, there was no time to stand down for an orderly transition.

The Group commander, Col. Donald Blakeslee, said, “You can learn to fly `51s on the way to the target.

A future P-47 ace said, “I was sent to England to die.”  He was not alone.

Some fighter pilots tucked their wheels in the well on their first combat mission with one previous flight in the aircraft.  Meanwhile, many bomber crews were still learning their trade:  of Jimmy Doolittle’s 15 pilots on the April 1942 Tokyo raid, only five had won their wings before 1941.

All but one of the 16 copilots were less than a year out of flight school..

In WWII flying safety took a back seat to combat.  The AAF’s worst accident rate was recorded by the A-36 Invader version of the P-51: a staggering 274 accidents  per 100,000 flying hours.

Next worst were the P-39 at 245, the  P-40 at 188, and the P-38 at 139.  All were Allison powered.

Bomber wrecks were fewer but more expensive.  The B-17 and B-24 averaged 30 and 35 accidents per 100,000 flight hours, respectively– a horrific figure considering that from 1980 to 2000 the Air Force’s major mishap rate was less than 2.

The B-29 was even worse at 40; the world’s most sophisticated, most capable and most  expensive bomber was too urgently needed to stand down for mere safety reasons.. The AAF set a reasonably high standard for B-29 pilots, but the desired figures were seldom attained.

The original cadre of the 58th Bomb Wing was to have 400 hours of multi-engine time, but  there were not enough experienced pilots to meet the criterion.  Only ten percent had overseas experience.  Conversely, when a $2.1 billion B-2  crashed in 2008, the Air Force initiated a two-month “safety pause” rather than declare a “stand down”, let alone grounding.

The B-29 was no better for maintenance. Though the R3350 was known as a complicated,  troublesome power-plant, no more than half the mechanics had previous experience with the Duplex Cyclone.   But they made it work.


Perhaps the greatest unsung success story of AAF training was Navigators.

The Army graduated some 50,000 during the War.  And many had never flown out of sight of land before leaving “Uncle Sugar” for a war zone.  Yet the huge majority found their way across oceans and continents without getting lost or running out of fuel — a stirring tribute to the AAF’s educational establishments.

Cadet To Colonel:

It was possible for a flying cadet at the time of Pearl Harbor to finish the war with eagles on his shoulders.  That was the record of John D. Landers, a 21-year-old Texan, who was commissioned a second lieutenant on December 12, 1941.  He joined his combat squadron with 209 hours total flight time, including 2 in P-40s.  He finished the war as a full colonel, commanding an 8th Air Force Group — at age 24.

As the training pipeline filled up, however those low figures became exceptions.

By early 1944, the average AAF fighter pilot entering combat had logged at least 450 hours, usually including 250 hours in training.  At the same time, many captains  and first lieutenants claimed over 600 hours.


At its height in mid-1944, the Army Air Forces had 2.6 million people and nearly 80,000 aircraft of all types.

Today the US Air Force employs 327,000 active personnel (plus 170,000 civilians) with 5,500+ manned and perhaps 200 unmanned aircraft.

The 2009 figures represent about 12 percent of the manpower and 7 percent of the airplanes of the WWII peak.


Whether there will ever be another war like that experienced in 1940-45 is doubtful, as fighters and bombers have given way to helicopters and remotely-controlled drones over Afghanistan and Iraq .  But within living memory, men left the earth in 1,000-plane formations and fought major battles five miles high,  leaving a legacy that remains timeless.

Aerial Refueling over Afghanistan – Video

KC-10 refuels another and then an F-16 and A-10Warthogs; pretty neat

Unlike the KC-135 tanker where the boom operator (boomer) lies on his stomach to view out a window to refuel other aircraft, the KC-10 boomer sits in a comfortable chair and looks out a picture window during refueling. Think what it would look like if a large aircraft like the C-5M, C-17, B-52, B1, or B-2 came into view.