Fuels Airmen, flight crews practice night Forward Area Refueling Point procedures
By Airman Kai White, 1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs
/ Published May 14, 2015
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. --
Special teams of fuels Airmen provide a critical capability for wartime and humanitarian missions as FARP operations expand the role of special operation forces around the world. They provide a means of "hot" refueling from a tanker aircraft to various types of fixed and rotor-wing receiver aircraft. FARP missions are flown at only five bases around the world: Kadena Air Base, Japan; Royal Air Forces Mildenhall, England; Hurlburt Field Air Force Base, Fla.; Charleston AFB, S.C.; and Cannon AFB, N.M. Between all the bases, there are only 46 total members from the fuels career field, which has about 3,700 personnel, who are part of this special team.