QLLEX auditorium photo

Soldiers listen to a speaker at the Quartermaster Liquid Logistics Exercise Mid-Planning Workshop in the Petroleum and Water Department Auditorium during the Jan. 8-10 event. QLLEX was hosted by PWD and facilitated by the QM School. (Contributed photo)

FORT LEE, Va. (Jan. 21, 2016) -- The Petroleum and Water Department hosted the Quartermaster Liquid Logistics Exercise Mid-Planning Workshop here Jan. 8-10. The Quartermaster School facilitated the planning to ensure total force integration of sustainers and preparation for the future.

At the sessions, senior leaders from the Combined Arms Support Command, QM School, 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command and 475th QM Group gathered to plan and coordinate the agenda. QLLEX replicates theater petroleum and water distribution operations and exercises – the Army’s inland petroleum distribution mission. Every year, the U.S. Army Reserves partner with the Defense Logistics Agency – Energy to distribute fuel to military installations and DOD customers in the continental United States.

The importance of the exercise cannot be overstated, as it ensures a trained and ready liquid logistics force in direct support of Army Warfighter Function 16 (“Set the Theater”),” said Jose Hernandez, director, PWD.

With over 90 percent of Echelon Above Brigade liquid logistics capability in COMPO 2 and 3, the Army’s ability to rapidly “Set the Theater” is dependent on total force training readiness and fluid employment and mobilization of strategic partners.

QLLEX tasks liquid logistics formations, improves readiness and replicates end-to-end supply chain petroleum distribution.

In 2016, the 475th QM Group seeks to integrate all petroleum units across the total Army force structure. The newly activated active duty petroleum force structure, and the pipeline units conduct their annual training at the FORSCOM Petroleum Training Module at Fort Pickett. Eight battalions are scheduled to participate in QLLEX, scattered throughout CONUS (Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Fort A.P. Hill; Fort Bragg, N.C,; Fort Stewart, Ga; Puget Sound, Wash.; and Fort Huachuca, Ariz.)

For more information on QLLEX 2016, visit the U.S. Army QM PWD website at www.quartermaster.army.mil/pwd/pwd_main.html.