CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Bulk fuel Marines keep the war machine moving. Without the fuel they provide, planes, helicopters, tanks, Humvees and other military vehicles simply wouldn’t move. For his dedication to perfection, one bulk fuel officer with Bulk Fuel Company, 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, was recognized by the American Petroleum Institute as the 2012 Fuel Officer of the Year.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Daren D. Richardson, 37, from Columbia, S.C., was named the officer who best demonstrated pride, professionalism and support of warfighters in the bulk fuel field.
“His work ethic is unparalleled,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jennifer A. Enno, executive officer, Bulk Fuel Co. “His dedication to the Marines and his dedication to training is unmatched.”
Throughout most of 2012, Richardson was deployed to Afghanistan as the Regional Command Southwest fuels officer.
“As a chief warrant officer two, he was filling a chief warrant officer three position,” said Enno, 33, from Springfield, Ill. “He was responsible for the strategic oversight of bulk fuel for both air and ground units in RC Southwest.”
Out of the six regional commands in Afghanistan, the Marine-led RC(SW) had the most consistent numbers for fuel accountability.
“Regional Command Southwest had the best reporting rating throughout Afghanistan,” said Richardson. “For 10 months out of my time out there, we had a perfect reporting rating.”
Richardson is honored to be recognized by the API.
“It gives me a sense a pride because this award is awarded based off your performance,” said Richardson. “I was excited. It means you’ve been selected amongst your peers, and you’ve been selected as the top officer. And there is very good competition. It’s noteworthy, and it gives you a sense of accomplishment.”
The Marines Richardson works with are proud of him being named Bulk Fuel Officer of the Year, and believe it is a fitting title.
“He’s very deserving,” said Enno. “He’s a great peer to have, and I’m very proud of him. He definitely deserves the recognition.”
Richardson says the honors from the API would not have been possible without the hard work of the Marines under his charge.
“Everything was thanks to the Marines within the major subordinate commands,” he said. “The job they did helped us out because they were the guys actually out there on the ground doing the right thing and reporting everything properly. I’d like to thank all the Marines who were out there. They made this possible.”