The 376th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadronâ€™s Petroleum, Oils, and Lubricants Flight, however, is certainly an organization that still embraces the full-service ethic.
Senior Airman Victoria Drefs, a 376th ELRS POL technician, is one of the many premiere refueling unit operators who takes that â€œextra mileâ€ ethic to work with her every day.
Airman Drefs is currently deployed from Aviano Air Base in Italy is a native of Armour, S.D. and a three year Air Force veteran. She is the first and likely will be the only technician, of her crew of 37, during this four month rotation to surpass an amazing two million gallons of fuel pumped into the KC-135 Stratotanker fleet here.
This is no small feat even during the summer months when the Manas Air Base fleet is nearly fifty percent larger and the weather conditions are optimal, but it is truly an enormous achievement in the harsh Kyrgyzstan winter on an open and unprotected flight-line.
Victoria reached the two million gallon mark on the day after Christmas and was met by Lt. Gen Gary North, Air Forces Central Commander, at the receiver aircraft to commemorate the occasion with a presentation of one of his commander coins.
The two million gallons of fuel she delivered into 464 aircraft equates to 13,400,000 pounds and would average out to about four or five aircraft a day during her time at Manas, if she never took a day off.
â€œSheâ€™s the epitome of what todayâ€™s Airmen can do,â€ said Master Sgt. Cleven Allen, 376th ELRS fuels superintendent, â€œSheâ€™s every supervisor’s dream come true.â€
â€œI knew I was getting close to the two million gallon mark because they sent us updates,â€ said Drefs, â€œbut I did not know that Lt. Gen. North would be there until just before I headed to the plane. It was great how it worked out for him to be there.â€
Drefs is no stranger to the limelight when only a month prior she was selected as one of only two deployed Air Force members to receive a Thanksgiving Day morale call, from President George W. Bush.
She coyly said â€œno commentâ€ when asked how passing the 2 million gallon mark and getting coined by North compared to getting a phone call from the President of the United States.
Drefs will redeploy to Italy, but she can look back fondly on her experiences at Manas from her recognition as a top performer to her phone call with the President or just for spending time playing basketball with her friends.
â€œAlthough I am ready to go home, I will never forget my memories of Manas,â€ said Drefs.
By Senior Master Sgt. Patrick J. McCracken
376th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs