21 JANUARY 2003
SCOPE AND RESPONSIBILITY
1.1. Purpose and Scope. Clean, water-free fuel of the correct grade is essential to the safety of aircraft
and the crews that fly them. This manual emphasizes preventive maintenance to avoid system
shutdowns, prevent fuel contamination, and decrease fire, safety, and health hazards. Periodic
inspections and servicing are essential to continue efficient safe operations and reduce major repairs.
1.1.1. This is not a design manual. Refer to Military Handbook (MIL-HDBK) 1022A, Petroleum
Fuel Facilities, for current construction standards. MIL-HDBK-1022A cannot be used as the only
justification to upgrade facilities. It also references standard designs for aboveground storage tanks
and Type III and Type IV/V aircraft fueling systems. For related overseas designs contact your major
command (MAJCOM) fuels engineer.
1.1.2. This manual applies to all real property facilities used for storing, distributing, and dispensing
fuels for reciprocating and jet engine aircraft, unconventional fuels for jet thrust augmentation, liquid
propellants for missiles or rockets, automotive fuels, aircraft lubricating oils, and military all-purpose
diesel fuel. This manual does not cover mobile fueling equipment because it is not a base civil
engineer (BCE) responsibility, nor does it include heating oil systems or power production fuel
1.1.3. This manual establishes the minimum maintenance standards for fueling systems and applies
to all active installations. If the installation is in an inactive or surplus status, reduce maintenance
standards to a point consistent with the anticipated mission. If existing Department of Defense (DoD)
directives are available with clearly outlined maintenance guidance, you will be referred to those
publications. This will standardize maintenance requirements between the fuel system operators and
the liquid fuels maintenance personnel and reduce revisions and administrative requirements.
1.1.4. All organizations must comply with Federal, state and local environmental regulations. Where
conflicts occur, the more stringent regulations will apply. Oversea locations must comply with the
final governing standards (FGS) for their respective country or this manual, whichever is more
1.1.5. Installations with a North American Treaty Organization (NATO) mission, including certain
continental United States (CONUS) locations, must comply with applicable NATO Standardization
Agreements (STANAG) (see Attachment 7).
1.2. Organizational Responsibilities.
1.2.1. Fuels Management Flight (FMF). The FMF ensures the safe and efficient receipt, storage,
handling, issuing, and accounting of all petroleum products.
126.96.36.199. The FMF analyzes fuel quality throughout the system and is responsible for operational
188.8.131.52. Operational maintenance is limited to external cleaning, lubrication of mechanical parts
(excluding oiling of motors), cleaning strainers, and reporting deficiencies. Other maintenance
performed by the FMF is outlined in Technical Order (T.O.) 37-1-1, General Operation and
Inspection of Installed Fuel Storage and Dispensing Systems. This does not prevent the FMF and