U.S. Marines: Less fuel saves lives. Featured
"Our priority is to save lives by reducing the number of Marines at risk on the road hauling fuel and water."
Notes: More from the official USMC website, Expeditionary Energy:
"Marines are modern-day Spartans – our ethos demands that we change the way we think about energy as we train, equip, and lead our expeditionary force...
The Marine Corps Expeditionary Energy Strategy, spanning Bases to Battlefield, centers on changing the way we think about energy – that our warrior ethos equates the efficient use of energy and water resources with increased combat effectiveness.
Our priority is to save lives by reducing the number of Marines at risk on the road hauling fuel and water.
Our objective is to allow Marines to travel lighter -with less -and move faster by reducing the size and amount of equipment and dependence of bulk supplies."
From the video clip on the USMC site:
"We are burning 200,000 gallons of JP (fuel) every day in Afghanistan... Those fuel convoys mean even more targets for the enemy...
We have found that for every 50 fuel or water convoys, we have one more Marine is at risk for being killed or wounded.... If we reduce the need for that logistics, that's means one less Marine that's at risk.
We need to be able to lighten our load. This is about us. This is about what's best for the Marine Corps."
Bite source: Marine Corps Expeditionary Energy
October 15, 2011
March 12, 2013