Topping Off Tanks

U.S. Army M1A2 Abrams tanks wait to be refueled during Operation Night King in the California desert March 26, 2023. The 40th Airlift Squadron landed at a dry lakebed during the exercise to refuel eight M1A2 Abrams tanks, two at a time, while using their Emergency Response Refueling Equipment Kit. This process aids in refueling a higher number of M1A2 tanks faster and also allows for multiple actions within a mission to be made at once. The C-130J aircrew are able to provide supplies and take on wounded troops simultaneously as the refuel occurs, decreasing operation time and allowing joint forces to get back into the fight at a rapid pace.