Korean Service Corps Battalion
Inland Petroleum Distribution System (IPDS) Training
Korea Service Corps Sets Standard for Pipeline Operations The Korea Service Corps sent a team to Fort Pickett, Virginia for a field training exercise Apr. 8-22. The 36-member team was responsible for rapidly establishing a series of pipes to simulate a petroleum distribution system as part of an exercise that tested U.S. Soldiers' and the KSC's ability to place pipeline.

The drill was called the Fiscal Year 2016 U.S. Forces Command Petroleum Training Module. Approximately 5.1 miles of pipeline was installed by the KSC Battalion's Inland Petroleum Distribution System team. This included one refinery station and one pumping station. This was no small task for the KSC, given the small operating strength when compared to other units on ground.

A total of 20 miles of pipeline was installed by all the participating units. The KSC team had half the personnel strength of the other teams, but the KSC team went twice the distance in IPDS trace in the same amount of time. The secret to the KSC's success is a specialized tool used for moving pipes called a "J Hook." It was created by a member of the KSC nearly 18 years ago. "The tool has itself become famous throughout the IPDS circles and was one of the KSC team's secret weapons in laying down the IPDS pipelines quickly and efficiently. The J Hook is only known to be used by members of the KSC. The KSC team received a lot of accolades because of their efficiency and leadership from Lt. Col. Preston L. Stape, the commander of the 844th Engineer Battalion.

The setup of the IPDS is one of the KSC Battalion's core wartime missions. The KSC Battalion conducts IPDS exercises to improve its ability and to hone the wartime IPDS capability. During contingency, KSCs install IPDS for US forces.
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