The Army and Air Force Exchange Service is set to reopen all pumps at the Fort Leonard Wood South Express this week after a thorough treatment, cleaning and testing of the location’s regular unleaded fuel supply.
The underground fuel storage tanks have been thoroughly cleaned and inspected for leaks during the closure.
“The exchange is committed to ensuring we provide the Fort Leonard Wood community with clean, safe and high-quality fuel,” General Manager Beth Pritchard said. “While we regret the inconvenience caused by the temporary unavailability of fuel at this location, we owe it to the Soldiers, retirees, veterans and families we serve
to give this process its due diligence.”
Customers first brought concerns about regular unleaded fuel to the exchange’s attention Jan. 14. Exchange management closed the pumps, contacted the installation’s command and requested the inspection, which showed trace amounts of water in the supply of regular unleaded fuel.
The exchange also works with suppliers to ensure the integrity of the fuel supply.
“We serve the best customers in the world, and we hope our swift action to address this matter demonstrates how seriously we take their concerns,” Pritchard said.
Customers who dispensed regular unleaded fuel on the morning of Jan. 11 at the South Express who believe their vehicles were affected by this issue can bring a report from their mechanic and fuel receipts to the Fort Leonard Wood Main Exchange manager’s office for further assistance.
No issues have been reported at the North Express fueling station, where all grades of fuel are still available.
(Editor’s note: Information for this article was provided by AAFES.)