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Posted 8/5/2014 Printable Fact Sheet
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Rapid Engineer Deployable, Heavy Operational Repair Squadron, Engineer (RED HORSE) squadrons provide the Air Force with a highly mobile civil engineering response force to support contingency and special operations worldwide. It is a self-sufficient, 404-person mobile squadron capable of rapid response and independent operations in remote, high-threat environments worldwide. It provides heavy repair capability and construction support when requirements exceed normal base civil engineer capabilities and where Army engineer support is not readily available. RED HORSE possesses weapons, vehicles/equipment and vehicle maintenance, food service, supply and medical equipment.

RED HORSE's major wartime responsibility is to provide a highly mobile, rapidly deployable, civil engineering response force that is self-sufficient to perform heavy damage repair required for recovery of critical Air Force facilities and utility systems, and aircraft launch and recovery. In addition, it accomplishes engineer support for beddown of weapon systems required to initiate and sustain operations in an austere bare base environment, including remote hostile locations.

The primary RED HORSE tasking in peacetime is to train for contingency and wartime operations. It participates regularly in Joint Chiefs of Staff and major command exercises, military operations other than war, and humanitarian civic action programs. RED HORSE performs training projects that assist base construction efforts while, at the same time, honing wartime skills.

The 819th was originally activated as the 819th Installation Squadron on June 15, 1956, and deactivated on June 25, 1961. On Jan. 12, 1966 the squadron was activated and redesignated the 819th Civil Engineer Squadron, Heavy Repair, at Phu Cat AB, Vietnam. On Aug. 31, 1990, at RAF Wethersfield, England the 819th was deactivated. Throughout its distinguished history the 819th has been the recipient of many awards, including seven Vietnam campaign honors, 10 Outstanding Unit Awards, including three with valor, and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm.

The 819th was reactivated as a RED HORSE Squadron June 2, 1997, at Malmstrom AFB, Mont.

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