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819th RED HORSE Squadron returns from deployment

Posted at 9:39 AM, Nov 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-07 19:21:06-05

GREAT FALLS – Families and friends welcomed home airmen who have been deployed overseas for the last six months.

More than 150 men and women from the 819th RED HORSE Squadron returned to Malmstrom Air Force Base over the past few days.

They were deployed with the United States Africa Command and United States Air Forces Central Command.

The airmen worked on a base-building effort in one of the most remote regions of Africa. They also completed 446 missions and more than 100 construction projects in eight countries.

Reporting by Joe Huisinga for MTN News

What does RED HORSE mean?

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.

From the Malmstrom AFB website:

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.