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202th Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers
[RED HORSE]

The 202 RED HORSE squadron represents a major element in the Air Force RED HORSE program, tasked with a mission to provide highly mobile, rapidly deployable civil engineering response force self sufficient for worldwide deployment. The 202 RHS represents one of only six such units in the Air Force whose primary capability consists of recovery, repair and maintenance of bombed or otherwise damaged military air bases and facilities.

The 202d Civil Engineering Squadron (CES), Heavy Repair (HR) was activated and federally recognized on 5 January 1985 at Camp Blanding, Florida. Major General Robert F. Ensslin Jr. presented the squadron guidon to Lt Col Frank Kozdras, the first commander of the newly formed unit. Approximately 43 charter members, their families, guests, and friends attended the ceremonies in near freezing weather.

Now known as the 202d RED HORSE Squadron (202 RHS), the unit represents a major element in the Air Force RED HORSE program, tasked with a mission to provide highly mobile, rapidly deployable civil engineering response force self sufficient for worldwide deployment. The 202 RHS represents one of only six such units in the Air Force whose primary capability consists of recovery, repair and maintenance of bombed or otherwise damaged military air bases and facilities. The unit possesses a sixteen man RH-1 team on call to deploy within 12 hours to provide site layout and beddown action for follow-on teams and combat units. Other specialized capabilities include well drilling, operation of mobile concrete plant, and quarry work to provide construction aggregate when required. The unit is also prepared to employ a demolition team to blow up sections of runways to deny enemy forces use of a base, roads, bridges, or facilities if necessary.

The 202d RED HORSE Squadron initially started operations out of six temporary facilities provided by the Quartermaster at Camp Blanding consisting of approximately 24,000 square feet of administrative, shop, and warehouse space. In 1993 the unit moved into its present facilities on 140 acres of land leased from the State. The new RED HORSE compound has five buildings with offices and shop space for Headquarters, Cantonments, Supply and Logistics, Airfields, and Vehicle Maintenance. These permanent facilities provide a training and staging area for the 220 member squadron.

Specialized training is being conducted for the 202 RHS with formal schools being held at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida (RED HORSE Demolition Training and M-60 Machine Gun Training), Nellis AFB, NV (RED HORSE Quarry School), and Enid Oklahoma (Speedstar Well Drilling School). Contingency and proficiency training is conducted on a year round basis using base facilities

In July 2002 the 202 RHS was deployed to Jamaica to assist in the building of a clinic.



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