200th Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers
The 200th RED HORSE Squadron was the first Air National Guard RED HORSE Squadron. The unit came into being on September 25, 1971, after passing the required Federal Recognition Inspection, conducted by the 9th Air Force Inspector General's Office. It is a part of the Ohio Air National Guard.
The 200th RED HORSE Squadron has performed annual training throughout the United States and in Canada, Europe, Central and South America, South East Asia, and the North Pacific Islands.
The unit has received several awards through the years to include the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, the Hennessy Award for excellence in food service, and numerous marksmanship awards at state and national levels.
The unit supports the local civilian community by performing various civic action projects, including an on-going 114-acre wetland restoration for the Oak Harbor Conservation Club in Ohio. Recent State activation's supported snow removal and flood relief efforts in the State of Ohio.
An Air National Guard RED HORSE Squadron consists of 406 squadron personnel and over 1650 tons of vehicles, heavy construction and support equipment.
Since 2002 the 200th/201st Expeditionary Red Horse squadron was handling most of the large construction projects at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, and throughout the region. The squadron is constructing several of Al Udeid's roadways -- a project worth about $2 million in materials cost alone. Constructing the eight miles of roadway on Al Udeid is currently one of the squadron's biggest paving projects in the theater.
The squadron is made up of 404 men and women. The 200th is located in Ohio, while the 201st is based in Pennsylvania. In wartime, the two units are joined to form a full squadron. The two units have been deploying together every year for the past 31 years.
In August 2002, elements of the 200th/201st Expeditionary Red Horse Squadron operated at Bagram, Afghanistan where it built housing facilities for the 455th Expeditionary Operations Group and repaired the runway at the airfield.
The 200th/201st ERHS, from the Ohio and Pennsylvania Air National Guards, is based at a forward-operating Enduring Freedom location and then deploys to other locations. More than 280 Red Horse members are working throughout Central Asia and Africa on various heavy construction and runway repair projects.
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