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31st Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers

Housed at Camp Darby, Italy, the 31st equips, stores and maintains heavy-repair vehicles and support equipment tagged for U.S. European Command and U.S. Central Command wartime missions. On hand: a fleet of 460 vehicles, ranging from bulldozers to vans, and 5,500 pieces of mobility gear, including tents, air conditioners and water purification units. And by using numerous transportation modes, this 41-person team, which falls under the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano AB, Italy, moves valuable civil engineering caches to various forward-operating locations.

Surprisingly, unlike most RED HORSE organizations, the 31st has few civil engineers. Instead of plumbers, carpenters and electricians, it's vehicle mechanics and supply specialists who comprise half of the flight. The unit's role is ensuring stowed trucks, ambulances and front-end loaders run properly, along with tracking reserved stock - not rapid runway or bomb-damage repair.

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