RED HORSE in the 21st Century USAF Civil Engineering in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom and Beyond Following its successful construction efforts during and after the Southeast Asia War, the U.S. Air Force's RED HORSE (Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron, Engineer) squadrons continued their legacy into the twenty-first century and the war on global terror. In the years after Vietnam, RED HORSE units participated in world-wide humanitarian efforts and contingency actions. They have provided assistance in the wake of natural disasters like hurricanes and tornados, repaired levies after floods, and supported recovery and repair efforts after the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines. Through numerous deployments around the world, RED HORSE personnel kept their civil engineering skills sharp by completing projects in underdeveloped regions. During Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, RED HORSE responded by completing construction projects across the Arabian Peninsula. Among other projects, they supervised the construction of an air base capable of supporting five fighter squadrons in a matter of weeks, constructed munitions storage areas, erected facilities, carved out roads, and built taxiways and hard stands to accommodate fighter aircraft. After the events of Sept. 11, 2001, RED HORSE units again sprung into action to support first Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, and then, Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq. During Iraqi Freedom, they demonstrated a new capability when they deployed Airborne RED HORSE teams to Iraq. Click here to return to the Cold War Gallery.