Established in 2008 at Joint Base Charleston, SC, the 560th RED HORSE Squadron has deployed all over the world from Southeast Asia, Pacific Islands, to Central America serving during both contingency actions and humanitarian efforts.
The 560th RED HORSE mission is organize, train, and equip combat-ready forces to support heavy construction worldwide. RED HORSE is comprised of a variety of career fields that function as an integrated unit to accomplish missions which make a global impact both stateside and abroad. Job opportunities within the 560th RED HORSE include:
- AIRCRAFT METALS
- HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR
- WATER & FUELS
- FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
- SECURITY FORCES
- VEHICLE MAINTANCE
- ELECTRICAL & POWER PRODUCTION
- LOGISTICS PLANS
- MATERIAL MANAGEMENT
- AIR TRANSPORTATION
- CLIENT SYSTEMS & RF TRANSMISSION
- EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
& MANY MORE
Originally, designated as the 560th Civil Engineering Squadron in November 1966, based at Eglin Air Force Base, FL, the unit’s mission was to train new RED HORSE personnel destined for Southwest Asia in the Vietnam War until it’s inactivation early 1970. Today the 560th RED HORSE SQUADRON is an Air Force Reserve unit activated 1 Nov 2008 at Joint Base Charleston, SC.
Mission: Our mission is to provide air component commanders a dedicated, mobile, flexible, self-sufficient heavy construction engineering force for airfield, base infrastructure and special capabilities construction to support worldwide contingency operations. We provide limited vertical construction capability while specializing in the design, construction and repair of runways, taxiways, parking aprons and heavy earthwork as a stand alone for short term; indefinitely with resupply and repair capability in remote, high-threat environments worldwide.
Organization: We are a tenant organization to Joint Base Charleston where our Active Duty host wing is the 628th Air Base Wing. Joint Base Charleston is also home to the Reserve’s 315th Airlift Wing and the Active Duty 437th Airlift Wing. We report to the 622th Civil Engineer Group, 22th Air Force currently located at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, GA.
The 560th RED HORSE Sq. has played a role in OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, & INHERIT RESOLVE since its founding in 2008.
During the 2017 Deployment, the 560th RED HORSE constructed 10+ PEB (Pre-Engineered Buildings in support of INHERIT RESOLVE.
In the years after Vietnam, RED HORSE units have participated in world-wide humanitarian efforts and contingency actions. In an effort to ensure the safety of the members and others during these missions, the 560th RED HORSE Squadron partakes in various contingency training sessions that include:
- Individual Team Movements
- Defensive Fighting Positions
- Entry Control Point Procedures
- Base Security
- Self-Aid and Buddy Care under civil and combat situations.
Current as of 2022