About Red Horse

Can Do Will DO


BAK-12 Arresting Barrier Installation


Clearing a hung Ordinance drop zone after surveying in the coordinates


Surveying the perimeter road

Red Horse Convoy


Red Horse Convoy. Vehicle overheated


Red Horse Convoy This New Yorker never drove before. He was instructed the day before on the perimeter road, but on the convoy he never shifted out of first gear.


Red Horse Convoy. My first time driving a tractor trailer, but I did darn good


Red Horse Convoy. Loading Up


Red Horse Convoy. Somewhere on the convoy between Takli and U-Tapao


 Red Horse Convoy. Somewhere on the convoy between Takli and U-Tapao 

The Rat Pack

The Rat Pack






Red Horse History

Some History


Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer (RED HORSE) squadrons are the United States Air Force's heavy-construction units.

 The 556th was established 3 February 1966. Deployed to U-Tapao AB, Thailand in 1966.  In addition to the main unit at U-Tapao,  the 556th also established detachments at five other Thai bases.  The 556th remained in Thailand until its inactivation at U Tapao in late 1969.

In Southeast Asia, RED HORSE squadrons became involved in all types of

horizontal and vertical construction and proved themselves to be highly

effective for rapid buildup of tactical air bases. They constructed

literally thousands of contingency projects such as revetments, aircraft

shelters, modular buildings, airfield parking ramps, runways, and utilities.

RED HORSE squadrons are 400 man, self-sufficient, civil engineering units

with considerable construction resources and internal logistics capability.

Along with all traditional construction trades and equipment, RED HORSE

squadrons are manned and equipped to provide their own vehicle maintenance,

supply, messing, and medical dispensary operations. In the RED HORSE staff

are deployable budget, administration, and safety technicians. The squadrons

are also manned with logistics plans personnel for organic airlift and sealift

mobility planning.