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Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2013 Staff Sgt. Sheila deVera

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Edward Fernandez, 254th RED HORSE Squadron structure craftsman, troubleshoots a plumbing unit at Rush Park, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, during the Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2013 exercise, Aug. 18, 2013. The 254th RHS has been preparing and supporting the UFG since 2006 ensuring participants have essential water, heat and electrical power generation. UFG is an annual training, defense-oriented exercise developed around realistic scenarios designed to defend the ROK, protect the region, and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Sheila deVera)

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea - When airmen, sailors, soldiers, and Marine augmentee from all over the world arrived on Osan Air Base, they found themselves living in a tent city that they would call home during the two-week Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise.

Standing up a tent city is nothing new to the 254th RED HORSE Squadron members. RED HORSE squadrons provide highly mobile civil engineering response force to support contingency and special operations worldwide. Since 2006, the Guam Air National Guard RED HORSE has answered the call preparing and supporting the UFG exercise.

“The team built-up and currently sustains the bare base at Rush Park to include 24 tents, 10 ConEx’s, two K-Spans, one lodging facility and morale services,” said Chief Master Sgt. Richard Delin, 254th RHS chief enlisted manager.

The 28-year veteran also added that RED HORSE deliver 24-hours-a-day support for the augmentees providing climate-controlled environments with heating and ventilation, maintenance, plumbing, portable water, fuel system maintenance, pest management and electrical power generation to name a few.

This year more than 500 service members were lodged in the tent city and the 254th RHS ensure their living conditions were top notch.

“Being a part of the UFG, it is remarkable to see all different services come together in one location and join forces with the ROK counterparts,” said Staff Sgt. Tim Flores, heating, ventilation and air conditioning craftsman. “We are all here to accomplish one major task—work together and complete the mission.”


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Date Taken:08.27.2013

Date Posted:08.28.2013 01:25

Location:OSAN AIR BASE, 26, KR

Hometown:AGANA, GU


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