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    200th RED HORSE Supports Ohio Army National Guard

    200th RED HORSE Supports Ohio Army National Guard

    Photo By Tech. Sgt. Alexis Wade | Airmen of the 200th RED HORSE Squadron, Mansfield, Ohio, participate in a Deployment...... read more read more



    Story by Airman 1st Class Alexis Wade 

    179th Cyberspace Wing

    For members of the 200th Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers (RED HORSE), the Camp James. A. Garfield project in Ravenna, Ohio, has given them the opportunity to practice their special capabilities by building a 7200 sq. ft. vehicle maintenance bay that will be used by the Ohio Army Guard during their annual training.

    The 200th RED HORSE Squadron is unique as it is the only RED HORSE Squadron in Ohio, providing vital support through their special capabilities in numerous different ways, while also providing RED HORSE with the opportunities to train and perfect their skills to be ready for future deployments.

    “The KSPAN is a special capability tasked with RED HORSE,” said Technical Sgt. Kevin Thierry, Project Manager for the James A. Garfield KSPAN, assigned to the 200th REDHORSE Squadron, Detachment 1, Mansfield, Ohio. “Each year three members are sent away for training on the Ultimate Building Machine (UBM) that builds these KSPANS. Getting to be involved in projects like this one definitely contributes to our readiness for future deployments by getting our hands in the dirt and becoming experienced with the UBM.”

    To see these Airmen hard at work it seems like an effortless task, as they intricately construct the KSPAN, however this project required many months of preparation beforehand.

    “The manufacturers of this UBM label this building type that we are completing as the second most difficult to do,” said Thierry. “The training with the UBM has been extremely extensive. Over the past five months we’ve been training with the UBM, and the training has paid off.”

    I started at the end of 2018 coordinating and establishing the design, so seeing it all come to life is absolutely amazing, said Thierry.

    Overall, Thierry said that this project has been an amazing opportunity for RED HORSE, not only to be able to gain valuable experience on these machines, but to also know you’re directly contributing to the readiness of the Ohio Army Guard as well.

    “We’re ecstatic to have the 200th RED HORSE here working,” said Maj. Shaun Robinson, Commanding officer at Camp James A. Garfield, Ravenna, Ohio. “Our goal at Camp James A. Garfield is to become the premiere regional training site. This bay will allow us to host a brigade sized element, without this bay we wouldn’t even be able to think about training a brigade sized element here. Our training areas, ranges and barracks hinge upon them being able to use this bay when they first get here.”

    Knowing the impact this project has, Thierry said everyone is doing their part in making sure this project us a success.

    Thierry said that one of the main contributing factors to the success of the project is the people and their positive attitudes.

    “Everyone out here has a good head on their shoulders and has such a good spirit about them,’ said Thierry. “It’s because of those two things that this has been such a success so far.”

    Although this is the first building that RED HORSE is constructing at Camp James A. Garfield, it will not be the last.

    “We’re projected to be here until 2024 to build a few more of these buildings, so it’s important that we establish a strong base now for us to just build off of for the next projects here, and I think we’re doing a great job of establishing that right now.”



    Date Taken: 08.22.2019
    Date Posted: 08.29.2019 16:38
    Story ID: 336887
    Location: MANSFIELD, OHIO, US

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