819th RED HORSE airmen return from six-month deployment

The 170 airmen from the 819th RED HORSE that spent the last six month deployed have all returned home.

On Monday, family and friends met about 100 airmen as they filed off buses at the 819th hangar at Malmstrom Air Force Base. The rest of the group had returned last week.

Airmen at 819th RED HORSE preparing to deploy

The airmen left in April with about 70 supporting U.S. Africa Command and 100 supporting U.S. Air Forces Central Command.

The 819th RHS AFRICOM team shared in multi-agency base building efforts for Air Base 201 in Agadez, Niger, an expeditionary installation being constructed in one of the most remote regions in Africa.

The 819th RHS AFCENT team, as part of the 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineer Group, supported construction in the Middle East, building a command center for use in the fight against terrorism. The AFCENT team completed 446 missions and more than 100 construction projects in eight countries across the area of responsibility, working with NATO and other international groups, according to Malmstrom officials.

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“The RED HORSE family is looking forward to welcoming each airman home and giving them well-deserved rest,” Col. J.J. Loschinskey, 819th RHS commander, said in a release. “We couldn’t be more proud of the work that this team of horsemen accomplished while deployed. The impact of their work will be felt across the globe for years to come.”