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555th RED HORSE Squadron (AFRC) PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 April 2008

The 555th, one of the original RED HORSE units and the second squadron to arrive in Vietnam,
was headquartered at Cam Ranh Bay from February 1966 to early 1970.  The unit completed
much of the troop housing, roads, and utilities on the base.  The 555th constructed hundreds of
buildings, maintained AM-2 runways, taxiways, and parking aprons, and sent deployed units to
several other locations to construct facilities.  An 18-man unit constructed radar site facilities on Phu
Quoc Island, and the unit deployed a 50-man detachment to Nha Trang to accomplish major

construction projects at the direction of the 1st Civil Engineering Group.

The 555th was inactivated at Cam Ranh Bay on 15 December 1969.  Nearly 32 years later, on 21
August 2001 the unit was redesignated the 555th RED HORSE Squadron in preparation for
re-activation in the Air Force Reserve.  On 1 October 2001 HQ Air Force Reserve Command
activated the unit at Nellis AFB, Nevada, with assignment to the 610th Regional Support Group, to
augment the 554th RED HORSE Squadron at Osan AB, Korea.  Gaining command was Pacific
Air Forces.  The squadron became part of a unique Total Force squadron composed of the 554th
at Osan, the 254th RED HORSE Flight (Air National Guard) at Camp Murray, Washington, and
the 555th at Nellis.

 555th Lineage and Honors
 
555th RED HORSE SQUADRON (AFRC)

Lineage, Constituted 555 Civil Engineering Squadron (Heavy Repair), and activated, on 1 Oct
1965.  Organized on 12 Oct 1965.  Redesignated 555 Civil Engineering Squadron, Heavy Repair,
on 15 Oct 1969.  Inactivated on 15 Dec 1969.  Redesignated 555 RED HORSE Squadron on 21
Aug 2001.  Activated in the Reserve on 1 Oct 2001.

Honors,

Service Streamers, None
Campaign Streamers,
    Vietnam:
            Vietnam Defensive 1965-1966
            Vietnam Air 1966
            Vietnam Air Offensive, 1966-1967
            Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase II 1967-1968
            Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase III 1968
            Vietnam Air/Ground 1968
            Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase IV 1968-1969
            TET 69/Counteroffensive 1969
            Vietnam Summer/Fall 1969
            Vietnam Winter/Spring 1969-1970

Armed Forces Expiditionary Streamers, None

Decorations, Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards with Combat “V” Device:
1 Jan-31 Aug 1967; 1 Jan-15 Dec 1969.  Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm:  1 Apr
1966-15 Dec [1969]

Assignments, 2d Air Division, 12 Oct 1965; Seventh Air Force, 1 Apr 1966; 1 Civil Engineering
Group, 15 May 1967-1969; 610 Regional Support Group, 1 Oct 2001-

Stations, Cam Rahn Bay, South Vietnam, 12 Oct 1965-15 Dec 1969.  Nellis AFB, NV, 1 Oct
2001-

Emblem, Approved on 11 May 1966
Date Prepared, 30 Aug 2001
 
 
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