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Release No: 284-99
June 08, 1999

SECRETARY COHEN ORDERS AIR FORCE ENGINEER TEAMS TO ALBANIA

Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen has ordered three U.S. Air Force Red Horse engineer teams to Albania to execute critical road and bridge repairs in Albania. These repairs will allow the movement of refugees from border areas to refugee camps further inside Albania.

The 820th Red Horse Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev., will deploy a Red Horse "One" team and two Red Horse "Two" teams to Albania.

These Red Horse teams will join other allied engineer units already in theater in executing these critical repairs.

A Red Horse "One" team is a 16-person engineer force that normally performs advanced airfield survey, site layout, and planning for the orderly establishment and future development of an operating location during contingencies. It contains site development and field engineering and is self-sustaining when combined with a Red Horse "Two" element and resupplied.

A Red Horse "Two" team is made up of a 94-person engineer force that normally performs light base development. This includes installation of aircraft arresting systems, essential utility system, and basic shelters. It also includes temporary pavement repair/upgrade, bomb damage repair, and limited earthwork for land clearing and ammunition storage area during the initial phase of contingencies.

This deployment of 204 personnel is currently anticipated to be for approximately 179 days.