Sept. 6, 2006

Virginia National Guard Airmen ordered to active duty

RICHMOND, Va. - Maj. Gen. Robert B. Newman, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, announced that approximately 130 Airmen of the Virginia Air National Guard are entering active federal service for 10 months.

The first group of Airmen from the 203d Rapid Engineers Deployable, Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer (RED HORSE) located in Virginia Beach, Va., entered active federal on Aug. 28, 2006. They will train at their home station at the Virginia National Guard State Military Reservation, Camp Pendleton. They are scheduled to leave their home station on Sept. 12, 2006. The second group of Virginia Airmen will enter active federal service on Oct. 1, and depart their home station on Oct. 16, 2006.

The Virginia Airmen will deploy to air bases in Qatar, Afghanistan, and Iraq. They will work with 550 – 560 Airmen from other Air National Guard and active Air Force RED HORSE and Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force (Prime BEEF) units. Airmen assigned to RED HORSE and Prime BEEF units are civil engineers who help build and maintain the facilities of an Air Force Base. Their capabilities include construction of shelters and air base operation facilities.

Contact Lt. Col. Pete S. Garner at (757) 437-4630 for additional information regarding the 203d RED HORSE Squadron mobilization.

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