555th RED HORSE Squadron (AFRC)

    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

    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.


    Service Streamers, None
    Campaign Streamers,
                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

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