1st Civil Engineer Group

Build Warfighting Platforms and Deliver Emergency Response Capabilities

1st Civil Engineering Group (Heavy Repair) was activated on May 8, 1967, and headquartered at Tan Son Nhut, South Vietnam.  The unit distinguished itself over the next three years by earning seven campaign streamers including one for the 1969 TET counter-offensive.  On March 16, 1970, the 1st CEG (Heavy Repair) was reassigned without personnel or equipment to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.  The unit was deactivated the following year on Nov 1, 1971.

The 1st Civil Engineering Group (Heavy Repair) was reactivated and re-designated the 1st Expeditionary RED HORSE Group (ERHG) in October 2001 in the aftermath of the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.  The 1st ERHG immediately provided beddown and combat construction operations at bases all over Southwest and Central Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).  1st ERHG missions surged again with the initiation of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) as Air Force units opened new bases, expanded additional bases, and recovered captured Iraqi bases.  In March 2012, the 1st ERHG was transformed back to its original designation, the 1st ECEG, as changing needs in the Combined Joint Operations Area-Afghanistan (CJOA-A) necessitated a reorganization of the light and heavy construction capabilities in the AFCENT area of responsibility.  Simultaneously, the 577th Expeditionary Prime BEEF Group (EPBG), based at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, was inactivated, transferring its two squadrons to the 1st ECEG.