Air Force to Keep Engineering Unit at Malmstrom

The unit has been at Malmstrom since 1997

By Dillon Tabish

HELENA — Members of Montana’s congressional delegation say the Air Force has decided to keep an engineering squadron in Great Falls.

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester says the Air Force had considered relocating the 819th RED HORSE Squadron from Malmstrom Air Force Base to Guam. He said in a statement that Air Force Secretary Deborah James told him Tuesday of the decision to keep the 250-person unit at Malmstrom.

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines says the unit is important for national security and as a partner of the Montana Air National Guard’s 219th RED HORSE unit.

RED HORSE is an acronym for Rapid Engineer Deployable, Heavy Operational Repair Squadron, Engineer. The unit has been at Malmstrom since 1997.

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