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Moving a combat force into a warzone

Moving a combat force into a war zone doesn't just take guns.
They need airstrips, bases, roads and utilities.
 
Laura Hussey "Imagine going to a place where there's nothing but this bare ground, and building a base, essentially a city, from scratch. That's what Hurlburt's Red Horse Squadron does"

Today, it's a Hurlburt Demolition range, but members of Red Horse have spent a lot of time in Afghanistan.
   
Charges they set might clear away unsafe buildings or bridges.
Or they could be used to frustrate the enemy ....the troops call it "denial"

TSgt Doug Weymer "We can go in there and disable part of the runway, we can disable roads, whether it be... let's say there's a known road that it's getting used against us, we can go out there and level that road."

Explosives might even be used to quarry stone for construction.
TSgt Weymer "When we're over in the theater, you can't just go to Lowe's and get random stuff that you need."   

A constant need is water.
Red Horse troops drill1500 feet down, round the clock for thirty days.

TSgt Elton Vance "So by us coming in we're saving a lot of money. Where it would cost a contractor to drill a well....1.5 million, it only costs for us to come in and do it, 245 thousand"   
   
In Afghanistan, they dug wells that could supply up to a thousand people.
They shared water with Afghan locals to build goodwill.

TSgt Vance "It definitely knocks down a lot of misinterpretations, when we're sharing water which is more important than gold out there in the desert. So when you bring that truck to them, they're thank you, thank you, thank you."

Laura Hussey "Even when Red Horse does training projects, they don't waste the effort. If they need to train on building a road or digging a well, they go do it for someone who needs it."