Anderson, James A., CMSgt

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Last Rank
Chief Master Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Civil Engineering
Primary Unit
1985-1991, 1st Air Force
Service Years
1965 - 1991
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Chief Master Sergeant

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Contact Info
Home Town
Greenfield, MA
Last Address
Huber Heights, OH

Date of Passing
Mar 13, 2010
Location of Interment
Dayton National Cemetery - Dayton, Ohio
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
American LegionVeterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA)Air Force Association (AFA)
  2010, American Legion [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2010, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2010, Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2010, Air Force Association (AFA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Source to Red Horse Association re: Chief Anderson:
From Patriot Guard Riders:
18 Mar 2010 11:58 AM  


Confirmed Mission

CMSgt James " Andy" Anderson, 63

Huber Heights, Ohio 

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USAF Retired 


Belton-Stroup Funeral Home

422 East Dayton- Yellow Springs Road

Fairborn, Ohio  45324

18 March 2010@ 1400-1600hrs &  1800-2000hrs

2-4PM & 6-8 PM 


Belton-Stroup Funeral Home

18 March 2010@1300hrs & 1700hrs 


Beavercreek Church of the Nazarene

1850 North Fairfield Road

Beavercreek, Ohio 

19 March 2010@1130hrs-(11:30AM) 

Staging if you are not riding in the Honorable Transfer:

Beavercreek Church of the Nazarene

19 March 2010@ 1030hrs- (10:30AM) 

Staging if you are riding in the Honorable Transfer:

Honorable Transfer  from Funeral Home to Church

19 March 2010@ 0930hrs-(9:30AM) 


Dayton National Cemetery

Following the Services 

CMSgt  James "Andy" Anderson, thank you for your service to our country. We are praying for you and your family.


 District #7 Ride Captain Mike Hamilton is assigned this mission of Honor and Respect, please follow his instructions. In the event of inclement weather we will not do the Honor Transfer, report to the church at the listed staging time. 

Bob Woods

Ohio State Captain
Patriot Guard Riders
From Global Security:

Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers


RED HORSE squadrons provide the Air Force with a highly mobile civil engineering response force to support contingency and special operations worldwide. They are self sufficient, 404-person mobile squadrons capable of rapid response and independent operations in remote, high-threat environments worldwide. They provide heavy repair capability and construction support when requirements exceed normal base civil engineer capabilities and where Army engineer support is not readily available. They possess weapons, vehicles/equipment and vehicle maintenance, food service, supply and medical equipment.

Their major wartime responsibilities are to provide a highly mobile, rapidly deployable, civil engineering response force that is self-sufficient to perform heavy damage repair required for recovery of critical Air Force facilities and utility systems, and aircraft launch and recovery. In addition, they accomplish engineer support for beddown of weapon systems required to initiate and sustain operations in an austere bare base environment, including remote hostile locations.

The primary RED HORSE tasking in peacetime is to train for contingency and wartime operations. They participate regularly in joint chiefs of staff and major command exercises, military operations other than war, and humanitarian civic action programs. They perform training projects which assist base construction efforts while at the same time honing wartime skills.

Units possess special capabilities, such as water-well drilling, explosive demolition, quarry operations, concrete mobile operations, material testing, expedient facility erection, and concrete and asphalt paving.

A rapid engineer deployment, heavy operational repair squadron engineering (RED HORSE or RH) squadron is a separate squadron within the Air Force that is not aligned with any particular air wing or base. The RED HORSE concept of operations states that the unit's primary mission is to provide major force bed-down, heavy damage repair, and heavy engineering operations within its regional area of responsibility.

The RED HORSE squadron is structured to deploy in one of three packages designated RH1, RH2, and RH3. RH1, a team of up to 16 airmen plus equipment, is the advance party. RH1 prepares the initial base for the follow-on RED HORSE elements, conducts a site survey, and develops plans for construction requirements. The "bed-down echelon," RH2, consists of 94 airmen and a limited quantity of engineering vehicles and equipment and is capable of conducting light to medium construction responsibilities. The entire squadron, RH3, or the "construction echelon," includes all 296 airmen and more than 1,100 tons of vehicles and equipment. RED HORSE is the most heavily armed engineering force within the Air Force.

RED HORSE civil-engineering squadrons are wartime-structured units that provide a heavier engineering capability than the civil engineering base Prime BEEF and Prime RIBS units. The RED HORSE squadrons have a regional responsibility; they are not tied to a specific weapons system and are not responsible for base operations and maintenance. They are mobile, rapidly deployable, and largely self-sufficient for limited periods of time. They perform the wartime tasks of major force bed down, heavy damage repair, bare base development, and heavy engineering operations. Due to their mission, they possess greater combat capability than the civil-engineering base units.

RED HORSE was formed specifically to meet wartime needs. Its composition is based on wartime requirements; it is not assigned to an air base to perform peacetime operations and maintenance tasking. Its primary mission in peacetime is to train for wartime, and its squadrons represent the strongest combat engineer capability in the Air Force. As the lead joint engineer resource in any force-projection situation it is the most capable Air Force engineering unit when it comes to the initial wartime requirements affecting the launch, recovery and operation of Air Force combat aircraft. It is the engineer unit used by the theater or JTF commander when incoming force flow is disrupted, resupply is interrupted, or launch and recovery activities at critical locations are stopped due to major airfield damage.

RED HORSE squadrons are packaged to be available early in the time-phased deployment data flow, and they are dedicated to up-front engineer missions. They are assigned to employment locations that are critical to the success of the air war. Dividing responsibilities between Air Force engineering assets (RED HORSE, Prime BEEF, and Prime RIBS) is not attempted. RED HORSE units can perform all the engineering missions of the civil-engineering units with the exception of crash rescue and major fire suppression. The presence of Prime BEEF forces at an employment location does not exclude the employment of RED HORSE units.

RED HORSE units are theater Air Force assets with a regional responsibility. They report through theater or regional command channels. C2 of these units remains within numbered Air Force channels or a higher level if a numbered Air Force is not present (such as under the Air Force forces (AFFOR) commander of a JTF). A joint contingency wartime construction-management organization can also task RED HORSE units through the numbered Air Force for construction support. If two or more RED HORSE squadrons are in a region, an Air Force civil-engineering group will be formed with the numbered Air Force staff engineer serving as the group commander.

Vehicles, heavy equipment and RRR sets capable of supporting full RED HORSE squadrons are pre-positioned in projected TOs to mitigate any delays in receiving strategic heavy lift. In addition to theater pre-positioned sets, RED HORSE squadrons maintain home mobility sets of similar equipment that are easily deployed and maintained. They form three types of RED HORSE (RH) deployment echelons with vehicle and equipment sets at strategic locations. They are maintained in a ready-to-go condition
I can think of three places you just might get information. First ,from the AFSA at Wright-Pat may be able to fill in some of the information. Second, would be the 1st ERHG in Southwest Asia could send out feelers to their various RED HORSE Squadrons if any one knows anything about Chief Anderson. Third, would be the RED HORSE Association Web Site were you could post a notice requesting information in the forum area. The RED HORSE Web Site has their email and APO address.

On make up of a RED HORSE Squadron depends om the Commander and his Operations Officer. As a general rule the Squadron would be in Four Parts; HQ, Support, Horizontal Construction, and Vertical Construction. HQ would have your Engineering Officers (Design), Engineering Assistants (ME), Cost Accountants, Lab Tect's, Estimators, and your Squadron Clerks. Support would have have your Supply, Vehicle Maintenance, Heavy Equipment Maintenance, Medical, and Mess Hall (Think I suppose to call it dining) folks. The Horizontal and Vertical construction assignments really depends on the Operations Officer with his management style and comfort level with Heavy Construction Area and Combat capabilities.

Hope all this helps.

CMSGT Robert A. Carlson, USAF, Retired
2501 Black Pine
Schertz, Texas 78154
H 210-566-7438
M 210-213-0690


Other Comments:
From Belton-Stroup Funeral Home:
  USAF CMSgt. (Ret.) James “Andy” Anderson, age 63 of Huber Heights, passed away Saturday March 13, 2010.  He was born March 20, 1946 in Greenfield, Mass., the son of the late Albert and Hazel (Benjamin) Anderson.  Chief Anderson served his country in the United States Air Force in civil engineering, retiring in 1991 after 27 years of service.  He was a member of AFSA, the Wright-Patterson AFB Chiefs’ Group, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion; as well as numerous other service organizations.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his father and mother-in-law, Martin and Gladys Murray.  He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Dian; three sons, Tam (Sharon) Roberts of Colorado, Dana (Sherie) Roberts of Oklahoma, Darin (Debby) Roberts of Huber Heights; two daughters, April (Galen) Jeffs of Huber Heights, Sherry (Larry) Chervenka of Arizona; 20 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and extended military family.  The family will receive friends on Thursday March 18, 2010 from 2:00 until 4:00 P.M. and 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. in the Belton-Stroup Funeral Home, 422 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd., Fairborn.  A funeral service will be held on Friday March 19, 2010 at 11:30 A.M. in the Beavercreek Church of the Nazarene, 1850 N. Fairfield Rd., Beavercreek, Scott Porter officiating.  Interment with full military honors will follow in the Dayton National Cemetery.  Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA), Chapter 751, PO Box 33682, WPAFB, OH 45433. 


 AFSA Mourns Loss of CMSgt (ret.) James A. "Andy" Anderson, AFSA Trustee (Retiree & Veterans Affairs)

 It is with great sadness and deep regret that we inform you of the passing of one of AFSA's most admired, loved, and respected leaders -- Andy Anderson. Our Dear Friend, Andy, passed away on Saturday morning, 13 Mar 2010, due to complications following a planned surgery.    

 As one AFSA member said, "He was tough, passionate, energetic, hard working, fearless and yet had a heart as soft as it was big."  

 In addition to serving as AFSA International Trustee for Retiree and Veterans Affairs, Andy was also AFSA International Budget and Finance Committee Chairman. 

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