Guam – Two members of the 254th RED HORSE Squadron from the Guam Air National Guard are returning home tonight following a six-month long deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The two Airmen, Master Sergeant Mike Martinez and Technical Sergeant Stephen Amaguin, were assigned to the 877th Expeditionary PRIME Base Engineer Emergency Force Squadron (EPBS) at Camp Marmal, Maz-E-Sharif, Afghanistan.
Their mission involved working on several electrical and utilities projects in different Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) throughout their assigned unit’s area of operations in Afghanistan. MSgt Martinez is a Utilities Water and Fuel System Maintenance Craftsman, while TSgt Amaguin is an Electrical Craftsman with the 254th RED HORSE Squadron.
One of their core tasks during their deployment was the establishment of the Life, Health and Safety Inspection task throughout different FOBs, according to TSgt Amaguin. The team’s innovation led to the creation of the LHS inspection checklist, Amaguin said, which was later approved for implementation throughout the unit’s area of operations, and set the standard for future LHS inspections. The two were also assigned multiple tasks within their expertise.
“Aside from being part of the LHS Team, I was privileged enough to be a part of the electrical team that responded to Kunduz to help mitigate electrical hazards… Our task was to rewire 10 hard billets that were identified to have faulty wirings that may later result in structural fires,” Amaguin said.
The team’s efforts resulted in winning the Team of the Month for June at the squadron level, and were subsequently awarded the 877th EPB Group’s Team of the Month for June, according to Amaguin.
Both Airmen have previously served in multiple deployments.