RED HORSE TRIPLE NICKEL
JOHN L. MOORE
In 1969 Captain John Moore was Chief of Airfields for the Triple Nickel Squadron at Cam Ranh Bay AB,
* Heavy equipment operation
* Asphalt and concrete paving
* Concrete batch plant, brick, and concrete block plants
* Pre-engineered building erection
* Revetments, AM-2 aluminum matting, and well drilling
During his tour, the men of the Triple Nickel Airfields Section distinguished themselves by constructing
over two miles of revetments, delivering over 5,000 cubic yards of concrete to job sites, erecting 14 pre-
engineered steel buildings, removing hundreds of square feet of AM-2 and pierced-steel plank (PSP)
matting, paving thousands of square yards of concrete and asphalt, clearing roads through the
Vietnamese jungle for ROK patrols, and drilling one water well, during which the well drilling rig was
Captain Moore’s tenure, the squadron accident rate dropped dramatically, especially if you don’t count
the aforementioned well drilling event, the backhoe operator who ran over himself with his own
inebriated buck sergeant who blew himself off the top of an asphalt distributor when he tried to look
inside using his cigarette lighter. Boom! Hair, teeth, and eyeballs all over the sand dune. He survived,
but his moustache, hair, and eyebrows didn’t.
Captain Moore spent nearly ninety days deployed to Tuy Hoa Air Base where the five Red Horse
Squadrons assembled to combine forces on a project to construct hardened aircraft shelters.
relocating revetments, erecting the ARMCO steel shelters, and adding 18 inches of concrete protection
to the shelters. This task was made more difficult because it was scheduled during the monsoon
season. Nevertheless, working (for the most part) in concert, the five squadron detachments
successfully completed the project.
Following Vietnam, he was assigned to the Air Force Civil Engineering Center where he was the Air
Force Red Horse Program Officer, and was responsible to deactivate all Red Horse Squadrons at the
throughout the Pentagon, the Air Force was successful in retaining two units in the Air National
Guard and Air Force Reserve. Thus, Red Horse remained alive and ready until needed again.
Eventually, that need came about and Red Horse Squadrons were again activated in the active force
and have provided heavy repair and construction support to Air Force missions ever since.
engineering professionals in designing first generation relocatable structures. Following a stint at
Command Staff, he served as Chief of Programs and Chief of Operations and Maintenance for the
Base Civil Engineer at Dover AFB, Delaware. Although he managed to avoid a Pentagon assignment,
Command Headquarters at Scott AFB, Illinois
where he was Director of Operations and full
colonel and he served as Base Civil Engineer
at Osan AB, Republic of Korea.
After twenty-four years of service, in 1985 he
retired and took all weekend off before
starting work with a private sector
engineering company with the
unpronounceable name, Sverdrup
Corporation, in St. Louis, Missouri. He spent
fourteen years as Vice President of
Administration until Sverdrup merged with
Jacobs Engineering and he graciously
accepted the golden parachute offered and
retired from the engineering business for good.
Since retiring in 1999, he has tried his hand at golf—failed miserably. Gardening around the
house—most things died over the winter. Pool with a bunch of ex-Air Force buddies where he tries
to get them drunk so he can win. And poker with another bunch of ex-Air Force buddies where he
does the same as with pool. He has turned to writing as a substitute for a good night’s sleep and
has authored three novels, one family history, numerous poems, and short stories. Some of these
are contained in this link and others may be found in the link entitled “Books and Poems.”
Stokes and Moore--ready for patrol of the Super Hootch
war, it captures or recreates many of the antics experienced by Triple Nickel officers during our
time in country.
the book to one’s actual experience, in which case the authors reiterate--the novel is fictional!
In the way that Catch-22 showed us
the insanity Yossarian felt in WWII,
Frigby’s War captures the surrealism
that every American encountered
when they were thrust into Vietnam.
The Head of Khalid Salaam
An intellectual psychopath with
supernatural delusions becomes a
sinister terrorist leader. The
question is not if, but when. What
happens when they get inside our
A Journey with Poppies
Have you ever wanted to peer into
the future? This story is an
insightful glimpse into time a half
century away. This book will
challenge you imagination and
your ability to project yourself into
Moore and Jones--ready for a rocket
attack or a trip to the O-club
Sure gets lonly out here, huh Scott?
Below are a number of poems,
as yet unpublished, which
have been written by
John (Quiller) Moore.
Select, read, and enjoy.