Promoted to major in Air National Guard
FORT INDIANTOWN GAP - During ceremonies July 16 at Fort Indiantown Gap, Captain Charles L. Sacavage was promoted to major in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.
Sacavage is a son of Charles and Mary Sacavage, of Hegins, and a grandson of Julie Trometter and the late Lawrence Trommter, of Gordon, and the late Charles and Elizabeth Sacavage, of Mount Carmel. He is also a nephew of Northumberland County President Judge Robert B. Sacavage and Gregory A. Sacavage, Mount Carmel Area athletic director and administrator.
Sacavage has been part of the Air Force's 193rd Special Operations Wing (SOW) and the 201st Red Horse Squadron (RHS) since November 2007. Prior to his tour of duty with the Air National Guard, Sacavage was a first lieutenant with the U.S. Marine Crops' 5th regiment of its 1st battalion. During his enlistment from 2001 to 2007, he completed two tours of duty in Iraq and as a member of the Guard, he has completed one deployment to Afghanistan.
As part of the 193rd SOW and RHS, he is based out of Harrisburg and Fort Indiantown Gap. Sacavage is an engineering officer for the unit.
RED HORSE (Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers) squadrons provide the U.S. Air Force with a highly mobile civil engineering response force to support contingency and special operations worldwide. Units are self-sufficient, 404-person mobile squadrons capable of rapid response and independent operations in remote, high-threat environments worldwide.
RED HORSE's major wartime responsibility is 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, it accomplishes engineer support for bed-down of weapon systems required to initiate and sustain operations in an austere bare base environment, including remote hostile locations, or locations in a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosives (CBRNE) prone environment.
Sacavage, a 1997 graduate of Pottsville Nativity High School, earned a civil engineering degree from Villanova University in 2007 and a master's degree in civil engineering from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
He lives in Mechanicsburg, with his wife, Krystle (Jackson), and is employed by the Dillsburg Engineering firm of Newell, Tereska and Mac Kay. His wife is employed as an assistant counsel for the law division of the Bureau of the Pennsylvania Utilities Commission.