United States Marine Helicopter Squadrons and Helicopters

Part I of IV

HMX – HMT – MALS – HMM

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United States Marine Helicopter Squadrons and Helicopters

Part I of IV

HMX – HMT – MALS – HMM

Part II of IV

HMH – HML – HMLA – HMLAT – HMMT

Part III of IV

VMM – HX / MX / VMX – VMMT – VMAT – VMFAT – VMGR – VMR

Part IV of IV

HMA / VMO – VMU

 

U. S. Marine Helicopter Squadrons

Abbreviation

Squadron Type

Total Squadrons

HMX

Marine Helicopter Squadron

1

HMT

Marine Helicopter Training Squadron

2

MALS

Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron

9

HMM

Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron

7

HMH

Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron

10

HML

Marine Light Helicopter Squadron

0

HMLA

Marine Light/Attack Helicopter Squadron

8 / 773, Det. A & B

HMLAT

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Training Squadron

1

HMMT

Marine Medium Helicopter Training Squadron

1

VMM

Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadrons

12

HX / MX / VMX

Marine Tiltrotor Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron

1

VMMT

Marine Medium Tiltrotor Training Squadron

1

VMAT

Marine Attack Training Squadron

2

VMFAT

Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron

2

VMGR

Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadrons

5

VMR

Marine Transport Squadron

1

HMA / VMO

Marine Observation Squadrons

0

VMU

Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadrons

4

Total

 

67

EQNEEDF Note: In order to originate this report, every active internet address within the history summary were reviewed in order to verify information used from Wikipedia® a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization, which was used as a guide but more extensively researched and current as of September 2012.

 

VMA, VMAQ, VMC, VMCJ, VMJ, VMR, VMT

http://www.ljmilitaria.com/usmcpatches/marine_helicopter_units.htm

Marine Attack Helicopter Squadrons

 

HMA  HMH  HML & HML/A  HMM  HMR  HMT

 

USN, USMC and USCG Helicopter Squadron's Master List of helicopters

 the USMC operated?

 

Marine Helicopters – 1932- 20??
1. OP-1 Pitcairn Autogyro (OK not a helo but close) – borrowed a couple for testing but I think it makes the cut because we used it in combat.
2. HO3S-1 Sirkosky “DragonFly?”
3. HRP/HRP-1 Piasecki
4. HRS-1 Sikorsky “Chickasaw”
5. HRS-2 Sikorsky “Chickasaw”
6. HRS-3 Sikorsky “Chickasaw”
7. HTL-3 Bell
8. HTL-4 Bell
9. HUP (1&2) Piasecki “Retriever?” “Mule?”
10. HO5S Sikorsky
11. HOK-1 (OH-43D) Kaman “Huskie?”
12. HR2S Sikorsky “Mojave”
13. UH-34D (HUS) Sikorsky “Chotaw” “Dawg”
14. HUS-1Z (VH-34) Sikorsky “Marine One”
15. UH-2A? Kaman “SeaSprite?)
16. AH-1G Bell “Cobra”
17. AH-1J Bell “SeaCobra”
18. AH-1T Bell “SeaCobra”
19. AH-1W Bell “SuperCobra”
20. AH-1Z Bell “Viper”
21. UH-1B Bell “Huey”
22. UH-1E Bell “Huey”
23. UH-1N Bell “Huey”
24. HH-1N Bell “Huey”
25. VH-1N Bell “Marine One”
26. UH-1Y “Venom”
27. VH-3 Sikorsky “Marine One”
28. VH-60 Sikorsky ever “Marine One” or just support?
29. CH-46A Boeing “SeaKnight” “Phrog”
30. CH-46E Boeing “SeaKnight” “Phrog”
31. CH-46F Boeing “SeaKnight” “Phrog”
32. CH-53A Sikorsky “SeaStallion”
33. CH-53D Sikorsky “SeaStallion”
34. RH-53D Sikorsky “SeaStallion”
35. CH-53E Sikorsky “SuperStallion” “Shitter”
36. MV-22 Bell/Boeing “Osprey”

 

USMC Helicopter/Tiltrotor Squadrons

 

Squadrons

 

HMX-1

VMX-22

VMM-161

VMM-162

VMM-163

 

HMMT-164

VMM-165

VMM-166

HML/A-167

HMLA-169

 

VMMT-204

VMM-261

HMM-262

VMM-263

VMM-264

 

HMM-265

VMM-266

HMLA-267

HMM-268

HML/A-269

 

HMT-301

HMT-302

HMLAT-303

HMH-361

HMH-362

 

VMM-363

HMM-364

VMM-365

HMH-366

HMLA-367

 

HMLA-369

HMHT-401

HMMT-402

HMH-461

HMH-462

 

HMH-463

HMH-464

HMH-465

HMH-466

HMLA-467

 

HMLA-469

VMM-561

VMM-562

HMLA-567

HMM-761

 

HMM-762

HMM-763

HMM-764

HML-765

HMM-766

 

HML-767

HMM-768

HMH-769

HML-770

HML-771

 

HMH-772

HMH-772 Det A

HMH-772 Det B

HMH-772 Det B

HMLA-773

 

HMM-774

HMLA-775

HMLA-775 Det A

HML-776

HMH-777

 

Tail codes

Call signs

Aircraft

Designations

Notices

VMOs

Associations or individuals, devoted to Marine Corps helicopter squadrons

 

HMX

HMT

MALS

HMM

 

Marine Helicopter Squadron

 

“The squadron is responsible for the helicopter transportation of the President of the United States, Vice President, Cabinet members and VIPs. In addition to its VIP transport role, it is also tasked with operational test and evaluation (OT&E) of new flight systems for Marine Corps helicopters.[2] The squadron currently flies the VH-3D Sea King and the VH-60N Blackhawk. These were due to be replaced by the VH-71 Kestrel,[3] however that program was cancelled in April 2009” (Ref. [4] of List of active United States Marine Corps aircraft squadrons – Wikipedia & Navy web site).

 

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HMX-1 / HMX-1/White House Military Office / HMX-1

HMX-1 / HMX-1

Nighthawks

Tailcode*:

XM (1947-56);

MX (1956- )

Aircraft: MV-22B

HMX-1 has evaluated every helicopter/tiltrotor aircraft in the Marine inventory. Current aircraft include VH-3D, VH-60A and CH-46E

* The tail code is not currently applied to HMX-1 aircraft as of 10 Feb 2012

Activated 1 Dec 1947

Headquarters Marine Corps

MCAF Quantico, VA

Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1), is a United States Marine Corps helicopter squadron responsible for the transportation of the President of the United States, Vice President, Cabinet members and other VIPs. A Marine helicopter which has the President aboard uses the call sign "Marine One." In addition to its VIP transport role, it is also tasked with operational test and evaluation of new flight systems for Marine Corps helicopters. Nicknamed "The Nighthawks," they are headquartered at Marine Corps Air Facility Quantico, Virginia, and maintain detachments at Naval Support Facility Anacostia in Washington, D.C. and Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility in Maryland.

 

“Marine Helicopter Squadron 1 was activated 1 December 1947 at MCAS Quantico, VA, as Marine Helicopter Squadron 1. The primary mission of the new squadron was to test and evaluate Marine helicopters and develop tactics and operational doctrine. HMX-1 also tested several armament systems for use on helicopters, including the TK-1, used on UH-34Ds in Vietnam, and the TK-2, used on the gunship version of the UH-1E. Another mission performed by HMX-1 is to provide helicopter support for the Marine Corps School aboard Quantico, including the Basic School and the Officer Candidates School. The best known squadron mission is supporting the White House Military Office. Began Presidential support mission in February 1957. Since 1957, HMX-1 has provided helicopter transport for the President, Vice-President, and other VIPs. This duty was shared with the Army until 1972, when HMX-1 became the sole provider of Presidential helicopter support” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/hmx.html ).

 

Awards

· Joint Meritorious Unit Award streamer with four Oak Leaf clusters

· Navy Unit Commendation streamer with one bronze star

· Meritorious Unit Commendation streamer with four bronze stars

· National Defense Service streamer with three bronze stars

                                                         

       HMX-1

 

References include List of active United States Marine Corps aircraft squadrons at Wikipedia; others and navy web sites all linked herto.

 

Marine Heavy Helicopter Training Squadron

 

“The squadron trains newly commissioned Naval Aviators, conversion pilots, refresher pilots, and enlisted aircrew on the CH-53E Super Stallion” (Ref. [20] of List of active United States Marine Corps aircraft squadrons – Wikipedia & Navy web site).

 

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HMT/HMHT-301 /

HMT/HMHT-301

HMT/HMHT-302 /

HMT-302/HMHT-302

 

HMT/HMHT-301 /

HMT/HMHT-301 /

HMT/HMHT-301

301.gif 

Windwalkers

Tailcode:

SP (1966-68);

SU (1968-2005)

Aircraft:

UH-34D; SH-34G/J;

CH-46F/E; CH-53A/D

Activated 1 Apr 1966

at MCAS(H) Santa Ana

Deactivated 31 Dec 1994

Reactivated 30 Dec 1995 at MCAS Kaneohe Bay

HMT/HMTH-302 /

HMT/HMHT-302

HMT-302.png

Phoenix

Tailcode:

SQ 1966-72; UT 1987-

UH-34D; CH-46A/D;

CH-53D/E

MAG-29, 2nd MAW

MCAS New River

Comm. 1 Nov. 1966 – Present

 

Marine Heavy Helicopter Training Squadron 301 (HMHT-301) was originally activated 1 April 1966 at MCAS(H) Santa Ana as Marine Medium Helicopter Training Squadron 301, and assigned to Marine Helicopter Training Group 30, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, FMF. The squadron was supposed to provide transition/refresher training for CH-46 pilots and crews, but delays in delivery led to the squadron operating the UH-34D and SH-34G/J. The squadron has a long track record of producing fleet ready aviators in aircraft ranging from the UH-34 to the current CH-53D. Aircrew trained at HMT-301 have utilized the core skills learned to serve the United States in conflicts from Vietnam to the present-day global war against terrorism. Originally flying the UH-34 Sea Horse, HMMT-301 was assigned the mission of providing fleet helicopter training to newly designated naval aviators, transition training for fixed wing pilots, and on the job training for enlisted flight crewmembers. By mid-1967, in response to the need for trained helicopter crews for combat duty in Southeast Asia, the number grew to ninety officers and over two hundred enlisted. January 25, 1968 marked the arrival of the Sikorsky CH-53A Sea Stallion helicopter, a heavy-lift capable helicopter, and the redisignation of HMMT-301 as HMHT-301, the Marine Heavy Training Squadron 301.

 

The UH-34 type helicopter retired shortly afterward, once again making the squadron a one-aircraft unit. Redesignated 1 May 1968 as Marine Heavy Helicopter Training Squadron 301. During 1968 the squadron transitioned to the CH-53A and redesignated as HMHT-301. Restructuring of Marine Aviation led to the emergence of Marine Helicopter Training Squadron 301 (HMT-301) on March 31, 1972. The newly designated squadron flew both the CH-46 and CH-53A aircraft. Its subordinate squadrons, HMHT-301 and HMMT-302 were combined to form HMT-301. The squadron produced fleet ready aviators in these aircraft for the next ten years. In 1982 the CH-46 D/F models were replaced by the upgraded CH-46E. On December 13, 1983, HMT-301 took delivery of the first of the new Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters. With the activation of the new table of organization, which reflected the addition of the CH-53E and the Fleet Readiness Aviation Maintenance Personnel (FRAMP) program, HMT-301 officially became the largest squadron in the Marine Corps. HMT-301’s sister squadron, HMT-302, was reactivated in November 1987, and 301’s CH-53A and CH-53E assets were transferred to HMT-302. HMT-301 was reduced from the largest squadron in the Marine Corps to a relatively small squadron with 10 CH-46E aircraft and 200 personnel. HMT-301 was deactivated at Marine Corps Air Station in Tustin, California. The squadron had successfully trained over 2500 Naval Aircrew, flying four different aircraft for over 130,000 hours. HMT-301 served as a composite CH-46/CH-53 training squadron until 31 December 1994, when the squadron deactivated Two years later, on August 24, 1995, HMT-301 returned to the rolls of Marine Corps Aviation, making a new home at its current duty station of Kaneohe Bay. Since its reactivation, the Windwalkers have continued to carry out their assigned mission of training first tour, refresher, conversion, and transition aviators for the CH-53D helicopter community. The squadron has also been tasked to provide support for tactical operations, troop movements, emergency medevacs, VIP transport and static displays. On June 3, 2005, HMT-301 was deactivated for the second time. From its formation in 1966 to its last flight in 2005, HMT-301 has flown over 144,000 hours, trained over 2800 aircrew, and been awarded the CNO safety award 7 times” (Ref.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMT-301http://hma1369.tripod.com/301.html  & http://www.marines.mil/unit/2ndmaw/mag29/hmt302/FRO%20Documents/WelcomeAboardJan2011.pdf ).

 

Awards

· Navy Unit Commendation streamer

· Meritorious Unit Commendation streamer with 3 bronze stars 

 

National Defense Service streamer with 2 bronze stars

HMMT-301                                                 HMT-301

HMMT-301 patch    HMHT-301 patch                301a.gif   301.gif

Marine Heavy Helicopter Training Squadron 302 (HMHT-302) is a United States Marine Corps helicopter training squadron stationed at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina. Known as the "Phoenix", HMHT-302 trains newly commissioned Naval Aviators, conversion pilots, refresher pilots, and enlisted aircrew on the CH-53E Super Stallion and falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 29 (MAG-26) and the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (2nd MAW).

 

“Marine Helicopter Training Squadron 302 was originally designated Marine Medium Helicopter Training Squadron 302 (HMMT-302), on 1 November 1966, at Marine Corps Air Facility, Santa Ana, California, and assigned to Marine Helicopter Training Group 30, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force. The squadron was tasked with training newly designated Naval Aviators and conversion pilots to fly the Boeing-Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight. It was to serve alongside HMT-301 as a CH-46 training squadron. Upon deactivation, HMMT-302 had accumulated 34,850.7 flight hours without mishap. On 31 March 1972, personnel from HMT-302 were merged with Marine Heavy Helicopter Training Squadron 301 (HMT-301), to form the newly designated Marine Helicopter Training Squadron 301 (HMT-301), conducting pilot training in the CH-46F and CH-53A helicopters. The restructured HMT-301 was attached to Marine Aircraft Group 16. In December 1983, the squadron began training CH-53E Replacement Aircrew (RAC), and later established the Fleet Readiness Aviation Maintenance Personnel (FRAMP) department to train CH-53E enlisted mechanics and technicians.

 

On 20 November 1987, the squadron was reactivated and designated Marine Helicopter Training Squadron 302(HMT-302) attached to Marine Aircraft Group 16 flying both the CH-53A and CH-53E helicopters. The FRAMP accompanied the helicopters to HMT-302 and in 1991, added the CH-53A/D to their curricula. On 22 October 1993, Naval Air Maintenance Training Group Detachments (NAMTRAGRUDETS) 1028 and 1032, TME-32, and FRAMP combined and reorganized into the Fleet Replacement Enlisted Skills Training (FREST) department. In September of 1994, the squadron became the only Navy or Marine Squadron ever to fly three models of Sikorsky H-53 aircraft as it incorporated Navy MH-53E's from Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 12 (HM-12) and assumed the RAC and FREST training responsibilities for the Navy's MH-53E community. In June 1995, the squadron relinquished responsibility for the training of CH-53D aircrew and transferred four CH-53D aircraft to stand up HMT-301 in Hawaii. HMT-302 relocated to MCAS New River, North Carolina, and became the CH-53E training unit for both the Navy and Marine Corps and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 29, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force. Between 9 January and 23 January 1996, HMT-302 safely executed a transcontinental move to MCAS, New River, North Carolina. The transfer became effective in February 1996 when HMT-302 officially attached to MAG-29. In March to April 1998, HMT-302 deployed to South Africa in support of Presidential Operations -- the first Fleet Replacement Squadron to deploy overseas for a real world military operation. As of 4 March 2003, HMT-302 has surpassed 82710 Class A mishap-free flight hours in Sikorsky H-53 helicopters. The squadron provides flight training for newly commissioned Naval Aviators, conversion pilots, refresher pilots, and enlisted aircrew in the CH-53E Super Stallion. Redesignated 2 August 2010 as Marine Heavy Helicopter Training Squadron 302 (HMHT-302)” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/302.html; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMT-302 & http://www.marines.mil/unit/2ndMAW/mag29/hmt302/Pages/history.aspx ).

 

Awards

· Navy Unit Commendation streamer

· Meritorious Unit Commendation streamer with 1 bronze star

· National Defense Service streamer with 1 bronze star

 

HMMT-302   "F Troop" patch ca. 1968         HMT-302             HMHT-302

 

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References include List of active United States Marine Corps aircraft squadrons at Wikipedia; others and navy web sites all linked herto.

Marine Corps Aviation Logistics | Marines.com

 

Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron

 

Navy – Home / Facebook

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MALS-16 / MALS-16

MALS-24 / MALS-24

MALS-26 / MLAS-26

 

MALS-16 / MALS-16

MALS-16 insignia.png

Forerunners

3rd MAW, MAG-16

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

Comm. 1 Mar. 1952 – Present

MALS-24 / MALS-24

MALS-24 insignia.png

Warriors

MAG-24, 1st MAW

Marine Corps Base Hawaii

Comm. 1 Mar. 1942 – Present

MALS-26 / MALS-26

MAG-26/MALS-26

Patriots

MAG 26, 2nd MAW

New River, North Carolina

Comm. 16 June 1952 – Present

 

MALS-29 / MALAS-29

MALS-31 / MALS-31

MALS-36 / MALAS-36

 

MALS-29 / MALS-29

MALS-29 Logo

Wolverines

MAG 29, 2nd MAW

Marine Corps Air Station New River

Comm. 1 May 1972 – Present

MALS-31 / MALS-31

Current MALS-31 logo, 2012.jpg

Stingers

MAG-31, 2nd MAW Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

Comm. 1 Feb. 1943 – Present

MALS-36 / MALAS-36

mals36.gif

Bladerunner

MAG 36, 3rd MAW

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California

Activated 2 June 1952 – Present

 

MALS-39 / MALS-39

MALS-40 / MALS-40

MALS-46 / MALS-46

 

MALS-39 / MALS-39

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Hellhounds

MAG 39, 3rd MAW

Camp Pendleton, California

Comm. 14 April 1968 – Present

MALS-40 / MALS-40

MALS-40 insignia from Afghanistan as JPEG.jpg

Smokin Aces

Motto "Optimus Optimorium"
The Best of the Best

MAG-40, 2nd MAW Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina

Comm. ? – Present

MALS-46 / MALS-46

mals46.gif

Activated March 1944 Deactivated May 2001

 

 

 

 

 

 

MALS-49 / MALS-49

MALS-56 / MALS-56

 

 

MALS-49 / MALS-46

MALS-49.jpg

Magician

MAG-49, 4th MAW Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York

Comm. 1 July 1969  – Present

*MALS-56 / H&MS-56

H&MS-56    MAG-56

hams56.gif              mag56.gif

Activated 31 January 1967 Deactivated 15 July 1971.

 

 

Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 16 (MALS-16) is an aviation logistics support unit of the United States Marine Corps. Known as the Forerunners, they are currently based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and fall under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 16 (MAG-16) and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (3rd MAW). MALS-16 was activated on 1 March 1952, as Headquarters Squadron 16 (H&HS MAG-16) at Marine Corps Air Facility Santa Ana, California.

 

“The primary mission of the squadron was to provide logistical and administrative support for units attached to the newly formed Marine Aircraft Group 16 and its squadrons. The squadron remained at MCAF Santa Ana until the end of July 1953 when all of the MAG-16 began movement to Japan and became part of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. On 14 August 1953, the squadron commenced operations at Hanshin Auxiliary Air Base, Honshu, Japan. On 15 February 1954, the unit was redesignated as Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 16 (H&MS-16) and given the additional mission of providing intermediate level aviation maintenance support for MAG-16 units. During April 1954, the squadron moved to Naval Air Facility Oppama. During the squadron's seven year stay in Japan, elements of the unit participated in numerous operations and exercises included "Strong Back" in 1958, "Sea Turtle"in 1959, and "Blue Star" in 1960. On 1 October 1988 H&MS-16 was redesignated as Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 16 (MALS16). This change provided a new organizational structure to better serve the requirements of MAG-16’ squadrons and to meet the challenges of Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) deployments. On 20 August 1990, MALS-16 established a significant number of firsts in Marine and Naval Aviation: the first MALS to deploy, first MALS to deploy in support of combat operations the first MALS to deploy aboard an Aviation Logistics Support Ship (T-AVB), SS Curtiss T-AVB-4. H&MS-16 served in Vietnam (1965-71); MALS-16 deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm (1990-91). MALS-16 has twice won the Secretary of Defence Maintenance Award (1988, 1991) and was winner of the Phoenix Trophy in 1991. During 2003, MALS-16 was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/mals16.html ).

                          

H&MS-16

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Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 24 (MALS-24) is an aviation logistics support unit of the United States Marine Corps. Known as the "Warriors", they fall under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 24 (MAG-24) and the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (1st MAW) and are currently based at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

 

1942

 

 • Activated 1 March 1942 at Ewa, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii, as Headquarters and Service Squadron 24 and assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 24, 2D Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force.

• Deployed during March 1942 to Efate, New Herbides

• Relocated During June 1942 to Santa Barbara, California

• Redesignated 1 July 1942 as Headquarters Squadron 24

 

1943-1948

 

• Deployed during February 1943 to Ewa, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii, and reassigned to the 4th Marine Base Defense Aircraft Wing

• Redeployed during September 1943 to Efate, New Hebrides, and reassigned to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing

• Participated in the following World War II Campaigns: Bougainville, Philippines

• Redeployed during September-October 1945 to Peiping, China

• Participated in the occupation of North China, October 1946 - April 1947

• Redeployed during April 1947 to Guam

• Detached during October 1947 from the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing

1949-1967

• Relocated during May-July 1949 to Cherry Point, North Carolina, and assigned to the 2d Marine Aircraft Wing

• Redesignated 15 February 1954 as Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 24

• Participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis, November 1962

 

1968-2009

 

• Relocated During April 1968 to Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, and reassigned to the 1st Marine Brigade

• 1st Marine Brigade Redesignated 30 August 1985 as the 1st Marine Amphibious Brigade

• 1st Marine Amphibious Brigade Redesignated 5 February 1988 as the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade

• Participated in training exercises during 1970s and 1980s

• Redesignated 5 October 1988 as Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 24

• Redesignated 1 October 1994 as Marine Aviation Logistics Support Element, Kaneohe , the squadron was assigned to Aviation Support Element, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Forces Pacific, United States Marine Corps.

• In October 1998, Marine Aviation Logistics Support Element Kaneohe, assumed Administrative Control for Mobile Maintenance Facility Charlie, from Misawa, Japan, to augment the Intermediate Maintenance Activity support of Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Force Pacific Squadrons relocating to MCBH Kaneohe due to Base Realignment and Closure initiative of 1994.

• In June 1999, Marine Aviation Logistics Support Element Kaneohe, assumed all Intermediate Maintenance Activity support for Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific assigned aircraft relocating to MCBH Kaneohe Bay, from Naval Air Station, Barbers Point and support for Pacific Missile Range Facility Kauai, due to Base Realignment and Closure initiative of 1994.

• In February 2002, redesignated as Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 24.

 

Honors awarded to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 24 include the Navy Unit Commendation Streamer with one Bronze Star, Meritorious Unit Commendation with one Bronze Star, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Streamer with four Bronze Stars, World War II Victory Streamer, National Defense Service Streamer with three Bronze Stars, China Service Streamer, Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamer, Southwest Asia Service Streamer with three Bronze Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Streamer, Philippine Liberation Streamer, and the Phillipine Presidential Unit Citation Streamer.

http://www.marines.mil/unit/1stairwing/mag24/mals24/Pages/history.aspx

 

Hedron MAG-24

Hedron MAG-24

                   H&MS-24 (AH-1Js)

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Used MALS-24 insignia with "Marine Aviation Logistics Support Element Kaneohe" on bottom scroll.

Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 26 (MALS-26) is an aviation logistics support unit of the United States Marine Corps. They are currently based at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina and fall under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 26 (MAG 26) and the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (2nd MAW).

 

Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261(HMM-261), the "Raging Bulls", was activated on 5 April, 1951 at MCAS Cherry Point, N.C., as Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron MAG-26 (HEDRON MAG-26). and designated Marine Helicopter Transport Squadron (HMR) 261.

 

“On 16 June 1952, Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron 26 (H&HS-26), Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina. Redesignated 15 February 1954 as Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 26 (H&MS-26). Relocated during July 1954 to New River, North Carolina” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/mals26.html ).

 

The squadron relocated to Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina and was assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 26, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing in July 1954. 1960s to 1980s. H&MS-26 continued supporting efforts throughout the world. The squadron supported the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, Operations Nimbus Star, Moon, and Steam I near Cyprus in 1974, the NEO of American citizens from Beirut, Lebanon in 1982, Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada in 1983 and Operation Praying Mantis in 1988” (Ref. Facebook). Throughout its history, HMM-261 has carried the tail code of "EM" on its helicopters. In 1954, the squadron moved from Cherry Point to MCAS New River, N.C. In 1956, the squadron was redesignated” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/mals26.html ).

 

Marine Helicopter Transport Squadron (Light) (HMR(L)) to reflect the acquisition of HUS helicopters to replace its HRS-1 helicopters. The squadroon was, during this period, the first helicopter squadron to conduct troop lifts on the East coast. In 1959, the Bulls deployed to Japan before returning to New River the next year. In 1961, the squadron returned to Okinawa, Japan and was redesignated Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 261. The squadron was, by then, flying the H-34 helicopter. In 1963, the Bulls were assigned to Marine Air Group (MAG) 16, based in DaNang, Republic of Vietnam. The Raging Bulls returned in late August and decomposited by early Sept” (Ref. Global Security).

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/agency/usmc/hmm-261.htm

 

Redesignated during October 1988 as Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 26.

 

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Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 29 (MALS-29) is an aviation logistics support unit of the United States Marine Corps. Known as the "Wolverines", they fall under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 29 (MAG 29) and the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (2nd MAW) and are currently based at Marine Corps Air Station New River. Provide aviation logistics support, guidance, planning and direction to Marine Aircraft Group squadrons on behalf of the commanding officer, as well as logistics support for Navy funded equipment in the supporting Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS), Marine Air Control Group (MACG), and Marine Aircraft Wing/Mobile Calibration Complex (MAW/MCC). Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 29 (H&MS-29) at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina and assigned to Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 29 on 1 May 1972. During the years from 1972 through 1976, H&MS-29 operated the MAG-29 Aerial Observer School and performed its primary mission as an Intermediate Maintenance and Supply support activity. During the years from 1972 through 1976, H&MS-29 operated the MAG-29 Aerial Observer School and performed its primary mission as an Intermediate Maintenance and Supply support activity. During that time frame, the Squadron deployed Marines to support numerous operations at Yuma, Arizona; Camp Drum, New York; the Caribbean, and in both land and sea-borne operations in and around the Mediterranean and the Middle East. The Supply Department implemented the Operational Logistics Concept (OLC) in 1976.

 

The Squadron was activated as Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron (H&MS) 29 at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina and assigned to Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 29 on 1 May 1972. During the years from 1972 through 1976, H&MS-29 operated the MAG-29 Aerial Observer School and performed its primary mission as an Intermediate Maintenance and Supply support activity. During that time frame, the Squadron deployed Marines to support numerous operations at Yuma, Arizona; Camp Drum, New York; the Caribbean, and in both land and sea-borne operations in and around the Mediterranean and the Middle East. The Supply Department implemented the Operational Logistics Concept (OLC) in 1976. From 1977 through 1984, Squadron detachments distinguished themselves by simultaneously augmenting shipboard Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Departments (AIMD) while optimizing aircraft availability in joint exercises such as Northern Wedding, Bold Guard, Teamwork, Display Determination, ANORAK Express, and in operations with the Multinational Forces in Beirut, Lebanon. From 1985 through 1989, H&MS-29 supported over 200 deployments in support of MAG-29 operations, which included Combined Arms Exercises, Weapons and Tactics Instructor Courses, Cold Weather Operations, Landing Force Sixth Fleet deployments, Drug Operations, and Joint Operations spanning from the Persian Gulf and Okinawa to Norway and South America.

 

On 1 October 1988, H&MS-29 was re-designated as Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 29 (MALS-29) as a result of the implementation of the Marine Aviation Logistics Support Package concept.

Throughout its history, H&MS-29 averaged an induction rate of over 1200 repairable items each month, and held an inventory of 35,000 line items of repairable and consumable materials with a value in excess of $110 million. Through intermediate maintenance and supply, the Squadron supported 13 different type model series aircraft. On 1 October 1988, H&MS-29 was re-designated as Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron (MALS) 29 as a result of the implementation of the Marine Aviation Logistics Support Package concept. During 1989, the Basic Warrior Training Program was instituted and the Squadron provided simultaneous aviation logistical support to three composite squadrons.

 

1990s

In August 1990, MALS-29 commenced its support of Operation Desert Shield by deploying four detachments aboard L-Class ships in direct support of Marine Aircraft Group 40 (MAG-40), 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade. Additionally, during December 1990, MALS-29, under the operational control of Marine Aircraft Group 26 (MAG-26), deployed to Southwest Asia. MALS-29 was a participant in Operation Desert Storm and distinguished itself with several first-time aviation logistics actions, including operating a fully functional rotary wing Intermediate Maintenance Activity aboard the USS Wright (TAVB-3), while continuously supporting MAG-26 during the ground war. On 22 May 1991, the squadron recalled its personnel, who were disbursed throughout the Kuwaiti theater of operations, and during June 1991, redeployed itself at MCAS New River, NC. The reconstitution of the Intermediate Maintenance Activity in support of MAG-29 was completed on 1 August 1991.

 

From 1992 through 1999, MALS-29 continued to support MAG-29 tactical aircraft operations. Over this period, the Squadron underwent extensive changes in personnel and logistical support with the decommissioning of VMO-1 and the transfer of HMT-302 to MAG-29. During 1996, participation in Operation Decisive Endeavor in Bosnia, Operation Assured Response in Liberia, Operation Silver Wake in Albania, and tactical operations in Zaire demonstrated MALS-29's ability to provide expeditionary support around the globe. In 1999, participation in Operation Allied Force, Operation Allied Harbor, Operation Noble Anvil and Operation Joint Guardian placed the MALS-29 detachment within the Aviation Combat Element of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) in support of the Ground Combat Elements peacekeeping mission surrounding the Kosovo Conflict.. Before returning home, the MEU was called to Turkey for disaster relief from the tragic earthquakes for Operation Avid Response.

Operational tempo remained high as MALS-29 entered the new millennium. A modified Air Contingency Marine Air Ground Task Force (ACM), with a MALS-29 Detachment, was executed to the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico to assist U.S. Marshals in removing American Citizens from the last naval live ordnance bombing range. Additionally, Second Marine Aircraft Wing designated MALS-29 as the Host MALS for Exercise CAROLINA PATRIOT, the activation of the Aviation Logistics Support Ship (T-AVB). Compositing personnel and equipment from all four Marine Aircraft Wings, MALS-29 (-) (Rein) deployed as an Intermediate Maintenance Activity (IMA) afloat in support of a MAGTF Aviation Combat Element (ACE) for a contingency operation. The 295 Marines and Sailors, and 147 Mobile Maintenance Facilities (MMF), was the largest unit ever to marshal, embark aboard the SS Wright, operate as an Aviation Logistics Element, then retrograde to their respective parent MALS.

 

Global War on Terror

In January 2003, MALS-29 deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and a possible larger scale conflict in Iraq. The squadron developed a unique and flexible concept of logistics support while embarking personnel, equipment, and supplies aboard four L-class ships as part of Task Force Tarawa. From multiple sites throughout the theater and deep into Iraq, MALS-29 supported more than 6,000 flight hours and over 3,700 combat sorties during Operation Iraqi Freedom, giving MAG-29 over 400 miles (640 km) of reach inland and the flexibility to leapfrog great distances in pursuit of operational objectives. Throughout the duration of combat operations, MAG-29 squadrons maintained a combined average 81 percent mission capable rate and a 60 percent full mission capable rate. In the unprecedented time of less than three weeks, MALS-29 developed a unique and flexible concept of logistics support while embarking personnel, equipment, and supplies aboard four L-class ships as part of Task Force Tarawa. Innovatively adapting current aviation logistics doctrine, utilizing Sea Based Logistics Concepts, MALS-29 integrated Marines into the Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) of the supporting L-class ships to create a sustainable, scaleable, and highly capable sea-based support structure for the four flying squadrons of MAG-29. From multiple sites throughout the theatre and deep into Iraq, MALS-29 supported more than 6,000 flight hours and over 3,700 combat sorties during Operation Iraqi Freedom, giving MAG-29 over 400 miles of reach inland and the flexibility to leapfrog great distances in pursuit of operational objectives. Throughout the duration of combat operations, MAG-29 squadrons maintained a combined average 81 percent Mission Capable rate and a 60 percent Full Mission Capable rate, the highest readiness rates of any Rotary Wing MAG in theatre. By the end of June 2003, MALS-29 had accomplished its mission and had begun the extensive maintenance required after six months of flying combat missions in the austere desert environment. While accomplishing this reconstitution phase, MALS-29 stood ready for the next mission, which was not long in coming. In August, MALS-29 began planning to support HMH-464 as they took over the Heavy Lift Mission in Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa (CJTF HOA). Rejecting the status quo logistics support plan in place, MALS-29 pioneered a support plan to leverage global logistics and shorten the existing gap between the point of entry for supplies and the supported aircraft by 6,000 miles. MALS-29 FWD was stood up in October, embedding skilled personnel, a robust support equipment cache, and a carefully tailored support package with supported aircraft. Aircraft readiness has risen by nearly 50% since MAG-29 took over the mission, providing another example of the effect of Wolverine Logistics Support. In March 2004 Wolverine Logistical Support was called upon via the activation of the Air Contingency MAGTF in support of security operations with MAGTF-8 in Haiti.

 

In March 2004, the Wolverine logistical support was called upon via the activation of the Air Contingency MAGTF in support of security operations in Haiti. MALS-29 deployed again to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in January 2007 for one year and returned February 2008.

In January 2007, MALS-29 received orders to deploy again in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. From multiple sites throughout the Al Anbar Province of Iraq, MALS-29 supported more than 108,100 flight hours and over 71,216 combat sorties during OIF 06-08. Giving MAG-29 the capability to support the more than 30,000 square miles of Al Anbar Province, utilizing a total of 32 different squadrons and the flexibility to establish multiple forward operating bases in pursuit of the operational objectives. Throughout the duration of combat operations, MAG-29 squadrons maintained a combined average 85.3 percent Mission Capable rate and a 71.6 percent Full Mission Capable rate. Using the tools and methodologies of AIRSpeed, MALS-29 was able to better support the ongoing combat support mission in Iraq. MALS-29 Marines successfully implemented an AIRSpeed philosophy of Continuous Process Improvement by conducting Lean 5S events in every work space occupied by MALS-29 at Al Asad Air Base and Camp Al Taqaddum. As a result, MALS-29 was able to dramatically improve the ability to support air operations in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. By the end of January 2008, MALS-29 had completed 13 months in theater and one of the most successful and productive deployments of any MALS in history.

MALS-29 Marines have and will continue to provide exceptional aviation logistical support in keeping with the legacy established 1 May 1972. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine_Aviation_Logistics_Squadron_29

http://www.marines.mil/unit/2ndMAW/mag29/mals29/Pages/history.aspx

Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 31 (MALS-31) is an aviation logistics support unit of the United States Marine Corps. Known as the "Stingers", they fall under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 31 (MAG-31) and 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (2nd MAW) and are currently based at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. Provide aviation logistics support, guidance, planning and direction to Marine Aircraft Group squadrons on behalf of the commanding officer, as well as logistics support for Navy funded equipment in the supporting Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS), Marine Air Control Group (MACG), and Marine Aircraft Wing/Mobile Calibration Complex (MAW/MCC). World War II Headquarters Squadron 31 (HQSQ-31) was activated on 1 February 1943 at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, as an element of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force. Six month later, Headquarters Squadron 31 as part of MAG-31, was en route to Miramar, California, finally departing the United States from San Diego, California, embarked on board the USS Nassau and USAT Puebla. On 10 November 1944, the 4th Marine Bases Defense Air Wing, was redesignated to the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing. On 11 March 1945, MAG-31, became part of the 2nd MAW. Headquarters Squadron 31 and other MAG-31 elements began moving from Roi-Namur Island, sailing for the most active front at that time-the Battle of Okinawa. Ground personnel of MAG-31 went ashore on Okinawa on 3 April 1945 to prepare to support MAG-31, which landed from the USS Sitkoh Bay and began operations four days later. En route from the carrier to shore, two MAG-31 pilots shot down a Japanese bomber making a suicide run on their CVE, and gave MAG-31 the distinction of having the first land based aircraft to make a kill in the Okinawa campaign. In the midst of the Korean War, MAG-31 was reactivated on 17 March 1952, with its subordinate elements, at Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, NC, but its location was shortly changed when it moved to Marine Corps Air Station Miami, Florida. A major redesignation occurred on 15 February 1954, as the squadron became Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 31 (H&MS-31). Marine Aircraft Maintenance Squadron 31 was disbanded and its personnel transferred to Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 31. Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 31 was redesignated on 22 August 1958 to become part of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. The squadron along with the group was reduced to a paper organization as it moved to Cherry Point with a small complement of personnel. On 31 January 1959, MAG-31 and its squadron were deactivated at Cherry Point. In October 1988, Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 31 was redesignated Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 31 (MALS-31) and transferred it's A-4 Skyhawk aircraft to Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. MALS-31 successfully completed the transformation of its aviation logistics support mission from F-4 Phantom IIs to the F/A-18 Hornet in 1990. Since then, Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 31 has participated in numerous unit deployments, carrier detachments, as well as: Operation Desert Storm, Operation Deny Flight, Operation Noble Anvil. MALS-31 is currently in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

“Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 36 (MALS-36) is an aviation logistics support unit of the United States Marine Corps. Intermediate Maintenance for the squadrons of Marine Aircraft Group 36 (MAG-36). Activated 2 June 1952 at Santa Ana, California, as Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron Marine Aircraft Group 36, Air Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. Redesignated 15 February 1954 as Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 36. Marine Aircraft Group 36 assigned during September 1955 to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. Deployed during August 1965 to Chu Lai, Republic of Vietnam, and reassigned to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. Participated in the war in Vietnam, September 1965 - November 1969, operating from Hy Ha and Phu Bai. From 1966 to 1969, H&MS-36 was heavily involved in the war in Vietnam. The squadron moved to its present home, Okinawa, with MAG-36 in 1969. MALS-36 also supports the aviation units of the 31st MEU. Activated 2 June 1952 at Santa Ana, California, as Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron Marine Aircraft Group 36. Redesignated 15 February 1954 as Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 36. Relocated to Futenma, Okinawa during 1969. Deployed to Vietnam 1966. Relocated to Futenma, Okinawa during 1969. Redesignated 1988 as MALS-36, Marine Aircraft Group 36 (MAG 36), 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (3rd MAW) at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. Participated in Operation Fiery Vigil, Philippines, June 1991. Partcipated in Operation Restore Hope, Somalia, December 1992 - May 1993. Participated in Operation Stabilize, East Timor, September-November 1999 and January 2000” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/mals36.html & http://www.marines.mil/unit/1stairwing/mag36/mals36/Pages/history.aspx ).

 

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MALS-39 was originally activated 14 April 1968 at Quang Tri, Republic of Vietnam, as (Provisional) Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 39, Marine Aircraft Group 39 (MAG-39), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing and provided administrative and logistical support to the squadrons of MAG-39. H&MS-39 was deactivated in 1969. In 1978 H&MS-39 was reactivated at Camp Pendleton. H&MS-39 was redesignated MALS-39 in 1988. The squadron is tasked with providing Intermediate-level maintenance and administrative support for the squadrons of MAG-39. MALS-39 supports the AH-1W, UH-1N, UH-1Y, and CH-46E. Relocated during October 1969 to Phu Bai. Deactivated 31 October 1969. Reactivated 1 September 1978 at Camp Pendleton, California, as Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 39, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing (3d MAW)  (redesignation of Detachment, H&MS-16) Redesignated 1988 as Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 39. Participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom (Mar-Apr 2003)”(Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/mals39.html ).

 

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Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 40 (MALS-40) is an aviation logistics support unit of the United States Marine Corps. They are based at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina and fall under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 40  (MAG-40) and the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (2nd MAW). Provide the necessary logistical support including intermediate support, maintenance, ordnance and supply for the squadrons of Marine Aircraft Group 40 and Marine Expeditionary Brigade -Afghanistan. In 2009 a detachment from Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 26 was sent to Afghanistan as part of the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force sent as part of the Marine Corps' force build up. When Marine Aircraft Group 40 was stood up the detachment was redesignated as MALS-40.[1] MALS-40 was relieved by MALS-16 on 18 March 2010 at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

MALS-46 provided administrative and logistical support to the squadrons of MAG-46 until deactivated in May 2001. Activated March 1944 at El Toro, California, as Headquarters Squadron 46, Marine Base Defense Air Group 46, 4th Marine Base Defense Air Wing. Marine Base Defense Aircraft Group 46 redesignated 10 November 1944 as Marine Aircraft Group 46. Marine Aircraft Group 46 redesignated May 1945 as Marine Air Support Group 46. Deactivated 15 March 1946. Reactivated July 1962 at MARTD, NAS Grosse Ile, Michigan, as Headquarters and Maintence Squadron 46, Marine Aircraft Group 46, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, USMCR Relocated during 1965 to MARTD, NAS Brooklyn, New York. Relocated during 1967 to MARTD, NAS Los Alamitos, California. Relocated during 1970 to MCAS El Toro, California Redesignated 1988 as Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 46.” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/mals46.html ).

 

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Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 40 becomes Smokin’ Aces again 

 

“Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 40 officially changed its squadron nickname to “Smokin’ Aces” from the “Thoroughbreds” at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Sept. 3. The change in name is actually a return to an older moniker for the squadron. MALS-40 wore the name Smokin’ Aces during their last yearlong commitment to Afghan operations in 2009. Most Marine Corps aviation squadrons and groups have official names and logos, featured on items ranging from unit signs to patches. “The choice to go back to being the Smokin’ Aces probably means a lot to those Marines who came out here when the facility was nothing but a dirt lot,” said Lt. Col. Russell Blauw, the Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 40 commanding officer. “They stood this place up, and when they did they wore Smokin’ Aces patches on their chests. Many of those Marines went home and they wanted to come back and serve in the squadron they helped establish here.” Blauw explained the nickname Smokin’ Aces symbolizes that Marines from all major air combat elements, or “ACEs,” are represented in the squadron. Cpl. Christopher Sagarino, a Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 40 airframes maintenance technician, deployed with the squadron in 2009. He has returned to Afghanistan with the squadron in 2011, and assisted the command in constructing a metal sign bearing its new name. “I remember seeing the new design and thinking about how cool it looks, and how glad it made me to know we were going to be the Aces again,” said Sagarino, a native of Farmingdale, N.Y.

 

Through the design process for the new logo, Marines who designed the previous one were consulted to ensure it was historically accurate. “With the change in design we wanted to make sure that the new patch looked more like a squadron patch than a detachment patch,” Blauw said. “In the designing phase we also made sure that those that had originally came up with the squadron’s old design approved of the changes we made.” The new design features the names of all three installations the squadron supports in Afghanistan, Camp Dwyer, Camp Bastion and Kandahar Airfield, with Afghan and U.S. flags. In 2009 the Marines of MALS-40 received the  Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron of the Year award. The squadron also received the Phoenix Award for their excellence in providing intermediate-level maintenance and aviation ordnance to the flying squadrons supporting coalition efforts in Afghanistan. “We really wanted to change our name back to Smokin’ Aces to recognize the accomplishments of the Marines who served in the squadron in 2009,” said Blauw. “By sharing the name of Smokin’ Aces it makes us strive to be as good or better than they were and they set the bar pretty high.” Though the name Smokin’ Aces harkens back to the squadron’s last deployment to Afghanistan, the unit’s history can be traced back as far as the Vietnam War, when it was known as Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 40. “I think that it is important for Marines to look to the past to help them move on in their futures,” said Sgt. Maj. Thomas Ruppert, the MALS-40 sergeant major. “I feel that the Marines are proud to be a part of this unit and what we do every day to support aircraft” (Ref. 9/11/2011  By Cpl. Justin M. Boling  , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd) , CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan).  http://www.marines.mil/unit/mcascherrypoint/Pages/MarineAviationLogisticsSquadron40.aspx#.T--Se5jy-Ho

Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 49 (MALS-49) is a reserve aviation logistics support unit of the United States Marine Corps. They are currently based at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York and fall under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 49 (MAG-49) and the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing (4th MAW). The squadron 49 is the only MALS in the 4th MAW with an active duty core of maintenance and aviation supply personnel. MALS-49 is currently structured with six separate and distinct divisions of maintenance, supporting three separate and distinct sites, along with five flying squadrons.

 

· Provide training and support for SMCR units to ensure readiness for mobilization.

· Provide aerial refueling service in support of Fleet Marine Force operations

· Provide air transport for personnel, equipment and supplies.

· Conduct other air operations as may be directed.

· Provide intermediate maintenance activity support to the squadrons assigned to MAG-49.

· Provide the requisite aviation supply support MAG-49.

 

MALS-49 was activated on 1 July 1969 at Naval Air Station New York in Brooklyn, New York as Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 49 (H&MS-49). The H&MS unit was relocated to Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey in 1970 and moved again to Naval Air Station Willow Grove, Pennsylvania in 1972. In 1988, the unit was redesignated as Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 49 with the headquarters located at NAS Willow Grove. During 1988 detachments were established at Andrews Air Force Base, Washington DC and Naval Air Station South Weymouth, Massachusetts. In 1992, the Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 42 (MALS-42) detachment located at Stewart ANGB, Newburgh, New York was redesignated as a detachment of MALS-49, bringing the number of sites supported by MALS-49 to four. In February 1994 the MALS-49 flag was relocated from NAS Willow Groove to Stewart ANGB. In 2004, the unit activated reserve Marines in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to serve as augmentees for MALS-16 when they deployed to Iraq.

Activated 31 January 1967 at Santa Ana, California, as Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 56, Marine Aircraft Group 56, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. Sub Unit #1 activated 2 September 1969 at MCALF Camp Pendleton. The squadron was tasked with providing administrative and logistics support, and Intermediate Level maintenance to MAG-56 and its squadrons On 2 September, 1969, Sub Unit #1 was formed at Camp Pendleton to support HML-267. H&MS-56 was deactivated 15 July, 1971, and redesignated H&MS-16. (ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/hams56.html ).

References include List of active United States Marine Corps aircraft squadrons at Wikipedia; others and navy web sites all linked herto.

 

Marine Medium Helicopter Squadrons

 

“The Marine Corps' HMM squadrons first came to being in 1964 with the fielding of the CH-46 Sea Knight medium helicopter. They provide all-weather, day/night, night vision goggle (NVG) assault transport of combat troops, supplies, and equipment during amphibious and subsequent operations ashore. Troop assault is their primary function and the movement of supplies and equipment is secondary.[37][38] The CH-46 is currently being replaced by the MV-22B Osprey and HMM squadrons are incrementally being deactivated and coming back as VMMs” (Ref. [36]; 37 & 38 of List of active United States Marine Corps aircraft squadrons – Wikipedia & Navy web site).

 

Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 165 (HMM-165) - 1965 - 1975 (the War in Vietnam) Activated 1 July 1965 at Santa Ana, California as MARINE MEDIUM HELICOPTER SQUADRON 165, MARINE AIRCRAFT GROUP 36, III MARINE AIRCRAFT WING” (Ref. http://www.hmm165whiteknights.com/history.htm ).

Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 (HMM-262) is a United States Marine Corps helicopter squadron consisting of CH-46E Sea Knight transport helicopters. The squadron, known as the "Flying Tigers", is based at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan and falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 36 (MAG-36) and the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (1st MAW).

 

“The "Flying Tigers" of HMM-262 have a distinguished record of 50 years of service, including Southeast Asia, Vietnam, and the Gulf War. HMR(L)-262 was part of the Project Mercury program in the early 1960s. serving as the Atlantic recovery squadron. Activated 1 September 1951 at Cherry Point, North Carolina, as Marine Helicopter Transport Squadron 262. Assigned during February 1952 to the 2d Marine Aircraft Wing. Assigned during June 1952 to Marine Aircraft Group 26. Relocated during July 1954 to New River, North Carolina. Redesignated 31 December 1956 as Marine Helicopter Transport Squadron (Light) 262. Redesignated 1 February 1962 as Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262. Participated in the intervention in the Dominican Republic, April - June 1965. Deployed during December 1966 to the Republic of Vietnam, and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. Participated in the war in Vietnam, December 1966 - May 1971, operating from:

 

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Relocated during May 1971 to Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 24, 1st Marine Brigade. Deployed at various times since the 1970s to the Western Pacific. The 1st Marine Brigade redesignated 30 August 1985 as the 1st Marine Amphibious Brigade. The 1st Marine Amphibious Brigade redesignated 5 February 1988 as the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade. After several years based in Hawaii, HMM-262 relocated to Futenma, Okinawa, and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. It currently alternates with HMM-265 as the Aviation Combat Element for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. Relocated during September 1992 to Futenma, Okinawa, and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 36.

 

Awards 

 

· PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION STREAMER with 1 bronze star

· NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER with 1 bronze star

· MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION with 4 bronze stars

· NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER with 3 bronze stars

· ARMED FORCES EXPEDITIONARY STREAMER

· VIETNAM SERVICE STREAMER with 2 silver stars and 1 bronze star

· VIETNAM CROSS of GALLANTRY with PALM STREAMER

· VIETNAM MERITORIOUS UNIT CITATION CIVIL ACTIONS STREAMER

 

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Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 (HMM-265) is a United States Marine Corps helicopter squadron consisting of CH-46E Sea Knight transport helicopters. The squadron, known as the "Dragons", is based at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan and falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 36 (MAG-36) and the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (1st MAW).

 

“HMM-265 was activated 30 September 1962 at New River, North Carolina, as Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265, and assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 26, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing. In April 1966, HMM-265 deployed to Da Nang, South Vietnam, Republic of Vietnam and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 16, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. KICK, BEACON GATE, COCHISE. While in Vietnam. The "Dragons" participated in several operations, including MACON, PRAIRIE, BEAR CHAIN/FREMONT, BEACON GUIDE, KANGAROO KICK, BEACON GATE, COCHISE. During September 1967, all CH-46s were grounded after several aircraft lost tail pylons in flight. All CH-46 squadrons in Vietnam had to send their aircraft to Okinawa for inspection and modification. HMM-265 was back in combat by December. Participated in the war in Vietnam, May 1966 - October 1969, operating from:


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By 1969, HMM-265 had begun flying the more powerful CH-46D. Further operations included BOLD PURSUIT, MIGHTY PLAY, and DEFIANT STAND. Relocated during October 1969 to Santa Ana, California, and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 56, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing. Deactivated 14 November 1970. After three years of combat in Vietnam, HMM-265 was transferred to MCAS Santa Ana and joined MAG-56. HMM-265 was deactivated 14 Nov 1970. HMM-265 was reactivated 1 September 1977 at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, and assigned to MAG-24, and assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 24, 1st Marine Brigade. Departed 1 July 1978 on Western Pacific deployment aboard USS New Orleans. Departed 30 July 1979 on Western Pacific deployment aboard USS Tripoli. Departed 27 October 1980 on Western Pacific deployment aboard USS Tarawa. Departed 18 November 1981 on Western Pacific deployment aboard USS Tripoli. Starting in 1983, the "Dragons" began making WestPac deployments, operating from USS New Orleans in 1983 and USS Belleau Wood in 1984.  

 

The "Dragons" were the first HMM to have AV-8 "Harriers" attached during a deployment. In 1985 HMM-265 became the first Hawaii-based helicopter squadron to participate in the Unit Deployment Program, moving to Okinawa for six-month deployments 4 February 1985. 1st Marine Brigade redesignated 30 August 1985 as the 1st Marine Amphibious Brigade. Deployed on 4 February 1987 to Okinawa under the Unit Deployment Program. The 1st Marine Amphibious Brigade redesignated 5 February 1988 as the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade. During 1990-91, HMM-265 was attached to MAG-50, participating in the first Gulf War, participating in Operation Desert Storm, Southwest Asia, January to February 1991and later Operation Sea Angel, Bangladesh, May 1991. The humanitarian relief effort in Bangladesh in 1991. Relocated to Okinawa during 1994, and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. The move to Okinawa became permanent in 1995. From October 1999 to January 2000, participated in Operation Stabilize INTERFET (International Forces East Timor). Since then, the "Dragons" have participated in numerous exercises in the Western Pacific, as well as alternating duty with HMM-262 as the Aviation Combat Element of the 31st MEU” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/265.html ).

Awards

 

· PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION STREAMER with 1 bronze star Vietnam - 1966 – 1967 & 1967

· JOINT MERITORIOUS UNIT AWARD STREAMER – Bangladesh – 1991

· NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER - Southwest Asia - 1990 – 1991

· MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER - 1991 – 1993

· NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER with 2 bronze stars

· VIETNAM SERVICE STREAMER with 1 silver and 4 bronze stars

· SOUTHWEST ASIA SERVICE STREAMER with 2 bronze stars

· VIETNAM CROSS of GALLANTRY STREAMER with PALM

· VIETNAM MERITORIOUS UNIT CITATION CIVIL ACTIONS STREAMER

                                                              

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Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268 (HMM-268) is a United States Marine Corps helicopter squadron consisting of CH-46E Sea Knight transport helicopters. The squadron, known as the "Red Dragons", is based at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California and falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 39 (MAG-39) and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (3rd MAW).

“Activated 15 September 1972 at New River, NC, as MARINE LIGHT HELICOPTER SQUADRON 268 (HML-268). HMM-268 began life in 1972 as a UH-1N squadron, assigned to MAG-29. After only five years of service, the squadron was deactivated. 30 September 1977. Reactivated 1 March 1979 at Tustin, CA, as MARINE MEDIUM HELICOPTER SQUADRON 268 (HMM-268), as a CH-46 squadron and changed coasts. The "Red Dragons" served proudly as part of MAG-16 until 1999, when they relocated to MCAS Camp Pendleton and joined MAG-39. Participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Mar 2003-Apr 2003. Throughout the 1990s, HMM-268 took part in numerous exercises and deployed as the Air Combat Element squadron for several MEUs. During this period the "Red Dragons" participated in operations in Somalia, Iraq, and East Timor. During Mar 2003-Apr 2003, and again in 2004, HMM-268 participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/268.html ).

 

Awards

 

· PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION STREAMER with 1 bronze star Vietnam - 1966 – 1967 & 1967

· PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION – IRAQ – 2003

· JOINT MERITORIOUS UNIT AWARD STREAMER

· NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER

· MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER with 4 bronze stars

· MARINE CORPS EXPEDITIONARY STREAMER

· NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER with 2 bronze stars

· ARMED FORCES EXPEDITIONARY STREAMER with 1 bronze star

· GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM EXPEDITIONARY STREAMER

· GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM SERVICE STREAMER 

 

HML-268                                    HMM-268

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Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 (HMM-364) is a United States Marine Corps helicopter squadron consisting of CH-46E Sea Knight transport helicopters. The squadron, known as the "Purple Foxes", is based at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California and falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 39 (MAG-39) and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (3rd MAW). 

 

“Activated 1 September 1961 at Santa Ana, CA, as MARINE HELICOPTER TRANSPORT SQUADRON (LIGHT) 364 (HMR(L)-364). Redesignated 1 February 1962 as MARINE MEDIUM HELICOPTER SQUADRON 364 (HMM-364). The "Purple Foxes" made the first of their three deployments to Vietnam in 1964 as part of Operation SHUFLY, where they flew the UH-34D. Following the second combat tour (1965-66) HMM-364 returned to the US to transition to the CH-46A, which the squadron operated during the third Vietnam combat deployment. Upon its return to the US in 1971, HMM-364 was deactivated 13 April 1971. HMM-364 was 12 October 1984 at Tustin, CA. and assigned to MAG-24 in Hawaii. The next decade brought a move to El Toro, and when that base closed, to Camp Pendleton, where the "Purple Foxes" are now based as part of MAG-39. During 2003 HMM-364 was assigned to 3d Marine Aircraft Wing and participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/364.html ).

 

Awards 

 

· PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION STREAMER with one bronze star Vietnam - 1965 - 1966 – Iraq - 2003

· NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER WITH FOUR BRONZE STARSVietnam - 1964; 1965 - 1966; 1968; 1968 - 1969 & 1970 - 1971

· MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER with 1 bronze star - Vietnam – 1970

· NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER WITH 2 BRONZE STARS - 1991

· VIETNAM SERVICE STREAMER WITH TWO SILVER AND FOUR BRONZE STARS - 1991

· VIETNAM CROSS OF GALLANTRY STREAMER with PALM - 1991

· VIETNAM MERITORIOUS CITATION CIVIL ACTIONS STREAMER – 1991

 

HMR(L)-364

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“HMR-761 was activated 1 April 1958, at Columbus, Ohio, as the first Marine Reserve helicopter squadron. Following a move to Grosse Ile, Michigan, the squadron was redesignated HMM-761. HMM-761 was deactivated 31 August 1962. Activated 15 April 1958 at Columbus, OH, as MARINE HELICOPTER TRANSPORT SQUADRON 761 (HMR-761). Redesignated 1 April 1962 as MARINE MEDIUM HELICOPTER SQUADRON 761 (HMM-761). Deactivated 31 August 1962 at Grosse Ile, MI.” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/761.html ).

 

HMR-761       HMM-761

“Dallas based HMM-762 was the second Marine Reserve helicopter squadron to be activated 15 April 1958 at Dallas,Tx, as MARINE HELICOPTER TRANSPORT SQUADRON 762 (HMR-762).. From 1958, until its deactivation in 1962, HMM-762 trained Reservists in the Dallas area.  Redesignated 1 April 1962 as MARINE MEDIUM HELICOPTER SQUADRON 762 (HMM-762). Deactivated 31 December 1962” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/762.html ).

 

HMR-762     HMM-762

HMR-763 was activated 15 April 1958 at Glenview, IL, as the third MArine Corps Reserve helicopter squadron. The squadron was redesignated HMM-763 in April 1962, and deactivated 30 September 1962. Activated 15 April 1958 at Glenview, IL, as MARINE HELICOPTER TRANSPORT SQUADRON 763 (HMR-763). Redesignated 1 April 1962 as MARINE MEDIUM HELICOPTER SQUADRON 763 (HMM-763). Deactivated 30 September 1962” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/763.html ).

 

HMR-763    HMM-763

Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 764 (HMM-764) is a United States Marine Corps Senior Reserve medium helicopter squadron consisting of CH-46E Sea Knight transport helicopters. The squadron, known as "Moonlight", is based at Edwards Air Force Base, California and falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 41 (MAG-41) and the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing (4th MAW).

“HMR-764 was activated as Marine Helicopter Transport Squadron 764 (HMR-764) in 15 April 1958 at Los Alamitos, Ca. On 1 April 1962, the squadron received its current designation. During 1968, HMM-764 had grown to the point that it was briefly split into two squadrons, HMM-764 and HMM-773. HMM-773 was later deactivated and the personnel rejoined 764. HMM-764 relocated to MCAS El Toro, CA during May 1971. During Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, HMM-764 was placed on Active status but did not deploy. When El Toro was closed in 1999 due to Base Realignment and Closure , HMM-764 relocated to Joint Reserve Base, Edwards Air Force Base, CA. In 2004, HMM-764 made its first combat deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/764.html ).

Awards

 

· NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER

· MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER with 2 bronze stars

· NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER

· GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM EXPEDITIONARY STREAMER

 

HMR-764                      HMM-764

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“Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 766 (HMR-766) was activated at Minneapolis, MN in 1958 as one of the first dozen Marine Reserve helicopter squadrons. For the next 18 years, the squadron would train Marine Reservists in the Twin Cities area. HMM-766 was operating the UH-34D when it was deactivated in 1976. Activated 15 April 1958 at Minneapolis, MN, as MARINE HELICOPTER TRANSPORT SQUADRON 766 (HMR-766). Redesignated 1 April 1962 as MARINE MEDIUM HELICOPTER SQUADRON 766 (HMM-766). Deactivated 1 October 1976 (Ref, http://hma1369.tripod.com/766.html ).

 

 

                                             HMR-766          HMM-766

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“HMR-768 was activated 15 September 1958 at NAS Brooklyn, New York, and was based at Floyd Bennett Field. In 1962 the squadron was redesignated HMM-768. HMM-768 won the Marine Air Reserve Training Command's Safety Award in 1965 and again in 1966.After sharing aircraft with Naval Reserve units, HMM-768 got its own UH-34Ds in July 1967; in March 1971 the squadron converted to the CH-46A. HMM-768 relocated to NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey during October 1970. At the time of its deactivation in 1976, the squadron was based at NAS New Orleans. Activated 15 September 1958 at Brooklyn, NY, as MARINE HELICOPTER TRANSPORT SQUADRON 768 (HMR-768). Redesignated 1 April 1962 as MARINE MEDIUM HELICOPTER SQUADRON 768 (HMM-768). Relocated during October 1970 to Lakehurst, New Jersey. Relocated during ? to New Orleans, Louisiana. Deactivated 1976” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/768.html ).

 

 

HMR-768    HMM-768

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Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 774 (HMM-774) is a United States Marine Corps medium helicopter squadron consisting of CH-46E Sea Knight transport helicopters. The squadron, known as the "Wild Goose", is a United States Marine Corps Reserve unit based at Naval Station Norfolk (Chambers Field), Virginia and falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 49 (MAG-49) and the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing (4th MAW).

 

HMM-774 was originally formed at NAS Brooklyn in 1958. 1962 brought a redesignation to HMM-774 in April, and deactivation in September. In 1969 HMM-774 was reactivated at Norfolk, VA, where it is still based. In 1990, HMM-774 was placed on active status in 1990 in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and deployed to the Gulf with MAG-26. In 2004, HMM-774 was again activated in support of ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Activated 5 September 1958 at Brooklyn, NY as MARINE HELICOPTER TRANSPORT SQUADRON 774 (HMR-774). Redesignated 1 April 1962 as MARINE MEDIUM HELICOPTER SQUADRON 774 (HMM-774). Deactivated 20 September 1962. Reactivated 1 July 1969 at Norfolk, Virginia, as MARINE MEDIUM HELICOPTER SQUADRON 774, Marine Air Reserve Training Detachment, Marine Air Reserve Training Command, Naval Air Stationm Norfolk, Virginia. Assigned during January 1971 to the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force. Reassigned during October 1979 to Marine Aircraft Group 46 Detachment, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing. Reassigned during June 1980 to Marine Aircraft Group 46 Detachment A, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing. Mobilized during January 1991 in support of Operation Desert Storm and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 26, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing. Participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Southwest Asia, January 1991 - April 1991. Demobilized during April 1991 and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 46 Detachment A, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing. Reassigned during June 1992 to Marine Aircraft Group 46 Detachment B, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing. Activated during 2004 in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/774.html ).

 

Awards

 

· NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER - Southwest Asia - 1990 – 1991

· NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER

· SOUTHWEST ASIA SERVICE STREAMER with two bronze stars

· GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM EXPEDITIONARY STREAMER

 

HMR-774                                                       HMM-774

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References include List of active United States Marine Corps aircraft squadrons at Wikipedia; others and navy web sites all linked herto.

 

 

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HMH-361 / HMH-361

HMH-362 / HMH-362

HMH/VMM-363

 

HMH-361

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Flying Tigers

"Tweed's Tigers"; "Ross's Rice Runners"; "Andy's Orphans";

Tail Code:

HN 1952-56 YN 1956-

Aircraft:

OY-1; HRS (CH-19E); HUS (UH-34D);

CH-53A/D/E

MAG-16, 3rd MAW

MCAS Miramar, CA

Comm. 25 Feb. 1952 –

Present

HMH-362

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Ugly Angels

"Dunn's Derelicts"; "Archie's Angels";

Tail Code:

HL (1952-56); YL 1956

Aircraft:

HRS-1,2,3 (CH-19E);

OY-1; HUS-1 (UH-34D); CH-53A/D

MAG-24, 1st MAW

MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI

Comm. 30 April 1952 –

Present

Referee to VMM-363

 

 

HMH-366 / HMH-366

HMH-461 / HMH-461

HMH-462 / HMH-462

 

HMH-366

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Hammerheads

Tail Code:

HH 1994-2000; 2008

Aircraft:

CH-53D; CH-53E

MAG-29, 2nd MAW

MCAS Cherry Point, NC

Comm. 30 Sep. 2008 – Present

HMH-461

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Iron Horse

"Red Raiders" (ca.1950); "Sea Stallions"

Tail Code: PA 1946-48; LP 1948-50; CJ 1958-

Aircraft: F4U; HR2S (CH-37C); CH-53A/D/E

MAG-26, 2nd MAW

MCAS New River, NC

Comm. 15 Mar. 1944 – Present

HMH-462

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Heavy Haulers

Tail Code: YF 1958

Aircraft: FG-1/F4U-1/F3A-1; HR2S (CH-37C); CH-53A/D/E

MAG-16, 3rd MAW

MCAS Miramar, CA

Comm. 15 Apr. 1944 – Present

 

 

HMH-463 / HMH-463

HMH-464 / HMH-464

HMH-465 / HMH-465

 

VMB-463VMTB-463/ VMTB-463/MR(M)/

HMH-463

VMB-463VMTB-463/ VMTB-463/MR(M)/

HMH-463

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Pegasus

"Heavy Haulers"; Beeler's Bombers"; Pineapples"

Tail Code:

YH 1958-59; 1966

Aircraft:

PBJ-1 (B-25J); TBM-3; HR2S-1 (CH-37C);

CH-53A/D/E

CH-53E "Super Stallion"

MAG-24, 1st MAW

MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI

Comm. 20 July 1944 –

Present

HMH-464

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Condors

"Spanish Flies" (WW2)

Tail Code: EN 1981

Aircraft:

SB2C; TBM; CH-53E

MAG-26, 2nd MAW

MCAS New River, NC

Comm. 5 Apr. 1944 –

Present

 

HMH-465

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Warhorse

Tail Code: YJ 1981-

Aircraft: CH-53E

MAG-16, 3rd MAW

MCAS Miramar, CA

Comm. 1 Dec. 1981 –

Present

 

 

HMH-466 / HMH-466

HMH-772 / HMH-772

HMH-772, Det. A

 

HMH-466

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Wolfpack

Tail Code: YK 1984-

Aircraft: CH-53E

MAG-16, 3rd MAW

MCAS Miramar, CA

Comm. 30 Nov. 1984 –

Present

 

HMR/HMH-772

HMR/HMH-772

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Hustler

Nicknames:

"Heavy Haulers";

"Black Stallions"

Tail code:

7W 1958-70*;

5N 1970-72*;

MT 1972-
* Station Code: 7T - Willow Grove, PA; 5N - Lakehurst, NJ

Aircraft:

HUP (UH-25); UH-34D; RH-53D; CH-53E

MAG-49, 4th MAW

Joint Base McGuire/Dix

Comm. 15 Apr. 1958 –

Present

HMH-772, Det. A

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Road Hogs

Tail Code: MS 1980-93 (HMH-769 ID Code)

Aircraft: RH-53D

MAG-50

Reorganized and one large squadron was formed. HMH-769 was deactivated and redesignated HMH-772 Det A. Activated during the Gulf War (1990-91) and served with MAG-26.

Deactivated 1 Apr. 1993

 

HMH-772, Det. B

HMR/HMM/HMH-777

HMH-769 / HMH-769

 

HMH-772, Det. B

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Flying Armadillos

Tail Code: QM 1980-93 (HMH-777 ID Code)

Aircraft: CH-53A/D

Activated 1 June 1980 by redesignation of

HMH-769
Deactivated 1 Apr. 1993 - resumed HMH-769 designation.

Willow Grove, PA.

 

HMR/HMM/HMH-777

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Flying Armadillos

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Tail Code:

7D 1959-68*; 5D 1968-72*; QM 1972-80; * Station Code: 7D/5D Dallas, TX

Aircraft:

HTL; HUS (UH-34D);

CH-53A/D

Deactivated 1980

Activated 15 Apr. 1959

 

HMH-769 / HMH-769

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Titan

15 April 1958

"Heavy Haulers";

"Road Hogs"

Tail Code:

7F 1958-68*; 5F 1968-72; MS 1972-2008**
*Station Code: 7F - Oakland/Alameda, CA
**Retained while

HMH-772 Det. A

Aircraft:

HSS (SH-34);

HUP (UH-25); UH-34D; CH-53A/D/E; RH-53D

Edwards Air Force Base, California

Comm. 15 Apr. 1958 – 2 Aug. 2008

 

Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 (HMH-361) is a United States Marine Corps helicopter squadron consisting of CH-53E Super Stallion transport helicopters. The squadron, known as the "Flying Tigers", is based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California and falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 16 (MAG-16) and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (3rd MAW). HMH-362 will deactivate (FY 2013).

http://www.popasmoke.com/notam2/showthread.php?8406-8th-Marine-and-USMC-reductions

 

“Activated 25 February 1952 at Santa Ana, California, as Marine Helicopter Transport Squadron 361, Aircraft, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. Assigned during March 1952 to Marine Helicopter Transport Group 16, Air, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. Reassigned during June 1952 to Marine Helicopter Transport Group 36, Air, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. Reassigned during January 1953 to Marine Helicopter Transport Group 16, Air, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. Relocated during May 1953 to Kaneohe Bay, Territory of Hawaii, and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 13, Air, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. In 1953, HMR-361 supported the 2d Marine Provisional Atomic Exercise Brigade during exercise Desert Rock V. HMM-361 deployed to the Caribbean during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. HMM-361 (and later HMH-361) deployed to Vietnam in 1965 for the first of two combat tours. Relocated during February - March 1955 to Santa Ana, California, and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 36, Air, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. Reassigned during September 1955 to the 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, Air, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. Redesignated 31 December 1956 as Marine Helicopter Transport Squadron (Light) 361. Redesignated 1 February 1962 as Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 361. Participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis, October - December 1962. Deployed during September - October 1963 to Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam, and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 16, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. Redeployed during February 1964 to Futenma, Okinawa. Embarked on board the USS Valley Forge, April - July 1964. Relocated during September 1964 to Santa Ana, California, and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 36, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. Deployed during May - August 1965 to Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam, and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 16, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. Participated in the war in Vietnam, August 1965 - May 1968, operating from:

Da Nang
Marble Mountain
Ky Ha
Dong Ha
USS
Iwo Jima

Deactivated (administrative) 18 May 1968. Reactivated 3 June 1968 at New River, North Carolina, as Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 and assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 26, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic.
Deployed during July - August 1969 to Hue/Phu Bai, Republic of Vietnam, and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. Particpated in the war in Vietnam, August 1969 - January 1970, operating from:

Hue/Phu Bai
Marble Mountain

Relocated during January - February 1970 to Santa Ana, California, and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 56, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. Reassigned during July 1971 to Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. Marine Corps Air Station (Helicopter), Santa Ana, California redesignated 1 December 1978 as Marine Corps Air Station (Helicopter), Tustin, California. Participated in the Unit Deployment Program between Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing and Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing during the late 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Marine Corps Air Station (Helicopter), Tustin, California redesignated 1 June 1985 as Marine Corps Air Station, Tustin, California. Participated in Operations
Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Southwest Asia, August 1990 - April 1991. Elements participated in Operation United Shield, Somalia, January - March 1995. Elements participated in Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, 2000-2001” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/361.html ).

Awards

· PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION STREAMER - Vietnam - 1965 - 1967

· JOINT MERITORIOUS UNIT AWARD STREAMER - Somalia - 1995

· NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION with 2 bronze stars - Vietnam - 1963 - 1965 & 1965 - 1967 - Southwest Asia - 1990 - 1991

· MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER with one bronze star  - 1986 - 1987 & 1989 - 1990

· NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER with 3 bronze stars

· ARMED FORCES EXPEDITIONARY STREAMER - Cuba - 1962

· VIETNAM SERVICE STREAMER with one silver and four bronze stars

· SOUTHWEST ASIA SERVICE STREAMER with three bronze stars

· GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM EXPEDITIONARY STREAMER

· VIETNAM CROSS of GALLANTRY with PALM STREAMER

VIETNAM MERITORIOUS UNIT CITATION CIVIL ACTIONS STREAMER

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HMH-361

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Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362 (HMH-362) is a United States Marine Corps helicopter squadron consisting of ten CH-53D Sea Stallion assault support helicopters and 220 Marines and Sailors. The squadron, known as the "Ugly Angels", was activated on April 30, 1952 as Marine Helicopter Transport Squadron and is currently based at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii falling under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 24 (MAG-24) and 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (1st MAW) within III MEF. HMH-362 was scheduled to go into cadre status in 2013 and reactivate in 2018 with the CH-53K.

http://www.popasmoke.com/notam2/showthread.php?8406-8th-Marine-and-USMC-reductions

“Activated 30 April 1952 at Santa Ana, California, as Marine Helicopter Transport Squadron 362 and assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 16, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. Reassigned during June 1952 to Marine Aircraft Group 36, Air, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. Reassigned during January 1953 to Marine Aircraft Group 16, Air, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. Reassigned during July 1953 to Marine Aircraft Group 36, Air, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. Reassigned during September 1955 to the 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. Redesignated 31 December 1956 as Marine Helicopter Transport Squadron (Light) 362. Deployed during May 1959 to Yokosuka, Japan, and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. Redeployed during May 1960 to Futenma, Okinawa. Relocated during July 1960 to Santa Ana, California, and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 36, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing. Deployed during July 1961 to Futenma, Okinawa, and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 16, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. Redesignated 1 February 1962 as Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 362. HMM-362 deployed during April 1962 to the Republic of Vietnam, becoming the first Marine Helicopter squadron to serve in Vietnam (Operation "Shufly"), operating from Soc Trang. Participated in the war in Vietnam, April - July 1962, September 1965 - August 1969, operating from:

Soc Trang
Ky Ha
Hue/Phu Bai
Marble Mountain

Over a four year period, the squadron operated from Hue/Phu Bai, Ky Ha, and Marble Mountain, as well as at sea with the Special Landing Force. August 1969 saw the end of combat operations for HMM-362. The "Ugly Angels" had taken the first UH-34Ds to Vietnam and were the last squadron to fly them in combat. The squadron colors were shifted to New River, NC, and the squadron was redesignated HMH-362 Relocated during August 1969 to Santa Ana, California, and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 36, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing. Relocated during August 1969 to New River, North Carolina. Redesignated 21 August 1969 as Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362 and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 26, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing. Participated in numerous training exercises throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, January - March 1991 Relocated during June 1995 to Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, and assigned to 1st Marine Aircraft Wing Aviation Support Element, Kaneohe Over the next two decades HMH-362 took part in numerous exercises and elements deployed with various Marine Expeditionary Units. The squadron was deployed to Saudi Arabia in 1991 and conducted combat flights in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm. HMH-362 relocated to Kaneohe, Hawaii during 1995 as part of the Marine Corps' consolidation of CH-53D squadrons. In 2002 HMH-362 became the first squadron from MAG-24 to participate in the Unit Deployment Program, deploying to Iwakuni, Japan, in support of 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. More recently, HMH-362 has participated in combat operations in Iraq (2007, 2009), and Afghanistan (2009, 2010)” (ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/362.html ).

Awards

· PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION STREAMER with 1 bronze star - Vietnam - 1965 - 1967

· NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER with 1 silver and 1 bronze star Vietnam - 1962; 1965 - 1966; 1968 & 1969 - Southwest Asia - 1990 - 1991

· MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER with 1 silver star and 1 bronze star - Vietnam - 1966 - 1967; 1968 & 1969; 1987 - 1988; 1993; 1994 - 1995 & 1996 -1998

· NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER with 3 bronze stars

· SOUTHWEST ASIA SERVICE STREAMER with 2 bronze stars

· IRAQ CAMPAIGN SERVICE streamer with 2 bronze stars

· AFGHANISTAN SERVICE streamer with 2 bronze stars.

· VIETNAM SERVICE STREAMER with 2 silver and 1 bronze stars

VIETNAM CROSS of GALLANTRY with PALM STREAMER

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“Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366 (HMH-366) is a United States Marine Corps helicopter squadron consisting of CH-53E Super Stallion heavy transport helicopters. The squadron, known as the "Hammerheads", is based at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 29 and the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. The squadron’s tail code is “HH.[2]

The "Hammerheads" were activated 10 September 1994 at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, as MARINE HEAVY HELICOPTER SQUADRON 366 (HMH-366). HMH-366 deactivated 1 October 2000. They were assigned to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing Aviation Support Element Kaneohe and operated the CH-53D. Activated 10 September 1994 at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, as MARINE HEAVY HELICOPTER SQUADRON 366 (HMH-366). The squadron nickname and insignia was taken from the hammerhead sharks that inhabit the area. Deactivated 1 October 2000. HMH-366 was reactivated 30 September 2008 at MCAS Cherry Point, NC, and is assigned to MAG-29. The squadron will retain the "Hammerhead" nickname, and will operate the CH-53E "Super Stallion." At their activation the squadron had 130 Marines and 8 aircraft on-hand which will grow to more than 300 Marines and 16 aircraft in 2009

 

” (Ref. "Helicopter units to be activated in October at Cherry Point;" http://hma1369.tripod.com/366.html; and "New squadron takes flight at Cherry Point". www.enctoday.com).

Awards

· MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER

NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER

HMH-366

2008

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Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461 (HMH-461) is a United States Marine Corps helicopter squadron consisting of CH-53E Super Stallion transport helicopters. The squadron, known as "Ironhorse", is based at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina and falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 26 (MAG-26) and the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (2nd MAW).

Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461 began life during WW2 as a fighter squadron. Activated 15 March 1944 at El Centro, CA, as MARINE FIGHTING SQUADRON 461 (VMF-461).After absorbing the aircraft and personnel of VMF-462 and VMF-472 in October 1944, the squadron became a replacement-training squadron. After the end of the war, VMF-461 relocated to Cherry Point, NC and joined MAG-11 prior to deactivating in February 1950. On 12 January 1957 the squadron was reactivated at New River, NC, as MARINE HELICOPTER TRANSPORT SQUADRON (MEDIUM) 461 (HMR(M)-461) and became the first HR2S/CH-37C squadron in the Marine Corps. Redesignated 1 February 1962 as MARINE HEAVY HELICOPTER SQUADRON 461 (HMH-461). In 1965 the squadron made the only full squadron deployment of the CH-37. HMH-461 transitioned to the new CH-53A in 1966. The squadron now operates the CH-53E at MCAS New River, North Carolina. During the 1990s HMH-461 found itself supporting Marine Corps operations throughout the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Mediterranean. The squadron was deployed to SW Asia during Desert Shield/Desert Storm Storm, 1990-91 and continues to support the East Coast Expeditionary Units. Most recently, HMH-461 has deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Participated in numerous deployments and operations during the 1960s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. HMH-461 participated in Operation Enduring Freedom in 2003.

Awards

· NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER

· MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER with 1 bronze star

· WORLD WAR II VICTORY STREAMER

· NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER with 2 bronze stars

· ARMED FORCES EXPEDITIONARY STREAMER

· SOUTHWEST ASIA SERVICE STREAMER with three bronze stars

GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM EXPEDTIONARY STREAMER

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Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 (HMH-462) is a United States Marine Corps helicopter squadron consisting of CH-53E Super Stallion heavy transport helicopters. The squadron, known as the "Heavy Haulers", is based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California and falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 16 (MAG-16) and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (3rd MAW).

“HMH-462 traces its history back to VMF-462, a WW2 fighter squadron, which was deactivated shortly after the war's end. Activated 15 September 1944 at El Centro, California, as Marine Fighting Squadron 462, and assigned to Marine Base Defense Air Group 43, Marine Fleet Air West Coast. Relocated during October 1944 to El Toro, California and reassigned to Marine Base Defense Air Group 46. Deactivated 10 September 1945. In 1957 or by 1 September 1958, the squadron was reactivated at Santa Ana, California, as Marine Helicopter Transport Squadron (Medium) 462 (HMR(M)-462); equipped with the HR2S, and assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 36, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. HMR(M)-462 redesignated 1 February 1962 as Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 and was reassigned during August 1965 to Marine Wing Service Group 37. Deployed during August 1968 to Phu Bai, Republic of Vietnam, and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. Participated in the war in Vietnam, August 1968 - October 1969, operating from Hue/Phu Bai. Redeployed during October 1969 to Futenma, Okinawa and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 15, 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade. Reassigned during November 1969 to Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. HMH-462 participated in the Southeast Asia evacuations in support of Marine Aircraft Group 36, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, January - June 1975. Participated in various training exercises throughout the 1970s. HMH-462 operated CH-53A’s during its service in Vietnam (1968-69, 1975). HMH-462 relocated to Tustin, California and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 16 (MAG-16), 3d Marine Aircraft Wing. (rd A HMH-462 currently operates the CH-53E "Super Stallion, and is based at MCAS Miramar, CA, with MAG-16, 3rd MAW.. HMH-462 participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, August 1990 - April 1991. HMH-462 relocated to Miramar, California. HMH-462 participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom (Mar-Apr 2003)” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/462.html ).

 

Awards

· PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION STREAMER IRAQ Mar - Apr 2003

· NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER with 1 bronze star - Southeast Asia Evacuations - 1975 & Southwest Asia - 1990 - 1991

· MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER with 2 bronze stars Vietnam - 1968; 1975; 1992 - 1994 & 1996 - 1998

· AMERICAN CAMPAIGN STREAMER

· WORLD WAR II VICTORY STREAMER

· NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER with 2 bronze stars

· VIETNAM SERVICE STREAMER with four bronze stars

· SOUTHWEST ASIA SERVICE STREAMER with two bronze stars

· GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM EXPEDITIONARY STREAMER

· VIETNAM CROSS of GALLANTRY with PALM STREAMER

VIETNAM MERITORIOUS UNIT CITATION CIVIL ACTIONS STREAMER

VMF-462                     HMR(M)-462                   HMH-462

WW 2

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Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 (HMH-463) is a United States Marine Corps helicopter squadron consisting of CH-53E Super Stallion transport helicopters. The squadron, also known as "Pegasus", is based at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 24 (MAG-24) and the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (1st MAW).

“HMH-463 was first activated 20 July 1944 at Cherry Point, North Carolina as Marine Bombing Squadron 463 (VMB-463), a PBJ squadron, and based at Cherry Point, NC. and assigned to Marine Air Group-62, 9th Marine Air Wing. Reassigned during November 1944 to Marine Air Group 34. Reassigned during February 1945 to Marine Operational Training Group 81. Deactivated 28 Feb 1945. The squadron was deactivated in February 1945. Five months later, 15 July 1945 the squadron was reactivated at Santa Barbara, California, as Marine Torpedo Bombing Squadron 463 (VMTB-463) and assigned to Marine Air Group 51. VMTB-463 deactivated 20 March 1946. VMTB-463 reactivated 1 September 1958 at Santa Ana, California as Marine Helicopter Transport Squadron (Medium) 463 (HMR(M)-463) and assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 36, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.. The squadron was planned to be the third "medium" lift squadron in the Marine Corps and was to have been equipped with the Sikorsky HR2S-1 "Deuce". A cutback in orders for the giant helicopter resulted in the deactivation of the squadron 30 June 1959. HMH-463 was reactivated 1 March 1966 at Santa Ana, California as Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 and assigned to Marine Wing Service Group 37, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. While sister-squadrons HMH-461 and HMH-462 were still operating the CH-37C (new designation for HR2S-1), HMH-463 was equipped with the new CH-53A "Sea Stallion". A four-plane detachment was sent to Vietnam in December 1966, with the main body of the squadron deployed during May 1967 to Marble Mountain, Vietnam assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 16, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. HMH-463 relocated during May 1971 to Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 24, 1st Marine Brigade.MH-463 served in Vietnam until until May 1971, when it relocated to Kaneohe Bay, HI, and joined MAG-24. During February-July 1973, HMH-463 took part in Operation End Sweep, the clearing of mines in the Haiphong/Hon Gai Area of North Vietnam, February - July1973. During the period March-May 1975, the squadron was deployed to South-East Asia again, this time participating in the evacuation operations in Cambodia (Eagle Pull) and Saigon, RVN (Frequent Wind), March - May 1975. After returning to Hawaii, the squadron took part in numerous exercises throughout the 1970s, 80s and 90s. HMH-463 participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Southwest Asia, August 1990 - March 1991;  Operation Garden Isle (Hurricane Iniki Relief) on Island of Kauai in September 1992 and Task Force - Full Accounting in Cambodia from September to Nov 1993 & April to May 1995. During 2005, HMH-463 became the first CH-53D squadron from MAG-24 to deploy to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While in Theater of Operations during 2005-2006. During 2011, HMH-463 began transitioning to the CH-53E "Super Stallion” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/463.html ).

Awards

· PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION STREAMER - Vietnam - 1967

· NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER with 3 bronze stars - Vietnam - 1968 - 1969; 1970 - 1971 & 1975 - Southwest Asia - 1990 - 1991

· MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER with 1 silver and 2 bronze stars - Vietnam - 1967; 1969; 1970; 1971; 1971; 1973; 1975; 1983 - 1986 & 1996; 1998

· WORLD WAR II VICTORY STREAMER

· NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER with 2 bronze stars

· ARMED FORCES EXPEDITIONARY STREAMER

· VIETNAM SERVICE STREAMER with two silver and one bronze star

· SOUTHWEST ASIA SERVICE S

· TREAMER with two bronze stars

· IRAQI CAMPAIGN STREAMERGLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM SERVICE STREAMER

· VIETNAM CROSS of GALLANTRY with PALM STREAMER

VIETNAM MERITORIOUS UNIT CITATION CIVIL ACTIONS STREAMER

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HMH-463

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Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464 (HMH-464) is a United States Marine Corps helicopter squadron consisting of CH-53E Super Stallion transport helicopters. The squadron, known as the "Condors" and is based at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina. They fall under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 29 (MAG-29) and the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (2nd MAW).

“HMH-464 was originally activated during World War 2, 15 April 1944 at El Toro, California, as Marine Scout Bombing Squadron 464 (VMB-464), and assigned to Marine Base Defense Air Group 41, Marine Fleet Air, West Coast and served as a training unit for dive-bomber and torpedo-bomber aircrews going to the Pacific. With the drawdown of Marine aviation units following the end of the war, the squadron was deactivated. Marine Base Defense Air Group 41 redesignated 10 November 1944 as Marine Aircraft Group 41. VMB-464 redesignated 1 June 1945 as Marine Torpedo Bombing Squadron 464 (VMTB-464) and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 46, Marine Fleet Air, West Coast. VMTB-464 deactivated 10 March 1946. VMTB-464 was reactivated 1 March 1981 as Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464 (HMH-464) at New River, North Carolina, as Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464 and assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 26, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic; as one of the new CH-53E "Super Stallion" squadrons. During the next 10 years HMH-464 supported East Coast MEU deployments, as well as commitments at home. During Operation Desert Shield/Storm, HMH-464 was deployed to Kuwait with MAG-26. Reactivated 1 March 1981 at New River, North Carolina, as Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464 and assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 26, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic. Reassigned during February 1983 to Marine Aircraft Group 29. Elements participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Southwest Asia, February - March 1991. More recently, HMH-464 has deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003, and has deployed detachments to Somalia in support of JTF Horn of Africa” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/464.html ).

Awards

· NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER - Southwest Asia -

· 1990 - 1991

· MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER -

· 1 June 1999 - 1 June 2000

· AMERICAN CAMPAIGN STREAMER

· WORLD WAR II VICTORY STREAMER

· NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER with 1 bronze star

GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM EXPEDITIONARY STREAMER

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Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465 (HMH-465) is a United States Marine Corps helicopter squadron consisting of CH-53E Super Stallion transport helicopters. The squadron, known as "Warhorse", is based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California and falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 16 (MAG-16) and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (3rd MAW).

“Activated 1 December 1981 at Tustin, California, as Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465 (HMH-465), and assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. Since activating in 1981, HMH-465 has been home-based with MAG-16. During Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Southwest Asia, September 1990 - March 1991. The "Warhorses" were based at Ras al Ghar, Saudi Arabia. The squadron lost two CH-53Es in accidents prior to the start of the ground war. In October 1991, the squadron left for Okinawa to begin the first WestPac Unit Deployment by a CH-53E squadron. Throughout the 1990s HMH-465 deployed detachments to 29 Palms Air-Ground Combat Center, MCAS Yuma, and the Mountain Warfare Training Center at Bridgeport, CA. The squadron also augmented the West Coast Marine Expeditionary Units' WestPac deployments. HMH-465 was deployed to Iraq in 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and flew troop and cargo lifts in support Marine forces” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/465.html ).

 

Awards

· PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION STREAMER - Iraq 2003

· NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER with one bronze star - Southwest Asia - 1990 - 1991 & 2001

· NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER with 1 bronze star

· SOUTHWEST ASIA SERVICE STREAMER with two bronze stars

GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM EXPEDITIONARY STREAMER

HMH-465

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Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466 (HMH-466) is a United States Marine Corps helicopter squadron consisting of CH-53E Super Stallion transport helicopters. The squadron, known as the "Wolfpack", is based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California and falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 16 (MAG-16) and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (3rd MAW).

“HMH-466 was activated 30 November 1984 at Tustin, California, as Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466, and assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. and is the last of the West Coast CH-53E squadrons to enter service. During Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Southwest Asia, August 1990 - March 1991, the main body of HMH-466 served in Kuwait and Iraq with MAG-16, while a 4-plane detachment was deployed with 13th MEU/ARG Alpha. Particpated in Operations in Somalia, December 1992 - February 1993. HHMH-466 deployed to Kuwait and Iraq during 2004 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (Det HMH-466, attached to 11th MEU) in Afghanistan, and Operation Iraqi Freedom II. HMH-466, based at MCAS Miramar, supports I Marine Expeditionary Force and the three West Coast Marine Expeditionary Units” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/466.html ).

Awards

· JOINT MERITORIOUS UNIT AWARD STREAMER - Somalia - 1992 - 1993

· NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER - Southwest Asia -               1990 – 1991 & 2003

· MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER - 1984 - 1986

· NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER with 1 bronze star

· ARMED FORCES EXPEDITIONARY STREAMER

· SOUTHWEST ASIA SERVICE STREAMER with three bronze stars

GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM EXPEDITIONARY STREAMER

In the past 25 years, the Wolfpack has participated in fourteen Marine Expeditionary Units, Special Operations Capable [MEU (SOC)] Deployments and has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Phoenix Award for outstanding maintenance (1987), the Fleet Marine Force Pacific (FMFPAC) Annual Aviation Safety Award (1986), the Mike Yunck Award for best overall squadron in the Third Marine Aircraft Wing (3d MAW) (1988, 1999, 2010), Meritorious Unit Citation (MUC) (1986), Navy and Marine Corps Unit Commendation (NUC) (1992, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009), Presidential Unit Citation (PUC) (2010), the Keith B. McCutcheon Award for Heavy Lift Squadron of the Year (1999, 2006, 2010), the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Aviation Safety Award (1999, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011)

HMH-466

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Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 772 (HMH-772) is a United States Marine Corps helicopter squadron consisting of CH-53E Super Stallion transport helicopters. The squadron, known as "Hustler" or "the Hustlers", is based at McGuire AFB, New Jersey and falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 49 (MAG-49) and the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing (4th MAW). Helicopter Transport Squadron 772(HMR-772) was activated on April 15, 1958 at the Marine Air Reserve Training Command, Willow Grove, Pennsylvania as part of the United States Marine Corps Reserve. The squadron was redesignated April 1, 1962 as Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 772(HMM-772) and re-assigned in February 1965 to Marine Aircraft Group 43 under the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing. During September 1970, the squadron moved from NAS Willow Grove, PA to NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey. The Following year, 1971, HMH-772 transitioned to the more capable CH-53A Sea Stallion Helicopter. Re-designated Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 772 on 1 September 1971, the squadron returned to NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 49. In Janurary of 1986, the squadron was asked to support the SAR effort following the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. The squadron was mobilized during February 1991 and deployed to New River, North Carolina. Element in support of Operation Desert Storm, Southwest Asia, March - April 1991. The squadron aircrew flew fourteen CH-53A aircraft across the country to join the 3rd MAW and awaited further orders to Okinawa, Japan. While in Okinawa with the 1st MAW the squadron transitioned to the CH-53D aircraft. From Okinawa the squadron embarked aboard the USS Midway (CV-41) and provided support for Operation Fiery Vigil, which was the evacuation of personnel from Republic of the Philippines after the volcano Mount erupted. During this time, the squadron also provided support for Operation Sea Angle the humanitarian relief operations in Bangladesh, May 1991. For these actions HMH-772 was awarded another Meritorious Unit Commendation. Elements participated in support of Operation Fiery Vigil, Philippines, June 1991. Demobilized during October 1991 and returned to Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. The Squadron returned to CONUS in November 1991, and was deactivated and reassigned back to the 4th MAW. After 9/11 HMH-772 was mobilized in support of the Global War on Terror and activated on January 27, 2002 and deployed to MCAS New River, where it was attached to HMM-263 and deployed in support of Operation Noble Eagle and Operation Enduring Freedom. Within two weeks of the activation the squadron relocated to MCAS New River, NC and was assigned to MAG-29 within the 2nd MAW. The squadron was given tasking to integrate with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Air Combat Element (ACE) HMM-263. At the completion of the workup cycle, HMH-772 had the distinction of being the first reserve squadron to receive the Special Operations Capable (SOC) designation. During the Gulf War, HMH-772 and its two detachments were mobilized and deployed to Saudi Arabia and the Philippines. While deployed in 2002, HMH-772(Det) provided heavy lift support for Operational Rehearsal Dynamic Response 2002 in Kosovo. After Kosovo the detachment then moved onto Djibouti and for the next 5 months provided support for the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA). After Djibouti the detachment rejoined the 24th MEU and provided support for Task Force Tarawa and the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The detachment was deployed overseas for 9 months and returned in May 2003. During 2008, Marine Reserve HMH squadrons were reorganized. HMH-769 was deactivated and on 30 September 2008, HMH-772 was reduced to a detachment-sized unit and redesignated HMH-772(-). On March 25, 2009 HMH-772(-) was mobilized to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. As part of the workup, HMH-772 broke down five CH-53E Super Stallions for Air Force C-5 and C-17 transport to Afghanistan. On April 30, 2009, approx. 100 Marines departed NAS JRB Willow Grove. These Marines joined with HMH-361(DET) at Kandahar Air Base. The remaining Marines arrived with the five CH-53E's throughout the month of May. In June of 2009, HMH-772(-)(REIN) part of MAG-40 moved to Camp Leatherneck in Helmond Province to begin supporting operation in the region. The "Hustlers" took part in Operation Strike of the Sword(Operation Khanjar), the largest movement of Marines since Vietnam War. HMH-772(-)(REIN) was the first unit to airlift the Marine Corps M777A2 Howitzer in combat. The howitzers were lifted from Fire Base Fiddler's Green and taken to FOB Golestan. After spending 8 months deployed, the "Hustlers" of HMH-772(-) returned to NAS JRB Willow Grove, PA in December 2009. They later de-mobilized on March 24th, 2010 and continue to provide support to the Fleet Marine Force. Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 772(-) officially moved from Naval Air Station Willow Grove, PA to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst(JB MDL) in March of 2011 and the Helicopters officially touched down at there new hanger located at 4401 Texas Avenue, Fort Dix, New Jersey on March 18, 2011. With the Marines arrival at the Joint Base, every branch of the Department of Defense, along with the U.S. Coast Guard, are represented at JB MDL” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/772.html;

http://www.marines.mil/unit/marforres/4thMAW/MAG49/HMH772/Pages/772history.aspx & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMH-772 ).

 

Awards

· National Defense Service streamer

· Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation streamer; Bangladesh

· Navy Unit Commendation streamer- 1991

· Meritorious Unit Commendation streamer - 1994 – 1995

Navy Unit Commendation streamer- 2002-2003

HMR-772

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In 1980, the three Marine Reserve Heavy Helicopter Squadrons (HMH-769,-772,-777) were reorganized and one large squadron was formed. HMH-769 was deactivated and redesignated HMH-772 Det A. Det A was activated during the Gulf War (1990-91) and served with MAG-26. After the end of hostilities, HMH-772 Det A embarked aboard USS Tarawa as the heavy-lift element of MAG-50. While part of MAG-50, the "Roadhogs" took part in Operation Sea Angel, the Bangladesh disaster relief operation. In 1993, the detachments were deactivated, and HMH-769 was reactivated. Activated 1 June 1980 by redesignation of HMH-769. Deactivated 1 April 1993 - resumed HMH-769 designation. This detachment served with MAG-50 during the Gulf War and participated in Operation "Sea Angel" in Bangladesh (1991)” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/772a.html ).

HMH-772 Det A

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HMH-772, Detachment B was formed 1 October 1980 when HMH-777 was deactivated. The unit was reformed as a detachment of HMH-772, which was based in Willow Grove, PA. For the next thirteen years, the detachment and its CH-53As, and later CH-53Ds, supported the 4th Marine Air Wing and other Marine Reserve units, including a 5-month deployment to Okinawa in 1991. In 1993, the Reserve heavy-lift squadrons were realigned, and both HMH-772 detachments were deactivated. Det A was reactivated as HMH-769, but HMH-777 was not reactivated.  Formed 1 June 1980 by redesignation of HMH-777. Deactivated 1 April 1993” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/772b.html ).

HMH-772 Det B

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Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 769 (HMH-769) was a United States Marine Corps CH-53E helicopter squadron. Nicknamed the "Titan", the squadron was based at Edwards Air Force Base, California and fell under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 46 (MAG-46) and the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing (4th MAW). “Due to a re-organization within Marine aviation, the squadron's assets were redistributed throughout the fleet and was deactivated on August 2, 2008. The Marine Aircraft Group 46 Detachment Bravo is scheduled to deactivate its Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 769 in the late summer as part of the 2007 Marine Corps Aviation Plan. The aviation plan is a consolidated action plan that provides an overview of Marine aviation total force organization, aviation readiness and planned organization aircraft and equipment transitions over the next 10-year period. "Ultimately, they are going to make a smaller force that will provide the same mission but less aircraft and people," said Sgt. Maj. Michael Brookman, MAG 46 Det. B's highest enlisted Marine. "They are trying to get the aircraft either to the active forces or to the retirement yard." 
MAG 46 Det. B includes HMH-769 and Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 764. HMH-769 is responsible for CH-53E Super Stallion transport helicopters, while HMH-764 manages CH-46E Sea Knight transport helicopters. HMH-769 is scheduled to ship out its CH-53 helicopters gradually, said Lt. Col. Thomas McCarthy, MAG 46 Det. B commanding officer. About 65 reservists and 90 active-duty Marines within the squadron will be impacted by the deactivation. "The (squadron has) already started moving some of its aircraft," Colonel McCarthy said. "By the end of July, all of the CH-53 aircraft will be gone from Edwards." The MAG 46 Det. B will be focusing on helping HMH-769 with its equipment and personnel during August and September time frame, he said. "As far as the active-duty Marines, they will begin to move this summer wherever they are needed," Colonel McCarthy said. "Some of them have already moved, and we are not receiving replacements." This is just another permanent change of station move for the active-duty Marines, he said. The ones who are impacted the most with this transition are the reservists. For the Marine reservists, some will be transferred to the HMH-764 squadron, Colonel McCarthy said. They also have the option to get out of the Reserves, find another military occupational specialty or transfer to another unit. Meanwhile, MAG 46 Det. B here will continue to perform its function, Sergeant Major Brookman said. "The Detachment Bravo's mission is to provide administration and supply support," he said. "We still have one squadron here, so our role is not going to change." The HMH-769 deactivation will also mean a reduction of people within the detachment since they will be only be focusing on HMH-764, Sergeant Major Brookman said. "Hopefully, this is going to be a smooth process," he said. "We have been planning this deactivation for about a year now. It is a lot of work to get from today until the HMH-769 deactivates." Due to a re-organization within
Marine aviation, the squadron's assets were redistributed throughout the fleet and was deactivated on August 2, 2008. Marine HMH-769 squadron begins deactivation process. Posted 1/24/2008 - By Senior Airman Julius Delos Reyes - 95th Air Base Wing Public Affairs, EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. ).

http://www.edwards.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123083431

“HMH-777 originally activated in 1959 as HMR-777. The squadron, the second to be formed at Dallas, was also the last Reserve helicopter squadron to be activated. In April 1962, the squadron was redesignated HMM-777. Later that year the Marine Aviation Reserve Training Command was reorganized and several squadrons were deactivated, including the other Dallas-based squadron HMM-762, which was absorbed by HMM-777. In 1971, the squadron traded in its aging UH-34Ds for the CH-53A, and was redesignated HMH-777. In 1980, HMH-777 fell victim to another round of budget cuts and was deactivated. The squadron personnel and aircraft formed” Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/777.html & MARINE HEAVY HELICOPTER SQUADRON 772, Detachment B).

HMR-777     HMM-777    HMH-777

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References include List of active United States Marine Corps aircraft squadrons at Wikipedia; others and navy web sites all linked herto.

 

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