Part I of VII – U.S. Marine Aircraft Groups

Part II of VII – HMX – HMT – MALS

Part III of VII – HMM

Part IV of VII – HMH

Part V of VII – HMR – HML – HMLA – HMLAT – HMMT

Part VI of VII – VMM – HX / MX / VMX – VMMT – VMAT – VMFAT – VMGR – VMR

Part VII of VII – HMA / VMO – VMU

 

 

Marine Light Helicopter Squadron

 

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HMR/HMM/HML-765

HMR/HMM/HML-767

HMR/HMM/HML-770

HMR/HMM/HML-765

Tail Code:

5H 1958 (MARTD Miami); 6F 1958-68 (MARTD Jacksonville); 5B 1968-72 (MARTD Atlanta); MR 1972-76

Aircraft:

HUP-2 (UH-25B); HSS/HUS S(H34G, J/UH-34D); UH-1E

Deactivated 30 June 1976

 

HMR/HMM/HML-767

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Tail Code:

7X 1958-68*; 5X 1968-72*; MM 1972-94   *Station Code: 7X/5X - New Orleans, LA

Aircraft:

HSS (SH-34);

HUP (UH-25); CH-46A/D; UH-1E/N

Activated 15 Sep 1958

Deactivated 1 Aug 1994

HMR/HMM/HML-770

HML-770 (8K)

Tail Code:

7T 1958-70*;

5T 1970-72*;

MN 1972-80/81
* Station Code: 7T - Seattle/Whidbey Island, WA; 5T Whidbey Island, WA

Aircraft:

HSS-1/-1N (SH-34G/J); HUP-2 (UH-25B); UH-34D; CH-46A/D; UH-1N

15 April 1958
Deactivated 1980/81

HMR/HMM/HML-771

HMR/HMM/HML-776

 

HMR/HMM/HML-771

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Hummers

Tail Code: 7Z 1958-70*; 5Z 1970-72*; QK 1972-94
* Station Code: 7W/5W - South Weymouth, MA

Aircraft: HUP-2/UH-25B; HSS-1,-1N/SH-34G/J; HUS-1/UH-34D; UH-1E/N

Activated 15 April 1958

Deactivated 10 July 1994 (officially deactivated 1 August 1994).

HMR/HMM/HML-776

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Gangsters

Tail Code:

7V* 1959-68; 5V* 1968-72; QL 1972-94
* Station Code: 7V/5V Glenview, IL

Aircraft:

HUP(UH-25); UH-34D; UH-1E/N

in 1959

Deactivated 1 July 1994

 

“HML-765 was activated 15 April 1958 at MCAS Miami, Florida. With the closure of that base, the squadron relocated to Jacksonville, its home for the next ten years. In 1968, HMM-765 was again relocated, this time to Atlanta, Georgia. The squadron would be here until deactivation in 1976. During 1971 the squadron traded in its UH-34Ds for the UH-1E and was redesignated HML-765. HML-765 was deactivated in 1976 to make room for VMO-4 and HMA-773. Its personnel were used to form HMA-773. Activated 15 April 1958 at Miami, FL, as MARINE HELICOPTER TRANSPORT SQUADRON 765 (HMR-765). Redesignated 1 April 1962 as MARINE MEDIUM HELICOPTER SQUADRON 765 (HMM-765). Redesignated 1971 as MARINE LIGHT HELICOPTER SQUADRON 765 (HML-765). Deactivated 30 June 1976 at Atlanta, GA.” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/765.html ).

“In 1990, after 32 years of home service with the Marine Corps Reserve, HML-767 was activated and attached to MAG-26 for service in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. In 1994 HML-767 was deactivated and reorganized to form HMLA-775, Detachment A. Activated 15 September 1958 at New Orleans, LA, as MARINE HELICOPTER TRANSPORT SQUADRON 767 (HMR-767). Redesignated 1 April 1962 as MARINE MEDIUM HELICOPTER SQUADRON 767 (HMM-767).Redesignated 15 December 1977 as MARINE LIGHT HELICOPTER SQUADRON 767 (HML-767). Deactivated 1 August 1994” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/767.html ).

 

Awards

 

· MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER with 1 bronze star

· NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER

                       

 HMR-767         HMM-767      HML-767

 

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HML-770 was originally activated on 15 April 1958 at NAS Seattle, Washington as Marine Helicopter Transport Squadron 770 (HMR-770). HMR-770 had no aircraft of its own, but had to use the Naval Reserve HSS-1 (SH-34G), HSS-1N (SH-34J), and HUP-2 (UH-25B) helicopters on base. HMR-770 was redesignated 1 April 1962, becoming Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 770 (HMM-770). HMM-770 began operating its own UH-34D "Sea Horses" during 1968. HMM-770 relocated to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, during November 1970. During 1971, HMM-770 began flying CH-46A/D "Sea Knights". HMM-770 began receiving UH-1N "Hueys" during 1977, and was officially redesignated Marine Light Helicopter Squadron 770 on 15 September 1977. HML-770 deactivated some time in 1980. The exact date is unknown to HQMC, as the squadron stopped submitting operational records in December 1979. Activated 15 April 1958 at Seattle, Washington, as Marine Helicopter Transport Squadron 770 (HMR-770). Assigned during November 1960 to Marine Air Reserve Training Detachment, Marine Air Reserve Training Command, Naval Air Station Seattle.  Redesignated 1 April 1962 as Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 770 (HMM-770). Relocated during May 1970 to Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor, Washington and reassigned to Marine Air Reserve Training Detachment, Marine Air Reserve Training Command, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Redesignated 15 September 1977 as Marine Light Helicopter Squadron 770 (HML-770).
Deactivated 1980/81” (Ref.
http://hma1369.tripod.com/770.html ).

 

HMR-770    HMM-770        HML-770

 

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Activated 15 April 1958 at Naval Air Station, South Weymouth, Massachusetts, as Marine Helicopter Transport Squadron 771, Marine Air Reserve Training Detachment, Marine Air Reserve Command. Redesignated 1 April 1962 as Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 771, Marine Air Reserve Training Detachment, Marine Air Reserve Command. Redesignated 1 September 1971 as Marine Light Helicopter Squadron 771, Marine Air Reserve Training Detachment, Marine Air Reserve Command. Reassigned during October 1979 to Marine Aircraft Group 49 Detachment, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Naval Air Station, South Weymouth, Massachusetts.
Marine Aircraft Group 49 Detachment redesignated 1 January 1980 as Marine Aircraft Group 49 Detachment A, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Naval Air Station, South Weymouth, Massachusetts. Deactivated 10 July 1994 (officially deactivated 1 August 1994)” (Ref.
http://hma1369.tripod.com/771.html ).

 

Awards

 

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

· NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER

    

     HMR-771        HMM-771                           HML-771

                                                            Official version      Unofficial Patch

 

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“HML-776 was originally activated at Glenview, Illinois, in 1959, as Marine Helicopter Transport Squadron 776 (HMR-776). HMR-776 was the second helicopter squadron to form at Glenview; HMR-763 had been activated in April 1958. In April 1962, the squadron was redesignated HMM-776. Later that year, HMM-763 was deactivated and its personnel assigned to HMM-776. Another change in designation took place in 1972 when the squadron traded in its UH-34Ds for UH-1Es, and became HML-776. In 1990, HML-776 was called to active duty in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and was deployed to Okinawa. In 1991, while assigned to MAG-36, HML-776 was sent to the Philippines to assist in relief operations following the eruption of Mount Pinautubo. HML-776 returned to Glenview in 1991. In 1994, as part of the reorganization of Reserve units, HML-776 was deactivated. The squadron personnel and aircraft were transferred to Willow Grove, PA, and formed HMLA-773 Det A. Activated 1 April 1959 at Glenview, Illinois, as Marine Helicopter Transport Squadron 776, US Marine Corps Reserve. Redesignated 1 April 1962 as Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 776. Assigned during September 1962 to Marine Aircraft Group 44, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing. Reassigned 1 February to Marine Aircraft Group 46. Redesignated July 1972 as Marine Light Helicopter Squadron 776. Reassigned during January 1979 to Marine Air Control Group 48. Mobilized during January 1991 in support of Operation Desert Storm. Deployed during February 1991 to Camp Pendleton, California. Redeployed during March 1991 to Cubi Point, Republic of the Philippines, and assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. Participated in Operation Fiery Vigil during June 1991. Redeployed to Glenview, Illinois during October 1991.Demobilized during December 1991, and reassigned to Marine Air Control Group 48, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing. Deactivated 1 July 1994” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/776.html ).

 

Awards

 

· NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER - Southwest Asia1990 - 1991

· MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER with one bronze star

· NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER

 

HMR-776         HMM-776      HML-776

 

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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 Light Attack Helicopter Squadrons

 

“The Marine Corps’ light attack squadrons are composite squadrons usually made up of 18 AH-1W Cobras and 9 UH-1N Hueys. The primary missions of the Cobra is close air support, forward air control, reconnaissance and armed escort,[21] while the Huey provides airborne command and control, utility support, supporting arms coordination and medical evacuation.[22] Both airframes are due to be upgraded as part of the H-1 upgrade program which will see them get greater power, improved avionics and an 85% commonality of parts. When the aircraft are upgraded, they will have the new nomenclatures AH-1Z[23] and UH-1Y.[24][25] Due to the need for more light attack squadrons, the Marine Corps began adding new squadrons in 2008.[26] HMLA-467 and HMLA-469 activated recently,[10] while HMLA-567 is due to activate in 2011” (Ref. 21 to 26 of List of active United States Marine Corps aircraft squadrons – Wikipedia & Navy web site).

 

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HMLA-167 / HMLA-167

HMLA-169 / HMLA-169

HMLA-267 / HMLA-267

HMLA-167

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Warriors

"Checkmates"

Tail code: TV 1968

Aircraft:

UH-1E/N/Y; AH-1T/W

MAG-26, 2nd MAW

MCAS New River, NC

Comm. 1 Apr. 1968 –

Present

 

HMLA-169

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Vipers

Tailcode: SN

Aircraft:

AH-1G/J/T/W; UH-1N/Y

MAG-39, 3rd MAW

MCAS Camp Pendleton, CA

Comm. 30 Sep. 1971 –

Present

 

HMLA-267

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Stingers

"Black Aces"

Tail Code: UV 1966

Aircraft:

OY-1 (WW2); UH-1E/N, OV-10A, AH-1W

MAG-39, 3rd MAW

MCAS Camp Pendleton, CA

Comm. 15 Feb. 1944 –

Present

HMLA-269 / HMLA-269

HMLA-367 / HMLA-367

HMLA-369 / HMLA-369

HMLA-269

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Gunrunners

"Sea Cobras"

Tail Code: HF 1971

Aircraft:

AH-1J/T/W; UH-1N

MAG-29, 2nd MAW

MCAS New River, NC

Comm. 22 Feb. 1971 –

Present

HMLA-367

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Scarface

MAG-39, 3rd MAW

MCAS Camp Pendleton, CA

Comm. 1 Dec. 1943 –

Present

 

HMLA-369

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Gunfighters

MAG-39, 3rd MAW

MCAS Camp Pendleton, CA

Comm. 1 Apr. 1972 –

Present

 

 

HMLA-467 / HMLA-467

HMLA-469 / HMLA-469

HMLA-567 / HMLA-567

HMLA-467

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Sabers

Tailcode: CA

Aircraft: AH-1W; UH-1N

MAG-29, 2nd MAW

MCAS Cherry Point, NC

Comm. 1 Oct. 2008 –

Present

HMLA-469

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Vengeance

MAG-39, 3rd MAW

MCAS Camp Pendleton, CA

Comm. 30 June 2009 –

Present

 

HMLA-567 / HMLA-567

Not Activated

HMLA-773 / HMLA-773

HMLA-773, Det. A

HMLA-773 Det B

HMR-773 / HMM-773        HMA-773 / HMLA-773 /

HMR / HMM / HMA / HMLA-773

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Red Dog

"Sea Cobras"
Tail Code:

7Y 1958-62*; 7L 1968;

5L 1968-69*, 71-72;

MP 1972
* Station Codes: 7Y - Grosse Ile, MI; 7L - Los Alamitos; 5L - Los Alamitos/El Toro, CA
Aircraft:

HSS (SH-34); UH-34D; AH-1G/J/W; UH-1N

MAG-49, 4th MAW

Robins AFB, GA[

Comm. June 1968 –

Present

Detachment A
HMLA-773, Det. A

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Red Dogs

Tail Code:

WG 1997-2000; MM 2000
Aircraft: AH-1W; UH-1N

 

Detachment B
HMLA-773 Det B

773 (4K)

Red Dogs

Tail Code: WG (2008)

Aircraft: AH-1W; UH-1N

HMLA-775 / HMLA-775

 

 

HMR / HMM / HMA / HMLA

HMLA-775 / HMLA-775 in Iraq (Unofficial site)

HMLA-775

AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopters and UH-1N Huey utility helicopter

"Coyotes"

Tail Code:

7H 1958-59*; 7W 1959-62*; WP 1987-2008
* Station Code: 7H - Niagara Falls, NY; 7W - Willow Grove, PA

Aircraft:

HSS-1/SH-34; AH-1J/W; UH-1N

Activated 2 Sep 1958

Deactivated 6 Sep 2008 at Camp Pendleton, CA

 

 

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167 (HMLA-167) is a United States Marine Corps helicopter squadron consisting of AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopters and UH-1N Huey utility helicopters. Known as the "Warriors", they are based at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina and fall under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 29 (MAG-29) and the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (2nd MAW).

 

“The "Warriors" trace their ancestry back to HML-167, the only Marine helicopter squadron formed in a combat zone (HML-367 was activated earlier, but was a redesignation of an existing squadron). Activated 1 April 1968 at Marble Mountain Air Facility, Republic of Vietnam, as Marine Light Helicopter Squadron 167 and assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 16, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. The squadron operated a mix of armed and unarmed UH-1Es from 1968 until the squadron stood down in May 1971. Two of the squadron's aircraft were the last Marine helicopters to leave Vietnam. The squadron then relocated to MCAS New River, NC. The first UH-1Ns began to replace the E models in June 1971. Participated in the war in Vietnam, April 1968 - June 1971, operating from Marble Mountain. Relocated during June 1971 to New River, North Carolina, and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 26, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing. Reassigned during May 1972 to Marine Aircraft Group 29. Participated in numerous training exercises throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s. In the 1980s, after more than 20 years of operating the UH-1, the squadron added the AH-1T "Sea Cobra" and became HML/A-167. Since Vietnam, HML/A-167 has made numerous deployments to the Mediterranean and Middle East, as part of the East Coast-based MEUs. Reassigned during July 1983 to Marine AIrcraft Group 26. Elements participated in the landings on Grenada - Carriacou, October - November 1983. Elements participated as part of the Multinational Peace-Keeping Force in Lebanon, February 1983 - February 1984. Redesignated 1 April 1986 as Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167 In 1988, the Warriors deplyed to Persian Gulf as Air Combat Element of CMAGTF 2-88 and were involved in Operation Praying Mantis, the destruction of Iranian naval craft and fortified oil platforms. One AH-1T was lost with its crew. During Operation Desert Shield/Storm, the Warriors did not deploy to Kuwait or Iraq, but furnished aircraft and personnel to deployed MEUs. HML/A-167 has deployed to Iraq and to Afghanistan in support of the War on Terror. During 2011, the Warrior's became the first East Coast HMLA to receive the UH-1Y. During 2004 participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/167.html ).

 

Awards

 

· JOINT MERITORIOUS UNIT AWARD STREAMER - Persian Gulf – 1988

· NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER with two bronze stars Vietnam – 1969; 1971 & 1990

· MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER with two bronze stars – Vietnam – 1968; 1970 & 1971

· NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER with 2 bronze stars

· VIETNAM SERVICE STREAMER with one silver and four bronze stars

· GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM EXPEDITIONARY STREAMER

· VIETNAM CROSS of GALLANTRY STREAMER with PALM

· VIETNAM MERITORIOUS UNIT CITATION - CIVIL ACTIONS STREAMER

 

                                 HML-167                                          HML/A-167

 

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Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 (HMLA-169) is a United States Marine Corps helicopter squadron consisting of AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopters and UH-1Y Huey utility helicopters. The squadron 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).

 

“Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 was activated 30 September 1971 at MCALF Camp Pendleton, CA, as Marine Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 (HMA-169), and assigned to Detachment, MAG-16. Unlike the other two Active Force HMAs, HMA-169 was initially equipped with the AH-1G "Huey Cobra" and did not transition to the AH-1J "Sea Cobra" until 1974. Reassigned during September 1978 to Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, FMFPac. In 1984 the squadron became the first HMA to operate the AH-1T. Redesignated 1 October 1986 as Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 During 1977, HMA-169 began supplying detachments to deployed West Coast Marine Amphibious Units. In 1988, one of these detchments was deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation "Earnest Will". In 1986 HMA-169 reorganized as as composite squadron operating a mix of AH-1Ts and UH-1Ns, and was redesignated HMLA-169. HMLA-169, now operating the AH-1W "Super Cobra", deployed to the Persian Gulf again in 1991 and participated during January - April 1991 in Operations "Desert Shield" and "Desert Storm." Participated in Operation "Sea Angel" in Bangladesh, during May 1991. Participated in combat operations in Iraq (operation "Iraqi Freedom", 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009. Participated in combat operations in Afghanistan (Operation "Enduring Freedom", 2010 and 2011. Initially, the squadron was based aboard USS Tarawa, but moved ashore later. Following the end of hostilities, HMLA-169 participated in the Bangladesh Flood relief operations (Sea Angel). In recent years, HMLA-169 supported Marine operations throughout the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The Vipers have also participated in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. During 2011, the squadron replaced its UH-1Ns with the UH-1Y "Venom” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/169.html ).

 

Awards

 

· Presidential Unit Citation streamer - Iraq 2003

· Joint Meritorious Unit Award streamer - Bangladesh 1991

· Navy Unit Commendation streamer with 1 silver star

· Meritorious Unit Commendation streamer with 3 bronze stars.

· National Defense Service streamer with 2 bronze stars

· Armed Forces Expeditionary streamer

· South-West Asia Campaign streamer with 3 bronze stars

· Iraq Campaign streamer with _ bronze stars.

· Afghanistan Campaign streamer with 1 bronze star

· Global War on Terror Expeditionary streamer

 

HMA-169                                                HMLA-169

 

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HMLA-169

 

 

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Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267 (HMLA-267) is a United States Marine Corps helicopter squadron consisting of AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters and UH-1Y Huey utility helicopters. The squadron is based at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 39 (MAG-39) and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (3rd MAW).

 

“Activated 15 February 1944 at Quantico, VA, as Marine Observation Squadron 5. Participated in battle for Iwo Jima Deactivated 31 January 1946 at San Diego, CA. HMLA-267 began its history during WW2 when it was activated as VMO-5. After training at Quantico, San Diego, and Hawaii, VMO-5 headed for the western Pacific area to take part in the battle for Iwo Jima. After the war's end VMO-5 deployed to Japan for a brief period of occupation duty before returning to the US and deactivation in 1946. During December 1966, the UH-1E training unit at Camp Pendleton, Sub Unit 1, H&MS-30 was deactivate and VMO-5 was reactivated as a temporary wartime-only squadron. VMO-5 added the OV-10A to its inventory in 1968. March 1968 brought another change in title, with the squadron becoming HML-267. The OV-10s were transferred to VMO-2 in 1971. In 1975 the squadron began transitioning to the new UH-1N, which it still operates. The squadron added AH-1Ws, becoming HMLA-267 in 1987. During the first Gulf War (1990-91) HMLA-267 did not deploy as a squadron, but a detachment served with a Marine Expeditionary Unit in the Arabian Sea area. The "Stingers" have deployed to Kuwait and Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/267.html ).

 

Awards

 

· PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION STREAMER - IRAQ – 2003

· NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER with one bronze star

· MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER with three bronze stars

· ASIATIC-PACIFIC CAMPAIGN STEAMER with one bronze star

· WORLD WAR II VICTORY

· NAVY OCCUPATION SERVICE STREAMER with "ASIA" clasp

· NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER with 2 bronze stars

· ARMED FORCES EXPEDITIONARY STREAMER

· GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM EXPEDITIONARY STREAMER

· GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM SERVICE STREAMER

              

       1944-46                                                      1966-68

        VMO-5             VMO-5                  HML-267     HMLA-267

 

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Operation Iraqi Freedom

 

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Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 269 (HMLA-269) is a United States Marine Corps helicopter squadron consisting of AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopters and UH-1N Huey utility helicopters. Also known as "The Gunrunners", the squadron is based at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina and falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 29 (MAG-29) and the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (2nd MAW).

              

“Activated 1 July 1971 at New River, NC, as MARINE ATTACK HELICOPTER SQUADRON 269 (HMA-269). Redesignated 1986 as MARINE LIGHT ATTACK HELICOPTER SQUADRON 269 (HML/A-269). Organized as the first USMC Attack Helicopter squadron, HML/A-269 has served in the Mediterranean, Lebanon and the Gulf War (ashore and afloat). During Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003), the squadron flew missions in support of I MEF. Detachments have deployed with MEUs to the Balkans. Like sister squadron HML/A-167, HML/A-269 persists in using the "Light/Attack" designation” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/269.html ).

              

· Awards

              

· PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION Iraq – 2003

· NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER with 1 bronze star

· MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER with 2 bronze stars

· NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER with 2 bronze stars

· SOUTHWEST ASIA SERVICE STREAMER with 3? bronze stars

· GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM EXPEDITIONARY STREAMER

GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM SERVICE STREAMER

    HMA-269                                 HML/A-269                  "Lawman" Iraq 2009

 

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“Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 (HMLA-367) is a United States Marine Corps helicopter squadron consisting of AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopters, AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters and UH-1Y Venom utility helicopters. The squadron 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). The squadron is due to relocate to Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii in 2012” (Ref. FY 10 Marine Aviation Plan).

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 (HMLA-369) is a United States Marine Corps helicopter squadron consisting of AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopters and UH-1Y Huey utility helicopters. The squadron, also known as the "Gunfighters", 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).

              

“The "Gunfighters" were the first Marine squadron on the scene during the Gulf War, and later participated in peacekeeping operations in Somalia. H&MS-36 Sub Unit 1 redesignated 1 April 1972 as Marine Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 at Futenma, Okinawa, as Marine Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 and assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. Deployed during June 1972 - January 1973 in Far Eastern waters with the Seventh Fleet. In 1972, during Operation Marhuk (MARine HUNter Killer), HMA-369 became the first Marine Corps helicopter squadron to conduct offensive operations against an enemy and participated in the Southeast Asia evacuations, Vietnam, April 1975. Relocated during April 1977 to Camp Pendleton, California, and reassigned to Detachment Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing. Reassigned during July - August 1978 to Marine Aircraft Group 39. HMA-369 participated in numerous training exercises throughout the 1970s and 1980s and participated in the Unit Deployment Program between the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing on Okinawa and the 3d Marine Aircraft Wing in the United States during the 1980s. HMA-369 redesignated 15 September 1987 as Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369. HMLA-369 participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Southwest Asia, August 1990 - March 1991 and in Operation Restore Hope, Somalia,
December 1992 - April 1993. During 2003, HMLA-369 deployed with MAG-39 in support
of Operation Iraqi Freedom” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/369.html ).

              

· Awards

              

· PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION - Iraq – 2003

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

· NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER with 4 bronze stars Vietnam - 1972; 1973 & 1975 - Southwest Asia - 1990 - 1991; 1993 & 2002 - 2003

· MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER - 1986 - 1988

· NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER with 2 bronze star

· ARMED FORCES EXPEDITIONARY STREAMER with 1 bronze star

· VIETNAM SERVICE STREAMER with 1 bronze star

· SOUTHWEST ASIA SERVICE STREAMER with 2 bronze stars

· GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM EXPEDITIONARY STREAMER

              

                                                             HMA-369                   Operation MARHUK

 

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“Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 467 (HMLA-467) is a United States Marine Corps helicopter squadron consisting of AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopters and UH-1N Twin Huey utility helicopters. The squadron, nicknamed the "Sabers", is based at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina and falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 29 (MAG-29) and the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (2nd MAW). The squadron's aircraft markings are grey & white stripes on the aircraft tail to replicate the tail markings on a Diamondback Rattlesnake and the markings on the lighthouses in North Carolina. The stand-up of HMLA-467 is part of the Commandant’s plan to “grow the force” to better meet the demands of the Long War and the complexities of an evolving global threat.[2] ” (Ref. LCpl Payne, Doug M. (30 October 2008). "New Cobra, Huey Squadron Stands Up". The Windsock (United States Marine Corps): pp. p1. Retrieved 2008-11-02; Barton, Mike (2008-07-10). "Helicopters bring new training to MCAS Cherry Point". United States Marine Corps. Archived from the original on 2008-07-14. Retrieved 2008-07-13 and LtGen John Castellaw (2007) (PDF). 2007 Marine Aviation Plan. Headquarters Marine Corps. Archived from the original on 2008-06-25. Retrieved 2008-07-13).

              

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 467 was activated 1 October 2008, at MCAS Cherry Point, NC, and assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 29 (MAG-29), 2d Marine Aircraft Wing (2d MAW). Since activating, the squadron has participated in various training exercises, and has supplied detachments to the East-Coast MEUs” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/467.html ).

              

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Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 (HMLA-469) is a United States Marine Corps helicopter squadron consisting of AH-1W Cobra attack helicopters and UH-1Y Venom utility helicopters. The squadron 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). The squadron was activated on June 30, 2009. The stand-up of HMLA-469 is part of the Commandant’s plan to “grow the force” to better meet the demands of the War on Terror and the complexities of an evolving global threat” (Ref. LtGen John Castellaw (2007) (PDF). 2007 Marine Aviation Plan. Headquarters Marine Corps” (Ref.

http://hma1369.tripod.com/567.html ).

 

HMLA-469

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 (HMLA-567) was to have activated in FY2011 as the ninth HMLA squadron in the Active forces, however, it appears that as of February 2011, activation has been cancelled” (Ref.

 http://hma1369.tripod.com/567.html ).

 

HMLA-567

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 773 (HMLA-773) is a United States Marine Corps helicopter squadron consisting of AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopters and UH-1N Huey utility helicopters. The squadron is based at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia and falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 49 (MAG-49) and the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing (4th MAW). Due to re-organization within Marine aviation, the squadron relocated to Robins Air Force Base, Georgia on June 23, 2010” (Ref. Thomas L. Day (2010). Marines introduce themselves to Warner Robins community.. The Sun News).

 

HMLA-773 has had a long and varied career since its activation 2 September 1958 at Grosse Ile, MI, as MARINE HELICOPTER TRANSPORT SQUADRON 773 (HMR-773). The squadron was redesignated Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 765 (HMM-765) 1 April 1962 as MARINE MEDIUM HELICOPTER SQUADRON 773 (HMM-773), then deactivated in September. Deactivated 31 August 1962. A new HMM-773 was formed at Los Alamitos, CA, from HMM-764, Wing B; arriving at Naval Air Station Atlanta with 7 officers, 12 enlisted men, and a single Sikorsky UH-34D helicopter on 15 April 1968. After existing for 16 months, the squadron was again deactivated and its personnel returned to HMM-764 on 31 August 1969. The squadron grew rapidly from this inauspicious beginning and in July of 1971 transitioned from the venerable UH-34 to the bell UH-1E "Huey" utility/gunship. The Squadron was re-designated Marine Light Helicopter Squadron-765 (HML-765) and reactivated 1 September 1971 at El Toro, CA, as MARINE ATTACK HELICOPTER SQUADRON 773 (HMA-773). During this period, HML-765 was the lone Marine Helicopter Squadron selected to retain the gunship mission. HMA-773 relocated to Atlanta, GA in 1976. On 1 July 1976 the Squadron received its first single-engine AH-1G "Cobra" (now on static display in Warner Robins) and the Squadron was re-designated Marine Attack Helicopter Squadron 773 (HMA-773). In late 1978, HMA-773 transitioned to the twin engine AH-1J "Sea Cobra" which they operated for the next fourteen years. Throughout the 1980's, HMA-773 refined its war fighting skills through a myriad of training and operational exercises. In 1990, HMA-773 was placed on active status and deployed to the Persian Gulf with MAG-50. Following the Gulf War, the squadron was reorganized and became a Light Attack Helicopter Squadron, equipped with the AH-1W "Super Cobra" and the UH-1N "Huey". As part of the Global War on Terrorism, HMLA-773 has been activated and has deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In November 1990 the Citizen-Marines of HMA-773 comprised the first reserve helicopter squadron to be activated and deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operations Desert Shield/Storm. While embarked aboard the USS New Orleans and USS Tripoli, the squadron distinguished itself with mine sweeping escort and combat missions during the war. In recognition of their exemplary performance during combat, HMA-773 received the Navy Unit Commendation. In the fall of 1992, the squadron received eight, state of the art AH-1W "Super Cobras". With only a short time to transition to this radically improved weapons platform, HMA-773 embarked on an accelerated training regimen for all pilots and maintenance personnel in order to support two back to back regimental level Enhanced Combined Arms Exercises (ECAX's) at Marine Air Ground Combat Center Twenty-nine Palms, CA. In November of 1993, HMA-773 began receiving UH-1Ns and personnel from other disestablished units. Redesignated October 1994 as MARINE LIGHT ATTACK HELICOPTER SQUADRON 773 (HMLA-773), reorganized and re-equipped with the addition of the UH-1N utility helicopter, pilots, and personnel from HML-776, NAS Glenview, IL. Having re-designated as Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 773, the squadron now mirrored the active duty HMLA structure and enabled rapid total force integration for current and future combat and contingency operations. Since reorganizing, the "Red Dogs" of HMLA-773 have deployed on numerous counter narcotic operations throughout the United States, the Caribbean, and the West Indies. In May 1995 the Squadron deployed to the island nation of Antigua for the first in a series of "Weed Eater" Counter narcotics missions. The squadron further developed it’s eradication tactics on the islands of St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, Trinidad-Tobago, Grenada, and Nassau, Bahamas. HMLA-773 counter-narcotics missions in the United States have included joint operations with the Army, Coast Guard and several US Law Enforcement Agencies in Kingsville, TX; El Paso, TX; Naco, AZ; London, KY; West Palm Beach, FL; and El Centro, CA. In the space of two years, the Red Dogs aided in the destruction of over $20 billion worth of illegal narcotics. Proving one of the Marine Corps mottos, "in any clime and place," in March 2002, the Red Dogs deployed with two Cobras, two Huey's, and 60 Marines and Sailors to Lundamo, Norway. Participating in "Operation Battle Griffin,"" the Red Dogs took part in the second phase of NATO exercise Strong Resolve 2002. During Battle Griffin, HMLA-773 was the only Reserve unit to participate and demonstrated the unit’s ability to rapidly integrate with Active components and NATO allies. In 2002, HMLA-773 and HMLA-773 Det A based at NAS Belle Chasse, LA, combined in order to form one complete HMLA squadron that was capable of fulfilling any assigned HMLA mission in the Marine Corps. The current squadron organization is structured to maintain 2/3 of the squadron at NAS Atlanta and 1/3 of the squadron at NAS Belle Chasse. Following the September 11, 2001, attack on the United States, HMLA-773 postured for participation in the Global War on Terror. The Squadron focused on preparations for combat operations in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Training has continued with an emphasis on desert and mountain combat techniques. In October 2003 HMLA-773 answered the nation's call. The squadron activated and deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan, for further deployment along the international border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Since Oct 03, the Red Dogs have flown combat missions in support of Combined Joint Task Force 180/76 in order to ensure stability and engage the enemy at every opportunity. In addition, the Red Dogs instituted Operation Red Dog, in which the Marines and Sailors of the unit gathered school supplies and other humanitarian items and distributed them to the local population. The squadron deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom amassed over 10,000 mishap free combat flight hours over an 18 month deployment which ended in April of 2005. As a true testament to the professionalism and selfless dedication to duty, HMLA-773 was recognized as the Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron of the Year for 2005 and 2007 by the Marine Corps Aviation Association. Today HMLA-773 stands ready to operate in any environment.  Its historical success in combat operations and counter narcotics highlights the squadron’s flexibility, adaptability, and the stamina of its Marines. The Marines and Sailors of HMLA-773 proudly serve our nation in peace and war” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/773.html; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMLA-773 & http://www.marines.mil/unit/marforres/4thMAW/MAG49/HMLA773/Pages/773HISTORY.aspx ).

 

Awards

 

· NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER

· NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER

· GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM EXPEDITIONARY STREAMER

· SOUTHWEST ASIA SERVICE STREAMER with 2 bronze stars

 

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HMLA-773 Detachment A was activated at Willow Grove, PA in 1997. During 2003 the squadron moved to New Orleans, exchanging bases, aircraft and personnel with HMLA-775 Det A. The detachment has been activated in support of the current Global War on Terror. Activated 10 September 1997 at Willow Grove, PA, as Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 773, Detachment A (HMLA-773 Det. A). HMLA-773 Det A. (Willow Grove, PA) and HMLA-775 Det A. (Belle Chasse, LA) swapped designations (FY2000) in realignment of USMCR aviation assets” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/773a.html ).

 

Awards

 

· NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER

 

HMLA-773 Det A

 

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“With the deactivation of parent-squadron HMLA-775, that squadron's Detachment A was reassigned to HMLA-773, and redesignated as HMLA-773 Detachment B. Formed 8 Sept 2008 by redesignation of HMLA-775, Detachment A” (Ref.

http://hma1369.tripod.com/773b.html ).

 

HMLA-773 Det B

 

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Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 775 (HMLA-775) was a reserve United States Marine Corps helicopter squadron consisting of AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopters and UH-1N Huey utility helicopters. The squadron was based at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California and fell under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 46 (MAG-46) and the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing (4th MAW). The detachment/squadron team functioned in the same manner as that of its active duty counterparts minus the regular overseas deployments. To enhance the squadron's readiness and demonstrate its versatility, HMLA-775 also participated in anti-drug operations in conjunction with Federal Agencies in locations such as Key West, Florida, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Nassau, South America, California, and Jamaica” (Ref.

 http://hma1369.tripod.com/775.html).

 

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 775 was originally activated 2 September 1958, at Niagara Falls, NY, as Marine Transport Helicopter Squadron 775 (HMR-775), and assigned to the Organized Marine Corps Reserve. Original strength at activation was 2 Officers. On 28 February 1959 HMR-775, now with 11 Officers and 14 Enlisted, transferred to Willow Grove, PA. On 1 April 1962, the designation was changed to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 775 (HMM-775). On 30 September 1962 HMM-775 was deactivated. On 7 December 1987, the squadron was reactivated at Camp Pendleton, CA, as Marine Attack Helicopter Squadron 775. The squadron was equipped with the aging AH-1J "Sea Cobra". During the first Gulf War HMA-775 served afloat and ashore with MAG-26 (Dec 90-Mar 91). One aircraft and two crewmen were lost (non-combat). In 1987, the squadron was reorganized and re-equippped with AH-1Js and UH-1N "Hueys". This brought about a further redesignation: Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 775 (HMLA-775). HMLA-775 continues to support 4th MAW operations, and has participated in anti-drug operations in the Caribbean area (Operation "Weedeater") during annual training. HMLA-775 deployed in Iraq in 2004 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. HMLA-775 was deactivated 6 September 2008 at MCAS Camp Pendleton, CA. Activated 2 Sept 1958 at Niagara Falls, NY as MARINE HELICOPTER TRANSPORT SQUADRON 775 (HMR-775). Relocated 28 Feb 1959 to Willow Grove, PA. Redesignated 1 April 1962 as MARINE MEDIUM HELICOPTER SQUADRON 770 (HMM-775). Deactivated August 1962. Reactivated 7 January 1987 at Camp Pendleton, CA as MARINE ATTACK HELICOPTER SQUADRON 775 (HMA-775). Redesignated during 1995 as MARINE LIGHT ATTACK HELICOPTER SQUADRON 775 (HMLA-775). Deactivated 6 September 2008 at Camp Pendleton, CA. “On September 6, 2008, HMLA-775 was decommissioned after 20 years of faithful service” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/776.html &LCpl Atchue, Michael (September 11, 2008). "Deactivation ceremony brings Coyotes together one final time". United States Marine Corps).

http://www.marines.mil/unit/basecamppendleton/Pages/News/2008/DeactivationceremonybringsCoyotestogetheronefinaltime.aspx

 

Awards

 

· NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER with 1 bronze star

· MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER with 1 bronze star

· NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER with 1 bronze star

· SOUTHWEST ASIA SERVICE STREAMER with three bronze stars

· IRAQ CAMPAIGN SERVICE STREAMER

· GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM EXPEDITIONARY STREAMER

· GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM SERVICE STREAMER

 

HMR-775   HMM-775    HMA-775    HMLA-775

 

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HMLA-775 Det A was originally activated during October 1997 as HMLA-773 Detachment A, and based at Willow Grove, PA. In 2000, the detachment relocated to Johnstown, PA. In 2001, the HMLA detachments exchanged parent commands as well as designations, with the Belle Chasse, LA detachment becoming HMLA-773 Det A, and the Johnstown detachment taking its current designation. Both Detachment A and its parent command have been activated during the present "Global War on Terrorism", and have been deployed to Iraq. With the deactivation of HMLA-775 on 8 September 2008, HMLA-775 Det A was transferred to HMLA-773, and redesignated HMLA-773 Det B. Activated October 1987 Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, as MARINE LIGHT ATTACK HELICOPTER SQUADRON 773, Detachment A. Relocated during March 2000 to Cambria Airport, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and redesignated HMLA-775 Detachment A. Deactivated 8 Sept 2008 (redesignated HMLA-773 Det B)” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/775a.html ).

 

HMLA-775 Det A

 

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The HMLA Transitional Training Unit Det that stands up in 2011 deactivates in 2014.
561 has been operational for 1 year and has just started getting aircraft. It and 562 were supposed to transfer to 1st MAW to replace HMM-262 and HMM-265 so they can transition to the MV-22B. 562 and 567 haven't activated yet.

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

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

 

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Training Squadron

 

“The squadron trains newly commissioned Naval Aviators, conversion pilots, refresher pilots, and enlisted aircrew on the AH-1W SuperCobra, the UH-1N Twin Huey, as well as transition to the newer AH-1Z Viper and UH-1Y Venom variants” (Ref. [36] of List of active United States Marine Corps aircraft squadrons – Wikipedia & Navy web site).

 

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HMLAT-303

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Atlas

Tail Code: QT 1982-

Aircraft: AH-1J/T/W; UH-1N; OV-10A/D

MAG-39, 3rd MAW

MCAS Camp Pendleton, CA

Comm. 30 April 1982 – Present

Marine Light Attack Training Squadron 303 (HMLAT-303) is a United States Marine Corps helicopter training squadron stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California. Known as the "Atlas", HMT-303 trains newly commissioned Naval Aviators, conversion pilots, refresher pilots, and enlisted aircrew on the AH-1W SuperCobra and the UH-1N Twin Huey. HMLAT-303 is also to begin training with the new UH-1Y Venom and AH-1Z Viper helicopters. It is part of Marine Aircraft Group 39 (MAG-39) and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (3rd MAW).

 

“HMLA/T-303 was activated 30 April 1982 as Marine Helicopter Training Squadron 303 (HMT-303) and assigned the mission of training UH-1/AH1 aircrews. From October 1991 to March 1992, HMT-303 was the OV-10 training squadron a well. Redesignated October 2006 as MARINE LIGHT ATTACK HELICOPTER TRAINING SQUADRON 303 (HMLA/T-303) to better reflect its mission of training aircrews for the Light Attack Helicopter squadrons. Today the squadron trains new aircrews, as well as Marine aviators transitioning from other aircraft. HMLA/T-303 is the Model Manager for all the Marine Corps' UH/AH-1 aircraft, and is scheduled to receive the UH-1Y during FY 2007; the AH-1Z is scheduled for FY 2009. Since its activation HMLA/T-303 has amassed over 174,000 flight-hours without a Class A accident” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/303.html ).

 

Awards

 

· NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER with 1 bronze star

· MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER with 2 bronze stars

· NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER with 1 bronze star

 

HMLA/T-303

HMT-303           New patch * Subdued version *    Desert version *

 

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

 

Marine Medium Helicopter Training Squadron

 

“The squadron trains newly commissioned Naval Aviators, conversion pilots, refresher pilots, and enlisted aircrew on the CH-46 Sea Knight” (Ref. [46] of List of active United States Marine Corps aircraft squadrons – Wikipedia & Navy web site).

 

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HMMT-164

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Knightriders

"Flying Clamors";

"Vietnam's Flying Death"

Tail code: YT 1964-

Aircraft: CH-46A/D/F/E

MAG-39, 3rd MAW

MCAS Camp Pendleton, CA

Comm. 1 July  1962 – Present

Marine Medium Helicopter Training Squadron 164 (HMM(T)-164), is a United States Marine Corps Fleet Replacement Squadron that is based at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Known as the Knightriders, they fall under the command Marine Aircraft Group 39 (MAG-39) and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (3rd MAW).

 

“HMM-164 was the first West Coast operator of the CH-46. After three tours of duty in Vietnam, which included time with the Special Landing Force and participation in Operation "Frequent Wind in 1975", the "Knightriders" returned to Southern California in 1977 as part of MAG-16. HMMT-164 is currently assigned to MAG-39, and is the Fleet Replacement Squadron for the CH-46. Activated 1 July 1964 at Santa Ana, California, as Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 164 and assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 36, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific.

 

Reassigned during August 1965 to Marine Service Group 37. Deployed during March 1966 to Marble Mountain, Republic of Vietnam, and assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 16, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. Participated in the war in Vietnam, March 1966 - September 1969, operating from:

 

Marble Mountain
USS
Valley Forge
USS
New Orleans
USS
Princeton
USS
Tripoli
Hue/Phu Bai

 

Redeployed during October 1969 to Naha, Okinawa, and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 15, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (Rear), Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. Reassigned during November 1969 to Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (Rear), Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. Deployed at various times as part of the Special Landing Force with the Seventh Fleet, 1969 - 1972. Relocated during January 1970 to Futenma, Okinawa. Elements participated in the Southeast Asia Evacuations, April - June 1975. Deployed at various times during the 1970s to the Western Pacific. Relocated during August 1979 to Tustin, California, and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. Participated in the system of Unit Deployment between Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing and Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing during the 1980s. Deployed as part of the 11th and 13th Marine Expeditionary Units for operations in the Western Pacific during the 1980s. Participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Southwest Asia, September 1990 - April 1991. Participated in operations in Somalia, December 1992 - February 1993. Relocated during 1998 to Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California and assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. Redesignated 23 February 1999 as Marine Medium Helicopter Training Squadron 164” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/164.html ).

 

Awards

 

· PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION STREAMER with three bronze stars Vietnam - 1966 – 1967; 1967 & 1968 – Philippines – 1970

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

· NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER with four bronze stars Vietnam – 1968; 1968; 1969 & 1972 - Southwest Asia - 1990 – 1991

· MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER with 2 bronze stars - 1985; 1985 – 1987 & 1998-1999

· NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER with 2 bronze stars

· ARMED FORCES EXPEDITIONARY STREAMER

· VIETNAM SERVICE STREAMER with 2 silver stars

· SOUTHWEST ASIA SERVICE STREAMER with 3 bronze stars

· PHILIPPINE PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION STREAMER

· VIETNAM CROSS of GALLANTRY with PALM STREAMER

 

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

 

Marine Heavy Helicopter Training Squadron

 

HMHT-401

Tail Code: HP [1969-72]

Aircraft: CH-53A

Activated 30 June 1969

Deactivated 1 May 1972

HMHT-401 was activated 30 June 1969 at MCAS (H) New River, NC, as the East Coast CH-53 training squadron. The squadron was deactivated 1 May 1972 and its personnel and aircraft were used to create HMT-204. In 1987, a Reserve Fighter Training squadron, VMFT-401, was activated at MCAS Yuma, AZ. Though the squadron designation reuses the 401 numbering, the squadron seems not to acknowledge its prior history. Activated 30 June 1969 at New River, NC, as Marine Heavy Helicopter Training Squadron 401, and assigned to Marine Helicopter Training Group 40, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force. Deactivated 1 May 1972” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/401.html ).

 

Awards

 

· NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER

 

HMHT-401

 

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

 

Marine Medium Helicopter Training Squadron

 

HMMT-402

Tail code: HQ

Aircraft: CH-46D/F

Activated on 30 June 1969

Deactivated on 1 May 1972

HMMT-402 was activated on 30 June 1969 at New River, NC, and assigned to Marine Helicopter Training Group 40. The mission of the squadron was to provide transitional training to new CH-46 pilots, and refresher training for pilots returning to the type. The squadron also used modified CH-46s to help train new AV-8 "Harrier" pilots  HMMT-402 deactivated on 1 May 1972. Personnel and aircraft were used to form HMT-204” (Ref. http://hma1369.tripod.com/402.html ).

 

Awards

 

· NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER

 

HMMT-402

 

HMMT-402 patch

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

HMMT-402

Tail code: HQ

Aircraft: CH-46D/F

Activated on 30 June 1969

Deactivated on 1 May 1972

 

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