HMM-764

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Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 764
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HMM-764 insignia
Active April 15, 1958
Country United States
Branch USMCR
Type Medium Lift Helicopter Squadron
Role Conduct air operations in support of the Fleet Marine Forces
Part of Marine Aircraft Group 41
4th Marine Aircraft Wing
Garrison/HQ Edwards Air Force Base
Nickname Moonlight
Motto "Putting grunts in their place since 1958"
Tail Code ML
Engagements Operation Iraqi Freedom

Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 764 (HMM-764) is a United States Marine Corps 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).

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  • Activated April 15, 1958 as Marine Helicopter Transport Squadron 764, Organized Marine Corps Reserve (Aviation), Naval Air Station, Los Alamitos, California
  • Redesignated April 1, 1962 as Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 764, Organized Marine Corps Reserve (Aviation), Marine Air Reserve Training Detachment, Marine Air Reserve Training Command, Naval Air Station, Los Alamitos, California
  • Reassigned during November 1965 to Marine Aircraft Group 46, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, USMCR, Marine Air Reserve Training Detachment, Marine Air Reserve Training Command
  • Relocated during May 1971 to Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California.
  • Relocated during June 1975 to Marine Corps Air Station (Helicopter) Tustin, California.
  • Redesignated October 1, 1979 as Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 764, Marine Aircraft Group 46, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing.
  • Activated to support the active duty forces during the Persian Gulf War from November 1990 to April 1991.
  • Relocated during 1999 to Edwards Air Force Base, California.
  • Deployed from February - September 2004 and March - October 2005 to Al Asad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom

From 25 April - 25 June 2008, the squadron was part of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force 24 (SPMAGTF 24) on board the USS Boxer (LHD-4). During this deployment the squadron brought essential air-lift capability to operations in Guatemala, El Salvador and Peru which allowed the various medical and engineering work site professionals the ability to get ashore. They flew 43 missions, 83 flight hours and transported 877 passengers. The mission is part of the Partnership of the Americas (POA) 2008. POA is a United States Southern Command sponsored annual maritime engagement operation to enhance multinational cooperation and strengthen partnership among navies and allied nations throughout the Americas.[1] On January 13, 2013, HMM-764 became the first Marine Corps Reserve squadron to transition to the MV-22B Osprey. The squadron officially redesignated to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 764 (VMM-764) and relocated to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, CA. [2] [3]

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