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Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron-774 [HMM-774]

The mission of HMM-774 is to maintain combat readiness and provide support to the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing. The HMM-774 "Wild Goose" fly the CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter, which are maintained by MAG-42, Det B and reserve unit personnel. Missions include tactical air lifts, MEDEVAC operations, helicopter support team training and SEAL team support.

In August 1946, the Marine Corps established Marine Air Detachment at Naval Air Station (NAS), Norfolk, Virginia with Marine Reserve Fighter Squadron 233 (VMF-233) flying the F-4U Corsair. Over the years, the unit has been reassigned and redesignated several times, finally aquiring its current designation, Marine Aircraft Group 42, Detachment B, in June 1992. From 1946 to 1969, VMF-233 flew out of NAS Norfolk with a wide array of aircraft including the F-4U Corsiar, FH1 Phantom, F8F Cougar, F2H Banshee, AD5 Skyraider, T2V Sea Star, and A4D Skyhawk. In October 1951 the unit was activated for the Korean War. In 1969, VMA-233 was deativated and Marine Medium Helicopter 774 (HMM-774) was activated flying the UH-34 Sea Horse helicopter.

In 1970, the CH-46 replaced the UH-34 and in 1971 the squadron was assigned under the command of Fourth Marine Aircraft Wing. In December 1990, HMM-774 was activated as an element of Marine Aircraft Group 26, First Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF). The squadron was subsequently assigned for duty with I MEF in Southwest Asia and saw action in Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Over the years, Marines and Sailors from this Norfolk-based reserve site have conducted myriad operations in numerous American states as well as Internationally. From Washington, D.C., Florida, Arizona, California, and Oklahoma, to Puerto Rico, Bahamas, and Southwest Asia.

MAG-42, Detachment Bravo provides administrative, maintenance, operational and training support for two reserve units, Helicopter Marine Medium Squadron (HMM)-774 and Marine Air Logistics Squadron (MALS) 42, Detachment Bravo. MAG-42, Det B is composed of HMM-774, Marine Aviation Logistics Sqadron 42, Det B, and a small cadre of support personnel. With 12 CH-46 helicopters and approximately 250 active duty and reserve Marines and Sailors, it conducts routine operations in support of Department of Defense and other governmental agencies.

The 4th Marine Air Wing, Medical Marine Air Group 42, Detachment B, trains reserve medical personnel to provide medical support to active and reserve personnel at Sewells Point Branch Clinic, Norfolk, and in the field. The unit also supports operational medical requirements for Marine Aircraft Group 42, Detachment B, located at Naval Air Station Norfolk. The Fourth Marine Aircraft Wing Medical, Marine Aircraft Group 42, Detachment B is a Naval Reserve Unit providing combat-capable medical and religious personnel to elements of the Fourth Marine Aircraft Wing of the United States Marine Corps Reserve. The unit is capable of integrating rapidly and deploying with the U.S. Marines in support of combat or humanitarian missions anywhere in the world on short notice. In addition to the medical and religious support provided by unit chaplains, corpsmen, and religious personnelmen to the U.S. Marines in garrison or in the field, the unit also provides aerospace medical expertise and airborne MEDEVAC capability via its flight surgeons and aviation medical technicians. Detachment B's specific mission is to maintain mobilization readiness of its corpsmen (NEC 8404), religious personelmen, aviation medical technicians, chaplains, and flight surgeons through training, mutual, and contributory support of the Fourth Marine Aircraft Wing and Sewell's Point Branch Medical Clinic. Detachment B provides such support to its immediate gaining command, Helicopter Marine Medium Squadron 774 (HMM-774), Marine Aircraft Group 42, NAS Norfolk, Virginia.

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