Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron-764 [HMM-764]
Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron-764 [HMM-764] was activated on 15 April 1958 as Marine Helicopter Transport Squadron 764, Organized Marine Corps Reserve (Aviation), Naval Air Station, Los Alamitos, California.
The squadron was redesignated on 1 April 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.
It was reassigned during November 1965 to Marine Aircraft Goup 46, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, USMCR, Marine Air Reserve Training Detachment, Marine Air Reserve Training Command before relocating in May 1971 to El Toro, California.
It was subsequently redesignated on 1 October 1979 as Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 764, Marine Aircraft Group 46, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing.
HMM-764 was activated to support the active duty forces during the Persian Gulf war from November 1990 to April 1991.
The mission of HMM-764 it to organize, train and equip combat Marines and prepare as a unit to mobilize, augment and reinforce the active component serving as part of the Marine Corps total force. Some of the Moonlighter's missions include tactical training utilizing Night Vision Goggles, supporting Marine ground units and flying counter drug Joint Task Force missions. During calendar year 1997 the Moonlighters flew a total of 1,944 flight hours.
The unti was 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, Calif., as part of the Base Realignment and Closure process. Deployed from February to September 2004, and March to October 2005, to Al Asad, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. From Apr. 25 to June 25, 2008, the squadron was part of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force 24 onboard the USS Boxer (LHD-4). From June 2006 to September 2010, the squadron was tasked with providing all assault support for Exercise Enhanced Mojave Viper conducted at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif. From September 2010 to present, HMM 764 has provided assault support throughout southern California, ensuring forward deployed Marines are ready to fight, in any clime or place.
Marine Forces Reserve has never had a V-22 Osprey squadron until Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 764 (HMM-764) transitioned into the Reserve’s first Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM-764) during a three-part ceremony Jan 12, 2013. After the re-designation ceremony came the official relocation of VMM-764 from Edwards, AFB to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, also in California. Although VMM-764 was officially a tiltrotor squadron, the unit had to establish programs, obtain qualifications and pass inspections before it can receive the V-22 Osprey -- the first delivery was expected in November 2013. The unit planned to be a fully operational tiltrotor squadron by mid-2014. The Marine Corps planned to transition the one remaining Reserve CH-46 squadron, HMM-774, to a tiltrotor squadron by 2017.
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