Marine Helicopter Training Squadron-301 [HMT-301]
As part of the Aviation Support Element Kaneohe Bay, Marine Helicopter Training Squadron-301 [HMT-301], the "Windwalkers" is a small, highly-trained team of instructor pilots, crew chiefs & maintenance and support personnel who take great pride in a unique mission. The job of training pilots and crew chiefs to become proficient, combat capable aircrew that are able to perform all basic duties associated with employment of the CH-53D helicopter is an exciting and challenging mission. HMT-301 train and designate aircrew who are then assigned to the four tactical CH-53D squadrons, which are also located at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. By providing this specialized introductory aircrew training, which is steeped in safe, proficient operating procedures, we facilitate the subsequent pursuit of higher levels of tactical training expertise required by all aircrew in the fleet squadrons.
HMT-301 was activated at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Tustin, California as Marine Medium Helicopter Training Squadron 301 on 1 April 1966. Flying the UH-34 Sea Horse, the squadron provided advanced training for Vietnam-bound aircrews.
In January 1968, the squadron transitioned to the CH-53A Sea Stallion aircraft and was redesignated as Marine Heavy Helicopter Training Squadron 301. In March 1972 HMHT-301 and HMHT-302 were merged into one squadron. This added the CH-46 Sea Knight to HMHT-301's inventory.
During October 1983, the CH-53E super Stallion was introduced along with the Fleet Readiness Aviation Maintenance Personnel Program. With these additions HMT-301 became the largest helicopter training squadron in the Marine Corps.
HMT-301 has been awarded the CNO Safety Award five times and during November 1992, the squadron surpassed 100,000 class 'A' mishap free flight hours, the first and only Marine Helicopter squadron to achieve this safety milestone. On 30 September 1993, HMT-301 was deactivated at Marine Corps Air Station Tustin, California, due to the scheduled closure of that facility.
HMT-301 was reactivated on 24 August 1995 at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. HMT-301 continues to support the Fleet Marine force with the best trained pilots and crewchiefs in the Marine Corps.
HMT-301's mission is to safely provide highly trained replacement aircrew (pilots and crewchiefs) to the CH-53D Squadrons of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing Aviation Support Element, all also located at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay.
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