Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron-29 [MALS-29]
Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron-29 was originally activated as Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron (H&MS) 29 at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina and assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 29 on 1 May 1972. During the years 1972 through 1976, H&MS-29 operated the MAG-29 Aerial Observer School and performed its primary mission as an Intermediate Maintenance and Supply support Activity. During that time frame, the Squadron deployed Marines to support numerous operations at Yuma, Arizona; Camp Drum, New York; the Caribbean and in both land and sea-borne operations in and around the Mediterranean and the Middle East. The Supply Department implemented the Operational Logistics Concept (OLC) in 1976.
From 1977 through 1984, Squadron detachments distinguished themselves by simultaneously augmenting shipboard Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Departments (AIMD) while optimizing aircraft availability in joint exercises such as Northern Wedding, Bold Guard, Teamwork, Display Determination, ANORAK Express, and in operations with the Multinational Forces in Beirut, Lebanon. From 1985 through 1989, H&MS-29 supported over 200 deployments in support of MAG-29 operations which included Combined Arms Exercises, Weapons and Tactics Instructor Courses, Cold Weather Operations, Landing Force Sixth Fleet deployments, Drug Operations, and Joint Operations spanning from the Persian Gulf and Okinawa to Norway and South America.
Historically, the Squadron has averaged an induction over 1200 repairable items each month and held an inventory of 35,000 line items of repairable and consumable materials with a value in excess of $110 million. Through intermediate maintenance and supply support, the Squadron has successfully provided for 13 type/model/series aircraft.
On 1 October 1988, H&MS-29 was redesignated as Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron (MALS) 29 as a result of the implementation of the Marine Aviation Logistics Support Package concept. During 1989, the Basic Warrior Training Program was instituted and the Squadron provided simultaneous aviation logistical support to three composite squadrons.
In August 1990, MALS-29 commenced its support of Operation DESERT SHIELD by deploying four detachments aboard L-Class ships in direct support of MAG-40, 4th MEB. Additionally, during December 1990, MALS-29, under the operational control of MAG-26, deployed to Southwest Asia. Prior to departing from Saudi Arabia in May 1991, MALS-29 was a participant in Operation DESERT STORM and distinguished itself with several first-time aviation logistics actions, including operating a fully functional rotary wing Intermediate Maintenance Activity aboard the SS WRIGHT, (TAVB-3), while continuously supporting MAG-26 during the ground war. On 22 May 1991, the Squadron recalled its personnel which were disbursed throughout the Kuwaiti theater of operations and during June 1991, redeployed itself at MCAS New River, NC. The reconstitution of the Intermediate Maintenance Activity in support of MAG-29 was completed on 1 August 1991.
From 1992 to the present, MALS-29 has continued to excel in the support of MAG-29 tactical aircraft operations. Squadron support detachments distinguished themselves on land and sea continuously supporting Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Forces (SPMAGTF) and major land-based and Landing Force Sixth Fleet deployments. Over this period, the Squadron underwent extensive changes in personnel and logistical support with the decommissioning of VMO-1 (OV-10 aircraft) and the transfer of HMT-302 (CH-53/MH-53) to MAG-29.
During 1996, MALS-29 participated in Operation DECISIVE ENDEAVOR in Bosnia, Operation ASSURED RESPONSE in Liberia, Operation SILVER WAKE in Albania, and in tactical operations in Zaire demonstrated the unit's ability to provide expeditionary support around the globe.
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