Nov. 16, 2010 Local Marine Reserve Squadron returns from deployment to Central South America NORFOLK, Va. – More than 100 Marines of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 774, Marine Aircraft Group 49, based out of Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, will return to families and friends at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17. The homecoming will take place at Naval Station Norfolk shortly after the Marines fly back to their squadron hangars. The Marines have been deployed to Central South America for four months in support of an exercise called Continuing Promise 2010.
Continuing Promise is an annual humanitarian civic assistance mission to the U.S. Southern Command Area of Responsibility. The effects of a major earthquake, which occurred on Jan. 12, 2010 rendered Haiti more susceptible to the potential impacts of a subsequent natural disaster during the Atlantic hurricane season. The commander of USSOUTHCOM determined the necessity for a scalable force, able to provide timely emergency response in the event of a subsequent contingency in Haiti or within the AOR. Participation by HMM-774, a Reserve, medium-lift helicopter squadron, a demonstration of the capability of the operational reserve, which provides capabilities and strategic depth to meet combatant commander operational requirements across the full range of military operations in accordance with Marine Corps force generation plans.
(more) MARFORCOM 2-2-2 While also conducting Theater Security Cooperation exercises and fulfilling 4th Marine Aircraft Wing’s role in the Total Force was the significance of the deployment, HMM-774 supported various types of missions, including aviation operations from expeditionary sea-based locations, aviation operations from expeditionary shore-based sites, assault transport, and air delivery.
The dual rotors of eight CH-46E “Sea Knight” helicopters from HMM-774 played an essential role in moving personnel ashore to provide assistance. Marine pilots, crew chiefs, and load masters ensured all personnel needing to go ashore traveled to the correct destination on time and returned after mission was complete. The squadron flew over 1,200 flight hours, moved over 12,000 passengers, and lifted over 750,000 pounds of cargo. Approximately 160 aircrew and maintenance personnel provided air transportation for service members and civilians.
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Members of the press who intend to cover the event must contact Master Sergeant Marlon Martin, (757) 836-1581, no later than noon on Wednesday, Nov. 17 to arrange for access and escort. Media outlets should plan to have personnel on scene in the Tours and Travel parking adjacent to Gate 5, no later than 3 p.m. Access to Naval Station Norfolk must be made at Gate Five on Hampton Blvd. Escorts will meet and transport members of the press to MAG-49.