August, the "Golden Eagles" deployed aboard the USS
Inchon a part of LF6F 3-90.
Their first stop was Monrovia, Liberia where a detachment
from the squadron would conduct contingency operations for nearly
five months while the main body conducted operations such as Spanish
Phiblex 1-90, Display Determination and filled the
strategic reserve role for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Between August 1990 and January 1991,
the "Golden Eagles" evacuated 226 American Citizens
and 2,400 third-
| country nationals from war-torn Liberia during the
Noncombatant Evacuation Operation, Operation
a successful seven months in the Mediterranean, the squadron
returned in March to begin workups for LF6F 2-91, embarking aboard
Wasp, the first and only LHD class ship in
July 1991, HMM-162 participated in support of Operation
Provide Comfort, a relief effort for the Kurdish Rebels
in northern Iraq.
the next five years, the squadron deployed four times to the
Mediterranean as the Air Combat Element for various MEUs.
The cumulative results from these deployments were over
12,000 flight hours, over 90,000 passengers and more than 9,000,000
pounds of cargo flown. HMM-162
continued to distinguish itself with uncompromising safety
participated in support of Operation
Restore Hope, a humanitarian relief operation in Somalia
in November 1993.
January 1994, the "Golden Eagles" participated in support
Provide Promise and Deny Flight in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
January 1996, HMM-162 deployed as the Air Combat Element for the 22nd
MEU (SOC). While
deployed, the "Golden Eagles" were called upon to perform Operation
Assured and Quick Response in Monrovia, Liberia and the
Central African Republic. From 11 April to 27 June
1996, the "Golden Eagles" flew 2232.4 hours, lifting
10,907 passengers and 3,084,122 lbs. of cargo to neighboring
Freetown, Sierra Leone in support of the Non-combatant Evacuation
Operation. At 0345 on 7
1996, the "Golden Eagles" conducted a medevac on
Night Vision Goggles into the U.S. Embassy.
The patient was the acting U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Mr.
John Fuhrer. The squadron also provided supporting flights for Operation
Deny Flight while in the Adriatic theater of operations.
The unit returned to MCAS New River in July of 1996 and
remained composite until August.
2 July to 7 December 1998, HMM-162 deployed as the Air Combat
Element for the 22nd MEU (SOC) in the Mediterranean for
LF6F 3-98. While
deployed, the squadron participated in Operation Autumn Shelter, a contingency operation for the
evacuation of American citizens from the war-torn Democratic
Republic of the Congo. The
"Golden Eagles" were then called upon to participate in Operation
Balkan Calm, Kosovo in the event evacuation of a
multi-national peace observer team was required.
While on station in the Adriatic, HMM-162 flew in support of Operation
Silver Knight, Albania, Operation
Deliberate Forge, Bosnia-Herzegovina and a reinforcement
mission to the United States Embassy in Tirana, Albania.
From 15 September to 19 November 1998, HMM-162 flew
2285.5 hours lifting
5,827 passengers and 781,440 lbs. of cargo in support of the
squadron also participated in Exercises
Matador 98, Sigonella, Sicily, Cooperative
Best Effort, a multi-national Partnership for Peace
exercise in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Atlas
Hinge 98, Tunisia, Dynamic
Mix 98, Sardinia, Rescue
Eagle 1998, Romania, and Sea
Breeze 98, a Partnership for Peace exercise in the former
Soviet nation of the Ukraine. On
7 December, the squadron returned back to New River. |
26 July 1999, the squadron deployed with eight CH-46E's in support
of CAXs 9,10-99 and WTI 1-00.
Of note, the squadron successfully flew the aircraft across
the United States, supported all training exercises required, and
then safely recovered the aircraft back at New River without a
single lost sortie. On
15 September, Hurricane Floyd struck Jacksonville, North Carolina,
leaving incredible devastation to Eastern North Carolina. Despite having one half of the squadron's aircraft deployed
to MCAS Yuma, Arizona, the "Golden Eagles" immediately
went into action. Over
a two week period, the squadron flew in support of relief operations
in Eastern North Carolina, flying 15 passengers, and 36,500 pounds
of relief supplies, water and blankets to the disaster areas.
The "Golden Eagles"
deployed to the Mediterranean Sea
as the Air Combat Element of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit
(Special Operations Capable). On
28 November 2000, HMM-162 boarded the USS
Nassau(LHA-4) and embarked upon this historic cruise. This
deployment marks the end of a long and distinguished chapter in the
glorious history of the squadron.
This cruise will end the first 50 years of the squadron's
date, the squadron has continued to live up to its motto by
repeatedly proving that "Nobody Does It Better!"
During its five decades of distinguished operation, HMM-162
has earned the following awards, each one represented by a streamer
on the squadron's colors: Presidential
Unit Citation, Navy Unit Commendation with One Bronze Star,
Meritorious Unit Commendation with Two Bronze Stars, National
Defense Service Streamer with Two Bronze Stars, Korean Service
Award, Marine Corps Expeditionary Award with Two Bronze Stars, Armed
Forces Expeditionary Award
with One Bronze Star,
Vietnam Service Streamer with Two Bronze Stars, Southwest Asia
Service Streamer with One Bronze Star, and the Vietnam Cross of
Gallantry with Palm.