"Golden Eagles" Surpass 40,000 Mishap-Free Flight Hour Mark!
Story by Capt. Brett A. Hart 

Marines from BLT 1/8 participate in fast-rope training with HMM-162(REIN) during their current deployment to the Mediterranean Sea.  HMM-162(REIN) recently flew their 40,000th mishap-free flight hour.  Photo by Lance Cpl. Kevin Reed

USS NASSAU (7 January 2001) -- The "Golden Eagles" of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 162 (Reinforced) recently surpassed another milestone in their history.  On 7 January 2001, the squadron flew their 40,000th mishap-free flight hour while deployed to the Mediterranean Sea aboard the USS Nassau serving as the Air Combat Element for the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, Special Operations Capable.  

"By focusing each year on making that year a safe and mishap-free year, our squadron has achieved a mishap-free decade!" said Capt. Curtis V. Ebitz, HMM-162(REIN) Aviation Safety Officer.  

HMM-162's last Class-A mishap occurred 10 November 1991.

"Without an all-hands effort by our squadron pilots, aircrew and maintainers, this achievement would not have been possible, " added Ebitz. 

The "Golden Eagles" reached this mark  just a few months after they awarded their fourth consecutive CNO Safety Award!