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HMMT-164


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Marine Medium Helicopter Training Squadron 164
HMMT-164


HMM-164 was the first West Coast operator of the CH-46. After three tours of duty in Vietnam, which included time with the Special Landing Force and participation in Operation "Frequent Wind in 1975", the "Knightriders" returned to Southern California in 1977 as part of MAG-16. HMMT-164 is currently assigned to MAG-39, and is the Fleet Replacement Squadron for the CH-46.


LINEAGE

1964 - 2004

Activated 1 July 1964 at Santa Ana, California, as Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 164 and assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 36, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific.

Reassigned during August 1965 to Marine Service Group 37.

Deployed during March 1966 to Marble Mountain, Republic of Vietnam, and assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 16, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific.

Participated in the war in Vietnam, March 1966 - September 1969, operating from
Marble Mountain
USS Valley Forge
USS New Orleans
USS Princeton
USS Tripoli
Hue/Phu Bai

Redeployed during October 1969 to Naha, Okinawa, and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 15, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (Rear), Fleet Marine Force, Pacific.

Reassigned during November 1969 to Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (Rear), Fleet Marine Force, Pacific.

Deployed at various times as part of the Special Landing Force with the Seventh Fleet, 1969 - 1972.

Relocated during January 1970 to Futenma, Okinawa.

Elements participated in the Southeast Asia Evacuations, April - June 1975.

Deployed at various times during the 1970s to the Western Pacific.

Relocated during August 1979 to Tustin, California, and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific.

Participated in the system of Unit Deployment between Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing and Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing during the 1980s.

Deployed as part of the 11th and 13th Marine Expeditionary Units for operations in the Western Pacific during the 1980s.

Participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Southwest Asia, September 1990 - April 1991.

Participated in operations in Somalia, December 1992 - February 1993.

Relocated during 1998 to Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California and assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific.

Redesignated 23 February 1999 as Marine Medium Helicopter Training Squadron 164.


UNIT HONORS

PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION STREAMER with three bronze stars
Vietnam
1966 - 1967
1967
1968

Philippines
1970

JOINT MERITORIOUS UNIT AWARD STREAMER
Somalia
1992 - 1993

NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER with four bronze stars
Vietnam
1968
1968
1969
1972

Southwest Asia
1990 - 1991

MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER with 2 bronze stars
1985
1985 - 1987
1998-1999

NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER with 2 bronze stars

ARMED FORCES EXPEDITIONARY STREAMER

VIETNAM SERVICE STREAMER with 2 silver stars

SOUTHWEST ASIA SERVICE STREAMER with 3 bronze stars

PHILIPPINE PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION STREAMER

VIETNAM CROSS of GALLANTRY with PALM STREAMER