Monday, March 14, 2011

The Pegasus has landed!

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan-A sign designating Heavy Marine Helicopter Squadron 463’s new home on the flightline at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, overlooks the desert horizon, March 12. Pegasus’ current deployment marks the second time the squadron has deployed in support of operations in southwestern Afghanitsan., Cpl. Rashaun X. James, 3/12/2011 8:24 AM

The Pegasus has landed: HMH-463 arrives in southwestern Afghanistan

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan — A pair of Hawaii-based heavy helicopter squadrons traded reins during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, March 10.

The Ugly Angels of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362 will now head home to Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, after a successful deployment, and HMH-463 will continue in their place, providing CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter support for troops on the ground. Sgt. Maj. Timothy C. Tackett, HMH-362’s squadron sergeant major, spoke highly about the job his squadron did while in theater.

“We couldn’t have handpicked a better team,” Tackett said. “They were simply outstanding from day one. I couldn’t be any more proud of the performance and dedication they showed here.”

Tackett also expressed his confidence in the HMH-463’s Marines and the squadron’s sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Rene Salinas, as they face their new assignments.

“They have a great sergeant major in Sgt. Maj. Salinas,” Tackett said. “I know they will all do absolutely fine out there.”...

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