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  • Mhtg-30 muc

    The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in presenting the MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION to


    for service as set forth in the following

    For meritorious service in providing the specialized training of helicopter pilots, helicopter mechanics, aerial gunners, and other aircrewmen while stationed at Marine Corps Air Station (Helicopter), Santa Ana, California, from 20 January 1966 to 31 January 1972. Throughout this period, Marine Helicopter Training Group Thirty distinguished itself by conducting the technical training of over 800 helicopter pilots and 2,500 aviation technical personnel in preparation for further assignment to operational units in combat and noncombat environments. The expertise exhibited by the pilots and aircrewmen trained by Marine Helicopter Training Group Thirty for service in Vietnam reflected directly on the professional instruction received. In addition, Marine Helicopter Training Group Thirty was responsible for the conversion, refresher, transition, and maintenance test pilot training of over 250 selected pilots. From 1 February 1969 to 31 January 1972, Marine Helicopter Training Group Thirty amassed 46,530 flight hours while maintaining the low average aviation accident rate of 0.21. Throughout the six-year period, innumerable complex and challenging tasks were successfully accomplished by Marine Helicopter Training Group Thirty, including rescue and evacuation missions during the California floods in 1969, briefing numerous United States and foreign military flag officers, providing specialized helicopter training for other United States services and foreign service pilots, and the testing and evaluation of helicopter related support systems. The exceptional professionalism and devotion to duty of the officers and men of Marine Helicopter Training Group Thirty upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

    For the Secretary of the Navy,
    R.E. Cushman, Jr.
    Commandant of the Marine Corps

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    Mhtg-30 muc

    Do you happen to know when this was authorized? I was in MHTG-30 from Aug. 66 to Sept 69. I retired in 77, and don't have it listed in my awards. Maybe I would rate it.


    • #3
      There wasn't a date on the copy I got from the Historical Division, but I would guess that the MUC was awarded sometime after MHTG-30 deactivated in March 1972.

      The MUC would apply to the squadrons within the Group - H&MS-30, HMMT/HMHT-301 and HMMT-302, although the current Unit Awards list doesn't show those squadrons with this award.

      HMMT-302 was awarded its own MUC for the period 20 Oct 68 - 1 Jul 70, so if you were in that squadron you would rate that one too.


      • #4
        Mhtg-30 muc

        I was in H&MS-30 and HMHT-30 both during that time frame.