Graduated Naval Aircrew Candidate
S.E.E.R School Nov. 1985
1000 Hr. Pin - Huey
CH53-E Helicopter, HM-12
Angels exist. The Navy makes them, and its factory is in Florida. Navy angels wear green flight suits and snug-fitting flight helmets that leave little room for halos or even fluffy white feathers. These guardian angels have faithfully stood watch over aviation crews, passengers, aircraft and cargo since the dawn of naval aviation.
Yet they go mostly unnoticed among the rest of the fleet, set apart from typical Sailors only by the gold wings pinned on their chests with the letters AC branded in the center. The letters stand for air crew, and earning one of the rare gold enlisted pins is one of the toughest qualifications in the fleet. (more)
|In the spring of 1983,
HM-12 took delivery of the Navy's first CH-53E "Super
Stallion" aircraft, the
largest and most powerful helicopter in the western
world. The "Super
Stallion" is used as a Vertical Onboard Delivery (VOD)
aircraft, responsible for carrier battle group support
around the globe.
From December 1983 to April 1987 the squadron served as
home base for HM-12 Sea Detachment, an independent
contingent of personnel tasked with providing logistics
support to the fleet units along the east coast and
throughout the Caribbean. Operating two CH-53E aircraft,
the "Haulin Hawgs" served with distinction, receiving
two Meritorious Unit Commendations within the brief span
of three years. In the spring of 1987 the Sea Detachment
personnel and aircraft merged with elements of
neighboring units to establish
May 28, 1987 marked yet another significant milestone in the squadron's history with the arrival of its first MH-53E "Sea Dragon" helicopter, a potent addition to the Navy's mine countermeasures arsenal. Technologically superior to its predecessor, the MH-53E represents a quantum leap forward for the AMCM community.
Many thanks to my fellow servicemen that have provided these videos...JB
MH-53E Sea Dragon
HM-12, as a Fleet Replacement Squadron,
trained and qualified 768 pilots, 1,200 aircrew and 11,900
maintenance personnel. In addition, they logged over 75,000
mishap-free flight hours, and completed over 23 years of
mishap-free operations, giving HM-12 an unsurpassed safety
record in the helicopter community.
HM-12 was officially decommissioned on 30 September 1994, but her personnel still serve the AMCM community as high ranking Naval officers, senior aircrew and maintenance personnel and logistics support contractors. There will never be another squadron like HUM DOZEN!
After being discharged from the Navy in 1989, I returned to my home state of California where I met a wonderful woman (Connie), that I married in 1992. We then moved to the High Desert of Southern California where we live today. Connie is a teacher, and I am the President and CEO of Shop-E-Cigs.Com Inc. I have Microsoft certifications (MCSE, MCP) and A+ Comptia Computer certifications.
I really learned a lot about life, death, and the need for honesty and credibility while I was in the Navy, and these skills have made me a better person, as well as giving me the abilities to develop personal relationships with my marketing teams that I have today.
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