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Old 14 September 2008, 08:52
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Is HXM-1 considered part of the Special Ops community?

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I got a visit the other day from a Major that is part of HMX-1. He had to measure the LZ at our hospital helipad for the 60's. He seemed like a very sharp individual, with some actual combat experience.

I also have a crew chief (even sharper) that was in HMX-1 in the mid 90's.

Is that unit considered a special ops unit or more ceremonial? I don't want to offend either of them by referring to their assignment with the wrong moniker.
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Old 14 September 2008, 09:04
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Is that unit considered a special ops unit or more ceremonial?
They are neither specops nor ceremonial. Flying the POTUS is only a portion of what some of those in that unit do. They also fly support for Quantico AO missions and T&E aircraft (the "experimental" part of that acronym being the "X" behind the origination of the squadron name).
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I don't want to offend either of them by referring to their assignment with the wrong moniker.
Just refer to them as pogues -- they'll understand....:D
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Old 14 September 2008, 10:23
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No. I was a member of the squadron for six years. What the squadron does has nothing to do with special operations.
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Old 14 September 2008, 13:26
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My buddy's cousin's husband was assigned to Marine one back in the 90's also (was the dude at the bottom of the helo's stepladder in dress blues). Jeff was originally stationed at Tustin, CA (blimp hangars) Helicopter Air Station. He and his wife Pam at the time were looking forward to being reassigned to Quantico. I think I saw him on the news a few times during the Clinton office?

I don't really have a point to this post, just recollecting...
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Old 14 September 2008, 13:32
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Good guys. They have hooked me up with a ride on more than one occasion when I needed it.
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Old 14 September 2008, 16:39
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I thought my crew chief was just messing with me when he said he flew Clinton while he was with HMX-1. Then he brought in some pictures. It was very impressive to see photos of some of the inner workings.
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Old 14 September 2008, 20:11
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We used to jump their birds at Quantico.. It's pretty scary. They were all spotless and no leaks. I didn't know what to think.

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Old 14 September 2008, 20:19
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We used to jump their birds at Quantico.. It's pretty scary. They were all spotless and no leaks. I didn't know what to think.
HAHAHAHHAHAHAHA How did they fly without any hydraulic fluid? :D:D

I had a crew chief once get a case of the ass with me because I purposely ran and slid on the leaking fluid out the back of a 46. I don't know why he got pissed -- the damned thing was probably built before he and I were still in elementary school....
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Good guys, they supported us a lot during our work-up phases at Quantico. Med shop guys are spot on also, really hooked up our Doc's with some muc needed gear and exams for my men. We almost felt bad for putting all of our nasty, dirty bodies and gear in a 46 that actually had the padding on the bulkheads, almost. Haha. Thanks again to HMX-1 for the work.

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Well all I can say is that if a 46 isn't leaking there is a problem. At 268 all our youngest bird was built in '79. Besides who can trust and aircraft less than 30 years old.

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Old 20 October 2008, 21:09
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the damned thing was probably built before he and I were still in elementary school....
Hey, easy there. I flew those things when they were brand new.
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Old 21 October 2008, 00:08
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HMX-1 is pretty much the helicopter version of Air Force-1...special mission, but not special operations....

and flying new lt's around Q-town, testing a new helicopter or two...
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