Unit has 30,000 accident-free flight hours

Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 08:19 AM.

Hough said that many of the pilots in the squadron work side-by-side with the mechanics, developing a level of communication that is unprecedented.

“That institutional culture goes from one generation to the next,” Hough said. “It’s not just lip service. It’s how we do business.”

Sgt. Maj. Dennis Michael Bradley said Marines working together made the award possible.

“With these maintainers it takes teamwork, and with these pilots, the same thing,” he said. “If one Marine fails to do their part of this huge puzzle, then that could mean a mishap. Most importantly it could mean the loss of an aircraft or a pilot, which nobody wants.

“If every Marine doesn’t do their part every time they’re on the tarmac or in the cockpit or turning wrenches on the aircraft, then it affects everyone and would ruin a decade’s worth of hard work and dedication that the Marines who have come before us have put into this squadron.

“We are the oldest squadron in the United States Marine Corps. We’ve been around since 1919. We have received a lot of honors in that time, but this one we all can witness. We’re very proud of it. We just celebrated our 94th anniversary on our deployment to Afghanistan. The Marines that have come before us have established a legacy that we have to uphold. We take that very seriously and we know that it reflects very positively on the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing as a whole.”

The Harrier is known for its ability to hover, take off and land like a helicopter, but that versatility can also make it a difficult aircraft to fly and repair.

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