Guam-based helo squadron broke new ground on Kuwait tour
June 9, 2006
Forty-four members of Detachment Five of Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 were welcomed back to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, on Wednesday after completing a 10-month deployment to Camp Buehring, Kuwait.
During their deployment, HSC-25 personnel partnered with a sister detachment from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 15 from Jacksonville, Fla., to form a new unit, the 2515th Naval Air Ambulance Detachment, according to a 2515th news release.
The deployment marked the first time Naval Aviation has been tasked with MEDEVAC, according to the release.
Since the 2515th’s mission augmented similar Army units, much of the preparation consisted of familiarization with Army procedures and operations, Lt. j.g. Sam Mason was quoted in the release as stating. Mason, a pilot, is the 2515th’s public affairs officer.
“We broke a lot of new ground for the Navy by doing this Army mission and we excelled at it,” said Chief Warrant Officer Tandy Holland, the 2515th’s maintenance material control officer. “We perform maintenance in a totally different way than the Army.
“But we molded it in such a way that we’d tell them exactly what we were doing and how we normally do business and how we’re going to integrate what they do to the way we do business. We pulled it off flawlessly.”
During Wednesday’s ceremony at the squadron’s maintenance hangar, Cmdr. Christopher Brunett, HSC-25’s commanding officer, noted that all 44 participants had volunteered for the mission. The detachment took part in something never before done by the Navy, he said.
Lt. Cmdr. M. M. Howell, officer in charge of the 2515th, said the group completed more than 100 MEDEVAC missions, moving 121 patients.
“MEDEVAC is one of the military’s strongest traditions, and we’re proud to be part of it,” Howell said.