Thu. 8/1 All day VMGR-352 deploys to Operation Desert Shield From August 1990 to March 1991, a seven plane detachment from VMGR-352 is deployed to the middle east in support of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. During the seven month period, 352 Forward amassed over 2500 combat flight hours and 1144 so... more
All day VMGR-352 begins its transition to the KC-130J model

August 2004 VMGR-352 begins its transition to the KC-130J, as of 2007 VMGR-352 is now an all KC-130J squadron, retiring its legacy aircraft to the boneyard or sending them to VMGR-152.

All day VMGR-252 helps develop Harrior aerial refueling procedures

In August 1973, VMGR-252 was involved in the development of safe and standardized aerial refueling procedures to be used with the Harrier.

Sat. 8/24 All day VMJ-253 departs for the South Pacific

On August 24th 1942, VMJ-253 carried the first echelon of MAG-25 to the South Pacific during WW2.

All day Aircraft 149802 crashes On August 24, 1965, a KC-130F 149802 veered off runway on take-off from Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong, hit the seawall and crashed into the sea. This was the first Hercules hull loss in Marine Corps service. It was carrying Marine personnel returning to... more
Sun. 9/1 All day VMGR-352 supports Hurricane Katrina relief efforts In September 2005 in addition to its numerous combat deployments and internationalhumanitarian aid efforts, VMGR-352 answered its own country's call forassistance in the wake of Hurricane Katrina's ravage of the Gulf Coastin September 2005. Flying da... more
Tue. 9/3 All day VMJ-253 lands on Guadalacanal

On September 3rd, the first plane of MAG-25 to land on Henderson

Field was from VMJ-253

Thu. 9/5 All day LtCol Marshall lands on Guadalacanal Piloted by LtCol. Wyman F. Marshall ,USMCR, an R4D loaded with 3,000 pounds of cigarettes and candy for Guadalcanal 's beleaguered Marines inaugurated what was to grow into air-transport service for the entire Pacific ocean. That plane also initiate... more
Sun. 9/8 All day VMGR-452 Birthday

on September 8th 1988, VMGR-452 was activated as the second Reserve KC-130 unit at Stewart AB, New Burgh, NY

Sat. 9/14 All day VMGRT-253 deactivates

VMGRT-253 was officially deactivated during a ceremony on September14, 2006.

LtCol Adam Holmes (the last commander of the unit) cased the unit colors, which were placed in storage.

Tue. 10/1 All day VMGRT-253 Birthday

On October 1st 1986, VMGRT-253 was activated as the Marine KC-130 training squadron

All day VMR-252 moves to MCAS El Toro

In July 1946, VMR-252 was based at MCAS Miramar as part of Marine Aircraft Group 25. They remained there until October 14, 1946 when they were moved to MCAS El Toro

All day VMR-252 receives its first KC-130

During October 1961, the KC-130 Hercules became the squadron's aircraft. With the introduction of the KC-130, the squadron's primary mission was changed to aerial refueling.

Fri. 10/25 All day VMJ-152 joins MAG-25

VMJ-I52 joined MAG-25 on October 25th 1942, and during that month the 13th Army Troop Carrier Squadron was also attached to MAG-25 with the increase of subordinate units within the group the need of a service squadron became apparent.

Fri. 11/1 All day VMGR-252 Deploys to Operation Enduring freedom

In November 2001, VMGR-352 deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The “Raiders” provided fixed wing aerial refueling and logistical support to forces fighting the War on Terrorism.

Sun. 12/1 All day VMR-352 moves to MCAS El Toro, CA

In December 1949, VMR-352 moved to Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) El Toro , California from MCAS Iwa, Hawaii.

All day VMGR-252 first unit to refuel a CH-3 helicopter

In December 1965, the KC-130 was used to refuel the CH-3 helicopter. This was the first time that a tanker drogue system was used to refuel a helicopter.

All day VMGR-252 achieves 300,000 mishap free flight hours

In December 1988, VMGR-252 achieved another milestone in when itsurpassed 300,000 accident free flight hours and won the distinction ofachieving the most accident-free flight hours of any squadron in theMarine Corps and Navy.

Mon. 12/2 All day VMGR-252 receives its first J-Model KC-130s

December 2002 marked a milestone in the history of VMGR-252 with the acceptance of three KC-130 J-model aircraft.

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