March 2013

"Red Dogs" Are a Rare Breed-Hmla-773 is Corps' Only Reserve Light Attack Helicopter Squadron

Volume 96, Issue 3

The "Red Dogs" are a breed apart, unique among their kind.

In the world of Marine Corps aviation, the leathernecks of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 773 form the one and only Marine Corps Reserve light attack helicopter squadron, flying and maintaining AH-1 W Super Cobra attack and UH-IN Huey utility helicopters.

HMLA-773 is the Corps' largest déployable light attack helicopter squadron in terms of personnel and aircraft, operating in separate detachments at three different East Coast bases, according to squadron officers.

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Col Michael D. Visconage, USMCR (Ret)