Marines Magazine

The Official Magazine of the United States Marine Corps

Subscribe by RSS

Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263 (Reinforced)

Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263 (Reinforced)

Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263 (Reinforced)

Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263 (VMM-263) is the first United States Marine Corps tiltrotor squadron consisting of MV-22A Osprey transport aircraft. The squadron, known as the “Thunder Chickens”, is based at Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., and falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 26, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, although they are currently attached to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, II Marine Expeditionary Force of Camp Lejeune.

Nickname: “Thunder Chickens”

Motto: Balanced Excellence (Pondera Virtus)

Mission: “Provide the United States with a forward-deployed, amphibious force-in-readiness capable of executing mission across the full spectrum of combat and military operations other than war.”

Manpower: 500 Marines

Commanding Officer: Lt. Col. Paul P. Ryan

Sergeant Major: Sgt. Maj. Octaviano Gallegos Jr.

Unit founding date: Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263 was activated initially as Marine Helicopter Transport Squadron (HMR) 263 on June 16, 1952, but was redesignated to VMM-263 March 3, 2006.

GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM
The Thunder Chickens deployed 3 times as HMM-263 in support of the Global War on Terror.

HMM-263 totaled over 17,000 combat flight hours during these deployments.

They participated in both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, in operations such as Second Battle of Fallujah, Citadel II, Riverwalk, and Plymouth Rock.

The squadron officially stood down June 3, 2005, and entered a training phase in order to prepare for the transition to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263 (VMM-263).

HMM-263 was re-designated VMM-263 and reactivated March 3, 2006 as the first operational MV-22 squadron in the fleet.

In September 2007, VMM-263 left with 10 Ospreys from MCAS New River for Iraq, becoming
the first unit to deploy with the new aircraft. They returned in April 2008.

The squadron is currently the first MV-22 squadron to support a Marine expeditionary unit. They are deployed in support of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit.

MV-22A Osprey - Vertical to Forward Flight

MV-22A Osprey – Vertical to Forward Flight

    Related Posts

  • Sea Monsters

    January 18th, 2012 // By Marine Corps News

    Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Romanian Marines wait to return to the USS Whidbey Island while ashore at Capu Midia, Romania. The Romanian and American Marines were  [Read more...]

  • Gunfighters Salute: Huey crewman awarded honors for heroism

    October 6th, 2011 // By By Lance Cpl. Lisa Tourtelot

    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – On June 18, 2010, two UH-1Y Huey helicopter crews with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 flew to the aid of ground forces in Helmand province, Afghanistan. The  [Read more...]

  • F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

    March 23rd, 2010 // By Sgt. Michael S. Cifuentes

    The Marine Corps is fully loaded with an air arsenal that is paving the way for military aviation. The Corps sank its teeth in the new UH-1Y Venom, an upgraded version of the Huey, welcomed the MV-22B Osprey, a tiltrotor vertical/short take-off and landing, multi-mission aircraft, and introduced the F-35B Lightning II, a single-engine, single-passenger, multi-role, stealth-capable, fifth generation supersonic strike fighter.

  • Death From Above

    December 23rd, 2009 // By Sgt. Scott M. Biscuiti, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit

    Corps’ premiere air-controllers back with 11th MEU FORT HUNTER LIGGETT, Calif. — After years of estrangement from Marine expeditionary units, 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company personnel, or Anglico, the Corp’s air controllers, are once  [Read more...]

  • Mess with the Best, Die like the Rest

    December 14th, 2009 // By Lance Cpl. Brian D. Jones, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Afghanistan

    Marines strike insurgent positions in Afghanistan NOW ZAD, Afghanistan — Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Afghanistan conducted a major combat operation against insurgent forces in Now Zad, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, April 3.  [Read more...]

  • danny morris

    got a flag at afleamkt in honor of MR.LEROY ALLISON THOMAS wondering if some of his family might want it our if the person that had it made my want it i live 30 min from CAMP LEJUINE and want someone to have it if lost some how

  • Lita wilson

    how can i contact with sgt.maj.octaviano gallegos