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MAG-29 was activated May 1, 1972, at New River and within 11 days swelled to include three flying squadrons. During their first operational year, they flew more than 23,500 flight hours. From the mid to late 1980s, MAG-29 supported multiple Marine Amphibious Unit deployments to the Mediterranean and deployments to Norway in support of Exercise Battle Griffin. Throughout 1989 and 1990, MAG-29 participated in numerous exercises and operations, which culminated with all MAG-29 units deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm and Landing Force, 6th Fleet commitments. MAG-29 has been a constant part of the II Marine Expeditionary Force’s deployed combat-ready arsenal. From contingency operations through the 1980s to operations in Southwest Asia, the pilots and crews of MAG-29 squadrons have been on the tip of the spear. As innovators, one of their squadrons was the first to use an AH-1W Super Cobra to mark targets for AV-8B Harriers to drop laser-guided bombs. Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 365 supported Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. In January 2003, MAG-29 (Rein) deployed to become the 3rd Rotary Wing Aircraft Group for 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During its combat deployment, MAG-29 (Rein) squadrons flew in excess of 111,000 combat flight hours, and supported the tactical movement of 187,000 passengers and the aerial medical evacuation of 4,500 coalition and Iraqi force personnel. In February 2008, MAG-29 was replaced by MAG-16 and redeployed to MCAS New River. The next year, MAG-29 was also restructured to house all Marine Heavy Helicopter and Light Attack Helicopter squadrons assigned to New River. During 2010, HMH-464 returned from Afghanistan as well as a partial unit attached to the 24th MEU.


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