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By: Jenn Hicks

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Saturday, 9-Apr-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Sorry for the lack of pictures......

Sorry about the lack of pictures. I know that is one of the main reasons for this site but I haven't recieved any. It's really hard to get on Donald's case about it because he has been so busy lately. I will still keep up the tender-urging but until then I'm planning on posting more of the pictures that I recieved last deployement.

I will be posting the letters I get from the CO. It helps to explain the jobs that they are doing. It's nice to hear from other points of view what is going on. I hope you don't mind.

As for me I've been trying to keep myself busy. I've been helping out at my Dad's CPA office. As we all know Tax Season is over in a week, so I've got a busy week ahead. I will try to get some pictures posted before next week starts. Thanks for visiting & feel free to post messages, Donald is able to view this site.

Thanks again,

Jenn


Wednesday, 6-Apr-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Message from the CO

April 6, 2005

Dear Moonlighter Families,

It is April in Iraq and that means it is time for a change in the weather. This week we have seen temperatures vary between 90 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit and visibility go from unlimited down to ¼ mile in blowing dust and sand as frontal passages quickly blow through the area. This is keeping the aviators on their toes as they carefully watch the weather. It also means extra work for the Marines down in maintenance as they desperately try to keep the aircraft clean in between heavy dustings. Perhaps the worst phenomenon is mud rain. When a rain shower follows a heavy sandstorm, mud literally falls from the sky covering everything in a fine layer of hard to remove dirt. The Moonlighters take all this in stride and flight operations continue unhindered.

This week Iâ??d like to focus on the S-4. The S-4 is responsible for a myriad of tasks that include embarking, supply, armory, and facility maintenance. In the Marine Corps they like to say that the S-4 takes care of â??Beans, bullets, and bandagesâ??. Often overlooked and under appreciated, the S-4 is kind of like the utilities company. No one gives them a second thought until the power goes out or the chow fails to be delivered. Luckily our S-4 team is squared away and we seldom experience any shortages.

Well lately the S-4 tent seems to be having problems with more than its fair share of rats and mice. The MGySgt Hammons and the rest of the S-4 team have shown their resourcefulness once again with the creation of the rat race competition. Like expert anglers, each has found his special â??rat fishingâ?? hole and his secret baiting techniques. SSgt Dones swears by a combination of peanut butter and steel wool. His first trap â??Say no to cheeseâ?? was lost in action but he is back with a new trap called â??Redemptionâ??. Other trap names include MGySgt Hammons â??Nothing but Neckâ??, SSgt Ruiz and â??The Last Supperâ??, Sgt Stumpf with â??Spinal Tapâ??, and Cpl Negron with â??King Chileâ??. I believe the high score so far is 7 rats. Weâ??ll keep you posted.

In other creature news, LtCol Nilo Delosreyes had a surprise encounter with a local Viper on his way to the head. â??Kiloâ?? swears the snake was at least 6 feet long with a very big head but other witnesses defer. Well such are the joys of living in the wilderness.

On the 1st of April I had the pleasure of promoting several well deserving Marines. Our new NCOs are Cpl Coursey, Cpl Lopez, and Cpl FloresMarquez. We have 3 new outstanding Sergeants, Sgt Nakajima, Sgt Cwiklinski, and Sgt Barnes. Finally we have a new SNCO, SSgt Ruiz. All these Marines will now enjoy the privileges of higher rank along with new challenges and additional responsibilities. Congratulations to all of you and your families.

Our April birthdays

Maj Scott Craig, MSgt Hikmat, Cpl Gastellum, Cpl Gerlach, LCpl Green, CWO2 Gyure, LCpl Kim, Cpl Stier, LCpl Velomartel, Cpl Wilson, HM2 Smith, and myself.

Thanks for reading.

Take Care and Semper Fidelis,

LtCol Jacques â??Jackalâ?? Naviaux II
Commanding Officer HMM-764




Tuesday, 29-Mar-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark

Hello All,

Just wanted to send everyone a little note to let you know that I am still alive!! J/K Of course I am alive!!! It has been quite nice weather wise so far since we have been here. It was actually pretty cold when we first got here. Now it is cool at night and getting warm during the day, around 90. But steadily rising. Everything is the same as we when we left 6 months ago!!! We just stepped right in and everything went smooth. I have a few new people in my shop and they all seem to be good to work with!! So I am looking forward to a really good deployment!!

Gotta get back to work!!

Thanks for keeping up, and thanks for all your thoughts and prayers!!! They are working!!!!!

Cpl Hicks, Donald G.

Flight Equipment

HMM-764

USMC


Saturday, 26-Mar-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Message from the CO

I think that these are the bunny ears that he was refering to.
Little bunny foo-foo hopping thru the forest....
Happy Easter Everyone!

Easter in Iraq is still a working day for the Moonlighters but SgtMaj Townsend brightened everyoneâ??s day by donning Bunny Ears and handing out plastic Easter Eggs. Sometimes we worry about the SgtMaj, but never his enthusiam. Many of our Marines took advantage of the Easter services held at the base theater and an Easter Dinner was served at the chowhall.

This has been a big week for the Moonlighters. We assumed the mission from our East Coast sister squadron HMM-774 and we are now hard at work. HMM-774, known as the Wild Geese, are home for a well deserved rest but they will be back out in the fall to take the hand-off from us. The Marines were eager to get back into the action and quickly snapped back in. The squadron is running like a well-oiled machine, flying and maintaining aircraft 24 hours a day. I am extremely proud of everyone and how professional our conduct has been.

Another highlight of the week was moving out of our temporary tent camp housing into the concrete barracks. Just in time it turned out. We had a sandstorm on moving day and that night temperatures dipped into the 30s. Nice to be in a well insulated building. Everyone is busy fixing up their rooms now. Building shelves and furniture like a bunch of Bob Vilas. The S-4 is working up a plan to wire all the rooms for cable TV. We hope to have the Armed Forces Network (AFN) available in all the barracks rooms before long.

Around camp the consensus is that the chow hall has improved since our last stay. Lobster Tails and Crab Legs were actually on the menu this week. There is a good supply of fruit and vegetables and â??hardâ?? ice cream is served every other day.

I notice that spirits are high and there is a lot of laughter heard around the squadron. LCpl Castenada keeps us in stitches with video lead-ins to her daily intel briefs. The boys at â??Club Airframesâ?? keep the Maintenance Hangar rocking all night long. I swear they have a live band in that tent! GySgt Awender and SSgt Vazquez have been selected to appear on segments of the â??Jimmy Kimmel Showâ??. The show is going to send them unusual â??care packagesâ?? and record their reactions. We have a happy crew right now.

It seems as if the tide has changed for the better in Iraq and we are cautiously optimistic about the future of this country.

Semper Fidelis and God Bless,

LtCol Jacques Naviaux II



Wednesday, 16-Mar-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Donald's in country..... after a long trip.

These were taken before I dropped Donald off
Taken at Edwards AFB
Below is a message from the CO.

Greetings from Iraq! All of the Moonlighters have arrived safely in Iraq and we are readjusting to very familiar surroundings. On the flight over we stopped in Shannon, Ireland and many of the Marines took advantage of the opportunity to have one last beer before giving it up for the next 7 months. From Ireland we flew directly into Kuwait City International arriving to thunderstorms and a torrential downpour. We have never seen this much rain in the Middle East! While in Kuwait we were checked in by Central Command personnel so our hazard duty pay and tax exemption status could be started and we recieved our initial theater inbriefs. From Kuwait the squadron was broken down into "Chalks" and flown into Iraq via Air Force C-130 aircraft. The first two Chalks made it into Iraq without any problems but the last two were delayed about 48 hours due to mechanical problems and weather. This made for a couple of long days of "hurry up and wait" for the Marines and everyone was very happy to finally arrive here at the base.

This time around we are working for the "East Coast" or "Carolina" Marine Corps. We are attached to Marine Aircraft Group 26 (MAG-26) out of MCAS New River, North Carolina which is part of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (2nd MAW) based at MCAS Cherry Point, NC. 2nd MAW is the Air Combat Element (ACE) of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (II MEF) (pronounced "2 MEF") out of MCB Camp Lejuene, NC. Finally we are part of the Multi-National Coalition Iraq (MNCI) which is the overall command for all Coalition Forces in Iraq. Got all that? Hopefully this will make it a little easier to read the headlines.

We are in the process of "RIPing" (releave in place) with our sister reserve CH-46 squadron, HMM-774, out of Norfolk, VA. The mission cannot stop just because one unit is taking over from another so this must be conducted with care and precision to ensure the transition is transparent to all our supported units. Everyone is busy moving into their new spaces, warming up pilots and aircrew, and learning any lessons learned. There is plenty for everyone to do.

That's all for now. Take Care and Semper Fidelis. LtCol Jacques "Jackal" Naviaux II, CO HMM-764


I'm hoping to be able to update this page every week. You can click on the "Track this Fotopage" at the top above the page numbers & enter in your email address & the site will email you when I update it. Thanks so much for your support.

Jenn


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