Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161

 

Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161

3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

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130614-N-BU440-372 PACIFIC OCEAN –U.S. Marines inspect an MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft after landing on the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer JS Hyuga (DDH 181) during amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz. Dawn Blitz is a scenario-driven exercise led by the U.S. 3rd Fleet and 1 Marine Expeditionary Force that will test participants in the planning and execution of amphibious operations through a series of live training events. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Molly A. Evans/Released)
An MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 lands on board the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Helicopter destroyer JS Hyuga (DDG 181) as part of Dawn Blitz 2013 for the first time in history off the coast of Naval Base Coronado, June 14. Exercise Dawn Blitz 2013 is a multinational amphibious exercise off the Southern California coast that refocuses Navy, Marine Corps and coalition forces in their ability to conduct complex amphibious operations essential for global crisis response across the range of military operations.
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A MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 sits aboard the JS Shimokita after landing on it during exercise Dawn Blitz, June 14. Dawn Blitz demonstrates the unique capabilities of the Marine Corps and Navy to rapidly respond to contingencies in coordination with our coalition partners.
A MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 sits aboard the JS Hyuga during exercise Dawn Blitz, June 14. Exercises like Dawn Blitz 2013 provide realistic relevant training necessary for effective global crisis response expected of the Navy and Marine Corps.
An MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) takes off from Forward Operating Base Jackson, Afghanistan, Nov. 7, 2012. VMM-161 moved troops and cargo to and from the battle space supporting various missions. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Alexander Quiles)
An MV-22 Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 prepares to land in southern Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 9. The Osprey was picking up coalition and Afghan government officials following a visit to a remote area. The officials were checking the status of a 6th Zone Afghan Border Police clearing operation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. John Jackson)
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(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Keonaona C. Paulo)
Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys with Marine Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), fly over the Arabian Sea Sept. 6, 2012. VMM-161 was transferring their aircraft to VMM-261, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, U.S.S. Iwo Jima. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Keonaona C. Paulo)
A MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 land aboard the JS Shimokita during Dawn Blitz 2013. Dawn Blitz is part of an annual training exercise that prepares Navy and Marine Corps forces to conduct amphibious operations and offload shipping.
An MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 sits aboard the JS Shimokita after landing on it during exercise Dawn Blitz, June 14. Dawn Blitz demonstrates the unique capabilities of the Marine Corps and Navy to rapidly respond to contingencies in coordination with our coalition partners.
Mission Statement

The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing's mission is to provide combat ready expeditionary aviation forces capable of short notice world wide deployment to Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF), fleet and unified commanders.

Our mission to provide well trained, organized and equipped combat ready forces remains our number one priority.

The Third Marine Aircraft Wing (3rd MAW) is comprised of Marines, sailors and civilians. We enjoy a climate of trust and cohesiveness that makes our combat organization greater than the sum of its individual parts. As a combat team, we focus on excellence and mission success. We accept nothing less than superior performance, for mediocrity has no place in aviation.

Our high standards of professional excellence are apparent in our conduct and preparation for combat. We are the epitome of professionalism in everything we do: in our work ethic, our grooming standards, in our daily behavior, and while we are enjoying well-earned liberty. We remain combat ready to conduct any mission assigned. We stay fit for duty – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Our posture for success sustains us in combat.

We are representatives of the United States of America, of our service, and of our families. Our personal interaction sets the standard by which 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing is judged. We always maintain the highest standards of professionalism and human dignity.

The action, or inaction, of any one individual plays a critical role in our preparation for combat.

Our leadership is proactive, never abusive. We thrive on challenges, seek solutions, and produce positive, timely results. We are always accountable and accept responsibility for our actions. We know the rules and regulations and abide by them. Integrity is our cornerstone, honesty is our guide, and respect for our fellow man is our creed. We will not waiver in our mission to defeat terrorism and destroy those extremists who threaten our way of life.

Excel, demand excellence, set the example, be responsible, contribute to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing success and we will make a difference as we defeat the enemies of our great country.

VMM-161 Leaders

Lieutenant Colonel Lavato
Commanding Officer, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161
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Sergeant Major Mark D. Wright
Sergeant Major, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161
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