NORFOLK (NNS) -- Navy Reserve Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HSC) 84 capped off a year of distinguished service when the squadron received the Citizen Patriot Unit award for 2010 at a ceremony March 22 at Fort Myer, Va.
The Citizen Patriot award recognizes individuals and units or organizations whose performance exceeds the normal scope of service in support of the nation's defense.
The three other awards for the squadron were the Navy Unit Commendation for exceptionally meritorious service in action against enemy forces in support of Iraqi Freedom for the period of March 2004 through January 2010; the 2010 Commander, Naval Air Forces Reserve Noel Davis Battle Efficiency Award; and was selected as the Commander Naval Air Forces Reserve squadron of the year. The squadron of the year recognizes HSC 84 as the most battle ready squadron in the Naval Air Reserve.
2010 was a year of challenges and successes for the Red Wolves of HSC 84 who distinguished themselves as a battle-tested squadron in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Rear Adm. Chris Sadler, commander, Naval Air Force Reserve, said the Red Wolves "were the clear stand outs among this august group [of Navy Reserve Squadrons]."
The four awards HSC 84 received followed historical combat operations conducted by the squadron. HSC 84 conducted the longest sustained combat deployment of U. S. Navy helicopters in history. HSC 84 was also recognized for its dedicated support to joint and coalition special operations forces (SOF) operating in Iraq.
In 2010, HSC 84 flew more than 619 combat sorties. During the hundreds of sorties HSC 84 provided armed escort for ground assault forces, completed psychological warfare missions, intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance, sniper over-watch, close air support, casualty evacuation, and continued logistical troop movements of SOF personnel. In September 2010 the Red Wolves surpassed a 12,000 hours combat flight-time milestone without loss of life or injury due to enemy action.
Between deployments to the desert, the HSC 84 pilot and aircrew instructors sustained a high flight training tempo. Between deployments they to guard qualified full-time support, selected Reserve, and active-duty crew members in tactical flight operations. The home guard component of the squadron also sent detachments around the country in 2010 supporting multiple units. HSC 84 conducted training at the U. S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada; the 24th Special Tactics Squadron at Fort Bragg, N.C.; and the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment in Savannah Ga.
The Sailors of HSC-84 continue the tradition of excellence in Naval Special Warfare in 2011. The squadron departs in April for Nellis Air Force Base outside Las Vegas to participate in joint exercises. The Red Wolves will also conduct joint CSAR training with the airmen of the U. S. Air Force Weapons School. The forward deployed members of Red Wolves Detachment One continue to provide support in the Central Command area of responsibility.
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