Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461

Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461 Welcome to the official page for Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461. It is our goal to provide the group with information about the squadron and share our legacy.

It is our goal to provide the group with information about the squadron. The official 2nd MAW Web site is:

Facebook is just one of the ways that HMH-461 communicates with families. We also have eMarine which is our official means of communication. All HMH-461 Marines are registered to this website. eMarine is a website that your Marine invites you to view. It contains information such as resources, educational opportunities, photos, and events that are specifically for HMH-461 Marines/Sailors/Friends/Family Members. To gain access to this valuable tool go to or contact Judy Robinson (Family Readiness Officer) at [email protected] or 910-449-6020. Please feel free to express your opinion about the Marine Corps in an objective and respectful way that allows for a continued information relationship. While this is an open forum, it's also a family friendly one, so please keep your comments clean. In addition, we ask that you follow our posting guidelines here. Violation of the guidelines below may result in your post being removed.

-We do not under any circumstance allow graphic, obscene, explicit or racist comments or submissions, nor do we allow comments that are abusive, hateful or intended to defame anyone or any organization.

-We do not allow solicitations or advertisements. This includes promotion or endorsement of any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. Similarly, we do not allow attempts to defame or defraud any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency.

-We do not allow comments that suggest or encourage illegal activity.

-You participate at your own risk, taking personal responsibility for your comments, your username and any information provided. Lastly, the appearance of external links on this site does not constitute official endorsement on behalf of the U.S. Marine Corps or Department of Defense. Thank you for your continued support of the United States Marine Corps. For more information on the Marine Corps' use of Social Media visit

MAG-29 War Eagles

MAG-29 War Eagles

War Eagles, Families, and Friends,

To say the last few months have been unusual would be the understatement of the century. But as Marines we pride ourselves on adaptability with the will to overcome any obstacle. We are far from done with this pandemic but the actions of our Marines, Sailors, and their support system to date has been nothing short of extraordinary. Our goal from the beginning has been to protect the force and preserve unit and individual readiness; I feel confident in saying that we have accomplished that to date but this journey is far from over. There is an understandable eagerness to return to some sort of normalcy both in our daily lives and here on the flight line but I would offer that we must not be complacent and we must continue to vigilantly adhere to Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines with respect to hygiene, social distancing, and sanitization. As we move toward a more normal operational tempo across the MAG, Leadership will continue to closely monitor the situation and I will not hesitate to reinstitute the stricter protection measures that have been in place for the last two month.

Not trying to be doom and gloom here but to compound the challenging environment we find ourselves in, Hurricane season is upon us. Hurricane season alone is difficult enough to deal with but now add in the complexity of an on-going pandemic. I would encourage all of you to take a hard look at both your shelter-in-place plan as well as an evacuation plan. There are a number of resources available to help in this planning but for consideration, this time around you also need to consider WHERE you might go for an evacuation and what type of COVID related impacts there may be based on that location.

I couldn’t be more proud of the professionalism of every member of this MAG over the last two months and I have no doubt we are as prepared today as we have ever been to answer the nation’s call to duty. Commanders have optimized their work force and efficiently groomed their resources and preserved readiness across all pillars. Thanks for what you do in support of the security of our nation.

Colonel Bob “Rider” Finneran
Commanding Officer, MAG-29


To the spouses of our Marines & Sailors at HMH-461,

This year’s spouse appreciation day comes with its own unique set of challenges. But your perseverance, determination, grit, and devotion is what helps to hold our lives together, keep your spouse focused and families intact.

It’s for that that SgtMaj Ortega and I thank you. We thank you for all of the sacrifices that you don’t have a choice in, and more importantly, those sacrifices that you do. We thank you for the support you provide to your spouse as they put on the uniform each day – whether that’s here in NC or across the globe helping to protect our great Nation. We thank you for taking the time out of your day to volunteer with the squadron or volunteer to help another family. We thank you for your understanding and your support.

You are a valuable part of the Ironhorse family.

Semper Fidelis,

LtCol R. A. Lynch & SgtMaj F. W. Ortega

Super Stallion On Approach
Super Stallion On Approach

Super Stallion On Approach

ARABIAN GULF (April 14, 2020) A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter, attached to the Blue Knights of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 365 (Reinforced), prepares to land on the flight deck aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21), April 14, 2020. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Com...


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Jacksonville, NC


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