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MV-22 100,000 FLIGHT HOUR MILESTONE

Date Signed: 2/24/2011
ALMARS Number: 006/11

R 240403Z FEB 11
UNCLASSIFIED//
ALMAR 006/11
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC//
SUBJ/MV-22 100,000 FLIGHT HOUR MILESTONE//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  TO THE MARINES, SAILORS AND CIVILIANS OF THE MV-22 COMMUNITY, CONGRATULATIONS ON ACHIEVING 100,000 TOTAL FLIGHT HOURS IN THE OSPREY.  ON 10 FEBRUARY 2011, AN MV-22 SUPPORTING OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM CROSSED THIS SIGNIFICANT AVIATION THRESHOLD.  IT IS FITTING THAT THIS MILESTONE WAS ACHIEVED DURING COMBAT OPERATIONS IN AFGHANISTAN, GIVEN THE CONSTANT OPERATIONAL TEMPO THE OSPREY COMMUNITY HAS MAINTAINED SINCE ITS INCEPTION.
2.  THE OSPREY COMMUNITY HAS PROVEN ITS METTLE DURING COMBAT AND IN EXTREME ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS DURING NINE DEPLOYMENTS TO IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN AND ABOARD AMPHIBIOUS SHIPS AT SEA.  THE UNPRECEDENTED AGILITY AND OPERATIONAL REACH THE OSPREY PROVIDES TO OUR COMBATANT COMMANDERS - AND MARINES THROUGHOUT THE OPERATING FORCES - CONTINUES TO DEMONSTRATE ONE OF THE MANY CAPABILITIES WE POSSESS AS AMERICA'S EXPEDITIONARY FORCE IN READINESS.  HOWEVER, IT IS NOT THE AIRFRAME, BUT THE PEOPLE WHO MAINTAIN AND OPERATE THE MV-22 THAT HAVE ACHIEVED THIS MILESTONE.  THE UNPARALLELED SUCCESS OF THE MV-22 IS A DIRECT RESULT OF THE HARD WORK AND PROFESSIONALISM OF THE MARINES, SAILORS AND CIVILIANS WHO FLY, FIX AND SUPPORT THIS AIRCRAFT.
3.  AS A RESULT OF THE EFFORTS OF THE ENTIRE OSPREY COMMUNITY - AND MARINE AVIATION AS A WHOLE - THIS TRANSFORMATIONAL AIRCRAFT HAS ACHIEVED 100,000 TOTAL FLIGHT HOURS WHILE MAINTAINING THE LOWEST CLASS 'A' FLIGHT MISHAP RATE OF ANY USMC ROTORCRAFT SINCE 9/11.  TO ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE PLAYED A PART IN THE ACHIEVEMENT OF 100,000 FLIGHT HOURS, THANK YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS. 
4.  SEMPER FIDELIS.  JAMES F. AMOS, GENERAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS, COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS.//