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On 19 June 1971, HML-167 was transferred to MCAS(H) New River, Jacksonville, NC and became a part of MAG-26, 2d Marine Air Wing.On 15 June 1971, the last two aircraft in the Republic of Vietnam departed and flew aboard USS Dubuque.A special purpose MAGTF, formed with a detachment of UH-1Ns, embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) in response to the continuing crisis in the Balkans, supported operation "Southern Watch" in the Red Sea during renewed tensions with Iraq.This deployment marked the first time Marine Ground and helicopter assets were embarked aboard an aircraft carrier.On 1 April 1968, at Marble Mountain Air Facility, Republic of Vietnam, Marine Light Helicopter Squadron-167 was commissioned. Miller, the HML-167 Commanding Officer, dropped the first helicopter bomb.From commissioning date until June of 1971, HML-167 would participate in operations against communist forces in the Republic of Vietnam. This was accomplished using the Helicopter Trap Weapon (HTW).Under MAG-26 command, the squadron continued to demonstrate its commitment to standards of excellence.This was evident by HML-167’s role in the peacekeeping force in Lebanon from October 1982 through November 1983.
HML/A-167’s main body was deployed as the Aviation Combat Element (ACE) for contingency MAGTF 2-88 in the Arabian Gulf participating in Operation Praying Mantis.HML-167 received its first AH-1T Cobras on 17 January 1984, and became HML/A-167 on 1 April 1986.It was the first unit to be officially designated as a Light/Attack Squadron with a permanent composite mix of UH-1N and AH-1T Helicopters.Flying UH-1E’s for the duration of its tenure in Vietnam, HML-167 achieved distinction with the following awards: Commanding General Third MAF "Outstanding Performance" (1968), Presidential Unit Citation with a Bronze Star, Meritorious Unit Citation with a Bronze Star, National Defense Service Streamer, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with a Palm, and the Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation. In May 1971, HML-167 was the last operating helicopter squadron in the Republic of Vietnam.On , the squadron held its official stand down in the Republic of Vietnam, concluding over 60,000 combat flight hours.