Alameda Naval Air Museum

HM-19 "Golden Bears" Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron Nineteen

Squadron History

HM-19 Golden Bears Insignia
HM-19 "Golden Bears" Insignia

HM-19 was established at Naval Air Station Alameda, California on 9 January 1989 as the Naval Reserve's second Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM) squadron, flying the RH-53D Sea Stallion Helicopter operating under the control of Commander, Helicopter Wing Reserve.

In January 1993, the Golden Bears began transitioning to the MH-53E Sea Dragon Helicopter. A transition to a new platform requires retraining of all the maintenance and aircrew personnel, a monumental undertaking. To achieve this goal the "Golden Bears" of HM-19 and the "Black Hawks" of HM-15 formed a cooperative training effort (centered around two of HM-15's helicopters) identified as Det Three, or, more commonly known as "The Pink Det".

Initially, a small cadre of HM-19 personnel worked onboard HM-15, learning to fly and maintain the Sea Dragon. After HM-19 transferred the Sea Stallions to the U.S. Marine Corps, HM-15 manned a detachment and sent it to HM-19. This joint effort between the Reserve and Regular Navy was enormously successful, and has since become the model for future reserve squadron transitions.

HM-19 constituted twenty percent of the Nation's Airborne Mine Countermeasures capability. The 325 officers and men that comprised HM-19 were trained to operate and maintain the Sikorsky MH-53E helicopters and a broad array of highly sophisticated, complex equipment required for the location and destruction of naval mines.

HM-19 was the recipient of the Chief of Naval Operations "Aviation Safety Award" for calendar years 1989, 1990 and 1993 as well as the 1989 Commander, Helicopter Wing Reserve "Retention Excellence Award."

HM-19 was disestablished 5 November 1994 and integrated with Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron Fifteen (HM-15).

MH-53E Sea Dragon Patch
MH-53E Sea Dragon Patch
Commanding Officers
Commanding OfficerDate Assumed Command
CDR Robert M. Davis, Jr.JAN 1989
CDR Leslie N. AllenAUG 1991
CDR Alexander J. SabolMAR 1992
CDR Stephen H. RoachDEC 1993
Establishment Ceremony on 9 January 1989, Parading the Colors
Establishment Ceremony on 9 January 1989,
Parading the Colors
Establishment Ceremony Squadron Cake
Establishment Ceremony Squadron Cake
Establishment Ceremony, presenting the Squadron Insignia
Establishment Ceremony,
presenting the Squadron Insignia
Establishment Ceremony, Commanding Officer CDR Robert M. Davis, Jr., USNR cuts the Ceremonial Cake with his sword
Commanding Officer CDR Robert M. Davis, Jr., USNR cuts the Ceremonial Cake with his sword
Establishment Ceremony, HM-19's Air Intelligence Officer LT Robert M. Cieri, USNR standing in front of one of the Squadron's RH-53D Sea Stallion Helicopters
HM-19's Air Intelligence Officer LT Robert M. Cieri, USNR standing in front of one of the Squadron's RH-53D Sea Stallion Helicopters
Establishment Ceremony. Display of the Airborne Mine Countermeasures Mark-105 Hydrofoil platform
Airborne Mine Countermeasures
Mark-105 Hydrofoil platform
 

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Credits:
Images provided by Mr. Robert M. Cieri
Squadron History provided by LT Mark Zwolski, Gary Petersen and Davie W. Gibson, Jr.