List of United States Marine Corps aviation support units

This is a list of United States Marine Corps aviation support squadrons and other units, sorted by type.

Active

Marine Wing Headquarters Squadrons

The Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron (MWHS) provides administrative and supply support for a Marine Aircraft Wing Headquarters (MAW HQ). The MAW HQ is a separate organization that directs and coordinates the operations of the MAW. The MAW HQ contains the wing commander (commanding general) and assistant wing commander, their personal staffs (aides-de-camp, drivers, etc.), and the chief of staff, the general staff divisions (G-1 through G-6), and the special staff departments (public affairs officer, wing inspector, staff judge advocate, wing medical officer, and wing chaplain). The wing commander fights the MAW from his operational command post located in the Tactical Air Command Center (TACC) maintained by the Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron (MTACS).

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Date Commissioned Senior Command Station
MWHS-1 America's Finest 7 July 1941 1st MAW Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan
MWHS-2 The Deuce
Snake Eyes
31 December 1955 2nd MAW MCAS Cherry Point, NC
MWHS-3 10 November 1942 3rd MAW MCAS Miramar, CA
MWHS-4 4th MAW New Orleans, LA

Marine Aviation Logistics Squadrons

The Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron (MALS) provides direct support of intermediate aircraft maintenance, aviation supply, and aviation ordnance to the aircraft squadrons of a Marine Aircraft Group. A MALS is capable of supporting multiple types of aircraft, as well as providing detachments for the aviation combat elements of a MEB or MEU.

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Date Commissioned Senior Command Station
MALS-11 Devilfish December, 1921 MAG-11, 3rd MAW MCAS Miramar, CA
MALS-12 Marauders 1 March 1942 MAG-12, 1st MAW MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
MALS-13 Black Widows 1 March 1942 MAG-13, 3rd MAW MCAS Yuma, AZ
MALS-14 Dragons 30 September 1988 MAG-14, 2nd MAW MCAS Cherry Point, NC
MALS-16 Forerunners 1 March 1952 MAG-16, 3rd MAW MCAS Miramar, CA
MALS-24 Warriors 1 March 1942 MAG-24, 1st MAW MCAF Kaneohe Bay, HI
MALS-26 Patriots 16 June 1952 MAG-26, 2nd MAW MCAS New River, NC
MALS-29 Wolverines 1 May 1972 MAG-29, 2nd MAW MCAS New River, NC
MALS-31 Stingers February 1, 1943 MAG-31, 2nd MAW MCAS Beaufort, SC
MALS-36 Bladerunner June 1952 MAG-36, 1st MAW MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan
MALS-39 Hellhounds March 1, 1942 MAG-39, 3rd MAW MCAS Camp Pendleton, CA
MALS-41 Wranglers January 1, 1943 MAG-41, 4th MAW NASJRB Fort Worth, TX
MALS-42 War Hammers 18 June 1992 MAG-42, 4th MAW NAS Atlanta, GA
MALS-49 Magicians 1 July 1969 MAG-49, 4th MAW Stewart ANGB, NY

Marine Air Control Squadrons

MACS are responsible for air traffic control and operate the Tactical Air Operations Center (TAOC), which directs antiair warfare (to include ground-based anti-aircraft weapons), early warning & intercept control, air surveillance, radar control, and airspace management.

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Date Commissioned Senior Command Station
MACS-1 Falconers 1 September 1943[1] MACG-38, 3rd MAW MCAS Yuma, AZ
MACS-2 Eyes of the MAGTF 1 April 1944[2] MACG-28, 2nd MAW MCAS Cherry Point, NC
MACS-4 Vice Squad 5 May 1944[3] MACG-18, 1st MAW MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan
MACS-24 Earthquake 15 October 1949 MACG-48, 4th MAW Virginia Beach, VA

Marine Air Support Squadrons

MASSs provide the Direct Air Support Center (DASC) which controls and coordinates those tactical aircraft operations directly supporting ground forces. They are responsible for the processing of immediate requests (e.g. Close Air Support, CASEVAC, and Assault Support), integrate and deconflict indirect fire support (e.g., artillery and mortars) with aviation assets, manage terminal control assets, and procedurally controlling aircraft.

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Date Commissioned Senior Command Station
MASS-1 Atlantic Nomads 25 June 1943[4] MACG-28, 2nd MAW MCAS Cherry Point, NC
MASS-2 Pacific Vagabonds 1 January 1943 [5] MACG-18, 1st MAW MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan
MASS-3 Blacklist 3 August 1950 MACG-38, 3rd MAW MCAS Camp Pendleton, CA
MASS-6 Lighthouse 15 May 1947 MACG-48, 4th MAW MCAS Miramar, CA

Marine Tactical Air Command Squadrons

MTACS provide the ACE commander with command and control functions necessary for the aviation mission. They establish a Tactical Air Command Center (TACC), which is the operational command post for the Marine Aircraft Wing, from which the Wing Commander and his battle staff command the tactical air battle, including tactical air support provided to ground forces (directed from the DASC in the MASS) and tactical air defense (directed by the TAOC in the MACS).

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Date Commissioned Senior Command Station
MTACS-18 1 September 1967 MACG-18, 1st MAW MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan
MTACS-28 Olympians 1 October 1947 MACG-28, 2nd MAW MCAS Cherry Point, NC
MTACS-38 Fire Chickens 1 September 1967 MACG-38, 3rd MAW MCAS Miramar, CA
MTACS-48 1 September 1967 MACG-48, 4th MAW NS Great Lakes, IL

Marine Wing Communications Squadrons

MWCSs provide all communication assets for the ACE, including radio, satellite, wire, and data technology.

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Date Commissioned Senior Command Station
MWCS-18 Warriors From The Ground Up 1 September 1967 MACG-18, 1st MAW MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan
MWCS-28 Spartans 1 September 1967 MACG-28, 2nd MAW MCAS Cherry Point, NC
MWCS-38 Red Lightning 1 September 1967 MACG-38, 3rd MAW MCAS Miramar, CA
MWCS-48 Roar of the Corps 10 April 1952 MACG-48, 4th MAW NS Great Lakes, IL

Low Altitude Air Defense Battalions

LAAD Battalions are responsible for close air defense protection of assets within the area of operation, with a secondary mission of local ground security for ACE elements. They are armed with surface to air weapons, as well as early warning and detection equipment. Currently, LAAD battalions are equipped with the FIM-92 Stinger, a man-portable surface-to-air missile, and the M2 .50 cal machinegun. The M1097 Avenger missile-equipped HMMWV has been retired by Marine forces.

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Date Commissioned Senior Command Station
2nd LAAD Bn Death from Below 26 February 1969 MACG-28, 2nd MAW MCAS Cherry Point, NC
3rd LAAD Bn Feel the Sting 20 June 1982 MACG-38, 3rd MAW MCAS Camp Pendleton, CA

Marine Wing Support Squadrons/Detachments

The MWSS provides all essential aviation ground support to the MAG. This support includes: (1) airfield operations and (2) communications (less air traffic control services), (3) motor transport, engineer services (including (4) bulk fuel and (5) aircraft refueling), (6) non-aviation supply and (7) equipment maintenance, (8) local security, (9) medical services, and (10) food services.

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Date Commissioned Senior Command Station
MWSD-24 Gryphons 24 Apr 2013 MAG-24, 1st MAW MCAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii
MWSS-171 America's Squadron 16 April 1979 MAG-12, 1st MAW MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
MWSS-172 Firebirds 16 June 1986 MAG-36, 1st MAW MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan
MWSS-271 Workhorse of the Wing 6 June 1986 MWSG-27, 2nd MAW MCAS Cherry Point, NC
MWSS-272 Untouchables 26 February 1969 MWSG-27, 2nd MAW MCAS New River, NC
MWSD-273 Sweathogs 13 June 1986 MWSG-27, 2nd MAW MCAS Beaufort, SC
MWSS-274 Ironmen 2 June 1986 MWSG-27, 2nd MAW MCAS Cherry Point, NC
MWSS-371 Sand Sharks 2 June 1986 MWSG-37, 3rd MAW MCAS Yuma, AZ
MWSS-372 Diamondbacks 1 July 1977 MWSG-37, 3rd MAW MCAS Camp Pendleton, CA
MWSS-373 Ace Support 1 April 1967 MWSG-37, 3rd MAW MCAS Miramar, CA
MWSS-374 Rhinos 1 April 1999 MWSG-37, 3rd MAW MCAGCC Twentynine Palms, CA
MWSS-471 MAG-41, 4th MAW Minneapolis, MN
MWSS-472 AGS-Dragons 1 October 1988 MAG-49, 4th MAW NAS JRB Willow Grove, PA
MWSS-473 Gargoyle 1 July 1963 MAG-41, 4th MAW MCAS Miramar, CA

Headquarters and Headquarters Squadrons

A H&HS usually consists of the headquarters group (the station commanding general/commanding officer and staff), the squadron headquarters (commanding officer and staff), public affairs and journalism, facilities planning & maintenance, billeting and family housing offices, station motor pool, air traffic control, meteorology, fuels, ordnance, other aviation support, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting, Provost Marshal section, station Judge Advocate's Office, station Chaplain, Navy medical facility, and Marine Corps Community Service, which usually hosts services such as a Marine Corps Exchamge (MCX) (i.e., post exchange), commissary, gas station, barber shop, dry cleaner, library, theater, golf course, bowling center, fitness, recreation, hobby, craft and auto repair center(s), swimming pool, officer, SNCO, NCO clubs, family services, Single Marine Program, and other personal services vendors.

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Swamp Foxes
Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point
Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station New River
Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton Stampede
Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma Guardians
Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Torii
Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Futenma Magic

Combat Logistics Companies

Combat Logistics Companies, while subordinate to a Marine Logistics Group provide intermediate ground logistics support to aviation units, to include supply and maintenance beyond organic capabilities. All Marine air stations not in proximity to a Marine Logistics Group have a tenant company.

Inactive

Squadrons are listed by their last designation.

Air Warning Squadrons

Squadron Name Date Activated Date Deactivated
Air Warning Squadron 2 1 September 1943[6] 15 February 1946
Air Warning Squadron 3 12 October 1943[7] 15 October 1945
Air Warning Squadron 4 12 October 1943[8] 31 October 1945
Air Warning Squadron 6 1 January 1944[9] 28 February 1946
Air Warning Squadron 8 1 March 1944[10] 12 March 1946
Air Warning Squadron 9 1 April 1944[11] 9 December 1945
Air Warning Squadron 14 1 June 1944[3] 30 November 1945[12]

Assault Air Warning Squadrons

Squadron Name Date Activated Date Deactivated
Assault Air Warning Squadron 5 1 December 1943 10 November 1944[13]
Assault Air Warning Squadron 10 1 January 1944 10 November 1944[13]
Assault Air Warning Squadron 15 1 February 1944.[14] 10 November 1944[3]
Assault Air Warning Squadron 20 1 March 1944[15] 10 November 1944[3]

Landing Force Air Support Control Units

Squadron Name Date Activated Date Deactivated
Landing Force Air Support Control Unit 1 November 1944 10 September 1945
Landing Force Air Support Control Unit 2 January 1945 11 September 1945
Landing Force Air Support Control Unit 3 January 1945 6 March 1946[16]
Landing Force Air Support Control Unit 4 February 1945 19 November 1945[16]

Light Anti-Aircraft Missile battalions

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Date Activated Date Deactivated
1st Light Antiaircraft Missile Battalion Goldenhawks 20 July 1937 11 July 1997
2nd Light Antiaircraft Missile Battalion Blackhawks 1 August 1960 1 September 1994
3rd Light Antiaircraft Missile Battalion Terriers 19 December 1938 30 September 1994
4th Light Anti-Aircraft Missile Battalion 1 December 1961 1 October 1997
5th Light Antiaircraft Missile Battalion 1 July 1966 31 January 1969

Low Altitude Air Defense Battalions

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Date Activated Date Deactivated
1st Stinger Battery Death from Below 1 July 1982 28 September 2007
4th Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion 1 October 1972 March 2005

Marine Air Base Squadrons

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Date Activated Date Deactivated
Marine Air Base Squadron 11
Marine Air Base Squadron 12
Marine Air Base Squadron 13
Marine Air Base Squadron 14
Marine Air Base Squadron 15
Marine Air Base Squadron 16
Marine Air Base Squadron 17
Marine Air Base Squadron 24
Marine Air Base Squadron 26
Marine Air Base Squadron 27
Marine Air Base Squadron 29
Marine Air Base Squadron 31
Marine Air Base Squadron 32
Marine Air Base Squadron 33
Marine Air Base Squadron 35
Marine Air Base Squadron 36
Marine Air Base Squadron 42
Marine Air Base Squadron 46
Marine Air Base Squadron 49

Headquarters & Maintenance Squadrons & Marine Aviation Logistics Squadrons

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Date Activated Date Deactivated
H&MS-15
H&MS-17
H&MS-20
H&MS-25
H&MS-27
H&MS-30 20 January 1966 31 March 1972
MALS-32 1993
H&MS-33
H&MS-37
MALS-40
MALS-46 2009
H&MS-56 31 January 1967 15 July 1971

Marine Air Control Squadrons

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Date Activated Date Deactivated
MACS-3 1 May 1944[3] 1 July 1970
MACS-5 1 June 1944[3] 11 June 1993
MACS-6 Watch Dogs 10 August 1944[3] 9 December 1998
MACS-7 The Guiding Hand 1 February 1944.[17][13] 30 September 1998
MACS-8 1 September 1944[3] 15 June 1971[18]
MACS-9 31 May 1952 1 July 1971
MACS-15 (NAS Atlanta, GA) 1 November 1946
MACS-16 (NAS Minneapolis, MN) 1 December 1946
MACS-17 (NASJRB Willow Grove, PA) 1 February 1947 31 December 1973
MACS-18 (NAS Los Alamitos, CA) 1 February 1946
MACS-19 (NAS Groose Ile, MI) 1 April 1947
MACS-20 (NASJRB Dallas, TX) 16 May 1947
MACS-21 (NAS South Weymouth, MA) 15 May 1947 1 April 1967 MASS-6 carries the lineage of MACS-21
MACS-22 (NAS Glenview, IL) 30 Jun 1947 3 April 1967[19]
MACS-23 (Aurora, CO) 16 October 1949 16 September 2012
MACS-25 (NAS Columbus, OH)

Marine Air Support Squadrons

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Date Activated Date Deactivated
MASS-4 1 July 1962 28 February 1989
MASS-5 1 August 1966 28 November 1969

Marine Air Traffic Control Units

Squadron Name Location Insignia Nickname Date Activated Date Deactivated Notes
MATCU-60 MCAS Iwakuni 1 Oct 1978 Replaced by MATCS-18 Detachment A
MATCU-61 MCAS Cherry Point 11 September 1953 23 April 1976 Replaced by MATCS-28
MATCU-62 1 Oct 1978 Replaced by MATCS-18 Detachment A
MATCU-63 MCAS Beaufort 8 September 1953 23 April 1976 Replaced by MATCS-28 Detachment A
MATCU-64 MCAS New River 23 April 1976 Replaced by MATCS-28
MATCU-65 MCAS Yuma Old 65 1953 27 April 1976 Replaced by MATCS-38
MATCU-66 MCAS Futenma 1 Oct 1978 Replaced by MATCS-18
MATCU-67 MCAS Santa Ana Replaced by
MATCU-68 MCAF Quantico 23 April 1976 Replaced by MATCS-28
MATCU-69 MCAS Beaufort 23 April 1976 Replaced by MATCS-28
MATCU-70 Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay 1 Oct 1978 Replaced by MATCS-18 Detachment B
MATCU-71 NAS Memphis 31 May 1980 Replaced by MATCS-48 Det A
MATCU-72 NAS Alameda 1 September 1962 31 May 1980 Replaced by MATCS-48 Det B & C
MATCU-73 Naval Air Station South Weymouth 1 June 1950[20] 31 May 1980 Carries the lineage of MACS-26. Unit became MATCS-48 Det D on 1 Jun 1980
MATCU-74 MCAS Santa Ana Replaced by
MATCU-75 MCAS Santa Ana 31 December 1968 Replaced by

Marine Air Traffic Control Squadrons

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Date Activated Date Deactivated
MATCS-18 1 October 1978[21] 30 September 1994
MATCS-28 Intrepid Sentinels 23 April 1976 22 July 1994
MATCS-38 27 April 1976 30 September 1994
MATCS-48 1 June 1980 30 September 1994 Det A deactivated, Det B became MACS-24 Det A, Det C became MACS-24 Det B

Marine Wing Support Squadrons

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Date Deactivated
MWSS-173 Gryphons 4 March 1993
MWSS-174 Centurions 8 September 1994[22]

Citations

References

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.
  • Rottman, Gordon L. (2002). U.S. Marine Corps World War II Order of Battle – Ground and Air Units in the Pacific War. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. ISBN 0313319065.

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