List of United States Marine Corps aviation support units

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

Active[edit]

Marine Wing Headquarters Squadrons[edit]

Marine Wing Headquarters Squadrons have the mission of providing command and administrative support for a Marine Aircraft Wing. The commanding general and his staff make up the bulk of this squadron.

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Date Commissioned Senior Command Station
MWHS-1
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July 7, 1941
1st MAW
Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan
MWHS-2
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The Deuce
Snake Eyes
December 31, 1955
2nd MAW
MCAS Cherry Point, NC
MWHS-3
MWHS-3.gif
10 November 1942
3rd MAW
MCAS Miramar, CA

Marine Aviation Logistics Squadrons[edit]

Marine Aviation Logistics Squadrons provide direct support to the Marine Aircraft Group. They perform supply and maintenance for aircraft and other Navy-funded equipment. A MALS must be capable of supporting multiple types of aircraft, as well as proving detachments for aviation combat elements.

Marines repair weapons systems
Marine repairs avionics
Marine repairs propellers
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Date Commissioned Senior Command Station
MALS-11
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Devilfish
December, 1921
MAG-11, 3rd MAW
MCAS Miramar, CA
MALS-12
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Marauders
1 March 1942
MAG-12, 1st MAW
MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
MALS-13
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Black Widows
1 March 1942
MAG-13, 3rd MAW
MCAS Yuma, AZ
MALS-14
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Dragons
30 September 1988
MAG-14, 2nd MAW
MCAS Cherry Point, NC
MALS-16
MALS-16 insignia.png
Forerunners
1 March 1952
MAG-16, 3rd MAW
MCAS Miramar, CA
MALS-24
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Warriors
1 March 1942
MAG-24, 1st MAW
MCAF Kaneohe Bay, HI
MALS-26
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Patriots
16 June 1952
MAG-26, 2nd MAW
MCAS New River, NC
MALS-29
MALS-29.jpg
Wolverines
1 May 1972
MAG-29, 2nd MAW
MCAS New River, NC
MALS-31
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Stingers
February 1, 1943
MAG-31, 2nd MAW
MCAS Beaufort, SC
MALS-36
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Bladerunner
June 1952
MAG-36, 1st MAW
MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan
MALS-39
Mals39logo.jpg
Hellhounds
March 1, 1942
MAG-39, 3rd MAW
MCAS Camp Pendleton, CA
MALS-40
MALS-40 insignia from Afghanistan as JPEG.jpg
Smokin Aces
MAG-40, 2nd MAW
MALS-41
MALS-41 insignia.PNG
Wranglers
January 1, 1943
MAG-41, 4th MAW
NASJRB Fort Worth, TX
MALS-42
MALS-42insignia.jpg
War Hammers
18 June 1992
MAG-42, 4th MAW
NAS Atlanta, GA
MALS-49
MALS-49.jpg
Magicians
1 July 1969
MAG-49, 4th MAW
Stewart ANGB, NY

Marine Air Control Squadrons[edit]

MACS are responsible for air traffic control (to include ground-based anti-aircraft weapons), early warning & intercept control, air surveillance, radar control, and airspace management.

Air Traffic Controller at work
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Date Commissioned Senior Command Station
MACS-1
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Eyes of the MAGTF
September 1, 1943
MACG-38, 3rd MAW
MCAS Yuma, AZ
MACS-2
Marine Air Control Squadron 2 insignia.png
Eyes of the MAGTF
April 1, 1944
MACG-28, 2nd MAW
MCAS Cherry Point, NC
MACS-4
Macs-4insignia.jpg
5 May 1944
MACG-18, 1st MAW
MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan
MACS-24
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Earthquake
MACG-48, 4th MAW
Virginia Beach, VA

Marine Air Support Squadrons[edit]

Marines maintain information networking

MASSs provide the Direct Air Support Center (DASC) which controls and coordinates tactical aircraft operations. 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 control aircraft.

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Date Commissioned Senior Command Station
MASS-1
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Chieftain
25 June 1943
MACG-28, 2nd MAW
MCAS Cherry Point, NC
MASS-2
MASS2-LOGO SMALL.jpg
Wild Deuce
1 January 1943
MACG-18, 1st MAW
MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan
MASS-3
MASS-3 squadron insignia.png
Blacklist
3 August 1950
MACG-38, 3rd MAW
MCAS Camp Pendleton, CA
MASS-6
MASS 6 unit logo.jpg
Lighthouse
MACG-48, 4th MAW
MCAS Miramar, CA

Marine Tactical Air Command Squadrons[edit]

Marine interfaces the Global Command and Control System.

MTACS are 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.

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Date Commissioned Senior Command Station
MTACS-18
Mtacs18.jpg
1 September 1967
MACG-18, 1st MAW
MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan
MTACS-28
MTATCS-28 insignia.GIF
Olympians
1 October 1947
MACG-28, 2nd MAW
MCAS Cherry Point, NC
MTACS-38
MTACS 38.png
1 September 1967
MACG-38, 3rd MAW
MCAS Miramar, CA
MTACS-48
MTACS-48.png
MACG-48, 4th MAW
NS Great Lakes, IL

Marine Wing Communication Squadrons[edit]

Marine adjusts satellite equipment

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
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1 September 1967
MACG-18, 1st MAW
MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan
MWCS-28
MWCS28.jpg
Spartans
1 September 1967
MACG-28, 2nd MAW
MCAS Cherry Point, NC
MWCS-38
MWCS-38 squadron insignia.jpg
MACG-38, 3rd MAW
MCAS Miramar, CA
MWCS-48
MWCS-48.png
Roar of the Corps
10 April 1952
MACG-48, 4th MAW
NS Great Lakes, IL

Low Altitude Air Defense Battalions[edit]

LAAD Marines fire a FIM-92 Stinger

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 LADD Bn
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Death from Below
26 February 1969
MACG-28, 2nd MAW
MCAS Cherry Point, NC
3rd LAAD Bn
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Feel the Sting
MACG-38, 3rd MAW
MCAS Camp Pendleton, CA

Marine Wing Support Squadrons[edit]

MWSSs perform all manner of ground support, including the creation and maintenance of expeditionary airfields and landing zones, engineer support, bulk fuels (including aircraft refueling), landing zone support, supply, maintenance of ground equipment, and providing local security for the ground assets of the MAW.

Marines refuel an AH-1W helicopter
Marines perform a vertical replenishment
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Date Commissioned Senior Command Station
MWSS-171
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America’s Squadron
April 16, 1979
MWSG-17, 1st MAW
MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
MWSS-172
Mwss172.jpg
Firebirds
16 June 1986
MWSG-17, 1st MAW
MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan
MWSS-271
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Workhorse of the Wing
June 6, 1986
MAG-14, 2nd MAW
MCAS Cherry Point, NC
MWSS-272
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Untouchables
26 February 1969
MWSG-27, 2nd MAW
MCAS New River, NC
MWSS-273
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Sweathogs
June 13, 1986
MWSG-27, 2nd MAW
MCAS Beaufort, SC
MWSS-274
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Ironmen
June 2, 1986
MWSG-27, 2nd MAW
MCAS Cherry Point, NC
MWSS-371
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Sand Sharks
June 2, 1986
MWSG-37, 3rd MAW
MCAS Yuma, AZ
MWSS-372
MWSS-372 unit insignia.jpg
Diamondbacks
July 1, 1977
MWSG-37, 3rd MAW
MCAS Camp Pendleton, CA
MWSS-373
MWSS-373 insignia.png
Ace Support
April 1, 1967
MWSG-37, 3rd MAW
MCAS Miramar, CA
MWSS-374
MWSS-374 insignia.png
Rhinos
April 1, 1999
MWSG-37, 3rd MAW
MCAGCC Twentynine Palms, CA
MWSS-471
MWSS-471 insignia.jpg
MWSG-47, 4th MAW
Minneapolis, MN
MWSS-472
MWSS-472.PNG
AGS-Dragons
MWSG-47, 4th MAW
NAS JRB Willow Grove, PA
MWSS-473
MWSS-473 logo.PNG
Gargoyle
MWSG-47, 4th MAW
MCAS Miramar, CA

Headquarters and Headquarters Squadrons[edit]

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort
HHS MCAS Beaufort.jpg
Swamp Foxes
Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point
HHS - MCAS Cherry Point.jpg
Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station New River
H&HS New River.PNG
Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton
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Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
HHS MCAS Miramar.jpg
Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma
HHS MCAS Yuma.jpg
Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni
HHS MCAS Iwakuni.jpg
Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Futenma
HandHS Futenam logo.jpg
Magic

Combat Logistics Companies[edit]

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[edit]

Squadrons are listed by their last designations.

Air Warning Squadrons[edit]

Assault Air Warning Squadrons[edit]

Ground Control Intercept Squadrons[edit]

Low altitude air defense battalion[edit]

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
1st Stinger Battery
1st Stinger Battery.jpg
Death from Below
4th Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion
4th Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion insignia.png

Maintenance units[edit]

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
MALS-32
MALS-46
Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 46 insignia.png
Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 30
Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 40
Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 56

Light Anti-Aircraft Missile battalions[edit]

Marine Air Control squadrons[edit]

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
MACS-3
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MACS-5
MACS-5 squadron insignia.jpg
MACS-6
MACS-6 squadron insignia.jpg
MACS-7
MACS-7 squadron insignia.jpg
MACS-8
MACS-8 squadron insignia.jpg
MACS-9
MACS-9 squadron insignia.jpg
MACS-17
MACS-23
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Marine Wing Support Squadrons[edit]

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
MWSS-173
MWSS-173 squadron insignia.jpg
Gryphons
MWSS-174
MWSS-174 squadron insignia.jpg
Centurions

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