Marine Air Control Group 38

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Marine Air Control Group 38
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MACG-38 insignia
Country United States
Allegiance United States of America
Branch United States Marine Corps
Role Aviation command & control
Part of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
I Marine Expeditionary Force
Garrison/HQ Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
Engagements Operation Desert Storm
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
* 2003 invasion of Iraq
Commanders
Current
commander
Colonel Bruce W. Barnhill

Marine Air Control Group 38 (MACG-38) is a United States Marine Corps aviation command and control unit based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar that is currently composed of five squadrons and one battalion that provide the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wings tactical headquarters, positive and procedural control to aircraft, air defense and UAV support for the I Marine Expeditionary Force.

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Subordinate units[edit]

Due to a re-organization within Marine aviation, MACG-38 added another unmanned aerial vehicle squadron in 2008. The new squadron is named VMU-3 and is based out of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California[1]

History[edit]

Marine Air Control Group 38 was activated on September 1, 1967 at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California. The Group deployed to Saudi Arabia in August 1990 and later supported Operation Desert Storm. Elements of the group have supported Operation Restore Hope, Operation Safe Departure, Operation Southern Watch and Operation Stabalize. The group relocated to MCAS Miramar in October 1998. MACG-38 units began deploying to Kuwait in 2002 and the entire control group would eventually take part in the 2003 invasion of Iraq and continued to deploy today in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom through early 2009. They were headquartered at Al Asad Airbase in the Al Anbar Province from 2004 through the end of their last Iraq deployment in early 2009.

Most recently the Group deployed to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan in March 2010. They are responsible for providing aviation command and control for the I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. They returned to The United States in Spring of 2011.

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Notes
 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.
  1. ^ LtGen John Castellaw (2007). 2007 Marine Aviation Plan. Headquarters Marine Corps. Archived from the original on 2007-11-27. Retrieved 2007-11-18. 

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