Marine Aircraft Group 39
|Marine Aircraft Group 39|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Type||Rotary-wing aircraft group|
Close-in Fire Support
|Part of||3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
I Marine Expeditionary Force
|Garrison/HQ||Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton|
|Motto||"Mission First, People Always"|
Operation Desert Storm
Operation Iraqi Freedom
* 2003 invasion of Iraq
Marine Aircraft Group 39 (MAG-39) is a United States Marine Corps aviation unit based at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California that is currently composed of five AH-1W Super Cobra and UH-1N Huey light attack squadrons, two CH-46 Sea Knight squadrons, an aviation logistics squadron, and a wing support squadron. The group falls under the command of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (3rd MAW) and the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF).
- HMLA-169 Vipers
- HMLA-267 Stingers
- HMLA-369 Gunfighters
- HMLA-469 Vengeance
- HMLAT-303 Atlas
- HMM-364 Purple Foxes
- HMMT-164 Knight Riders
- MWSS-372 Diamondbacks
- MALS-39 Hellhounds
MAG-39 was activated at Quảng Trị Combat Base, Republic of Vietnam, amongst the chaos of war. Originally assigned to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, MAG-39 participated in the Vietnam war until October 1969 when it was deactivated.
Temporarily reactivated to participate in the Operation Frequent Wind from April 1975, until the operation was complete in May 1975.
Elements have participated in: Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm from August 1990 til April 1991, Operation Restore Hope, Somalia from December 1992-April 1993, Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan from December 2001-June 2002, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Kuwait from January 2003-October 2003.
- United States Marine Corps Aviation
- Organization of the United States Marine Corps
- List of United States Marine Corps aircraft groups
- List of United States Marine Corps aircraft squadrons
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