Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 11

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Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 11
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MALS-11 insignia
Active December 1921
Country United States
Allegiance United States of America
Branch United States Marine Corps
Type Logistics
Role Aviation logistics support
Part of Marine Aircraft Group 11
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
Garrison/HQ Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
Nickname "Devilfish"
Engagements World War II
Korean War
Vietnam War
Operation Desert Storm
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom
Commanders
Current
commander
LtCol John Y. DeLateur

Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 11 (MALS-11) is an aviation logistics support unit of the United States Marine Corps, part of Marine Aircraft Group 11 (MAG-11), currently based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and also part of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

The unit was activated on December 1921, as Flight 1, 2nd Air Squadron, Marine Flying Field, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia. On 24 August 1922, Flight 1 was redesignated as Division 3, VO Squadron 3, First Aviation Group.

On 1 September 1924, Division 3 became Service Squadron, First Aviation Group. On 1 March 1929, the unit was again redesignated and remained Aviation Service Company 1, Aircraft Squadrons, East Coast Expeditionary Force until 18 January 1934, when it was redesignated Headquarters and Service Battalion 1, 1st Marine Aircraft Group, Fleet Marine Forces.

World War II[edit]

H&MS-11 insignia

On 1 September 1941, the unit was redesignated as Headquarters and Service Battalion 11, Marine Aircraft Group 11, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. The unit's designation was changed on 1 February 1944 to Headquarters Squadron 11, Marine Aircraft Group 11, Marine Air South Pacific.

During World War II, Headquarters Squadron 11 participated in campaigns in the Solomon Islands, New Britain, Peleliu, Central Pacific, and Philippines Islands campaign. On 15 February 1954, the unit was redesignated Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 11 (H&MS-11).

Vietnam War[edit]

On 7 July 1965 H&MS-11 relocated to Danang, Vietnam where they supported the first attacks by Marine aircraft against Viet Cong forces. During their time in Vietnam the squadron supported 12 different aircraft types including providing support to aircraft from Task Force 77 operating off Yankee Station. H&MS-11 departed the Republic of Vietnam 1 June 1971 and joined the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California.[1]

Persian Gulf War & the 1990s[edit]

On 5 October 1988, the squadron was redesignated Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 11. During August 1990, MALS-11 deployed to Southwest Asia where the squadron supported Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. MALS-11 was awarded the Secretary of Defense Award for Maintenance Excellence for July 1991 through July 1992, and was again the Marine Corps' nominee in 1995, 1999 and 2000. On 1 July 1996, MALS-11 moved to MCAS Miramar in support of MAG-11.

Global War on Terror[edit]

During 2002 and 2003, MALS-11 deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Southern Watch, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In March 2004, MALS-11 was the recipient of the 2003 Marine Corps Aviation Association Marion Carl Award.

In 2009, MALS-11 was recognized as the Naval Aviation Enterprise AIRSpeed site of the year and also received the Marine Corps Aviation Association Col Don Davis award as best Aviation Logistics squadron of the year.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Ginter, p. 63
Bibliography
  • Rottman, Gordon L. (2002). U.S. Marine Corps World War II Order of Battle – Ground and Air Units in the Pacific War, 1939–1945. Greenwood Press. ISBN 0-313-31906-5. 
  • Ginter, Steve (1989). Naval Fighters Number Eighteen – Part Three – Vought's F-8 Crusader – Marine Fighter Squadrons. ISBN 0-942612-18-3. 
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