Marine Wing Support Squadron 371

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Marine Wing Support Squadron 371
MWSS 371 new insignia.jpg
MWSS-371's insignia
Active
  • 2 June 1986 – present
Country United States
Allegiance United States of America
Branch United States Marine Corps
Type Aviation ground support battalion
Part of Marine Wing Support Group 37
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
Garrison/HQ Marine Corps Air Station Yuma
Nickname "Sand Sharks"
Engagements Operation Desert Storm
Operation Iraqi Freedom
* 2003 invasion of Iraq
Operation Enduring Freedom
Commanders
Current
commander
LtCol A. Gonzalez

Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 (MWSS 371) is an aviation ground support unit of the United States Marine Corps. They are based out of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona. The squadron is part of Marine Wing Support Group 37 and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.

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Provide all essential Aviation Ground Support requirements to a designated fixed-wing component of an Aviation Combat Element (ACE) and all supporting or attached elements of the Marine Air Control Group.

History[edit]

The 1980s and 1990s[edit]

Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 was activated on 2 June 1986 at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California. They relocated during April 1987 to MCAS Yuma, Arizona. The squadrons first combat deployment was in support of Operation Desert Storm in Southwest Asia from August 1990 to April 1991. Elements of MWSS-371 have also participated in Operation Restore Hope in Somalia from January to May 1993 and Operation Southern Watch over Iraq from March to June 2001.

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