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 and other units, sorted by type.

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Marine Wing Headquarters Squadrons[edit]

The Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron (MWHS) provides administrative and supply support for a Marine Aircraft Wing Headquarters (MAW HQ). The MAW HQ is a separate organization that directs and coordinates the operations of the MAW. The MAW HQ contains the wing commander (commanding general) and assistant wing commander, their personal staffs (aides-de-camp, drivers, etc.), and the chief of staff, the general staff divisions (G-1 through G-6), and the special staff departments (public affairs officer, wing inspector, staff judge advocate, wing medical officer, and wing chaplain). The wing commander fights the MAW from his operational command post located in the Tactical Air Command Center (TACC) maintained by the Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron (MTACS).

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Date Commissioned Senior Command Station
MWHS-1 MWHS-1 insignia 2010 v2.png America’s Finest 7 July 1941 1st MAW Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan
MWHS-2 MWHS2insignia.jpg The Deuce
Snake Eyes
31 December 1955 2nd MAW MCAS Cherry Point, NC
MWHS-3 MWHS-3.gif 10 November 1942 3rd MAW MCAS Miramar, CA
MWHS-4 4th MAW New Orleans, LA

Marine Aviation Logistics Squadrons[edit]

The Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron (MALS) provides direct support of intermediate aircraft maintenance, aviation supply, and aviation ordnance to the aircraft squadrons of a Marine Aircraft Group. A MALS is capable of supporting multiple types of aircraft, as well as providing detachments for the aviation combat elements of a MEB or MEU.

Marines repair weapons systems
Marine repairs avionics
Marine repairs propellers
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Date Commissioned Senior Command Station
MALS-11 MALS-11png insignia.png Devilfish December, 1921 MAG-11, 3rd MAW MCAS Miramar, CA
MALS-12 Mals12 insig.jpg Marauders 1 March 1942 MAG-12, 1st MAW MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
MALS-13 K01mq2-webinsigniablkwidows.jpg Black Widows 1 March 1942 MAG-13, 3rd MAW MCAS Yuma, AZ
MALS-14 Mals14 insig.jpg 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 MALS-24 insignia.png Warriors 1 March 1942 MAG-24, 1st MAW MCAF Kaneohe Bay, HI
MALS-26 Mals26reintransb.png 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 Mals-31.jpg Stingers February 1, 1943 MAG-31, 2nd MAW MCAS Beaufort, SC
MALS-36 Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 36 insignia.png 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 MCAS New River
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 and operate the Tactical Air Operations Center (TAOC), which directs antiair warfare (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 MACS1.jpg Eyes of the MAGTF 1 September 1943 MACG-38, 3rd MAW MCAS Yuma, AZ
MACS-2 Marine Air Control Squadron High Quality Insignia.png Eyes of the MAGTF 1 April 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 Macs24.jpg Earthquake 15 October 1949 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 those tactical aircraft operations directly supporting ground forces. 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 MASS-1 squadron insignia.png 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 15 May 1947 MACG-48, 4th MAW MCAS Miramar, CA

Marine Tactical Air Command Squadrons[edit]

Marine interfaces the Global Command and Control System.

MTACS 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 for the Marine Aircraft Wing, from which the Wing Commander and his battle staff command the tactical air battle, including tactical air support provided to ground forces (directed from the DASC in the MASS) and tactical air defense (directed by the TAOC in the MACS).

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 Fire Chickens 1 September 1967 MACG-38, 3rd MAW MCAS Miramar, CA
MTACS-48 MTACS-48.png 1 September 1967 MACG-48, 4th MAW NS Great Lakes, IL

Marine Wing Communications Squadrons[edit]

Marine adjusts antenna for AN/TRC-170

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 Mwcs18.jpg 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 Red Lightning 1 September 1967 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 LAAD Bn 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion insignia.png Death from Below 26 February 1969 MACG-28, 2nd MAW MCAS Cherry Point, NC
3rd LAAD Bn 3rdLAADBn.png Feel the Sting 20 June 1982 MACG-38, 3rd MAW MCAS Camp Pendleton, CA

Marine Wing Support Squadrons[edit]

The MWSS provides all essential aviation ground support to the MAG. This support includes: airfield operations and communications (less air traffic control services), motor transport, engineer services (including bulk fuel and aircraft refueling), non-aviation supply and equipment maintenance, local security, medical services, and food services.

Marines refuel an AH-1W helicopter
Marines perform a vertical replenishment
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Date Commissioned Senior Command Station
MWSS-171 Mwss171.jpg America’s Squadron April 16, 1979 MAG-12, 1st MAW MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
MWSS-172 Mwss172.jpg Firebirds 16 June 1986 MAG-36, 1st MAW MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan
MWSS-271 MWSS-271.png Workhorse of the Wing June 6, 1986 MAG-14, 2nd MAW MCAS Cherry Point, NC
MWSS-272 MWSS-272.png Untouchables 26 February 1969 MAG-26, 2nd MAW MCAS New River, NC
MWSS-273 Mwss273 insig.jpg Sweathogs June 13, 1986 MAG-31, 2nd MAW MCAS Beaufort, SC
MWSS-274 MWSS-274 new insignia.png Ironmen June 2, 1986 MAG-29, 2nd MAW MCAS Cherry Point, NC
MWSS-371 MWSS 371 new insignia.jpg Sand Sharks June 2, 1986 MAG-13, 3rd MAW MCAS Yuma, AZ
MWSS-372 MWSS-372 unit insignia.jpg Diamondbacks July 1, 1977 MAG-39, 3rd MAW MCAS Camp Pendleton, CA
MWSS-373 MWSS-373 insignia.png Ace Support April 1, 1967 MAG-11, 3rd MAW MCAS Miramar, CA
MWSS-374 MWSS-374 insignia.png Rhinos April 1, 1999 MAG-16, 3rd MAW MCAGCC Twentynine Palms, CA
MWSS-471 MWSS-471 insignia.jpg MAG-41, 4th MAW Minneapolis, MN
MWSS-472 MWSS-472.PNG AGS-Dragons MAG-49, 4th MAW NAS JRB Willow Grove, PA
MWSS-473 MWSS-473 logo.PNG Gargoyle MAG-41, 4th MAW MCAS Miramar, CA

Headquarters and Headquarters Squadrons[edit]

A H&HS usually consists of the headquarters group (the station commanding general/commanding officer and staff), the squadron headquarters (commanding officer and staff), public affairs and journalism, facilities planning & maintenance, billeting and family housing offices, station motor pool, air traffic control, meteorology, fuels, ordnance, other aviation support, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting, Provost Marshal section, station Judge Advocate's Office, station Chaplain, Navy medical facility, and Marine Corps Community Service, which usually hosts services such as a Marine Corps Exchamge (MCX) (i.e., post exchange), commissary, gas station, barber shop, dry cleaner, library, theater, golf couse, bowling center, fitness, recreation, hobby, craft and auto repair center(s), swimming pool, officer, SNCO, NCO clubs, family services, Single Marine Program, and other personal services vendors.

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 No image.png
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]

Squadron Name
Air Warning Squadron 2
Air Warning Squadron 3
Air Warning Squadron 4
Air Warning Squadron 6
Air Warning Squadron 8
Air Warning Squadron 9
Air Warning Squadron 14

Assault Air Warning Squadrons[edit]

Squadron Name
Assault Air Warning Squadron 5
Assault Air Warning Squadron 10
Assault Air Warning Squadron 15
Assault Air Warning Squadron 20

Marine Ground Control Intercept Squadrons[edit]

Squadron Name
Marine Ground Control Intercept Squadron 15
Marine Ground Control Intercept Squadron 16
Marine Ground Control Intercept Squadron 18
Marine Ground Control Intercept Squadron 19
Marine Ground Control Intercept Squadron 20
Marine Ground Control Intercept Squadron 22

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 Date Inactivated
MACS-3 MACS-3 squadron insignia.jpg 1 July 1970
MACS-5 MACS-5 squadron insignia.jpg 11 June 1993
MACS-6 MACS-6 squadron insignia.jpg 9 December 1998
MACS-7 MACS-7 squadron insignia.jpg September 1998
MACS-8 MACS-8 squadron insignia.jpg 15 June 1971
MACS-9 MACS-9 squadron insignia.jpg 1 July 1971
MACS-17 31 December 1973
MACS-23 Marine Air Control Squadron 23 insignia.png 16 September 2012

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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