Marine Aircraft Group 46

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Marine Aircraft Group 46
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MAG-46 insignia
ActiveMarch 1, 1944 - March 15, 1956
July 1, 1962 - June 19, 2009
CountryUnited States
AllegianceUnited States of America
BranchUnited States Marine Corps
TypeReserve aircraft group
RoleClose air support
Air interdiction
Assault support
Part of4th Marine Aircraft Wing
Marine Forces Reserve
Garrison/HQMarine Corps Air Station Miramar
EngagementsOperation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Marine Aircraft Group 46 (MAG-46) was a United States Marine Corps reserve aviation group based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California with subordinate units spread throughout California. It previously composed of one adversary squadron equipped with the F-5, one CH-46 squadron, one CH-53E squadron, one AH-1W and UH-1N squadron and a maintenance and logistics squadron. MAG-46 fell under the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing and Marine Forces Reserve. Due to a re-organization within Marine aviation, the group was deactivated in 2009.[1]


Organize, train and equip individual Marines and combat-ready squadrons and to augment and reinforce the active component when required in order to serve as part of our total force.


Marine Aircraft Group 46 was activated March 1, 1944 as Marine Base Defense Aircraft Group 46 at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California. The Group’s primary mission was to administer and supervise training for combat duty, and other activities of the attached squadrons and detachments. It also trained replacement pilots and crew for Marine squadrons operating in combat areas.

MAG-46 was redesignated on November 10, 1944 as Marine Aircraft Group 46. Another redesignation occurred on May 15, 1945 when it was assigned the title of Marine Air Support Group 46. The termination of hostilities in the summer of 1945 was followed by the rapid demobilization. One result of this policy was the deactivation of the group on 15 March 1946. Six years later, a major reorganization within Marine Aviation began. This reorganization coincided with the formation of 4th Marine Division in the reserve.

Changes included reactivation of MAG 46. Thus on July 1, 1962, Marine Aircraft Group 46 was reactivated at Grosse Ile, Michigan and moved to Naval Air Station New York in Brooklyn on November 1, 1965.

In early 1971, MAG 46 moved back to Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California and remained there until August 1994 when the Group relocated to its final location at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, California. During the 1990s and 2000s, MAG-46 flying and support units served in the Global War on Terrorism. MAG-46 squadrons participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

On June 19, 2009, the squadron was deactivated at MCAS Miramar California [2]

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  1. ^ LtGen John Castellaw (2007). "2007 Marine Aviation Plan" (PDF). Headquarters Marine Corps. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-11-27. Retrieved 2007-11-18. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ Bryant, SSgt Bobbie (June 26, 2009). "MAG-46 deactivates after 65 years of service". MCAS Miramar. United States Marine Corps. Retrieved 2009-07-01.[permanent dead link]

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