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Aviation combat element

In the United States Marine Corps, the aviation combat element or air combat element (ACE) is the air arm of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF). It provides rotary-wing, tiltrotor, and fixed-wing aircraft, support equipment, pilots, maintenance personnel, as well as command and control assets to the commander. [1]

Role within the MAGTF

The majority of aircraft usage within the MAGTF is for close air support or transport for the ground combat element (GCE) or logistics combat element (LCE), however, other specialized missions are available. The six main functions include: assault support, anti-air warfare, offensive air support, electronic warfare, control of aircraft and missiles, and aerial reconnaissance.[2]

Organization

The size of the ACE varies in proportion to the size of the MAGTF. A Marine Expeditionary Force has a Marine Aircraft Wing or MAW. A Marine Expeditionary Brigade holds a Marine Aircraft Group or MAG, reinforced with a variety of aircraft squadrons and support personnel. The various Marine Expeditionary Units command a reinforced squadron, with various types of aircraft mixed into a single unit (known as a composite squadron). Generally, MEF postings are permanent, while MEBs and MEUs rotate their ACE, GCE, and LCE twice annually. 1st and 3rd Marine Aircraft Wings are unique in that they are subordinate to III MEF and I MEF, respectively, while all other equivalent units numerical designators match the MEF to which attached.

Hierarchy of Marine Aviation units

1st Marine Aircraft Wing

ACE of III Marine Expeditionary Force
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 1
America's Finest

Marine Aircraft Group 12

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 12
Marauders
Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242
Bats

Marine Aircraft Group 24

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 24
Warriors
Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362
Ugly Angels
Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363
Red Lions
Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463
Pegasus

Marine Aircraft Group 36

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 36
Bladerunner
Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152
Sumos
Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262
Flying Tigers
Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265
Dragons
UDP squadrons from II and III MEFs

Marine Air Control Group 18

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron 18
Marine Air Control Squadron 4
Marine Air Support Squadron 2
Marine Wing Communications Squadron 18

Marine Wing Support Group 17

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
Marine Wing Support Squadron 171
America's Squadron
Marine Wing Support Squadron 172
Firebirds

2nd Marine Aircraft Wing

ACE of II Marine Expeditionary Force
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2
Snake Eyes
The Deuce

Marine Aircraft Group 14

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 14
Dragons
Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Training Squadron 1
Banshee
Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 2
Jesters
Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 3
Moon Dogs
Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 4
Seahawks
Marine Attack Training Squadron 203
Hawks
Marine Attack Squadron 223
Bulldogs
Marine Attack Squadron 231
Ace of Spades
Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252
Otis
Marine Attack Squadron 542
Tigers
Marine Wing Support Squadron 271
Workhorse of the Wing

Marine Aircraft Group 26

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 26
Patriots
Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162
Golden Eagles
Marine Medium Tiltrotor Training Squadron 204
Raptors
Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261
Raging Bulls
Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263
Thunder Chicken
Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264
Black Knights
Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266
Fighting Griffins
Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365
Blue Knights
Marine Wing Support Squadron 272
Untouchables

Marine Aircraft Group 29

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 29
Wolverines
Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167
Warriors
Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 269
Gunrunners
Marine Helicopter Training Squadron 302
Phoenix
Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366
Hammerheads
Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461
Ironhorse
Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464
Condors
Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 467
Sabers
Marine Wing Support Squadron 274
Ironmen

Marine Aircraft Group 31

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 31
Stingers
Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115
Silver Eagles
Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122
Werewolves
Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 224
Bengals
Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251
Thunderbolts
Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 312
Checkerboards
Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501
Warlords
Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 533
Hawks
Marine Wing Support Squadron 273
Sweathogs

Marine Air Control Group 28

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron 28
Marine Air Control Squadron 2
Eyes of the MAGTF
Marine Air Support Squadron 1
Nomads
Marine Wing Communications Squadron 28
Spartans
2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion
Death from Below
Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 2
Night Owls

3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

ACE of I Marine Expeditionary Force
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 3

Marine Aircraft Group 11

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 11
Devilfish
Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101
Sharpshooters
Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 121
Green Knights
Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 225
Vikings
Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232
Red Devils
Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314
Black Knights
Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323
Death Rattlers
Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352
Raiders

Marine Aircraft Group 13

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13
Black Widows
Marine Attack Squadron 211
Wake Island Avengers
Marine Attack Squadron 214
Black Sheep
Marine Attack Squadron 311
Tomcats
Marine Attack Squadron 513
Flying Nightmares

Marine Aircraft Group 16

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 16
Forerunners
Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161
Greyhawks
Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163
Ridge Runners
Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 165
White Knights
Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 166
Sea Elk
Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361
Flying Tigers
Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462
Heavy Haulers
Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465
Warhorse
Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466
Wolfpack

Marine Aircraft Group 39

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 39
Hellhounds
Marine Medium Helicopter Training Squadron 164
Knightriders
Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169
Vipers
Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267
Stingers
Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268
Red Dragons
Marine Light Attack Training Squadron 303
Atlas
Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364
Purple Foxes
Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367
Scarface
Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369
Gunfighters
Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469
Vengeance

Marine Air Control Group 38

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron 38
Marine Air Control Squadron 1
Falconers
Marine Air Support Squadron 3
Blacklist
Marine Wing Communications Squadron 38
Red Lightning
3rd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion
Stingers
Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1
Watchdogs
Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3
Phantoms

Marine Wing Support Group 37

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
Marine Wing Support Squadron 371
Sand Sharks
Marine Wing Support Squadron 372
Diamondbacks
Marine Wing Support Squadron 373
Ace Support
Marine Wing Support Squadron 374
Rhinos

4th Marine Aircraft Wing

ACE of Marine Forces Reserve
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
4th Marine Aircraft Wing Training Support Group

Marine Aircraft Group 41

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 41
Desperados
Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 112
Cowboys
Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 234
Rangers
Marine Fighter Training Squadron 401
Snipers
Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 764
Moonlight

Marine Aircraft Group 49

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 49
Magicians
Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 452
Yankees
Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 772
Hustler
Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 773
Red Dogs
Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 774
Wild Goose

Marine Air Control Group 48

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron 48
Marine Air Control Squadron 23
Marine Air Control Squadron 24
Marine Air Support Squadron 6
Lighthouse
Marine Wing Communications Squadron 48
Roar

Marine Wing Support Group 47

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
Marine Wing Support Squadron 471
Marine Wing Support Squadron 472
Dragons
Marine Wing Support Squadron 473

See also

References

  1. ^ Marine Aviation homepage
  2. ^ "MAWTS-1 hones warfighting edge". Naval Aviation News. Archived from the original on 2007-08-21. Retrieved 2007-04-01. 
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