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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]

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Role within the MAGTFEdit

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]

The aviation combat element (ACE), which contributes the air power to the MAGTF, includes all aircraft (fixed wing, helicopters, tiltrotor, and UAV) and aviation support units. The units are organized into detachments, squadrons, groups, and wings, except for low altitude air defense units, which are organized into platoons, detachments, batteries, and battalions. These units include pilots, flight officers, enlisted aircrewmen, aviation logistics (aircraft maintenance, aviation electronics, aviation ordnance, and aviation supply) and Navy aviation medical and chaplain's corps personnel, as well as ground-based air defense units, and those units necessary for command and control (management and planning for manpower, intelligence, operations and training, and logistics functions), aviation command and control (tactical air command, air defense control, air support control, and air traffic control), communications, and aviation ground support (e.g., airfield services, bulk fuels/aircraft refueling, crash rescue, engineer construction and utilities support, EOD, motor transport, ground equipment supply and maintenance, local security/law enforcement, and the wing band).

OrganizationEdit

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 unitsEdit

1st Marine Aircraft WingEdit

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

Marine Aircraft Group 12Edit

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 12   Marauders
Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 121   Green Knights
Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242   Bats
Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152   Sumos
Marine Wing Support Squadron 171   The Sentinels

Marine Aircraft Group 24Edit

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 24   Warriors
Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362   Ugly Angels
Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367   Scarface
Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463   Pegasus
Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3   Phantoms

Marine Aircraft Group 36Edit

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 36   Bladerunner
Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262   Flying Tigers
Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265   Dragons
UDP squadrons from II and III MEFs
Marine Wing Support Squadron 172   Firebirds

Marine Air Control Group 18Edit

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  

2nd Marine Aircraft WingEdit

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

Marine Aircraft Group 14Edit

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 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 2   Night Owls
Marine Wing Support Squadron 271   Workhorse of the Wing

Marine Aircraft Group 26Edit

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 Chickens
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 29Edit

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 31Edit

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 28Edit

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

3rd Marine Aircraft WingEdit

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

Marine Aircraft Group 11Edit

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 11   Devilfish
Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101   Sharpshooters
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 13Edit

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13   Black Widows
Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211   Wake Island Avengers
Marine Attack Squadron 214   Black Sheep
Marine Attack Squadron 311   Tomcats
Marine Attack Squadron 513   Flying Nightmares
Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1   Watchdogs

Marine Aircraft Group 16Edit

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 Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 363   Red Lions
Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462   Heavy Haulers
Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465   Warhorse
Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466   Wolfpack

Marine Aircraft Group 39Edit

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

Marine Air Control Group 38Edit

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 Wing Support Group 37Edit

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 WingEdit

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

Marine Aircraft Group 41Edit

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 Wing Support Squadron 471  
Marine Wing Support Squadron 473  

Marine Aircraft Group 49Edit

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 Tiltrotor Squadron 774   Wild Goose
Marine Wing Support Squadron 472   Dragons

Marine Air Control Group 48Edit

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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Marine Aviation homepage Archived 2007-08-06 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "MAWTS-1 hones warfighting edge". Naval Aviation News. Archived from the original on 2007-08-21. Retrieved 2007-04-01.