Welcome Aboard

Welcome to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, home to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. Since Oct. 1, 1997, Marines and Sailors have been living and working aboard the 23,000-acre facility.

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Starting Out

MCAS Miramar is on the northern edge of San Diego. Directions to the air station when using any of the following major freeways heading northbound are as follows:

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Miramar’s military roots began in 1917, when the U.S. Army purchased the Miramar area and established Camp Kearny. The camp was used as a demobilization center after the war, but ceased to function as a military base and languished for 12 years.

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HMH-462 conducts external lifts
Story by PFC Liah Kitchen on 09/09/2016

During the training, Marines with a helicopter support team will attach a weighted beam to a CH-53 while the aircraft hovers above them. The aircraft will then briefly fly around the landing zone, return to the landing zone and lower the weight to the ground, allowing the HST to detach the weight. Together, the pilots and aircrew will go through this sequence of events several times.

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Pushing the limits: Marines compete in HITT Tactical Athlete Championship
Story by PFC Liah Kitchen on 08/18/2016

The four-day competition featured male and female Marines from around the Corps who competed in various fitness events designed to test their physical and mental strength.

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VMM-161 supports 5th Battalion, 11th Marines with CAS EVAC
Story by PFC Jake McClung on 08/18/2016

This exercise involved around 40 Marines loading simulated casualties onto an MV-22B Osprey, flying to simulate going to a medical facility, and unloading the casualty in a timely manner.

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Story by SSG Christopher Brown on 09/22/2016

Gen. Rajendra Chhetri, chief of army staff, Nepalese Army, gave heartfelt words in remembrance of the loss of life that came from the devastating 2015 Nepal earthquake, but expressed excitement that the ongoing partnership between USARPAC and Nepal will help avoid a similar catastrophe in the future.

Story by SGT David Bedard on 09/22/2016
Joseph Streff, who serves as the commander of the Alaska Army National Guard and the assistant adjutant general - Army, was promoted from colonel to brigadier general during a ceremony at the Alaska National Guard Armory here Sept. 21.
As the commander, Streff ensures the training and equipping of approximately 1,800 Alaska citizen Soldiers here and at readiness centers across the state.
"It is a privilege to now wear this new rank as I serve as the Army commander," Streff said. "From this day forward, we will continue to endeavor to make this a top-notch organization."
Brig. Gen. Laurie Hummel, Alaska adjutant general, placed the magnitude of Streff's promotion in context.
"This ceremony marks a momentous occasion in a military career, as there are fewer than 200 officers in the entire United States Army across all components that hold the rank of brigadier general," Hummel said. "Those of us here today bear witness to a relatively rare ceremony."
Streff said he looks forward to the continuation of his command.
"I have never been more excited for this organization than I am right now," he said. "We are a capable, agile and motivated force that is combat tested and proven to be on par with the best. We have never been better manned, equipped, trained or prepared to do our state and federal missions."
Streff's February 2015 assumption of command of the Alaska Army National Guard represented the culmination of a 29-year career in Army aviation, all with the Alaska Army National Guard.
Streff began his career when he enlisted as an air traffic controller in 1987. He graduated flight school for the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in 1990 and was appointed a warrant officer, attending Officer Candidate School the same year and earning a commission as a second lieutenant.
Streff's early assignments included aviation liaison officer, operations officer and company section leader in the 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment. On promotion to captain, he commanded an aviation maintenance company, attended the Aviation Maintenance Course and UH-60 Test Pilot Course, and earned his senior aviator wings.
Streff attended the fixed-wing C-12 Huron course in 2001 and continued his service in 1-207th Aviation as operations officer and executive officer. After attending the Command and General Staff College in 2005, he served at the National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Virginia, as the Aviation Program manager.
In 2006, Streff deployed to Iraq, where he served as the Multi-National Corps Air Operations Section leader during the troop surge. Upon return to Alaska in 2007, he served as the State Army Aviation officer, 1-207th Aviation commander, and deputy United States Property and Fiscal officer. He was promoted to colonel in 2013 and held senior Joint Force Headquarters staff assignments before taking command of the Alaska Army National Guard in March 2015.
He has earned numerous awards and decorations, including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and three awards of the Meritorious Service Medal.
Streff is married to wife, Lynn. They have five children, Ben, Katy, Caroline, Josiah, an Alaska Army National Guard warrant officer 1 and UH-60 pilot, and Jonathan.

Jackson transited to San Diego from Mayport, Florida almost two months ahead of schedule, following the successful execution of Full Ship Shock Trials and post-shock maintenance and repairs.

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