Many U.S. strategic planners envision the 21st century to be one of cultural and ethnic discord, volatile contingencies and many veiled dangers to America’s interests. This era of uncertainty will call for an agile, crisis-response force capable of resolving a host of potential conflicts. MCAS Miramar units have answered the nation’s call in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America and stand ready to respond when future contingencies arise.
Home to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, MCAS Miramar houses 16 flying squadrons and approximately 200 fixed-wing, rotary-wing and tilt-rotor aircraft. When responding to a contingency, a ground combat element, an air combat element and a logistics element combine to form a Marine Air-Ground Task Force. Thus, elements of the 1st Marine Division and 1st Marine Logistics Group combine with 3rd MAW elements to form a MAGTF specifically tailored for a mission. As a vital element of the nation’s “911 Force,” MCAS Miramar Marines and Sailors may respond to situations in the Pacific Rim, Southwest Asia, Central and South America, or anywhere required.
MCAS Miramar hosts 3rd MAW F/A-18 Hornet Squadrons, a KC-130 Squadron, CH-53E helicopter squadrons and MV-22 tilt-rotor squadrons and communications and logistics support squadrons. Combined with 3rd MAW AH-1W/Z Super Cobra and UH-1N/Y Huey helicopters from Camp Pendleton, California, and AV-8B Harriers and F-35B Joint Strike Fighters from MCAS Yuma, Arizona, the wing provides potent aviation flexibility for the commander or any MAGTF. The superior air command and control from Marine Air Control Group 38 and service support from Marine Wing Support Group 37 provide the necessary expertise for all air operations.