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Marine Aircraft Group 14
MAG-14 was activated in San Diego on March 1, 1942, and entered World War II seven months later when it participated in the decisive naval battle of Guadalcanal in mid-November. In January 1943, the group helped eliminate the remnants of the Tokyo Express. The group was awarded two Presidential Unit Citations for its actions in the Pacific — the first at Guadalcanal and, the second, on Okinawa.
MAG-14 transferred to Cherry Point March 13, 1976. In 1993, MAG-14 merged with another 2d MAW aircraft group from Cherry Point, MAG-32, but retained the MAG-14 title. The merger boosted the total strength of MAG-14 by adding three Marine attack squadrons and one Marine attack training squadron. Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 32 merged with MALS-14 to form the largest aviation logistics squadron in the Marine Corps.
Since 2001, MAG-14 has been involved on every front, supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom from its inception and was the first “boots on the ground” in Afghanistan beginning Operation Enduring Freedom. Until the end of OIF, MAG-14 had a continuous presence for 5 years and 9 months, and has had a continuous presence in OEF since the middle of 2008. Not only has MAG-14 been pivotal in these operations, but has also supported Operation New Dawn, Operation Unified Protector, supported numerous Marine Expeditionary Units in the Mediterranean and Horn of Africa, and has deployed units to Central America for humanitarian aid.
Today, MAG-14 consists of:
One Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron with 11 KC-130J Super Hercules and 1 Harvest Hawk Aircraft. This squadron provides the wing with lift and in-flight refueling, battlefield illumination, aerial delivery, and transportation for military and government officials traveling inside combat zones. The addition of a Harvest Hawk Aircraft adds strike and close-air support to this squadron’s already extensive role in Marine Aviation for 2d MAW.
Four tactical electronic warfare squadrons of EA-6B Prowler aircraft, whose missions are to locate and suppress enemy radar, clearing the skies for friendly aircraft.
Three attack squadrons of AV-8B Harriers provide fixed-wing air power to combat forces on the ground. With their vertical flight capability, they can stay minutes from the front lines of battle, and supply almost immediate close-air support as well as serve as a strike asset.
One attack training squadron rounds out the group by providing new personnel to the Marine Corps’ AV-8B community. An aviation logistics squadron provides everything from supply to maintenance for the flying squadrons.
A wing support squadron, which operates and maintains the only expeditionary airfield on the East Coast (Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field (MCALF) Bogue).