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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 (MAW), 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 (MAGTF). 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 America 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.


Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron (H&HS)

Approximately 1,200 Marines and Sailors make up Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, the main support element of the air station’s daily operations. Some of the responsibilities of H&HS include aircraft fire fighting and rescue, military policing, facilities planning and maintenance, air traffic control, fuels, ordnance, legal assistance and public affairs. Their efforts ensure the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing has an optimal installation from which to train and deploy air-combat support when the nation calls.


Marine Aircraft Group 11 (MAG-11)

MAG-11 is composed of four operational F/A-18 Hornet squadrons, an F/A-18 training squadron, a KC-130 Hercules squadron and an aviation logistics squadron.

  • Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232 (VMFA-232 “Red Devils”)
  • Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314 (VMFA-314 “Black Knights”)
  • Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323 (VMFA-323 “Death Rattlers”)
  • Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 225 (VMFA (AW)-225 “Vikings”)
  • Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 (VMFAT-101 “Sharpshooters”)
  • Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352 (VMGR-352 “Raiders”)
  • Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 11 (MALS-11 “Devilfish”)
  • Marine Wing Support Squadron 373 (MWSS-373 “ACE Support”)

Marine Aircraft Group 16 (MAG-16)

MAG-16 is composed of four CH-53E Super Stallion Squadrons, six MV-22 Osprey squadrons and an aviation logistics squadron.

  • Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 (VMM-161 “Greyhawks”)
  • Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (VMM-163 “Evil Eyes”)
  • Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 165 (VMM-165 “White Knights”)
  • Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 166 (VMM-166 “Sea Elk”)
  • Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 268 (VMM-268 “Red Dragons”)
  • Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 363 (VMM-363 “Red Lions”)
  • Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 (HMH-361 “Flying Tigers”)
  • Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 (HMH-462 “Heavy Haulers”)
  • Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465 (HMH-465 “Warhorses”)
  • Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466 (HMH-466 “Wolfpack”)
  • Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 16 (MALS-16 “Fore Runners”)

Marine Air Control Group 38 (MACG-38)

  • Marine Tactical Air Control Squadron 38 (MTACS-38)
  • Marine Wing Communications Squadron 38 (MWCS-38)


4th MAW Site Support Miramar, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing

  • Marine Air Support Squadron 6 (MASS-6, Det. A)
  • Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 41 (MALS-41, Det. A)
  • Marine Wing Support Squadron 473 (MWSS-473)
  • Marine Wing Communications Squadron 48 (MALS-48, Det. A)


  • Fleet Aviation Specialized Operation Training Group
  • Naval Air Technical Data and Engineering Service Command, Detachment Miramar (NATEC, Det. Miramar)
  • Naval Operational Medicine Institute, Detachment West
  • Navy Consolidated Brig Tactical Air Crew Combat Training System (TACTS)
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