Marine Aircraft Group 39 was reactivated at Camp Pendleton on Sept. 1, 1978, and operates in support of I MEF and its major subordinate units (3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, 1st Marine Division and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton). Units of MAG-39 are tasked to provide aerial support for operations in support of Fleet Marine Forces and other air operations as may be directed.
MAG-39 operates a mix of attack helicopter gunships (AH-1Z and AH-1W) and utility helicopters (UH-1Y). Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 39 provides intermediate maintenance and aviation supply support for MAG-39. Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267 was task organized in February 1982 into a composite squadron of UH-1N and AH-1J helicopters. The squadron was redesignated HMLA-267 on March 1, 1987, and received its first AH-1W on March 16, 1987. In March 2012, the squadron began flying the AH-1Z and UH-1Y.
Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 was activated on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton on Sept. 30, 1971. The squadron was redesignated HMLA-169 on Oct. 1, 1986, and became a composite UH-1N/AH-1W squadron. The squadron was the first to receive and begin operation of the AH-1W Super Cobra. In 2010, the squadron began flying the UH-1Y.
Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369, in May 1983, became the first composite UH-1N/AH-1J squadron to deploy to Okinawa. The squadron was redesignated HMLA-369 on Sept. 15, 1987, and began replacing the AH-J with the AH-1W. In 2009, the squadron began flying the UH-1Y.
Marine Light Attack Helicopter Training Squadron 303 was activated in ceremonies held at Marine Air Facility Camp Pendleton on April 30, 1982. As a fleet replacement squadron, HMT-303 is the only Marine squadron tasked to provide initial conversion and UH-1Y, AH-1W and AH-1Z pilots.