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Our Story —  3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
Our Story — 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
Published: 2012/11/23
Channel: Marines
"Bohemian Rhapsody" live by the Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band UNCUT
"Bohemian Rhapsody" live by the Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band UNCUT
Published: 2011/12/09
Channel: apallyon7
"Thrift Shop / Can
"Thrift Shop / Can't Hold Us" Live by the Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band
Published: 2013/11/23
Channel: apallyon7
F-18 Hornet Fighter Pilots • 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
F-18 Hornet Fighter Pilots • 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
Published: 2015/04/04
Channel: Gung Ho Vids
"Gangnam Style / Thunderstruck" live by the Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band
"Gangnam Style / Thunderstruck" live by the Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band
Published: 2012/11/19
Channel: apallyon7
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band gets Thunderstruck
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band gets Thunderstruck
Published: 2012/11/16
Channel: MCAS Miramar 3rd MAW
3D Marine Aircraft Wing Band - 2014 Pasadena Bandfest
3D Marine Aircraft Wing Band - 2014 Pasadena Bandfest
Published: 2013/12/31
Channel: Music213
U.S. Marines with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) raise 50 National Flags
U.S. Marines with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) raise 50 National Flags
Published: 2012/01/30
Channel: US Military Videos By OpsLens
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing welcomes new commanding general
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing welcomes new commanding general
Published: 2012/08/13
Channel: MCAS Miramar 3rd MAW
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Help Put Out San Diego Fires
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Help Put Out San Diego Fires
Published: 2014/05/22
Channel: dvidshub
[4K] The Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band at Disneyland July 4, 2016
[4K] The Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band at Disneyland July 4, 2016
Published: 2016/07/13
Channel: SoCal Travel Destinations
3D Marine Aircraft Wing Band - 2016 Patriot
3D Marine Aircraft Wing Band - 2016 Patriot's Day Parade
Published: 2016/03/06
Channel: Music213
3D Marine Aircraft Wing Band  - 2012 Patriot
3D Marine Aircraft Wing Band - 2012 Patriot's Day Parade
Published: 2012/03/04
Channel: Music213
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band plays "Hana Mana (Muppets)"
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band plays "Hana Mana (Muppets)"
Published: 2013/07/05
Channel: Tim Alcoser
"Bohemian Rhapsody" live by the Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band
"Bohemian Rhapsody" live by the Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band
Published: 2011/12/09
Channel: apallyon7
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Homecoming
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Homecoming
Published: 2013/02/04
Channel: MCAS Miramar 3rd MAW
3D Marine Aircraft Wing Band - Disneyland - Independence Day 2012
3D Marine Aircraft Wing Band - Disneyland - Independence Day 2012
Published: 2012/07/06
Channel: Music213
3D Marine Aircraft Wing Band - 2016 Twilight Summer Concert
3D Marine Aircraft Wing Band - 2016 Twilight Summer Concert
Published: 2016/07/21
Channel: Music213
The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band performs "You
The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band performs "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch."
Published: 2013/12/21
Channel: MCAS Miramar 3rd MAW
Amazing Grace by The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band
Amazing Grace by The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band
Published: 2015/07/02
Channel: E. Kauma
God Bless America by the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band
God Bless America by the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band
Published: 2015/07/03
Channel: E. Kauma
The 3rd MAW band performing "Happy" at the 239th Marine Corps Birthday Ball ceremony
The 3rd MAW band performing "Happy" at the 239th Marine Corps Birthday Ball ceremony
Published: 2014/11/09
Channel: Carl Redding
"Firework" by Katy Perry as recorded by the Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band Jazz Combo
"Firework" by Katy Perry as recorded by the Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band Jazz Combo
Published: 2012/02/01
Channel: apallyon7
Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band-MCAS Miramar
Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band-MCAS Miramar
Published: 2010/02/07
Channel: Tony Bantay
CBS 8 coverage of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing change of command ceremony
CBS 8 coverage of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing change of command ceremony
Published: 2014/06/20
Channel: MCAS Miramar 3rd MAW
The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band at the 2012 Miramar Air Show
The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band at the 2012 Miramar Air Show
Published: 2012/10/26
Channel: Airshowlover100
Helicopters and Ospreys with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Conduct Operation Desert Tantrum
Helicopters and Ospreys with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Conduct Operation Desert Tantrum
Published: 2013/04/18
Channel: Battlefield Sources
Helicopter Firefighting - 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
Helicopter Firefighting - 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
Published: 2012/05/15
Channel: okrajoe
US 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
US 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
Published: 2013/06/23
Channel: Robert Rödl
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Party Band UNM 2014 Part 1
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Party Band UNM 2014 Part 1
Published: 2014/10/09
Channel: Albuquerque South
3rd MAW Band- Drum Solo
3rd MAW Band- Drum Solo
Published: 2010/01/28
Channel: davmen21
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band and LA Scots Pipe Band March-In (2016)
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band and LA Scots Pipe Band March-In (2016)
Published: 2016/09/17
Channel: ahmfiembra
[4K] The Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band-Patriotic Finale-Disneyland July 4, 2016
[4K] The Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band-Patriotic Finale-Disneyland July 4, 2016
Published: 2016/07/15
Channel: SoCal Travel Destinations
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Night Training
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Night Training
Published: 2013/03/25
Channel: okrajoe
US Martine Corps 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band in San Jose
US Martine Corps 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band in San Jose
Published: 2006/12/08
Channel: Ed Bautista
3rd MAW Showcases Helicopter Firefighting Capabilities
3rd MAW Showcases Helicopter Firefighting Capabilities
Published: 2012/05/12
Channel: US Military Videos By OpsLens
ABC - Coverage of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing aerial support to the Camp Pendleton and Fallbrook fires.
ABC - Coverage of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing aerial support to the Camp Pendleton and Fallbrook fires.
Published: 2014/05/15
Channel: MCAS Miramar 3rd MAW
""Friday" Live by the Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band Party Band
""Friday" Live by the Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band Party Band
Published: 2011/05/21
Channel: apallyon7
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing welcomes new commanding general
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing welcomes new commanding general
Published: 2014/05/11
Channel: otv103
Marine Aircraft Wing Operations Southern California
Marine Aircraft Wing Operations Southern California
Published: 2013/08/11
Channel: AIRBOYD
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band Perform, "Let It Go," at Disneyland on the 4th of July, 2014
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band Perform, "Let It Go," at Disneyland on the 4th of July, 2014
Published: 2014/07/08
Channel: jawkneeboy
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Party Band UNM 2014 Part 2
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Party Band UNM 2014 Part 2
Published: 2014/10/09
Channel: Albuquerque South
3D Marine Aircraft Wing Band - 2010 Patriot
3D Marine Aircraft Wing Band - 2010 Patriot's Day Parade
Published: 2010/03/08
Channel: Music213
B-roll 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing CH-53E Super Stallions participate in Firefighting Efforts
B-roll 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing CH-53E Super Stallions participate in Firefighting Efforts
Published: 2014/05/17
Channel: MCAS Miramar 3rd MAW
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band playing Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band playing Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland
Published: 2012/07/06
Channel: Tim Alcoser
Tuskegee Airmen: Third Marine Aircraft Wing sergeant hosts dedication ceremony
Tuskegee Airmen: Third Marine Aircraft Wing sergeant hosts dedication ceremony
Published: 2013/02/22
Channel: MCAS Miramar 3rd MAW
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band
Published: 2012/07/05
Channel: Steve Phares
Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band and the Scots Guards
Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band and the Scots Guards
Published: 2015/08/03
Channel: ahmfiembra
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band playing Star Wars themed music at Disneyland
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band playing Star Wars themed music at Disneyland
Published: 2012/07/06
Channel: Tim Alcoser
Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band
Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band
Published: 2014/08/03
Channel: girlofthebeach
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3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
3MAW embossed.png
3rd MAW Insignia
Active
  • November 10, 1942 – December 31, 1945
  • February 1, 1952 – present
Country United States
Branch United States Marine Corps
Type Marine Aircraft Wing
Role Conduct air operations in support of the Fleet Marine Forces
Part of I Marine Expeditionary Force
Garrison/HQ Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
Nickname(s) 3rd MAW
Motto(s) "Bella Ac Pace Paratus"
"Prepared in Peace and War"
Engagements World War II
Vietnam War
Operation Desert Storm
Operation Iraqi Freedom
*2003 invasion of Iraq
*Operation Vigilant Resolve
*Operation Phantom Fury
Commanders
Commanding General Maj.Gen. Mark R. Wise[1]
Sergeant Major Sgt.Maj. James K. Porterfield
Command Master Chief CMDCM(FMF) Gary Mendus
Notable
commanders
Gen. James F. Amos

The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (3rd MAW) is the major west coast aviation unit of the United States Marine Corps. It is headquartered at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California and provides the aviation combat element for I Marine Expeditionary Force. The wing is made up of a headquarters squadron, four flying groups, an aviation command and control group and an aviation engineering group.

Mission[edit]

Provide combat ready expeditionary aviation forces capable of short notice worldwide deployment to Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF), fleet and unified commanders.

Current force[edit]

Locations[edit]

Units of 3rd MAW are located in the western United States at the following bases:

Subordinate units[edit]

Structure 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

History[edit]

World War II[edit]

3rd Marine Aircraft Wing was commissioned on November 10, 1942, at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, with a personnel roster of 13 officers, 25 enlisted men and one aircraft - a trainer.

The Wing's combat history began with the World War II deployment of a bomber squadron on December 3, 1943. A little more than a year later, the Wing deployed a night fighter squadron in support of the war effort.

In early April 1944, the wing turned over its training duties and assigned units to the 9th Marine Aircraft Wing and on April 21, 1944, boarded three carriers for a voyage to Hawaii and arrived May 8, where it assumed the functions of Marine Air, Hawaii Area (MAHA)[2]

When the Japanese surrendered, 3rd MAW was decommissioned on December 31, 1945, at Marine Corps Air Station Ewa and its personnel were assigned to other units.[3] The Wing also played an important, but behind-the-scenes, role during the war by training Marine pilots and support personnel for combat duty overseas.

1950s[edit]

In 1952, as the Marine Corps again fought in the Far East, the Wing was reactivated at MCAS Cherry Point for the Korean War. The main portion of the wing began moving to the new Marine Corps Air Station Miami, the Marine Corps' first "flying field."

In September 1955, the Wing left MCAS Miami for Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California. 3rd MAW was rebuilt again, with the addition of Marine Aircraft Group 15, followed by Marine Aircraft Group 36 on September 5, 1955,[4] with its helicopter squadrons at the nearby Marine Corps Air Facility Santa Ana, later renamed[5] Marine Corps Air Station Tustin.

Vietnam War through the 1980s[edit]

Wing squadrons were detached and deployed to Vietnam as combat action in Southeast Asia flared. At the end of the Vietnam War several units were brought back to the United States and deactivated or redesignated, creating 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing as it is constituted today.

The Gulf War & the 1990s[edit]

The wing saw action again as part of I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF), conducting operations in Iraq and Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm. It deployed over 40 squadrons of aircraft, flew over 18,000 sorties while operating from 6 airfields throughout the theater.[6] After the end of hostilities, 3rd MAW aircraft provided support in Operation Provide Comfort and Operation Southern Watch over Iraq. The wing was once more called into service in Somalia for Operation Restore Hope. In 1999, 3rd MAW relocated to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California.

Global War on Terror[edit]

The fall of 2001 saw the beginning of the War on Terrorism, and 3rd MAW since deployed several detachments in support of the ongoing Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

In the fall of 2002, the wing began deploying to Kuwait to prepare for combat operations in Iraq. Ultimately the wing moved 435 aircraft and 15,451 personnel to Southwest Asia prior to the attack marking the first time the entire wing had deployed since the Gulf War and the largest since the Vietnam War.[7] Their two primary bases in Kuwait were Ali Al Salem Air Base and Ahmed Al Jaber Air Base while Wing ground units also established 15 Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) or Forward Arming and Refueling Points (FARPs) during march north.[8] During the invasion, 3rd MAW expended over 6 million pounds of ordnance, including over 2,300 general-purpose bombs and 2,200 precision guided munitions.[9]

Current aircraft in use[edit]

Fixed-wing aircraft

Rotary-wing aircraft

Tiltrotor aircraft

UAVs

See also[edit]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Third Marine Aircraft Wing Leaders
  2. ^ RottmanUSMC WWII OOB, pgs. 432-33.
  3. ^ RottmanUSMC WWII OOB, pgs. 433.
  4. ^ History of Marine Aircraft Group 36
  5. ^ Historic California Posts: Marine Corps Air Station, Tustin
  6. ^ Warren: 403-404.
  7. ^ Visconage & Harris: 15,20.
  8. ^ Reynolds Basrah, Baghdad and Beyond, p. 174-75.
  9. ^ Visconage & Harris: 180.

Bibliography[edit]

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