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1st Stinger Battery
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1st Stinger Insignia
Active July 1, 1982 — September 28, 2007
Country United States
Allegiance United States of America
Branch United States Marine Corps
Type Low-Altitude Air Defense
Role Air defense
Part of Inactive
Motto(s) “Death from Below”
Engagements Operation Desert Storm
Operation Iraqi Freedom

1st Stinger Battery was an air defense unit of the United States Marine Corps. They were part of Marine Air Control Group 18 (MACG-18) and the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (1st MAW) and were based at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan. On December 7, 2006, Headquarters Marine Corps released a message stating that 1st Stinger would be deactivated during 2007.[1] The battery was officially deactivated on September 28, 2007.


To provide close-in, low altitude, surface-to-air weapons fires in defense of Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) assets defending forward combat areas, maneuver forces, vital areas, installations, and/or units engaged in special/independent operations.


1st Stinger Battery was initially activated on July 1, 1982 at Marine Corps Air Station, Futenma, Okinawa, Japan as 1st Forward Area Air Defense (FAAD) Battery, Marine Air Control Group 18, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. Employing the Redeye missile and the newly fielded Stinger missile, the battery participated in numerous exercises throughout the Pacific Rim. On October 1, 1986, the Battery was redesignated as 1st Low Altitude Air Defense (LAAD) Battalion. The battalion consisted of two firing batteries and a headquarters and service battery. During Operation Desert Storm, 1st LAAD Battalion deployed a Platoon (-) in the defense of Al Jabal Airfield. On May 14, 1993, 1st LAAD Battalion was reduced in size and redesignated as 1st Stinger Battery. The Battery consists of two firing platoons and a headquarters and service platoon. In January 1996, the Battery fielded the Avenger Weapon System, increasing its firepower and targeting capabilities. Over the next several months, the Avengers and man-portable air defense system (MANPADS) vehicles will be phased-out and replaced with the Advanced-MANPADS. In early February 2007, 1st Stinger battery Marines deployed for the first time in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Their mission was to provide airbase security while in Iraq for the next seven months.[2] 1st Stinger Battery was the only Marine ground-based air defense unit within the III Marine Expeditionary Force. The Battery maintained an aggressive training program and operational tempo as its Marines supported exercises within the Western Pacific and operations with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. They returned to Okinawa in August, 2007 and on September 28, 2007, 1st Stinger Battery was deactivated at a ceremony at MCAS Futnema.


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