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In the United States Marine Corps, the aviation combat element or air combat element (ACE) is the air arm of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF). It provides rotary-wing, tiltrotor, and fixed-wing aircraft, support equipment, pilots, maintenance personnel, as well as command and control assets to the commander.[1]


Role within the MAGTFEdit

The majority of aircraft usage within the MAGTF is for close air support or transport for the ground combat element (GCE) or logistics combat element (LCE), however, other specialized missions are available. The six main functions include: assault support, anti-air warfare, offensive air support, electronic warfare, control of aircraft and missiles, and aerial reconnaissance.[2]

OrganizationEdit

The size of the ACE varies in proportion to the size of the MAGTF. A Marine Expeditionary Force has a Marine Aircraft Wing or MAW. A Marine Expeditionary Brigade holds a Marine Aircraft Group or MAG, reinforced with a variety of aircraft squadrons and support personnel. The various Marine Expeditionary Units command a reinforced squadron, with various types of aircraft mixed into a single unit (known as a composite squadron). Generally, MEF postings are permanent, while MEBs and MEUs rotate their ACE, GCE, and LCE twice annually. 1st and 3rd Marine Aircraft Wings are unique in that they are subordinate to III MEF and I MEF, respectively, while all other equivalent units numerical designators match the MEF to which attached.

Hierarchy of Marine Aviation unitsEdit

1st Marine Aircraft Wing<center>Edit

<center> ACE of III Marine Expeditionary Force

USMC - 1MAW
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
<center>Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 1<center> <center>MWHS-1 insignia 2010 v2<center> <center>America's Finest<center>

Marine Aircraft Group 12Edit

Mag12
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 12<center>
<center>Mals12 insig<center> <center>Marauders<center>
<center>Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242<center> <center>VMFA AW 242 insignia<center> <center>Bats<center>

Marine Aircraft Group 24Edit

Mag24 insignia
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
<center>Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 24<center> <center>MALS-24 insignia<center> <center>Warriors<center>
<center>Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362<center> <center>Hmm362logo<center> <center>Ugly Angels<center>
<center>Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363<center> <center>HMH-363 insignia<center> <center>Red Lions<center>
<center>Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463<center> <center>HMH-463 insignia<center> <center>Pegasus<center>

Marine Aircraft Group 36Edit

MAG36
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
<center>Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 36<center> <center>Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 36 insignia<center> <center>Bladerunner<center>
<center>Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152<center> <center>VMGR-152patchscan<center> <center>Sumos<center>
<center>Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262<center> <center>HMM-262<center> <center>Flying Tiger<center>
<center>Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265<center> <center>HMM-265 new patch<center> <center>Dragons<center>
<center>UDP squadrons from II and III MEFs

Marine Air Control Group 18Edit

Macg-18insignia
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron 18<center>
<center>Mtacs18<center> <center> <center>
<center>Marine Air Control Squadron 4<center> <center>Macs-4insignia<center> <center> <center>
<center>Marine Air Support Squadron 2<center> <center>MASS2-LOGO SMALL<center> <center> <center>
<center>Marine Wing Communications Squadron 18<center> <center>Mwcs18<center> <center> <center>

Marine Wing Support Group 17Edit

MWSG17insignia
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
<center>Marine Wing Support Squadron 171<center> <center>Mwss171<center> <center>America's Squadron<center>
<center>Marine Wing Support Squadron 172<center> <center>Mwss172<center> <center>Firebirds<center>

<center>2nd Marine Aircraft Wing<center>Edit

<center> ACE of II Marine Expeditionary Force

USMC - 2MAW
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
<center>Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2<center> <center>MWHS2insignia<center> <center>Snake Eyes
The Deuce<center>

Marine Aircraft Group 14Edit

MAG-14 insignia
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 14<center>
<center>Mals14 insig<center> <center>Dragons<center>
<center>Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 1<center> <center>VMAQ-1 patch<center> <center>Banshee<center>
<center>Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 2<center> <center>MCS149<center> <center>Jesters<center>
<center>Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 3<center> <center>VMAQ-3 insignia<center> <center>Moon Dogs<center>
<center>Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 4<center> <center>VMAQ4<center> <center>Seahawks<center>
<center>Marine Attack Training Squadron 203<center> <center>Vmat203<center> <center>Hawks<center>
<center>Marine Attack Squadron 223<center> <center>Vma223a insig<center> <center>Bulldogs<center>
<center>Marine Attack Squadron 231<center> <center>Vma231-logo<center> <center>Ace of Spades<center>
<center>Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252<center> <center>Vmgr252 insig<center> <center>Otis<center>
<center>Marine Attack Squadron 542<center> <center>Vma542<center> <center>Tigers<center>

Marine Aircraft Group 26Edit

New MAG-26 insignia
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
<center>Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 26<center> <center>50px<center> <center>Patriots<center>
<center>Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162<center> <center>VMM-162<center> <center>Golden Eagles<center>
<center>Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261<center> <center>Vmm-261 squadron insignia<center> <center>Raging Bulls<center>
<center>Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263<center> <center>VMM263<center> <center>Thunder Chicken<center>
<center>Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264<center> <center>Vmm-264insignia<center> <center>Black Knights<center>
<center>Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266<center> <center>Hmm266-a<center> <center>Fighting Griffins<center>
<center>Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365<center> <center>Vmm-365 squadron insignia<center> <center>Blue Knights<center>
<center>Marine Medium Tiltrotor Training Squadron 204<center> <center>VMMT-204<center> <center>Raptors<center>

Marine Aircraft Group 29Edit

MAG29
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
<center>Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 29<center> <center>MALS-29<center> <center>Wolverines<center>
<center>Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366<center> <center>Hmh366<center> <center>Hammerheads<center>
<center>Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461<center> <center>Hmh461newpatch<center> <center>Ironhorse<center>
<center>Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464<center> <center>Hmh464-a<center> <center>Condors<center>
<center>Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167<center> <center>50px<center> <center>Warriors<center>
<center>Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 269<center> <center>Hmla-269<center> <center>Gunrunners<center>
<center>Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 467<center> <center>HMLA-467 insignia<center> <center>Sabers<center>
<center>Marine Helicopter Training Squadron 302<center> <center>HMT-302<center> <center>Phoenix<center>

Marine Aircraft Group 31Edit

MAG31beaufort
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
<center>Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 31<center> <center>Mals-31<center> <center>Stingers<center>
<center>Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115<center> <center>VMFA-115 insignia<center> <center>Silver Eagles<center>
<center>Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122<center> <center>VMFA-122 insignia werewolve<center> <center>Werewolves<center>
<center>Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 224<center> <center>VMFA-224 insignia<center> <center>Bengals<center>
<center>Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251<center> <center>VMFA-251<center> <center>Thunderbolts<center>
<center>Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 312<center> <center>VMFA-312<center> <center>Checkerboards<center>
<center>Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 533<center> <center>VMFA-533<center> <center>Hawks<center>

Marine Air Control Group 28Edit

MACG-28 insignia
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
<center>Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron 28<center> <center>MTATCS-28 insignia<center> <center> <center>
<center>Marine Air Control Squadron 2<center> <center>Marine Air Control Squadron 2 insignia<center> <center>Eyes of the MAGTF<center>
<center>Marine Air Support Squadron 1<center> <center>MASS-1 squadron insignia<center> <center>Nomads<center>
<center>Marine Wing Communications Squadron 28<center> <center>MWCS28<center> <center>Spartans<center>
<center>2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion<center> <center>2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion insignia<center> <center>Death from Below<center>
<center>Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 2<center> <center>VMU-2 new insignia<center> <center>Night Owls<center>

Marine Wing Support Group 27Edit

MWSG27insignia
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
<center>Marine Wing Support Squadron 271<center> <center>MWSS-271<center> <center>Workhorse of the Wing<center>
<center>Marine Wing Support Squadron 272<center> <center>MWSS-272<center> <center>Untouchables<center>
<center>Marine Wing Support Squadron 273<center> <center>Mwss273 insig<center> <center>Sweathogs<center>
<center>Marine Wing Support Squadron 274<center> <center>MWSS-274 new insignia<center> <center>Ironmen<center>

<center>3rd Marine Aircraft Wing<center>Edit

<center> ACE of I Marine Expeditionary Force

3MAW embossed
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
<center>Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 3<center> <center>MWHS-3<center>

Marine Aircraft Group 11Edit

MAG-11 insignia
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 11<center>
<center>MALS-11png insignia<center> <center>Devilfish<center>
<center>Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101<center> <center>VMFAT-101 insignia<center> <center>Sharpshooters<center>
<center>Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 121<center> <center>VMFA(AW)-121 insignia<center> <center>Green Knights<center>
<center>Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 225<center> <center>VMFA (AW) 225 insignia<center> <center>Vikings<center>
<center>Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232<center> <center>VMFA-232 embossed<center> <center>Red Devils<center>
<center>Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314<center> <center>VMFA-314patch<center> <center>Black Knights<center>
<center>Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323<center> <center>VMFA-323 insignia<center> <center>Death Rattlers<center>
<center>Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352<center> <center>VMGR-352 squadron insignia<center> <center>Raiders<center>

Marine Aircraft Group 13Edit

MAG-13 insignia
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
<center>Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13<center> <center>K01mq2-webinsigniablkwidows<center> <center>Black Widows<center>
<center>Marine Attack Squadron 211<center> <center>Vma211 insig<center> <center>Wake Island Avengers<center>
<center>Marine Attack Squadron 214<center> <center>VMA214-Blacksheep<center> <center>Black Sheep<center>
<center>Marine Attack Squadron 311<center> <center>Vma311-a<center> <center>Tomcats<center>
<center>Marine Attack Squadron 513<center> <center>VMA-513 insignia<center> <center>Flying Nightmares<center>

Marine Aircraft Group 16Edit

MAG-16 insignia
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
<center>Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 16<center> <center>MALS-16 insignia<center> <center>Forerunners<center>
<center>Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161<center> <center>VMM-161 insignia<center> <center>Greyhawks<center>
<center>Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163<center> <center>Hmm163-a<center> <center>Ridge Runners<center>
<center>Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 165<center> <center>HMM-165 insignia<center> <center>White Knights<center>
<center>Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 166<center> <center>Official VMM-166 Patch<center> <center>Sea Elk<center>
<center>Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361<center> <center>HMH-361 insignia<center> <center>Flying Tigers<center>
<center>Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462<center> <center>HMH-462 insignia<center> <center>Heavy Haulers<center>
<center>Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465<center> <center>HMH-465 insignia<center> <center>Warhorse<center>
<center>Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466<center> <center>HMH-466 insignia<center> <center>Wolfpack<center>

Marine Aircraft Group 39Edit

MAG-39 insignia
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
<center>Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 39<center> <center>Mals39logo<center> <center>Hellhounds<center>
<center>Marine Medium Helicopter Training Squadron 164<center> <center>HMMT-164 Green<center> <center>Knightriders<center>
<center>Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169<center> <center>HMLA-169 insignia<center> <center>Vipers<center>
<center>Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267<center> <center>HMLA-267<center> <center>Stingers<center>
<center>Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268<center> <center>HMM-268 insignia<center> <center>Red Dragons<center>
<center>Marine Light Attack Training Squadron 303<center> <center>HMT-303<center> <center>Atlas<center>
<center>Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364<center> <center>HMM 364 LOGO<center> <center>Purple Foxes<center>
<center>Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367<center> <center>HMLA 367 insignia<center> <center>Scarface<center>
<center>Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369<center> <center>HMLA-369 insignia<center> <center>Gunfighters<center>
<center>Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469<center> <center>HMLA-469 Logo<center> <center>Vengeance<center>

Marine Air Control Group 38Edit

MACG-38 insignia
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
<center>Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron 38<center> <center>MTACS 38<center> <center> <center>
<center>Marine Air Control Squadron 1<center> <center>MACS1<center> <center>Falconers<center>
<center>Marine Air Support Squadron 3<center> <center>MASS-3 squadron insignia<center> <center>Blacklist<center>
<center>Marine Wing Communications Squadron 38<center> <center>MWCS38<center> <center>Red Lightning<center>
<center>3rd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion<center> <center>3rdLAADBn<center> <center>Stingers<center>
<center>Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1<center> <center>VMU-1 squadron insignia<center> <center>Watchdogs<center>
<center>Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3<center> <center>VMU-3 logo<center> <center>Phantoms<center>

Marine Wing Support Group 37Edit

MWSG-37 insignia
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
<center>Marine Wing Support Squadron 371<center> <center>MWSS 371 new insignia<center> <center>Sand Sharks<center>
<center>Marine Wing Support Squadron 372<center> <center>MWSS-372 unit insignia<center> <center>Diamondbacks<center>
<center>Marine Wing Support Squadron 373<center> <center>MWSS-373 insignia<center> <center>Ace Support<center>
<center>Marine Wing Support Squadron 374<center> <center>MWSS-374 insignia<center> <center>Rhinos<center>

<center>4th Marine Aircraft Wing<center>Edit

<center> ACE of Marine Forces Reserve

USMC - 4MAW
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
<center>4th Marine Aircraft Wing Training Support Group<center> <center>4thMAWTSG Logo<center> <center> <center>

Marine Aircraft Group 41Edit

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 41<center>
<center>MALS-41 insignia<center> <center>Desperados<center>
<center>Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 112<center> <center>VMFA-112 squadron insignia<center> <center>Cowboys<center>
<center>Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 234<center> <center>VMGR-234<center> <center>Rangers<center>
<center>Marine Fighter Training Squadron 401<center> <center>VMFT-401<center> <center>Snipers<center>
<center>Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 764<center> <center>Hmm764logo<center> <center>Moonlight<center>

Marine Aircraft Group 49Edit

MAG-49
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
<center>Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 49<center> <center>MALS-49<center> <center>Magicians<center>
<center>Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 452<center> <center>Vmgr452 insig<center> <center>Yankees<center>
<center>Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 772<center> <center>Hmh7723<center> <center>Hustler<center>
<center>Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 773<center> <center>Hmla-773<center> <center>Red Dogs<center>
<center>Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 774<center> <center>HMM774WILDGOOSE<center> <center>Wild Goose<center>

Marine Air Control Group 48Edit

MACG-48 insignia
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
<center>Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron 48<center> <center>MTACS48<center> <center> <center>
<center>Marine Air Control Squadron 23<center> <center>Marine Air Control Squadron 23 insignia<center> <center> <center>
<center>Marine Air Control Squadron 24<center> <center> <center>
<center>Marine Air Support Squadron 6<center> <center>MASS 6 unit logo<center> <center>Lighthouse<center>
<center>Marine Wing Communications Squadron 48<center> <center>MWCS-48<center> <center>Roar'<center>

Marine Wing Support Group 47Edit

MWSG47Logo
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname
<center>Marine Wing Support Squadron 471<center> <center>MWSS-471 insignia<center> <center> <center>
<center>Marine Wing Support Squadron 472<center> <center>MWSS-472<center> <center>Dragons<center>
<center>Marine Wing Support Squadron 473<center> <center>MWSS-473 logo<center> <center> <center>

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