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Marine Wing Support Group 17
MWSG-17 insignia
Active July 1, 1953 - present
Country United States
Allegiance United States of America
Branch United States Marine Corps
Role Aviation combat service support
Part of 1st Marine Aircraft Wing
III Marine Expeditionary Force
Garrison/HQ Marine Corps Air Station Futenma
Engagements Vietnam War
Colonel Jamie M. Gannon

Marine Wing Support Group 17 (MWSG-17) is a United States Marine Corps aviation ground support unit based at Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Japan. They are currently composed of two squadrons that provide the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (1st MAW) and III Marine Expeditionary Force with complete airfield operation services (less air traffic control), engineer and transportation support, medical assistance, food services, security support, and other direct combat and combat service support to the Aviation Combat Element.

Mission[edit | edit source]

Provide the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing with organic and deployable aviation ground support to contingencies and exercises within the USPACOM area of responsibility.

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History[edit | edit source]

Marine Wing Support Group 17 was activated on July 1, 1953 at Itami, Japan and designated as Marine Wing Service Group 17. Later that same year, MWSG-17 was relocated to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan where its Marines served until 1966. That year it was re-designated as Marine Wing Support Group 17 and deployed to the Republic of Vietnam. MWSG-17 actively participated in the Vietnam War from September 1966 until August 1970 while operating from Da Nang Air Base, Vietnam. During this period, the Group earned a Presidential Unit Citation as well as a Meritorious Unit Commendation. In the summer of 1970, MWSG-17 returned home from Vietnam to MCAS Iwakuni. Nine years later, MWSG-17 moved to Okinawa, Japan and took up residence at Camp Foster.

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