1st Marine Aircraft Wing, as the Aviation Combat Element of III Marine Expeditionary Force, provides combat ready, task organized forces capable of conducting aviation operations across all six functions of Marine Aviation in naval and expeditionary environments, and commands and controls aviation forces through the Tactical Air Command Center in order to contribute to the accomplishment of our Nation's security objectives as required by standing operational plans in the USINDOPACOM AOR, engagement operations in support of Marine Forces Pacific, overseas contingency operations, and other operations as directed.
U.S. Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312, arrive at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 1, 2022. Ryukyu Vice is a joint,...
U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 171, conduct an M240B machine gun live fire training at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 3,...
U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 171, conduct demolition training at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 4, 2022. MWSS-171 Marines...
U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 267 and Sailors with Helicopter Maritime...
The MV-22B Osprey is the Marine Corps’ medium-lift capable, tiltrotor, short take-off and landing aircraft. As such, it has the speed and range of a...
Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 268 Change of Command
WAIMEA, Hawaii - U.S. Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 268, Marine Aircraft Group 24, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, participated in the fourth annual Waimea Fall Festival. Their main attraction was a static display of the MV-22B Osprey, but their mission extended far beyond showcasing their aircraft – it emphasized building connections with the surrounding community.
AHUIMANU, Hawaii — U.S. Marines with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 24 (MALS-24), Marine Aircraft Group 24 (MAG-24), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, showcased their commitment to community engagement at Ahuimanu Elementary School’s 50th birthday celebration. Marines volunteered to participate, and brought dedication and enthusiasm to the event, brightening the days of students, families, and the local community.
Today, Headquarters and Service (H&S) Battery, 1st Low Altitude Air Defense (LAAD) Battalion, Marine Air Control Group 18, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, reinstated their unit colors during a reactivation and designation ceremony.
U.S. Marines with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 153 (VMGR-153), Marine Aircraft Group 24, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, answered the call on Aug. 14 and Aug. 22, 2023 to assist Joint Task Force 50 (JTF-50) in their efforts to provide relief in the wake of the devastating Maui wildfires of Aug. 8. VMGR-153 facilitated the transport of personnel and equipment with their KC-130J Hercules in support of Maui response efforts.
U.S. Marines from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 268 joined forces with the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum's "Flight School" program on June 27 and July 11, 2023, hosting a week-long aviation-focused summer camp for students in grades 6-8. This collaboration marked the first-ever partnership between VMM-268 and the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum's education department.
Today Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3 (VMU-3) safely and successfully tested and flew its first MQ-9A remotely piloted aircraft. The squadron is now certified to independently operate the MQ-9A. VMU-3 received its first two MQ-9A remotely piloted aircraft at the end of April 2023. Since then, VMU-3 has worked tirelessly to assemble and prepare the aircraft for the rigorous Naval Air Systems Command safety certification process.
Major General Eric Austin assumed the duties as the Commanding General of 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in August 2022
Col Kelvin Gallman assumed duties as the Assistant Wing Commander of 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in July 2023.
A native of California, Sergeant Major Arebalo enlisted in the Marine Corps in March 1995 and attended recruit training at MCRD, San Diego. Upon completion of recruit training, he attended the School of Infantry and was assigned the MOS of 0331 Machine gunner.
Master Chief Jack D. Garza is currently assigned as Command Master Chief 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. He is a native of Texas and enlisted in the United States Navy in July 1997.