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A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor with the 94th Fighter Squadron prepares for flight operations out of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Nov. 19, 2020. The F-35 Lightning II and the F-22 Raptor, both 5th generation fighter aircraft, represent the pinnacle of advanced fighter attack aircraft capabilities and are strategically forward-postured in the Indo-Pacific to maintain regional peace and security. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Ricker)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Anthony Demartini, a UH-1Y Venom helicopter crew chief with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 (HMLA-469), travels to conduct casualty evacuation drills at Torii Station, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 23, 2020. This training maintains readiness, combat proficiency and enhances interoperability essential for joint and combined military operations in austere, expeditionary environments within the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dalton J. Payne)
A U.S. Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper helicopter, with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 469, fires an Air Intercept Missile (AIM-9 Sidewinder missile) during a live-fire training event near Okinawa, Japan, Sept. 29, 2020. HMLA-469 conducted a live-fire exercise using AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles to improve proficiency with the weapon system. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ethan M. LeBlanc)
U.S. Marines with III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF), Expeditionary Operation Training Group (EOTG) with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 (HMLA-469), conduct special patrol insertion/extraction and helicopter rappel training at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 23, 2020. EOTG trains Marines before being attached to Marine Expeditionary Units, where they will conduct operations using these techniques. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dalton J. Payne)
U.S. Army Soldiers with Special Forces Group 1-1 and Marines from 3rd Marine Raider Battalion with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 (HMLA-469), conduct casualty evacuation drills at Torii Station, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 23, 2020. This training maintains readiness, combat proficiency and enhances interoperability essential for joint and combined military operations in austere, expeditionary environments within the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dalton J. Payne)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Eliecer Echavarria, a point operator with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, provides hand signals to indicate the number of gallons going into the MV-22 Osprey in support of assault support aircraft from 1st Marine Aircraft Wing during Operation Lightning Strike, Aug. 6, 2020, at Ie Shima Training Facility, Okinawa, Japan. The purpose of the training was to prepare Prospective Weapons and Tactics Instructor (PWTI) students for what to expect when they attend future WTI courses. MWSS-172’s role was to provide the Forward Arming and Refueling Point to expand the combat radius and allow aviation ground support closer to the objective. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Karis Mattingly)
1st MAW News
Marines from 1st MAW participate in Yama Sakura 79
December 16, 2020
— OKINAWA, Japan – U.S. Marines from Marine Air Control Group 18, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing participated in Yama Sakura 79 with Marines from 3D Marine Expeditionary Brigade as well as soldiers from Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade, Dec. 9 to Dec. 14, 2020 at Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Japan.
COVID Mitigation During Driven Thermite 21
November 30, 2020
— OKINAWA, Japan – In mid-November hundreds of Okinawa, Iwakuni and Hawaii-based U.S. Marines with 1st Marine Aircraft Wing assembled for exercise Driven Thermite 21, a Wing level Command Post Exercise to validate the Aviation Combat Element Battle Staff’s ability to plan and execute aviation operations within the Indo-Pacific Command.
1st MAW Tests Battle Staff During Exercise Driven Thermite
November 13, 2020
— OKINAWA, Japan –Hundreds of Okinawa-based U.S. Marines with 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) kicked-off Driven Thermite 21, a Wing level Command Post Exercise to validate the Aviation Combat Element (ACE) Battle Staff’s ability to plan and execute aviation operations within Indo-Pacific Command.
Second F-35B Squadron Officially Established In Indo-Pacific Region With The Redesignation Of VMFA-242
October 23, 2020
— IWAKUNI, Japan. -- On October 16, 2020 Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 12 re-designated Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 242 as part of the Marine Corps’ ongoing transition process from legacy F/A-18 Hornet aircraft to the newer 5th generation F-35B Lightning II.
Operation Lightning Strike
August 6, 2020
— The operation consisted of Marines with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines and 3rd Marine Division, taken to a landing zone by MV-22 Ospreys and CH-53E Super Stallions to engage and destroy a notional enemy. MWSS-172’s role was to provide the Forward Arming and Refueling Point to expand the combat radius and allow aviation ground support closer to the objective.
Search and Rescue: U.S. and Japanese Forces Work Together
June 29, 2020
— MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan- U.S. Marines and Japanese Airmen participated in a combined search and rescue exercise at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, June 29, 2020. Service members with Marine Aircraft Group 12, Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force honed their skills to improve overall coordination between units in the event of a real-world search and rescue event.
No Gym, No Problem
April 27, 2020
— MCAS FUTENMA, Okinawa, Japan. — With gyms shut down and large-scale physical training together suspended for many Marines, units across the Corps have found unique ways to keep Marines active. For Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (VMM-262), it’s meant creating The Flying Tiger Running Challenge.
Running 24/7, and limited only by imagination: U.S. Marines put 3D printing skills to use in the fight against COVID-19
April 8, 2020
— MCAS FUTENMA, Okinawa, Japan. — For Staff Sgt. Michael P. Burnham and Sgt. Blaine E. Garcia, a trailer-sized workspace filled with sweltering heat and the constant whine of over a dozen machines running at full speed is simply the setting for just another day. This day, however, sees these leaders bringing 3D printing to the fight for 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, using their manufacturing skills against COVID-19.
PRESS RELEASE: MASA 2019 Kicks Off
July 14, 2019
— Marine Aviation Support Activity (MASA) 19.2, a semiannual U.S.-Philippine military exercise focused on mutual defense, counterterrorism and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, is scheduled to take place in the Philippines from July 15 - 25, 2019.
1st MAW Changes Command
June 27, 2019
— U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Thomas D. Weidley relinquished his duties as commander for 1st Marine Aircraft Wing to Brig. Gen. Christopher A. McPhillips at a change of command ceremony on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, June 25, 2019.
Marine Corps News
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January 14, 2021
Parachute operations: Pendleton Marines jump out perfectly good airplane
January 13, 2021
January 11, 2021
U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy First Responders and Medical Personnel Receive Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
January 7, 2021
CATC Camp Fuji Marines and sailors clean Numazu beach, ensure readiness for training units
January 6, 2021