1st Marine Aircraft Wing
Commanded by a Major General with its headquarters at Camp Foster, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) is the aviation combat element of III Marine Expeditionary Force. 1st MAW conducts aviation operations in support of the Fleet Marine Forces to include offensive air support, anti-air support, aerial reconnaissance, including active and passive electronic countermeasures, and control of aircraft and missiles. As a collateral function, 1st MAW may participate as an integral component of Naval Aviation in the execution of Naval functions as directed by the Fleet Commander.
x1st MAW consists of approximately 7,500 Marines and Sailors and is organized into the following groups: Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 12, a fixed wing/fighter attack (F/A) group stationed at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni; two tilt-rotary assault support groups, MAG-36, stationed at MCAS Futenma, and MAG-24, stationed at Marine Corps Base (MCB) Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; Marine Air Control Group 18, an aviation command and control group stationed at MCAS Futenma; and Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 1, a headquarters squadron stationed on MCB Foster.
MAG-12's fixed wing/fighter attack aircraft include KC-130J Super Hercules, F/A-18C and F/A-18D Hornets, and F35B Lightning II’s. MAG-36's rotary-wing aircraft and air control and aviation ground support assets include the CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter, the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, the AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter and the UH-1Y Venom helicopter. MAG-24's aviation assets include the CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter, MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, UH-1Y Venom helicopter, AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter, and RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aerial vehicle. Together, each of the Wing’s Groups contribute to provide a powerful combination of firepower and assault support.
Additionally, 1st MAW is supported by the Unit Deployment Program. Detachments from one F/A-18 squadron, one heavy-lift helicopter squadron, and one light-attack helicopter squadron deploy to Japan every six months from the United States.
The 1st Marine Aircraft Wing has distinguished itself in humanitarian relief efforts throughout the Asia-Pacific. For years, the 1st MAW has been a key player in providing aid to areas devastated by tsunamis, typhoons, mudslides and other disasters.