The mission of MWCS 18 is to provide expeditionary communications for the deployed Aviation Combat Element (ACE) Command Element (CE) of a Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) and its supporting Marine Air Command and Control System (MACCS) including the phased deployment of task-organized elements thereof.

 

SQUADRON LINEAGE

1967 – 2018
 
ACTIVATED 1 SEPTEMBER 1967 AT DA NANG, REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM, AS MARINE WING COMMUNICATIONS SQUADRON 1 AND ASSIGNED TO MARINE WING HEADQUARTERS GROUP 1, 1ST MARINE AIRCRAFT WING
 
PARTICIPATED IN THE WAR IN VIETNAM, SEPTEMBER 1967 – APRIL 1971 OPERATING FROM DA NANG

RELOCATED DURING APRIL 1971 TO IWAKUNI, JAPAN
 
REDESIGNATED 1 JULY 1971 AS MARINE WING COMMUNICATIONS SQUADRON 18 AND REASSIGNED TO MARINE AIR CONTROL GROUP 18

RELOCATED DURING APRIL 1976 TO CAMP ZUKERAN, OKINAWA, JAPAN

RELOCATED DURING MARCH 1980 TO CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA, JAPAN

ELEMENTS PARTICIPATED IN OPERATION SEA ANGEL, BANGLADESH, MAY - JULY 1991

ELEMENTS PARTICIPATED IN OPERATION RESTORE HOPE, SOMALIA, DECEMBER 1992 - APRIL 1993

ELEMENTS PARTICIPATED IN OPERATION NOBLE EAGLE, GUAM, SEPTEMBER 2001 - JUNE 2002

ELEMENTS PARTICIPATED IN HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE AND DISASTER RELIEF OPERATIONS, PHILIPPINES, IN RESPONSE TO MUDSLIDES, DECEMBER 2004

ELEMENTS PARTICIPATED IN OPERATION UNIFIED ASSISTANCE, THAILAND AND INDONESIA, JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2005

ELEMENTS PARTICIPATED IN HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE AND DISASTER RELIEF OPERATIONS, INDONESIA, IN RESPONSE TO AN EARTHQUAKE, MAY 2006

ELEMENTS PARTICIPATED IN OPERATION DAMAYAN, PHILIPPINES, NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2013

ELEMENTS PARTICIPATED IN VARIOUS OPERATIONS IN SUPPORT OF THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM, 2001 INTO 2006

PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION STREAMER
VIETNAM
1967

MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER WITH ONE SILVER STAR
VIETNAM
1967 – 1968
1982 -1984
1985 – 1987
1997 – 1999
2000 – 2002
2004 – 2005

NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER WITH TWO BRONZE STARS

VIETNAM SERVICE STREAMER WITH TWO SILVER STARS

GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM SERVICE STREAMER

VIETNAM CROSS OF GALLANTRY WITH PALM STREAMER

VIETNAM MERITORIOUS UNIT CITATION CIVIL ACTIONS STREAMER