1st Marine Aircraft Wing
Commanded by a Major General with its headquarters at Camp Foster, the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing is the aviation combat element of III Marine Expeditionary Force. Its mission is to conduct air 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, the wing may participate as an integral component of Naval Aviation in the execution of such other Navy functions as the Fleet Commander may direct.
x1st MAW consists of approximately 7,500 Marines and sailors and is organized into: a fixed wing/fighter attack (F/A) group;
Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 12, 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. There is also an aviation command and control group, Marine Air Control Group 18, stationed at MCAS Futenma, and a headquarters squadron, Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 1 on MCB Foster.
The Wing’s rotary-wing aircraft, air control and aviation ground support assets of MAG-36 are stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. These include the CH-53E Super Stallion, the MV-22 Osprey, the AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters, and UH-1Y Huey helicopters; which provide a powerful combination of firepower and assault support.
The Wing’s remaining unites are stationed at MCAS Iwakuni, on mainland Japan and include KC-130J Super Hercules, F/A-18C and F/A-18D Hornets, and F35B Lightning II’s that operate under MAG 12. Also, CH-53E Super Stallion, MV-22B, UH-1Y, and AH-1Z, and RQ-7B aircraft under MAG 24.
The 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.