The Beginning of a Legacy in the Air…1st Marine Aircraft Wing is a USMC element of the III Marine Expeditionary Force. The brunt of the Wing’s forces are located on the island of Okinawa, Japan at MCB Butler. However, various subordinate commands are located in mainland Japan and Hawaii. The First MAW supports the Third MARDIV, also located in Okinawa. MCAS Futenma also supports helicopter squadrons and certain fixed wing assets. MCAS Iwakuni, Japan supports the Marine fixed wing squadrons. Marine aircraft squadrons may be deployed throughout the western Pacific, operating from NAS Guam, NAF Kadena, NAS Atsugi, aboard Navy carriers, or from the Air Force or Army. Activated in Quantico, Virginia in 1941, the 1st MAW aided Marine forces for the first time during the Battle of Guadalcanal. The MAW has been awarded five Presidential Unit Citations for gallantry in wartime, including WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
Their mission is to conduct air operations in support of the Fleet Marine Forces to include offensive air support, anti air warfare, assault support, aerial reconnaissance including active and passive electronic countermeasures (ECM), and control of aircraft and missiles.
1st MAW consists of 5 subordinate groups, a headquarters squadron and a liaison group:
Marine Aircraft Group 12 (MAG-12), Marine Aircraft Group 24 (MAG-24), Marine Aircraft Group 36 (MAG-36) Marine Air Control Group 18 (MACG-18), Marine Wing Support Group
Units of the 1st MAW are located in the Pacific Region at the following bases: Marine Corps Air Station, Futenma, Japan, Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, Japan, and Marine Corps Base Hawaii.