2nd Marine Aircraft Wing History… Founded in July 1941, the Second Marine Aircraft Wing (2nd MAW) was originally headquartered in San Diego. It consisted of six squadrons, two in San Diego and four in Hawaii. The Hawaii-based squadrons sustained extensive damage during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, but 2nd MAW went on to contribute to 83 South Pacific operations. Marines and aircraft from 2nd MAW participated in major battles and campaigns at Wake Island, Okinawa, Midway, Saipan, Guadalcanal, Tinian and Guam.
2nd MAW relocated to its present home at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina in April 1946. During the Vietnam War, 2nd MAW supplied combat-ready units and personnel to operations in the Asian Theater. In the 1980’s 2nd MAW units were active in exercises and operations around the globe, to include those in Lebanon, Cuba, Grenada, Panama and the Dominican Republic.
In the 1990’s, 2nd MAW continued its global participation during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Later in the decade, 2nd MAW squadrons supported NATO air strikes in Kosovo and Serbia during Operation Allied Force and provided support during Operation Northern Watch from Incirlik, Turkey.
2nd MAW has remained active in the last 10 years with deployments in support of Operation Southern Watch, Operation Northern Watch and Unit Deployment Program rotations to Japan. 2nd MAW squadrons have been involved in combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan throughout the Global War on Terrorism and continue to deploy in support of the II Marine Expeditionary Force, the 22nd, 24th and 26th Marine Expeditionary Units.
2nd MAW has held a significant role in the Eastern Carolinas for over 50 years. 2nd MAW has 44 squadrons and over 15,000 personnel based at Cherry Point, New River, and Beaufort, South Carolina.
The mission of the MAW is to conduct air operations in support of the Marine Forces to include offensive air support, anti air warfare, assault support, aerial reconnaissance, electronic warfare, and control of aircraft and missiles.