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Marine Aircraft Group 46

Definition/Scope: Marine Aircraft Group 46 was activated March 1, 1944 as Marine Base Defense Aircraft Group 46. The commissioning took place at El Toro, California. The Group's primary mission was to administer and supervise training for combat duty, and other activities of the attached squadrons and detachments. It also trained replacement pilots and crew for Marine squadrons operating in combat areas. MAG-46 was redesignated on November 10, 1944 as Marine Aircraft Group 46. Another redesignation occurred on May 15, 1945 when it was assigned the title of Marine Air Support Group 46. The termination of hostilities in the summer of 1945 was followed by the rapid demobilization. One result of this policy was the deactivation of the group on 15 March 1946. Six years later, a major reorganization within Marine Aviation began. This reorganization coincided with the formation of 4th Marine Division in the reserve. Changes included reactivation of MAG 46. Thus on July 1 1962, Marine Aircraft Group 46 was reactivated at Grosse Ile, MI and moved to Brooklyn, New York on November 1, 1965. In early 1971, MAG 46 moved to Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California and remained there until August 1994 when the Group relocated to its present location at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, CA. From the 90's into the new millennium all of MAG-46 flying and support units have answered the call to the Global War on Terrorism. MAG-46 has been a main COG in Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom) and Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom). Today, the group is responsible for coordinating, supervising and supporting the following squadrons located on MCAS Miramar, VMFA 134, MALS 41/42, MWSS-473, MWCS-48, and MASS-6. It was officially deactivated again on 26 June 2009.



Acronym:

MAG 46

Broader Terms:

3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
I Marine Expeditionary Force
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
US Marine Corps
US Marine Forces Pacific


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