Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
Definition/Scope: The Marine Corps Air Station Miramar's (MCAS Miramar) located in San Diego, CA is to maintain and operate facilities, and provide services and material support to the 3d Marine Aircraft Wing and other tenant organizations. MCAS Miramar serves as home to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, including Marine Aircraft Group 11's fixed wing F/A-18 Hornet and KC-130J Hercules squadrons and Marine Aircraft Group 16's CH-46E Sea Knight and CH-53E Super Stallion squadrons. The support commands, Marine Wing Support Group 37 and Marine Air Control Group 38, and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band are also located here. The expeditionary mission of the Navy and Marine Corps team requires strategic co-location in order to maintain the flexibility required for national security needs. MCAS Miramar is centrally located near more than 10 West Coast Navy and Marine Corps installations. Sixty-seven percent of continental United States Department of Defense training ranges are located in three southwestern states – California, Arizona and Nevada. MCAS Miramar is ideally positioned to maximize training dollars and prepare U.S. Armed Forces for operational commitments. The majority of MCAS Miramar's training facilities are located aboard East Miramar. For the military, this approximately 15,000 acre spread of hilly, chaparral desert is the location of five small arms ranges, a nuclear, biological, and chemical training facility, and an aircraft fire rescue training site. The land itself supports training in land navigation, convoy operations, and related ground training exercises. The Army and the Army National Guard, Navy, Marine reserve units, and ROTC units frequently use the land and facilities at East Miramar for training. The San Diego Sheriff's Department has three small arms firing ranges aboard East Miramar as well as a canine training facility.
Broader Terms:Marine Aircraft Groups
Narrower Terms:3rd Marine Aircraft Wing