1st Marine Aircraft Wing
Definition/Scope: Activated in Quantico, Virginia, on 07 July 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. The 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (1st MAW) has distinguished itself from the South Pacific and the Korean Peninsula to Southeast Asia's tropical rainforest and Afghanistan's parched deserts. 1st MAW stands poised to strike at a moment's notice to seize the initiative. 1st MAW has a broad spectrum of aircraft and equipment that can be configured for any mission requirement or task. They build airfields where none exist; they fly assault and support missions regardless of time or weather; and they control the skies in every climate and place to which they deploy. They are the right arm of the MEF. The mission of 1st MAW is to conduct air operations in support of the Fleet Marine Forces to include offensive air support, antiair warfare, assault support, aerial reconnaissance including active and passive electronic countermeasures (ECM), 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. The 1st MAW supplies the USMC with a wide range of aircraft and equipment to support any Marine Corps mission. The wing is headquartered at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma on the island of Okinawa, Japan.
Broader Terms:III Marine Expeditionary Force
Narrower Terms:AH-1W Super Cobra