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Aviation Combat Element

Definition/Scope: The core element of a Marine air-ground task force (MAGTF) that is task-organized to conduct aviation operations. The aviation combat element (ACE) provides all or a portion of the six functions of Marine aviation necessary to accomplish the MAGTF's mission. These functions are antiair warfare, offensive air support, assault support, electronic warfare, air reconnaissance, and control of aircraft and missiles. The ACE is usually composed of an aviation unit headquarters and various other aviation units or their detachments. It can vary in size from a small aviation detachment of specifically required aircraft to one or more Marine aircraft wings. The ACE itself is not a formal command. JP 1-02



Broader Terms:

11th Marine Expeditionary Unit
13th Marine Expeditionary Unit
15th Marine Expeditionary Unit
22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit
24th Marine Expeditionary Unit
26th Marine Expeditionary Unit
2nd Marine Aircraft Wing
31st Marine Expeditionary Unit
Marine Air-Ground Task Force
US Marine Corps

Narrower Terms:

3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
Aviation Liaison team

Related Terms:

Aviation Liaison team
Combat Service Support Element
Command Element
Ground Combat Element
Marine Air-Ground Task Force
Marine Expeditionary Force
Marine expeditionary force (forward)
Marine Expeditionary Unit
Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable)
Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force
Task Force

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