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3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

MV-22B Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 conduct a training flight from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, April 10. This training operation marks the last time the commanding officer of VMM-163 will participate in a squadron-sized event before relinquishing command. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Melissa Wenger/Released)
VMM-163 CO goes out with large scale training op
MV-22B Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 conduct a training flight from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, April 10. This training operation marks the last time the commanding officer of VMM-163 will participate in a squadron-sized event before relinquishing command. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Melissa Wenger/Released)
Two MV-22B Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 363 and VMM-166 conduct flight operations aboard the USS Boxer, July 24. Marines and aircraft from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing traveled aboard the USS Boxer to support the 2015 Seattle Sea Fair. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lillian Stephens)
Two MV-22B Ospreys train en route to Seattle Seafair
Two MV-22B Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 363 and VMM-166 conduct flight operations aboard the USS Boxer, July 24. Marines and aircraft from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing traveled aboard the USS Boxer to support the 2015 Seattle Sea Fair. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lillian Stephens)
Air Show
Air Show
Air Show
Pfc. Caston Mai, an administrative clerk with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron and an Arlington, Texas, native, shoots the M1014 shotgun during security augment force (SAF) training aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, June 30. During the course, trainees learn arrest techniques and defensive tactics. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kimberlyn Adams/Released)
Military police train forces to augment base security
Pfc. Caston Mai, an administrative clerk with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron and an Arlington, Texas, native, shoots the M1014 shotgun during security augment force (SAF) training aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, June 30. During the course, trainees learn arrest techniques and defensive tactics. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kimberlyn Adams/Released)
Air crew with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 466, the “Wolfpack,” conduct preflight checks for a CH-53E Super Stallion aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, July 2. The aircrew prepares the aircraft for night fast-rope training at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California.
No light, no problem: HMH-466 'Wolfpack' drops grunts into evening action
Air crew with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 466, the “Wolfpack,” conduct preflight checks for a CH-53E Super Stallion aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, July 2. The aircrew prepares the aircraft for night fast-rope training at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California.
U.S. Marines with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron (H&HS) conduct a pass in review during the H&HS Relief and Appointment Ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar San Diego, Calif., on March 5, 2014. The Relief and Appointment signifies the "passing of responsibility" from one senior enlisted advisor to another.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Daniel V. Gonzales/RELEASED)
H&HS Post and Relief
U.S. Marines with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron (H&HS) conduct a pass in review during the H&HS Relief and Appointment Ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar San Diego, Calif., on March 5, 2014. The Relief and Appointment signifies the "passing of responsibility" from one senior enlisted advisor to another.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Daniel V. Gonzales/RELEASED)
Three F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, fly in formation during fixed-wing aerial refueling training over eastern California, Aug. 27. VMFA-121 is the first F-35B squadron in the Marine Corps.
Refueling the F-35B Lightning II with VMGR-352
Three F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, fly in formation during fixed-wing aerial refueling training over eastern California, Aug. 27. VMFA-121 is the first F-35B squadron in the Marine Corps.
Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 13 wait as a CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 462 prepares to lift a decommissioned rocket pod aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Oct. 23. The training helped the Marines experience the effects of the aircraft while trying to attach the cargo.
HMH-462 flexes muscle with CLB-13 help
Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 13 wait as a CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 462 prepares to lift a decommissioned rocket pod aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Oct. 23. The training helped the Marines experience the effects of the aircraft while trying to attach the cargo.
Fireworks are displayed during the Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) sponsored 2014 Air Show aboard Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, San Diego, Calif., Oct. 4, 2014. The air show showcases civilian performances and the aerial prowess of the armed forces but also, their appreciation of the civilian community’s support and dedication to the troops. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Trever Statz/Released)
2014 Miramar Air Show Firework Show
Fireworks are displayed during the Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) sponsored 2014 Air Show aboard Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, San Diego, Calif., Oct. 4, 2014. The air show showcases civilian performances and the aerial prowess of the armed forces but also, their appreciation of the civilian community’s support and dedication to the troops. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Trever Statz/Released)
Staff Sgt. Natividad Herrera, a helicopter mechanic with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 "Purple Foxes," holds his daughters for the first time in eight months during a homecoming ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 13. While deployed with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, his squadron provided round-the-clock aerial support to multiple missions all over the world.
'When I see him, I'm going to squeeze him!' - Purple Foxes return
Staff Sgt. Natividad Herrera, a helicopter mechanic with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 "Purple Foxes," holds his daughters for the first time in eight months during a homecoming ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 13. While deployed with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, his squadron provided round-the-clock aerial support to multiple missions all over the world.
A F-18 performs afterburner passes during the Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) sponsored 2014 Air Show aboard Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, San Diego, Calif., Oct. 4, 2014. The air show showcases civilian performances and the aerial prowess of the armed forces but also, their appreciation of the civilian community’s support and dedication to the troops. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Trever Statz/Released)
2014 Miramar Air Show F-18 Afterburner Passes
A F-18 performs afterburner passes during the Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) sponsored 2014 Air Show aboard Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, San Diego, Calif., Oct. 4, 2014. The air show showcases civilian performances and the aerial prowess of the armed forces but also, their appreciation of the civilian community’s support and dedication to the troops. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Trever Statz/Released)
Lance Cpl. Cory Helton, top, a power lines mechanic with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232 and Whitley County, Ky., native, grapples with another Marine during the Kings and Queens of the Ring event at the first Marine Aircraft Group 11 field meet aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Aug. 22. Marines throughout MAG-11 competed in different events to win the MAG-11 trophy for their squadron.
First field meet for MAG-11
Lance Cpl. Cory Helton, top, a power lines mechanic with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232 and Whitley County, Ky., native, grapples with another Marine during the Kings and Queens of the Ring event at the first Marine Aircraft Group 11 field meet aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Aug. 22. Marines throughout MAG-11 competed in different events to win the MAG-11 trophy for their squadron.
An MV-22B Osprey hovers in the sky as part of the Level III Demonstration during the 2012 Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show, Oct. 13. This demonstration allowed spectators to observes the Osprey transition from helicopter to airplane mode.
An MV-22B Osprey hovers
An MV-22B Osprey hovers in the sky as part of the Level III Demonstration during the 2012 Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show, Oct. 13. This demonstration allowed spectators to observes the Osprey transition from helicopter to airplane mode.
Casey Rogers, a quarterback with the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Falcons, runs down the field during a game against the 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion Gators at the Paige Field House aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 13. The Falcons' next game is against the 5th Marine Grizzlies on Aug. 27.
Falcons kick off season with a win
Casey Rogers, a quarterback with the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Falcons, runs down the field during a game against the 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion Gators at the Paige Field House aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 13. The Falcons' next game is against the 5th Marine Grizzlies on Aug. 27.
The second F-35B Lightning II, BF-20, lands at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma during the re-designation ceremony of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, Nov. 20 at the VMFA-121 hangar, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. The Green Knights will make up the first operational F-35B squadron not only in the Marine Corps, but in the world. The readiness and capability of an organic air combat element is vital to the Marine Air Ground Task Force and all aspects of Marine Corps operations. The F-35B will provide the Marine Corps with the next generation of tactical aircraft dominance in the Marine Corps.
The second F-35B Lightning II, BF-20, lands at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma during the re-designation ceremony of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, Nov. 20 at the VMFA-121 hangar, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. The Green Knights will make up the first operational F-35B squadron not only in the Marine Corps, but in the world. The readiness and capability of an organic air combat element is vital to the Marine Air Ground Task Force and all aspects of Marine Corps operations. The F-35B will provide the Marine Corps with the next generation of tactical aircraft dominance in the Marine Corps.
The second F-35B Lightning II, BF-20, lands at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma during the re-designation ceremony of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, Nov. 20 at the VMFA-121 hangar, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. The Green Knights will make up the first operational F-35B squadron not only in the Marine Corps, but in the world. The readiness and capability of an organic air combat element is vital to the Marine Air Ground Task Force and all aspects of Marine Corps operations. The F-35B will provide the Marine Corps with the next generation of tactical aircraft dominance in the Marine Corps.
Marines with the Silent Drill Platoon perform during a Battle Colors Ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., March 14. With a reputation of perfection throughout the world, the silent drill platoon reminds onlookers of the proud esprit de corps found in Marines serving all around the globe.
Cracks of rifles heard through Miramar when The Battle Colors Detachment visits
Marines with the Silent Drill Platoon perform during a Battle Colors Ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., March 14. With a reputation of perfection throughout the world, the silent drill platoon reminds onlookers of the proud esprit de corps found in Marines serving all around the globe.
An Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 165 runs as pilots perform pre-flight preparations before Maj. Gen. Gregg Sturdevant, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing assistant wing commander, takes his final flight with the wing aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., May 14. Sturdevant wanted to take one last flight with 3rd MAW and felt it fitting he fly with his former squadron.
From Sea Knights to Ospreys, Sturdevant flies for last time with former command
An Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 165 runs as pilots perform pre-flight preparations before Maj. Gen. Gregg Sturdevant, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing assistant wing commander, takes his final flight with the wing aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., May 14. Sturdevant wanted to take one last flight with 3rd MAW and felt it fitting he fly with his former squadron.
A child wears a cranial during Junior Jarhead Day hosted by Marine Aircraft Group 16 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., June 8. Crew chiefs took the children into an MV-22B Osprey and taught them about their job with the power of imagination.
Peek-a-boo into the life of their Parents
A child wears a cranial during Junior Jarhead Day hosted by Marine Aircraft Group 16 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., June 8. Crew chiefs took the children into an MV-22B Osprey and taught them about their job with the power of imagination.
A power line mechanic with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232 preforms a maintenance check on an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight line aboard Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, July 26.  Power line mechanics and other maintainers make sure every F/A-18C Hornet is ready and safe for flight.
Red Devils conduct rapid embarkation training
A power line mechanic with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232 preforms a maintenance check on an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight line aboard Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, July 26. Power line mechanics and other maintainers make sure every F/A-18C Hornet is ready and safe for flight.
Sgt. Steffany Ismaili, an aviation electrician with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 11, conducts sword manual during a morning colors ceremony, in honor of Women's History Month, aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., March 18. The sergeant was used to symbolize women in the Marine Corps. (Official USMC released)
Marines honor women's history for morning colors
Sgt. Steffany Ismaili, an aviation electrician with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 11, conducts sword manual during a morning colors ceremony, in honor of Women's History Month, aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., March 18. The sergeant was used to symbolize women in the Marine Corps. (Official USMC released)
A CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465 "Warhorses" dries in the sun after being washed aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Aug. 20. The Warhorses deployed five aircraft to Colorado Springs during a deployment for training in order to break the squadron's Marines and pilots out of their comfort zones and normal flight patterns.
Warhorses beat hooves to Colorado Springs for mock deployment training
A CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465 "Warhorses" dries in the sun after being washed aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Aug. 20. The Warhorses deployed five aircraft to Colorado Springs during a deployment for training in order to break the squadron's Marines and pilots out of their comfort zones and normal flight patterns.
3rd MAW News
VMGR-352, 1st Radio Battalion conduct parachute drop

By Lance Cpl. Kimberlyn Adams | July 14, 2015

Marines with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 352 supported 1st Radio Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force, in a low-level static line parachute drop exercise aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, July 8. MORE
Swan takes command of MAG-11

By Sgt. Lillian Stephens | July 13, 2015

Col. Rick Uribe, commanding officer of Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 11, relinquished his command to Col. William Swan during a change of command ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, July 10. MORE
No light, no problem: HMH-466 “Wolfpack” drops grunts into evening action

By Story by Sgt. Lillian Stephens | July 9, 2015

Out of the darkness, the distinct growl of a CH-53E Super Stallion reaches across a dimly lit horizon. MORE
Marines on target with F-35 live-weapons release

By Cpl. Alissa Schuning | July 2, 2015

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121, also known as the “Green Knights,” conducted the first F-35B operational ordnance expenditures June 22 to 26. MORE
F-35 training system, logistic system ready for operations

By Sgt. Lillian Stephens | June 30, 2015

The U.S. Marine Corps’ F-35 program took another step forward as two key capabilities were delivered to support the service’s first operational squadron. MORE
Aiming for success; Miramar Marines complete marksmanship course

By Sgt. Brian Marion | June 29, 2015

Marines from various units across the station completed a Combat Marksmanship Coaches Course aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, June 26. MORE
MCAS Miramar Marines conduct MCIWS beach training

By Sgt. Lillian Stephens | June 29, 2015

Twenty-four Marines from across the country gathered at the training pool aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, on the first day of the Marine Corps Instructor of Water Survival (MCIWS) course. MORE
Marines awarded for returning MV-22 Osprey to flight status

By Cpl. Alissa P. Schuning | June 29, 2015

Twenty-four Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron(VMM)166, VMM-268 and VMM-364 received awards for their part in successfully returning a MV-22 Osprey into flight status aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, June 25. MORE

 

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