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3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

Cpl. Matthew Maenner, crew chief with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 (Reinforced) observes the other MV-22B Osprey returning from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and landing aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., May 17. Marines with VMM-163 (Rein) supported the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit during a simulated raid and supplied four MV-22B Ospreys, two AH-1W Cobras, two UH-1Y Hueys and one CH-53E Super Stallion. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Harley Robinson/Released)
VMM-163 (Rein) prepares for deployment with 11th MEU
Cpl. Matthew Maenner, crew chief with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 (Reinforced) observes the other MV-22B Osprey returning from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and landing aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., May 17. Marines with VMM-163 (Rein) supported the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit during a simulated raid and supplied four MV-22B Ospreys, two AH-1W Cobras, two UH-1Y Hueys and one CH-53E Super Stallion. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Harley Robinson/Released)
The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing's F-35B Lightning II aircraft reached initial operating capability today with a squadron of 10 F-35Bs ready for worldwide deployment.
Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121, based in Yuma, Arizona, is the first squadron in military history to become operational with an F-35 variant.
"I am extremely proud of the hard work and effort the Marines of VMFA-121 have done to achieve IOC for the Joint Strike Fighter," said Maj. Gen. Mike Rocco, 3rd MAW commanding general. "It is a game changer on the battlefield and will provide the Marine Air-Ground Task Force and the Joint Force Commander enhanced combat capabilities like no other."
F-35B Lightning II IOC declared
The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing's F-35B Lightning II aircraft reached initial operating capability today with a squadron of 10 F-35Bs ready for worldwide deployment. Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121, based in Yuma, Arizona, is the first squadron in military history to become operational with an F-35 variant. "I am extremely proud of the hard work and effort the Marines of VMFA-121 have done to achieve IOC for the Joint Strike Fighter," said Maj. Gen. Mike Rocco, 3rd MAW commanding general. "It is a game changer on the battlefield and will provide the Marine Air-Ground Task Force and the Joint Force Commander enhanced combat capabilities like no other."
A Marine with Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214 “Black Sheep” reunites with his son aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., June 7. Approximately 100 Marines and Sailors returned from a seven-month deployment with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and supported missions in the Pacific theater. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lillian Stephens/Released)
Happy to be home: VMA-214 “Black Sheep,” MALS-13 “Black Widows” service members return to MCAS Yuma
A Marine with Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214 “Black Sheep” reunites with his son aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., June 7. Approximately 100 Marines and Sailors returned from a seven-month deployment with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and supported missions in the Pacific theater. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lillian Stephens/Released)
Cpl. Dakota Wright, a motor transport operator with Motor Transport Company, Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 371, fires an MK-19 grenade launcher mounted on a Humvee at Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., June 16. Marines with MWSS-371 conducted crew-served weapons training with MK-19 grenade launchers and M2 .50-caliber machine guns mounted onto 7-ton trucks and Humvees to hone their skills and increase their readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Brytani Wheeler/Released)
“Sand Sharks” hone skills with crew-served weapons
Cpl. Dakota Wright, a motor transport operator with Motor Transport Company, Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 371, fires an MK-19 grenade launcher mounted on a Humvee at Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., June 16. Marines with MWSS-371 conducted crew-served weapons training with MK-19 grenade launchers and M2 .50-caliber machine guns mounted onto 7-ton trucks and Humvees to hone their skills and increase their readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Brytani Wheeler/Released)
Capt. Jason Grimes, a UH-1Z Cobra pilot with Marine Light Attack Squadron (HMLA) 369 and a Hibbing, Minnesota, native, stands with the leadership of 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment in Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. Grimes completed the Aviator Immersion Program with the assistance of 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment and 2/5.
Cobra pilot is first to complete Aviator Immersion Program
Capt. Jason Grimes, a UH-1Z Cobra pilot with Marine Light Attack Squadron (HMLA) 369 and a Hibbing, Minnesota, native, stands with the leadership of 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment in Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. Grimes completed the Aviator Immersion Program with the assistance of 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment and 2/5.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
Ramsey Family legacy: 3rd generation joins Marine Corps

By Lance Cpl. Harley Robinson | June 23, 2016

Now, four years past the accident, Angel stood in front of his grandfather, now Maj. James Ramsey, the aviation ordnance officer of Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron (MAG) 11 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, and swore to support and defend the constitution as a United States Marine, continuing the family legacy. MORE
Calling for back up: HMLA-267, 3/7 Marines perform close-air support training

By Sgt. Lillian Stephens | June 22, 2016

Marines with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 267 “Stingers” conducted a close-air-support training mission in conjunction with Marines from 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, June 10. MORE
Cobra pilot is first to complete Aviator Immersion Program

By Cpl. Kimberlyn Adams | June 22, 2016

Capt. Jason Grimes, an AH-1Z Cobra pilot with Marine Light Attack Squadron (HMLA) 369 and a Hibbing, Minnesota, native, is the first pilot to complete the two-month Aviator Immersion Program in Bridgeport, California. MORE
Happy to be home: VMA-214 “Black Sheep,” MALS-13 “Black Widows” service members return to MCAS Yuma

By Sgt. Lillian Stephens | June 22, 2016

Friends, family members and loved ones welcomed home Marines and Sailors with Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214 “Black Sheep” and Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, June 7. MORE
“Sand Sharks” hone skills with crew-served weapons

By Sgt. Brytani Wheeler | June 21, 2016

In the desert heat on a cloudless day, Marines of Motor Transport Company, Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 371, made use of the barren land. MORE
VMM-165 "White Knights" maintain the basics

By Sgt. Michael Thorn | June 10, 2016

Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 165 "White Knights" conducted confined area landings (CALs) between Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, June 8. MORE
3rd MAW squadrons participate in Virtual Flag

By Sgt. Brian Marion | June 8, 2016

Various units within 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing participated in Virtual Flag aboard Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California, May 17 to 20. MORE
VMM-364 conducts confined area landings

By PFC. Liah Kitchen | June 1, 2016

Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 364 “Purple Foxes” practiced section and division confined area landings at Holtville Airfield, California, May 20. MORE

 

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