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U.S. Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron (VMFAT) 101, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 232 and Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (3rd MAW) conduct a missile shooting demonstration and aerial refueling in support of Exercise Winter Fury 21, off the coast of Southern California, Feb. 5, 2021. During Winter Fury, 3rd MAW will conduct long range strikes, deploy and support infantry Marines, assist in the transport of artillery assets, and provide logistical support to Marines on the ground. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Leilani Cervantes)

Photo by Cpl. Leilani Cervantes

3rd MAW grows as an integrated all-domain naval power

16 Feb 2021 | 1st Lt. Charles Allen 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

Marines with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) prepare for the commencement of phase two of Winter Fury-21, a large-scale, joint force exercise that ensures the Marines of 3rd MAW are prepared, equipped, and trained to win any high-end, future fight.

“This Winter Fury, 3rd MAW is refining our Command and Control processes,” said Capt. Sarah Shoemaker, an exercise planner with 3rd MAW. “This will help us come up with our tactics, techniques, and procedures when it comes to real-world tactical command and control and deployment of our aircraft.”

Phase two of Winter Fury 21 will commence February 16 and will employ all of the aircraft in the 3rd MAW inventory, to include F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, AH-1Z Vipers, UH-1Y Venoms, F/A-18 Hornets, CH-53E Super Stallions, MV-22B Ospreys, and KC-130J Hercules aircraft.

During phase two, 3rd MAW will establish forward arming and refueling points and distributed command and control centers and conduct day and night flight operations with the F-35B Lightning II, as well as troop and equipment transport, that prepares 3rd MAW for future missions and operating in the maritime environment.

Winter Fury 21 is an opportunity for 3rd MAW’s aviation combat element of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force to conduct interoperability training that prepares Marines to counter any threats in the contested maritime environments today that require leveraging the complementary capabilities of the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy as a combined power.

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3rd MAW continues to "Fix, Fly, and Fight" as the Marine Corps' largest aircraft wing and remains combat-ready, deployable on short notice, and lethal when called into action.