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Marine Air Support Squadron 3


The mission of Marine Air Support Squadron 3 is to provide Direct Air Support Center (DASC) capabilities for control and coordination of aircraft operating in direct support of the Marine Air Ground Task Force.

MASS-3 Leaders

Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas J. Cruz
Commanding Officer, Marine Air Support Squadron 3

Lieutenant Colonel Cruz was promoted to his current rank in October 2020. He was most recently assigned as the Operations Officer, Marine Air Control Group 48, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois. Lieutenant Colonel Cruz graduated from North Carolina Central University in May 2002 and was later commissioned as a Second

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Major Timothy J. Hooten
Executive Officer, Marine Air Support Squadron 3

        Major Hooten was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps in December 2008, having completed his undergraduate and graduate education at the University of Memphis.    Following The Basic School and the Air Support Control Officer Course, he was assigned to Marine Air Support Squadron 2, Okinawa, Japan, in November 2009.  During

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Sergeant Major Ruben Soto Jr.
Sergeant Major, Marine Air Support Squadron 3

After graduating from Steinmetz High School, Class of '96 in Chicago, Illinois Ruben Soto Jr enlisted into the Marine Corps on 23 September 1996 and attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California.  Upon completion of recruit training and MCT, Private Soto reported to Motor Transport School Marine Corps Detachment

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Unit News
Team O'Brien: Husband and Wife Assume Squadron Command on the Same Day  The effortless three-pointers left him in awe.Then-midshipman Michael O’Brien watched the ball sail...
First USMC F-35C squadron deploys  Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) has marked a key...
‘Jack of all trades’: Aces stack the deck in Afghanistan  Earlier this year, the Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 373 “Aces” returned from a six-month...
Yuma F-35B pilots go off-roading  (April 12, 2021) Third Marine Aircraft Wing’s Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122 (VMFA-122)...
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing’s “Death Rattlers” return from historic deployment  The Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 return from a 10-month deployment,...
3rd MAW grows as an integrated all-domain naval power  Marines with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) prepare for the commencement of phase two of Winter...

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