Marine Wing Support Squadron 372
MWSS-372 Official Unit Logo
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
Oceanside, California

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Aircraft Salvage and Recovery Exercise

U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 372, Marine Wing Support Group 37, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, respond to a simulated emergency...

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Aircraft Salvage and Recovery Exercise

U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 372, Marine Wing Support Group 37, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, pull ratchet straps attached to a...

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Aircraft Salvage and Recovery Exercise

U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 372, Marine Wing Support Group 37, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, utilize a fire hose in support of...

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Aircraft Salvage and Recovery Exercise

U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 372, Marine Wing Support Group 37, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, respond to a simulated emergency...

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Aircraft Salvage and Recovery Exercise

U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Diego Romero, a motor transport operations chief with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 372, Marine Wing Support Group...

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Aircraft Salvage and Recovery Exercise

U.S. Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Nicholas Listro, a logistics officer with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 372, Marine Wing Support Group 37, 3rd Marine...

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Aircraft Salvage and Recovery Exercise

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Brandon Timmis, a motor transport mechanic with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 372, Marine Wing Support Group 37, 3rd...

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Aircraft Salvage and Recovery Exercise

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Brandon Timmis, a motor transport mechanic with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 372, Marine Wing Support Group 37, 3rd...

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Aircraft Salvage and Recovery Exercise

U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 372, Marine Wing Support Group 37, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, pull ratchet straps attached to a...

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MWSS-372 Marines perform vehicle licensing course

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Tyre Reynolds, a motor vehicle operator with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 372, Marine Wing Support Group (MWSG)...

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MWSS-372 Marines perform vehicle licensing course

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Tyre Reynolds, a motor vehicle operator with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 372, Marine Wing Support Group (MWSG)...

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MWSS-372 Marines perform vehicle licensing course

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Tyre Reynolds, a motor vehicle operator with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 372, Marine Wing Support Group (MWSG)...

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MWSS-372 Marines perform vehicle licensing course

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Tyre Reynolds, a motor vehicle operator with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 372, Marine Wing Support Group (MWSG)...

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MWSS-372 Marines perform vehicle licensing course

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Tyre Reynolds, a motor vehicle operator with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 372, Marine Wing Support Group (MWSG)...

MWSS-372 Leaders

Lieutenant Colonel Kristofer A. Skidmore
Commanding Officer, Marine Wing Support Squadron 372

Lieutenant Colonel Skidmore is from Lake Ridge, VA and a 2005 graduate of The Citadel where he

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Major David A. Cole
Executive Officer, Marine Wing Support Squadron 372

Maj Cole is a native of Colorado Springs, CO and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in

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Sergeant Major Juanita Garcia
Sergeant Major, Marine Wing Support Squadron 372

Sergeant Major Garcia, a native of Keams Canyon, AZ, reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris

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Marine Wing Support Squadron 372
PO BOX 555861
Camp Pendleton,
CA 92055-5861

MWSS-372 Squadron Duty Officer
During Work Hours: (760) 725-3373
After-hours, Weekends, and Holidays: (858) 539-6439

MWSS-372 Unit Readiness Coordinator
760-763-7801
858-603-8279 Cell

MWSS-372 Deployment Readiness Coordinator
(858) 837-1801

S-1
760-725-6965

S-3
760-763-5882

Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
Marine Aircraft Group 39
Office: 760-725-3803

3rd MAW Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
Christian Alarcon
Office: 858-577-7397
Duty Cell: 858-382-7824

MCB Camp Pendleton 24/7 Sexual Assault Support Line
760-500-1707

DoD SAFE Helpline
1-877-995-5247

MWSS-372 SharePoint (Restricted Access)
https://eis.usmc.mil/sites/mwss372/default.aspx

MWSS-372 task organizes to conduct direct aviation ground support for Marine Aircraft Group 39 or other designated aviation forces. This will be accomplished through establishing and supporting expeditionary aviation shore-based sites through forward aviation combat engineering, flight line operations, forward arming and refueling points, airfield damage repair, and aircraft salvage and recovery to enable expeditionary aviation operations.

On 2 June 1986 aboard Camp Pendleton, California, Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 372 was activated with 2 officers and 97 enlisted Marines and assumed the responsibility of providing Aviation Ground Support (AGS) to Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 39.  The Squadron was formerly Detachment “A”, Marine Wing Support Group (MWSG) 37, and was formed on 1 July 1977. 

In 1990, the Squadron was called upon to deploy to Southwest Asia during Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm.  Over 300 MWSS-372 Marines deployed as part of the military buildup in Saudi Arabia and the subsequent combat operations throughout Kuwait and Iraq.

Not long after the Squadron’s return, MWSS-372 was yet again called to action in an austere corner of the world.  Designated as the primary source of AGS to MAG-16, MWSS-372 deployed to Somalia in December of 1992 in support of Operation Restore Hope.  After conducting support operations out of the capital of Mogadishu, the Squadron pushed inland and established an initial AGS capability in the city of Balidogle until consolidating back in Mogadishu when the Marine mission subsided.

In January 1993, MCAS Camp Pendleton was devastated by the flooding of the Margarita River, completely shutting down aviation operations and destroying millions of dollars of equipment.  MWSS-372(-), despite having most of the Unit’s personnel and equipment in Somalia, spearheaded the recovery with communications, heavy equipment, and construction support.  The Unit was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation in recognition for these efforts.

In December 1996, the Squadron completed construction of the first K-Span structure build aboard Camp Pendleton, providing Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 39 with a cost efficient means to accommodate the growing maintenance demands of the next millennium.

In early 2003, MWSS-372 would again find itself supporting operations in the Middle East.  In January, the Squadron deployed to Kuwait and augmented the offload preparation party with the reception of Maritime Prepositioned Equipment and Supplies (MPE/S) at the port of Shuiaba.

In March of 2003, it was determined that MWSS-372 would take part in the historic “March to Baghdad” at the outset of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).  While supporting Marine aviation elements through strategic Forward Arming and Refueling Points (FARPs), the Squadron also dispensed fuel to army medevac aircraft as well as Marine tanks and assault amphibious vehicles during the push north to the Iraqi capital.

In November 2005, the Squadron was again forward deployed to Iraq in support of OIF.  In addition to providing AGS to 2d Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), the “Diamondbacks” participated in combat operations with the 2d Marine Division during two historic Iraqi elections during OIF 04-06.2.

In recognition of MWSS-372’s outstanding performance in CONUS and Iraq throughout 2005, the Squadron formally received two major awards.  The Engineer Operations Company was named Engineer Company of the Year by the Marine Corps Engineer Association (MCEA) and the Squadron received the Hatch Award (MWSS of the Year) from the Marine Corps Aviation Association (MCAA).

From August 2007 to March 2008, the Unit was called to support Multi-National Force–West (MNF-W) at sites across Iraq, to include:  Al Asad Airbase, Al Qa’im, Mudaysis, and Fallujah. 

In September 2009, the Diamondbacks deployed in full to Southern Afghanistan to support Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) 9.2.  The deployment culminated with MWSS-372 Marines providing FARP support to aircraft inserting Marines into the Taliban stronghold of Marjeh during Operation Moshtarak, the largest military operation in the Afghan War. 

In April of 2012, MWSS-372 transferred parent commands from MWSG-39 to MAG-39.  This realignment strengthened the relationship between the MWSS and supported flying squadrons and allowed for more flexible and timely AGS to MAG-39.

From September 2013 to April 2014, MWSS-372 deployed to Afghanistan in support of OEF 13.2 and assumed responsibility for providing AGS to units within ISAF Regional Command Southwest.  For the Squadron’s exceptional performance during 2013, it was again recognized as the MWSS of the Year by the MCAA.

Throughout its 27 year history, the MWSS-372 colors have been planted in all corners of the globe in support of Marine aviation.  Distinguishing themselves overseas as well as at home, the Squadron has cemented its legacy as the Corps’ premier MWSS.  This standard of excellence has endured for almost three decades and serves as the driving force for every Marine fortunate enough to claim the title, “Diamondback.”

Ours is a Warrior Culture ... Be Excellent, Fear No One! It is every Marine and Sailor's responsibility to ensure we are setting the conditions to win. We are the stewards of our institution, makers of our own legacy, and responsible to maintain our enduring principles as Marines and Sailors. When we do this, trust, mutual respect, communication, combat readiness, and effectiveness all come naturally. 


Statement on Sexual Assault: Sexual assault is a crime and directly conflicts with our corps' values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment. Sexual Assault is intentional sexual contact, characterized by force, physical threat, abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent (MCO 1752.5C). These despicable acts will not be tolerated. It is our responsibility to take care of one another. Through prevention-focused leadership, we will cultivate a climate of decency and respect, and avoid high risk situations. Reporting options include restricted and unrestricted methods. Expanded eligibility for restricted reports allow victims to file a Restricted Report even if they disclosed the sexual assault incident to their Chain of Command. Victims will have full access to counseling and medical services and will always be treated with dignity and respect. The Squadron Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Victim Advocate (SAPR VA) personnel are always available to victims for counsel & services, and as educational resources to any Diamondback. 


Statement on Suicide Prevention: Suicide prevention begins with intrusive empathetic leadership. If you or somebody you know is behaving in a manner that suggests suicidal thoughts, seek help! Know your Marines and let them know 
you! Suicidal behaviors may include a decrease in job performance, drugs or alcohol abuse, and depression or withdrawal. Awareness and prevention are every Marine and Sailors responsibility. There are many resources available to address personal battles; consider your chain of command, Chaplains, mentors, and peers, who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Military Crisis Line 24/7 Free & Confidential: 1-800-273-8255 or Text: 838255 


Statement on Hazing: Hazing is any action that exposes an individual to cruel, abusive, humiliating, oppressive, demeaning, or harmful behavior (MCO 5354.1 F). Hazing in any form will not be tolerated. This type of behavior opposes the good order and discipline. We will treat all human beings, regardless status, demographic segmentation, rank or position with dignity and respect always. 
Statement on Violence Preyentjon: The physical, verbal, emotional abuse, or harassment of any member of our team is detrimental to readiness and mission accomplishment. We execute violence upon our enemies, not one another. Know the Marines around you and know yourself. Know the signs of imminent violence and act before someone loses control. Violence prevention is just as important in the home as the workplace. 


Statement on Equal Opportunity: We fight side-by-side without regard to race, gender, religion, ethnic background, or social upbringing. We all chose this profession of arms, to defend the values that our country holds most sacred. We are stronger because of our differences, not despite them. Discrimination of any kind opposes our most fundamental mission and countermands the very nature of democracy. Violation of this basic liberty will not be tolerated. 


Statement on Substance Abuse: There is zero tolerance for the use, possession, trafficking, or distribution of illegal or banned substances and for abuse or misuse of prescription medications (MCO 5300.1 ?A). Substance abuse erodes unit discipline, capability, and readiness. If you are of age to consume alcohol, do so responsibly, and never drink and drive. Have a plan and take care of one another, getting behind the wheel after drinking is selfish and reckless. 


Statement on Prohibited Activities: Fair and equitable treatment is the Marine Corps leadership standard. Harassment 
(to include sexual harassment); unlawful discrimination and abuse (specifically; hazing, bullying, ostracism, and retaliation); wrongful distribution or broadcasting of intimate images; fraternization (boundaries between professional and inappropriate relationships); and certain dissident and protest activity (to include supremacist activities) will not be tolerated per MCO 5354.1 F. These activities are corrosive to unit cohesion and morale and will be dealt with judiciously. 

It is my honor to serve as your Commanding Officer. I challenge every Marine, Sailor, and civilian to maintain our enduring standards and continue the Diamondback legacy of professional excellence. 

-Diamondback 6

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Resources

Barracks Resource Sheet 

 

Welcome to the Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 372 Command Religious Program. MWSS-372 is a subordinate command of Marine Air Group 39 and is in direct support of Marine Aircraft Group 39.

The Mission of MWSS-372 is to provide aviation ground support services to components of the Air Combat Element (ACE). When deployed to a Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS), MWSS-372 will supplement air base facilities and services. When deployed, MWSS-372 will provide all services to the ACE as normally found at MCAS’s.

The Religious Ministries Team will ensure the free exercise of religion for all within the command and their dependants. This includes but is not limited to:

• Conducting or arranging for divine services for faith groups represented within the squadron
• Providing pastoral care as required
• Facilitating for the free exercise of religion for all
• Conduct visitation to the hospital and brig as required

Whether you are experiencing the joy of a wedding, reunion, or the birth of a child, or are finding difficulty in your life due to deployment, loss, or relationship problems, the Chaplain’s office is here for you. We provide:

• Pastoral counseling services including premarital, marital, family, personal issues, addiction, spiritual growth and development, and conflict resolution.
• A confidential place to sort out problems and make a plan to get your life moving in a positive direction.
• Support for command ceremonies as well as weddings and funerals.
• Resource referral for issues beyond our scope.

The RMT is waiting to serve you. We are always ready to listen. Let us be your first call for help. Don’t wait until it is too late.

Blessings,

Religious Ministries Team
MWSS-372/MAG-39
760-725-8180