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Four MV-22B Ospreys assigned to Marine Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 362, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), land near a simulated weapons engagement zone during an air assault in support of 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 26, 2020. Air assaults enable commanders to avoid enemy surfaces, exploit gaps, and maintain the flexibility and mobility needed to strike objectives in otherwise inaccessible areas during a Marine Air Ground Task Force mission. This culminating event signified that VMM-362 has reached full operational capability since its reactivation in 2018, ultimately increasing the lethality of 3rd MAW. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Julian Elliott-Drouin)
Three MV-22B Ospreys assigned to Marine Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 362, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), insert Marines at a simulated weapons engagement zone during an air assault in support of 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 26, 2020. Air assaults enable commanders to avoid enemy surfaces, exploit gaps, and maintain the flexibility and mobility needed to strike objectives in otherwise inaccessible areas during a Marine Air Ground Task Force mission. This culminating event signified that VMM-362 has reached full operational capability since its reactivation in 2018, ultimately increasing the lethality of 3rd MAW. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Julian Elliott-Drouin)
Three MV-22B Ospreys assigned to Marine Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 362, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), depart a simulated weapons engagement zone during an air assault in support of 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 26, 2020. Air assaults enable commanders to avoid enemy surfaces, exploit gaps, and maintain the flexibility and mobility needed to strike objectives in otherwise inaccessible areas during a Marine Air Ground Task Force mission. This culminating event signified that VMM-362 has reached full operational capability since its reactivation in 2018, ultimately increasing the lethality of 3rd MAW. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Julian Elliott-Drouin)
U.S. Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 362, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, enforce precautionary measures during the maintenance of MV-22 Osprey on Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., March 20, 2020. The purpose of these measures is to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 while continuing to perform mission essential tasks.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Julian Elliott-Drouin)
U.S. Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 362, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, enforce precautionary measures during the maintenance of MV-22 Osprey on Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., March 19, 2020. The purpose of these measures is to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 while continuing to perform mission essential tasks.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Julian Elliott-Drouin)
U.S. Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 362, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, enforce precautionary measures during the maintenance of MV-22 Osprey on Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., March 19, 2020. The purpose of these measures is to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 while continuing to perform mission essential tasks.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Julian Elliott-Drouin)
Four MV-22B Osprey’s with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) are staged in preparation for the loading of Marines from 1st Marine Division during exercise Steel Knight aboard Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 10, 2019. Steel Knight is an annual exercise that integrates 3rd MAW’s combat power and capabilities with those of 1st Marine Division. This exercise provides the Marines and sailors of 3rd MAW with realistic and relevant training, which enhances their skills, tactics and combat readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Warrant Officer Justin M. Pack)
U.S. Marines with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, prepare for a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel during exercise Steel Knight at El Centro, Calif., Dec. 10, 2019. Steel Knight is an annual exercise led by 1st Marine Division that integrates 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing's (MAW) combat power and capabilities in order to test Marines and sailors across a range of environments against an opposing force, creating a more lethal and combat-ready Marine Corps. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Juan Anaya)
Four U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallions with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 361, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), take off from a forward arming and refueling point during exercise Steel Knight at the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range in El Centro, Calif., Dec. 10, 2019. Steel Knight is an annual exercise that integrates 3rd MAW’s combat power and capabilities with those of 1st Marine Division. This exercise provides the Marines and sailors of 3rd MAW with realistic and relevant training and enhances their skills, tactics and combat readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Julian Elliott-Drouin)
Helicopter Support Team Marines with 1st Transportation Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, prepare an M777 Howitzer for external lift during exercise Steel Knight at the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range in El Centro, Calif., Dec. 10, 2019. Steel Knight is an annual exercise that integrates 3rd MAW’s combat power and capabilities with those of 1st Marine Division. This exercise provides the Marines and sailors of 3rd MAW with realistic and relevant training and enhances their skills, tactics and combat readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Julian Elliott-Drouin)
Marines with 1st Marine Division load onto an MV-22B Osprey from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 165, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), for a regimental air assault during exercise Steel Knight aboard Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 10, 2019. Steel Knight is an annual exercise that integrates 3rd MAW’s combat power and capabilities with those of 1st Marine Division. This exercise provides the Marines and sailors of 3rd MAW with realistic and relevant training, which enhances their skills, tactics and combat readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Warrant Officer Justin M. Pack)
Twenty seven MV-22B Ospreys and 16 CH-53E Super Stallions with Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), line up as part of the mass flight at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., June 6, 2019. In a dynamic display of strength, the aircraft showcased the tactical capabilities and combat power the MAG-16 uses to defend the nation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Juan Anaya)
Twenty seven MV-22B Ospreys and 16 CH-53E Super Stallions with Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), are lined up as part of the mass flight at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., June 6, 2019. In a dynamic display of strength, the aircraft showcased the tactical capabilities and combat power the MAG-16 uses to defend the nation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Juan Anaya)
U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadrons (HMH) 361, 465 and 465, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), stage on the flight line during a mass flight exercise at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., June 6, 2019. In a dynamic display of strength, the aircraft showcased the tactical capabilities and power the 3rd MAW uses to defend the nation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Julian Elliott-Drouin)
Mission Statement Under 3rd MAW
The mission of Marine Air Control Group 38 (MACG 38) is to coordinate all aspects of air command and control and air defense within the Marine Aircraft Wing and to provide the command and staff functions for the MACG Commander when deployed as part of the Aviation Combat Element (ACE) of the Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF).
MAG-16 Leaders

Colonel Eric Garcia
Commanding Officer, Marine Aircraft Group 16
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Lieutenant Colonel Bjorn E. Thoreen
Executive Officer, Marine Aircraft Group 16
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Sergeant Major Michael E. Cedeno
Sergeant Major, Marine Aircraft Group 16
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