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Four MV-22B Osprey’s with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) arrive to participate in 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)
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)
A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey with Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), departs the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), as part of routine training in the eastern Pacific, Oct. 8, 2019. 3rd MAW is capable of conducting missions across the range of military operations and continues to promote the defense of our nation and its interests. (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), 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)
U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadrons (VMM) 161, 165 and 166, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), take off from the flight line during a mass flight exercise at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., June 6, 2019. MAG-16’s commitment of operational excellence and lethality was demonstrated in a mass flight, which featured more than 40 aircraft. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Julian Elliott-Drouin)
U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadrons (VMM) 161, 165 and 166, along with CH-53E Super Stallions with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadrons (HMH) 361, 465 and 466, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), stage on the flight line during MAG-16’s mass flight exercise at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., June 6, 2019. The training exercise set the standard for operational excellence with an epic coordinated flight, which featured more than 40 aircraft. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Emely Gonzalez)
U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadrons (VMM) 161, 165 and 166, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), taxi down the flight line during MAG-16’s mass flight exercise at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., June 6, 2019. The training exercise set the standard for operational excellence with an epic coordinated flight, which featured more than 40 aircraft. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Emely Gonzalez)
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)
A U.S. Marine with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), prepares for MAG-16’s mass flight exercise during a flight brief at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., June 6, 2019. MAG-16’s commitment to operational excellence and lethality was displayed in a mass flight, which featured more than 40 aircraft. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Ian M. Simmons)
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)
A U.S. Marine with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 166, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), performs maintenance on the propellers of an MV-22B Osprey at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., June 6, 2019. 3rd MAW maintainers continue to serve as the driving force behind aviation operations through ruthless and diligent behind-the-scenes efforts to ensure operational excellence of Marines, equipment and aircraft. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Victor Mackson)
A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Aircraft Group 16 (MAG), 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), stages 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)
A U.S. Marine Corps maintainer with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), conducts maintenance in stride during the MAG-16 mass flight exercise at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., June 6, 2019. 3rd MAW maintainers continue to serve as the driving force behind aviation operations through ruthless and diligent behind-the-scenes efforts to ensure operational excellence of Marines, equipment and aircraft. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Ian M. Simmons)
Two U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallions with Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), take off from the flight line during a mass flight exercise at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., June 6, 2019. MAG-16’s commitment of operational excellence and lethality was demonstrated in a mass flight, which featured more than 40 aircraft. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Julian Elliott-Drouin)
U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallions with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadrons (HMH) 361, 465 and 466, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), stage on the flight line prior to a mass flight exercise at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., June 6, 2019. The training exercise set the standard for operational excellence with an epic mass flight, which featured more than 40 aircraft. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc.Emely Gonzalez)
U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallions with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadrons (HMH) 361, 465 and 466, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), take off from the flight line during a mass flight exercise at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., June 6, 2019. The training exercise set the standard for operational excellence with a mass flight, which featured more than 40 aircraft. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Julian Elliott-Drouin)
Mission Statement Under 3rd MAW

Provide aviation logistics support, guidance and direction to Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) squadrons as well as Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) and Marine Air Control Squadron (MACS).

 

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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