Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron 38

Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron 38
Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron 38
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MTACS-38 insignia
  • 1 September 1967 – present
Country United States
Branch USMC
Type Aviation command and control
Role Provide the Tactical Air Command Center (TACC)
Part of Marine Air Control Group 38
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
Garrison/HQ Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
Nickname "Icepack"
Engagements Operation Desert Storm
Operation Restore Hope
Operation Iraqi Freedom
* 2003 invasion of Iraq
Operation Enduring Freedom
LtCol Thomas Dodds

Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron 38 (MTACS-38), is a United States Marine Corps aviation command and control unit that provides the Tactical Air Command Center (TACC) for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (3rd MAW). The TACC is the senior agency in the Marine Air Command and Control System (MACCS) which serves as the operational command post for the commander of the aviation combat element and his staff. The squadron is based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California and falls under the command of Marine Air Control Group 38 and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.



To function as the senior Marine Air-Ground Task Force air command and control agency integrating the six functions of Marine aviation within the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and providing the facilities, equipment and personnel for the aviation combat element commander and battle staff to plan, supervise, coordinate and execute air operations.


Early years

Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron 38 was formed on 1 September 1967 at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. The squadron deployed to Saudi Arabia in August 1990 in support of Operation Desert Shield which would transition to Operation Desert Storm in January of 1991. The squadron returned to MCAS El Toro in March 1991. Elements of the squadron deployed to Somalia in December 1992 to support Operation Restore Hope. They remained there until February 1993. On 1 May 1993 the squadron was re-designated as ‘’Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron 38’’.

Operation Iraqi Freedom

In early 2003, MTACS-38 deployed to Kuwait where they established the TACC at Ahmed Al Jaber Air Base. From there they supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq by managing the assets of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing which was in support of I Marine Expeditionary Force. MTACS-38 subsequently deployed for year long tours in Iraq in 2004, 2006, and 2008 to Al Asad Air Base in Al Anbar Province .

Operation Enduring Freedom

In April 2010, MTACS-38 deployed to Afghanistan for the first time in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. They supported combat operations in support of I MEF for a year while based at Camp Leatherneck.

See also



 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.


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