Aviation combat element


Aviation combat element

In the United States Marine Corps, the aviation combat element or air combat element (ACE) is the air arm of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF). It provides rotary-wing, tiltrotor, and fixed-wing aircraft, support equipment, pilots, maintenance personnel, as well as command and control assets to the commander. [ [http://hqinet001.hqmc.usmc.mil/AVN/ Marine Aviation homepage] ] __TOC__

Role within the MAGTF

The majority of aircraft usage within the MAGTF is for close air support or transport for the ground combat element (GCE) or logistics combat element (LCE), however, other specialized missions are available. The six main functions include: assault support, anti-air warfare, offensive air support, electronic warfare, control of aircraft and missiles, and aerial reconnaissance. [cite web
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Organization

The size of the ACE varies in proportion to the size of the MAGTF. A Marine Expeditionary Force has a Marine Aircraft Wing or MAW. A Marine Expeditionary Brigade holds a Marine Aircraft Group or MAG, reinforced with a variety of aircraft squadrons and support personnel. The various Marine Expeditionary Units command a reinforced squadron, with various types of aircraft mixed into a single unit (known as a "composite squadron").Generally, MEF postings are permanent, while MEBs and MEUs rotate their ACE, GCE, and LCE twice annually. 1st and 3rd Marine Aircraft Wings are unique in that they are subordinate to III MEF and I MEF, respectively, while all other equivalent units numerical designators match the MEF to which attached.

Hierarchy of Marine Aviation units


1st Marine Aircraft Wing


ACE of III Marine Expeditionary Force

Marine Aircraft Group 36


2nd Marine Aircraft Wing


ACE of II Marine Expeditionary Force

Marine Aircraft Group 29

Marine Wing Support Group 27

Marine Aircraft Group 13

Marine Air Control Group 38


Marine Aircraft Group 41

Marine Aircraft Group 49

ee also

* Marine Air-Ground Task Force
* United States Marine Corps Aviation
* List of United States Marine Corps aircraft wings
* List of United States Marine Corps aircraft groups
* List of active United States Marine Corps aircraft squadrons
* List of inactive United States Marine Corps aircraft squadrons
* List of United States Marine Corps aviation support units

References


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