Marine Air Control Group 18 (MACG-18)
Marine Air Control Group 18 (MACG-18) and its component units have the mission of providing the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing Command, Control, and Communications support for the prosecution of all six functions of Marine Aviation. MACG-18 is one of 5 groups within 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (1st MAW). MACG-18 consists of Marine Air Support Squadron 2 (MASS-2), Marine Air Control Squadron 4 (MACS-4), Marine Wing Communications Squadron 18 (MWCS-18), Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron 18 (MTACS-18), 1st Stinger Battery, and Personnel Support Detachment 18 (PSD-18).
MACG-18 was formed on 1 September 1967 in Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam, at the height of US participation in Southeast Asia. At that time the Group's component units were already deeply involved in combat, and its HAWK missile battalion was among the first US Marine units to land in Vietnam. From the very time of its formation, MACG-18 and it subordinated units with attachments were scattered throughout the I Corps Tactical Zone, participated in every major campaign conducted in the northern area of South Vietnam until its departure from Vietnam. In recognition of their accomplishments during the Vietnam Conflict, MACG-18 and its units were awarded 4 Presidential Unit Citations, 3 Navy Unit Commendations, and Meritorious Commendation.
The Group subsequently moved to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan in 1971, and was displaced again to Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, in 1975. From there MACG-18 assumed a major role in joint, combined, and Marine air-ground training and contingency operation in the Western Pacific.
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