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Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron-11 [MALS-11]

December 1921, the unit was activated as Flight one, 2nd Air Squadron, Marine Flying Field, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Va. On Aug. 24, 1922, Flight one was redesignated as Division 3, VO Squadron 3, First Aviation Group.

On Sept. 1, 1924, Division 3 became Service Squadron, First Aviation Group. On March 1, 1929, the unit was again redesignated and remained Aviation Service Company 1, Aircraft Squadrons, East Coast Expeditionary Force until Jan. 18,1934, when it was redesignated Headquarters and Service Battalion one, 1st Marine Aircraft Group, Fleet Marine Forces.

On Sept. 1, 1941, the unit was redesignated as Headquarters and Service Battalion 11, Marine Aircraft Group 11, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. The units designation was changed on Feb. 1, 1944, to Headquarters Squadron 11, Marine Aircraft Group 11, Marine Air, South Pacific.

During World War II, Headquarters Squadron 11 participated in such campaigns as the Solomon Islands, New Britain, Peleliu, Central Pacific, and Philippines Islands campaign. On Feb. 15, 1954, the unit was redesignated Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 11. H&MS-11 supported Marine Aircraft Group 11's first attack against the insurgent Vietnamese Communist (Viet Cong) forces in 1965. H&MS-11 departed the Republic of Vietnam June 1, 1971, and joined the 3d Marine Aircraft Wing at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, Calif.

On Oct. 5, 1988, the squadron was redesignated Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 11 (MALS-11). During August 1990, MALS-11 deployed to Southwest Asia where the squadron supported both Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.

MALS-11 was awarded the Secretary of Defense Award for Maintenance Excellence for July 1991 through July 1992, and was again the Marine Corps nominee in 1995.

Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 11, the oldest and largest squadron of the United States Marine Corps, provides aviation logistics support to Marine Aircraft Group 11's squadrons.

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