Marine Aircraft Group 14 (MAG-14) is a United States Marine Corps
aviation unit based at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point
, North Carolina
that is currently composed of four AV-8B Harrier squadrons
, one F-35C
squadron, one UAV
squadron, one KC-130
squadron, and an aviation logistics squadron.
Conduct offensive air support, anti-air warfare, electronic warfare
, assault support, and air reconnaissance operations in support of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force
or joint and coalition forces, and conduct fleet replacement program training in order to provide combat capable aircrews to operational squadrons.
"Ace of Spades"
Aviation Logistics Squadron
World War II
Marine Aircraft Group 14 was formed under the command of Lieutenant colonel Albert D. Cooley
at then Camp Kearny
, California on 1 March 1942. The nucleus for the new aircraft group came from Marine Aircraft Group 11
which had just arrived from Marine Corps Air Station Quantico
following the 7 December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor
. They remained there training until they deployed for the Pacific Theater
in October 1942. The Group soon arrived at Guadalcanal
relieving Marine Aircraft Group 23
on 16 October 1942 to become part of the Cactus Air Force
. The group would take part in the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands
just 10 days later. In November 1942 they took part in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal
and continued to fight in the skies over the island until 4 April 1943 when they were sent to Auckland
, New Zealand to rest and refit.
MAG-14 returned to the Solomon Islands
in August 1943 and set up the Fighter Command at Munda
. The next month part of the group was moved to Ondonga and later on more units were sent to Vella Lavella
. From these locations they supported the Marines and American and Allied soldiers during the Battle of New Georgia
and the Battle of Bougainville
On 15 February 1944 New Zealand troops captured the Green Islands
in Papua New Guinea. Less than two weeks later aircraft from MAG-14 were operating from the airstrip here known as ''Lagoon Field''. From here, MAG-14 units would continue to keep pressure on the isolated Japanese
garrisons of Rabaul
By 24 January 1945, four fighter squadrons from MAG-14 were operating from Guiuan
in the northern Philippines
province of Eastern Samar
. During fighting in the Philippines
the Group was responsible for covering convoys
and supporting Army
and Filipino guerillas on the islands of Negros
Following the war the Group returned to Marine Corps Auxiliary Airfield Oak Grove
in February 1946 and was deactivated.
The Gulf War & the 1990s
During Operation Desert Storm
, MAG-14 flew night combat missions deep into Iraq
and provided artillery destruction of the Iraqi Republican Guard. VMA-231
provided more than 2,000 offensives in conjunction with delivering close to 4.5 million pounds of ordnance during January and February 1991.
In November 1999, Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron-2
(VMU-2), which operates the RQ-2A Pioneer
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle was reassigned from MAG-14 to Marine Air Control Group 28
(MACG-28) at the decision of the USMC Force Structure Planning Group. On 13 May 2013 VMU-2 was officially reassigned from Marine Air Control Group 28 back to Marine Aircraft Group 14.
Global War on Terror
On 14 May 2012, MWSS-271 was transferred to MAG-14 after Marine Wing Support Group 27
(MWSG-27) was deactivated, but was transferred back on 22 May 2018, when MWSG-27 was reactivated at MCAS Cherry Point.
* List of United States Marine Corps aircraft squadrons
* List of United States Marine Corps aircraft groups
* United States Marine Corps Aviation
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