Marine Aircraft Group 39

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Marine Aircraft Group 39
MAG-39 insignia.png
MAG-39 insignia
Active April 16, 1968 - present
Country United States
Allegiance United States of America
Branch United States Marine Corps
Type Rotary-wing aircraft group
Role Assault Support
Close Air Support
Part of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
I Marine Expeditionary Force
Garrison/HQ Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton
Nickname(s) America's MAG
Motto(s) "Mission First, People Always"
Engagements Vietnam War
Operation Desert Storm
Operation Iraqi Freedom
* 2003 invasion of Iraq
Col Mowery

Marine Aircraft Group 39 (MAG-39) is a United States Marine Corps aviation unit based at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California that is currently composed of five AH-1Z "Viper" Cobra and UH-1Y "Venom" light attack squadrons, two MV-22 Osprey squadrons, an aviation logistics squadron, and a wing support squadron. The group falls under the command of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (3rd MAW) and the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF).

Subordinate units[edit]


MAG-39 was activated at Quảng Trị Combat Base, Republic of Vietnam, amongst the chaos of war. Originally assigned to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, MAG-39 participated in the Vietnam war until October 1969 when it was deactivated.

Temporarily reactivated to participate in the Operation Frequent Wind from April 1975, until the operation was complete in May 1975.

In September 1976 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, MAG-39 was reactivated for the last time under the command of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.

Elements have participated in: Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm from August 1990 til April 1991, Operation Restore Hope, Somalia from December 1992-April 1993, Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan from December 2001-June 2002, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Kuwait from January 2003-October 2003.

See also[edit]


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

External links[edit]