2nd MAW celebrates 72 years of service

11 Jul 2013 | Cpl. S. T. Stewart

2nd Marine Aircraft Wing activated July 10, 1941, and began its legacy by playing a major role in the island-hopping campaign in the Pacific.

“In the years since, from the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan, 2nd MAW has continued to project American air power in every clime and place,” said Gen. James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps, in All Marine Message 026/13, released July 1.

July 10 marked the wing’s 72 birthday. 2nd MAW has been instrumental in the success of battles across the world.

“For 72 years now, 2nd MAW has embraced and excelled in its role supporting the Marine on the ground,” said Maj. Gen. Robert F. Hedelund, commanding general of 2nd MAW. “Today, as back then, 2nd MAW Marines serve shoulder-to-shoulder with their brothers in arms in a combat theater.”

In January, 2nd MAW (Forward) deployed to Afghanistan to take over the role as the lead aviation combat element for southwestern Afghanistan, replacing 3rd MAW (Fwd.) as part of NATO operations in partnership with Afghan National Security Forces.

During the year-long deployment, 2nd MAW (Fwd.) will provide aviation support to troops on the ground including close-air support, troop transport, assault transport and medical evacuations.

2nd MAW has contributed combat-ready units to our nation’s conflicts and has consistently established air superiority throughout its long history.

“Rest assured, we will continue to do so for many years to come,” said Hedelund.

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point