This is another catch all topic for USMC Aviation Logistics units. A Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) consists of several squadrons that are composed of airplanes, pilots, and mechanics. Each MAG contains one Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron (MALS) which were established in 1988. A MALS is a squadron within a MAG that does not have pilots or aircraft assigned, but provides aviation support consisting of maintenance, aircraft parts supply, avionics parts and technicians, ordnance, and ground support equipment to the flying squadrons within the MAG. Prior to 1988, Maintenance and Supply Officers were assigned to the MAG staff as special staff officers to the MAG commander, but were also administratively assigned to the Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron (H&MS), which was the organization that preceded the MALS.
Each MALS is outfitted and equipped to support only the types of aircraft assigned to the MAG to which the MALS belongs. However, when an Aviation Combat Element (ACE) is formed to support a Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) it may be made up of any number of aircraft of various types. These task organized ACEs are known as "composite" squadrons or MAGs. In order to support these various aircraft, a MALS must also be task organized and outfitted with the correct parts, equipment, and technicians to support the unique mix of aircraft assembled to form an ACE.
Other elements of the USMC Wings were/are Marine Air Base Squadrons (MABS) and Marine Wing Support Squadrons (MWSS)
Feel free to post any examples you may have of Wings, MAGs, MALS, MWSS, MABS, H&MS and ACEs or related aviation logistics patches in your collections.
MAG-29 Marine Aircraft Group 29, established in 1972