Our Squadron is for all Marines who are or were part of Marine Air Command and Control. The name honors a small team of Marines who created an all weather bombing system in 1949 at Point Magu, California that evolved to become the Air Support Radar Team (ASRT). The equipment was sent to the Korean War as part of the 1st MAW, 1st MTACS. The radio call sign was Devastate Charlie. We are part of the Marine Corps Aviation Association. Click on the MCAA logo below for more information or to join. If you want to post stories or photos send them to craighullinger@gmail.com Semper Fi

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Major Samuel Griffith

Maj. Samuel Griffith.

A U. S. Marine Corps reservist stationed in West Palm Beach, who yearned to return to the cockpit of an F-18 Hornet, was killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday.  Major Samuel Griffith, 36, was on his third tour of duty and his second in Afghanistan, his father, William Griffith, said by phone from his North Carolina home Wednesday evening. He was told by the Marine Corps that his son was shot, but he could not offer additional details.

He was commissioned into the Marine Corps in 1997 and flew F-18s. About two years ago, he became an inactive reservist in the Forward Air Control Unit for 4th Anglico, his father said.

Rest in Peace and Semper Fi, Marine

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011


Over the Rainbow

Over the Rainbow

A CH-53E Super Stallion prepares to land on the USNS Arctic during a simulated Expanded, Visit, Board, Search and Seizure, Dec. 7, 2011. The 24th MEU is currently taking part in Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), scheduled to take place Nov. 28 to Dec. 21. The training is meant to develop cohesion between the 24th MEU and Amphibious Squadron 8 (PHIBRON 8) in conducting amphibious operations, crisis response and limited contingency operations while operating from the sea. The CH-53E helicopters are a detachment from HMH-464 based at Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., and comprise part of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron VMM-261 (Reinforced), which is the Aviation Combat Element for the 24th MEU.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Michael Petersheim)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Marines and Army Exercise

IE SHIMA, OKINAWA, Japan-U.S. Army paratroopers with 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group Airborne, are dropped out of a Marine CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter over Ie Shima, Japan, Nov. 29. The helicopter crew supported static-line parachute operations, giving the paratroopers an opportunity to practice and train with Marine pilots. The pilots are with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. , <b>Lance Cpl. Ronald K. Peacock, 3/16/2010 9:08 PM</b>

U.S. Army paratroopers with 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group Airborne, are dropped out of a Marine CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter over Ie Shima, Japan, Nov. 29. The helicopter crew supported static-line parachute operations, giving the paratroopers an opportunity to practice and train with Marine pilots. The pilots are with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. 


Sunday, December 4, 2011

A Great Helicopter Retires

Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 flew its last flight of the CH-46E Sea Knight before re-designating as a Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron with MV-22B Ospreys, Nov. 30, 2011. HMM-163 is scheduled to re-designate as VMM-163

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Military Payment Certificates

MPC was used in Vietnam instead of US Dollars.


One of my fun duties in Vietnam MASS-3 in 1970 was to take in and pay out all the old Military Payment Certificates (MPC) with new MPC. We did not use US dollars in Vietnam – instead we used paper dollars, quarters, dimes, and nickels. We were only supposed to use MPC to buy things from military organizations.  This was to reduce black market transactions between the US military and civilians.

With no notice all bases would be “locked down”, with no one permitted to leave or depart. The purpose of this was to screw anyone who was involved with the black market - anyone who was off base could not get back on to base to get their money exchanged. We got the word in the middle of the night. The base was locked down and every Marine had to turn in his MPC in to me. 

Paper nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollars, covered with junk and waded up, were counted out, and I gave each man a receipt. I had over $20,000 in MPC and I kept it in an old metal ammo box. I took the money to Wing Headquarters, counted it to the Wing disbursing office, received new money in the same denominations, and returned and paid each Marine. No mistakes, as I recall. It took me three long days to collect and pay back all the money to each man.

I had paid everyone except a Private named Riley who was in the brig (jail). I did not know him as he had been in the brig before I joined the unit. I went over to the brig to collect his money. I was shocked to see it was a Marine I actually knew very well - we had served together in 5th LAAMBn in Yuma when I was enlisted. I had told when we troops together that he needed to clean up his act and quit drugs. He did not listen then - hope he has cleaned up his act. He was a smart capable guy, just not willing to go along with the Marine program.

Thanks to Bernard Puglisi for sharing.



"Personnel on operation observed 2 enemy moving into a cave. Enemy wearing dark shorts and shirts. 2 rifles of unknown type. Engaged enemy with 8-60 mm, 30-81mm, 15-105's and fixed wing strike of 12-1,000 lb. bombs with excellent coverage of target."

The ordinance described in this report is very impressive, big, loud, and lethal, and probably considered as overkill by the two enemy soldiers.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Austere Landing Zone

U.S. Marine Sergeant Blake Alvarez, Marine Air Traffic Control Mobile Team air traffic 
control communication technician, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, sets up a phantom 
light while creating an austere landing zone at Chabelley Airfield, Djibouti. 
(U.S. Army photo by Specialist Michelle C. Lawrence)

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

MASS-3 Welcome Aboard - 1969

 VIETNAM 1969-1971
Marine Air Control Group 18
1st Marine Aircraft Wing
FPO San Francisco, California  96602

       Marine Air Support Squadron 3 (MASS 3), of which your son or husband is now a member, is a unit of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, which is a component of III Marine Amphibious Force, the U.S. Marine Command in Vietnam.  The mission of MASS 3 is to control and direct Marine aircraft in close and direct support of Marine and other friendly ground forces.  The squadron accomplishes this mission through its Direct Air Support Centers, Air Support Radar Teams, and Helicopter Direction Centers in various locations throughout Vietnam.
      The Squadron base camp is at Danang.  The climate is semi-tropical and pleasant.  Temperatures range from 50 degrees in the winter to 90 degrees in the summer.  Cooling ocean breezes make the nights comfortable.  The most notable feature of the climate here is the northeast monsoon season with its frequent and heavy rainfall. All Marines in the Squadron are issued adequate waterproof clothing to protect them from the elements, and although the rains slow down our operations somewhat, we perform our mission regardless of the weather. 

     The Squadron has detachments at Quang Tri, Birmingham, LZ Baldy, Chu Lai and An Hoa.  Danang is the location of the Danang Air Base, and besides MASS 3, a number of Marine, Army and Navy units are garrisoned here.  First Marine Division is deployed around the base area.

       The Marines of MASS 3 reside in tin-roofed wooden buildings known as "Southeast Asia Huts," and they are designed to keep rain out while admitting a maximum of fresh air.  These quarters are, by no means, luxurious, but they are adequate and not uncomfortable.

       The pride of MASS 3 is the Squadron Mess, which is considered by many to be the best mess in the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing.  Here are served a remarkable variety of tasty, wholesome foods, including such staples as beefsteak, milk, ice cream and fresh salads, in almost unlimited quantities.  Most Marines departing the Squadron weigh more than when they joined.

       Excellent medical facilities and care are available to the Marines of MASS 3.  Navy medical corpsmen operate a dispensary in the Squadron camp and care for routine ailments and minor injuries.  Patients suffering from serious ailments or injuries are evacuated in the Squadron's ambulance to a complete Naval hospital located within 20 minutes' drive of the Squadron's camp.  Patients requiring   the attention of specialists are taken by helicopter or boat to the U.S. Navy hospital ship anchored off Danang.

       There is an enlisted men's club and a noncommissioned officer's club where the Marines of the Squadron can go after duty hours for relaxation and refreshments.  Touring variety shows often perform in these Squadron clubs, and occasionally Marines of the Squadron can attend performances given by celebrities of the entertainment world in the Freedom Hill Amphitheater.

       During his duty in Vietnam, your son or husband will have at least one opportunity to visit Hawaii, Australia, or one of a number of Asian cities during a 5-7 day rest and recreation leave.  His transportation to and from the city of his choice will be by a civilian airline aircraft, at no expense to him.

       A chaplain is assigned to the Squadron to conduct religious services, to provide counseling when desired, and to serve the spiritual needs of the personnel of the Squadron.  Additionally, there are available to the marines of the Squadron, several military and Naval chapels within a short distance of the Squadron camp staffed by chaplains of various faiths.

       Considering all the recreation facilities and programs available to the Marine in Vietnam, mail from home is still the most potent morale builder.  Your son or husband is encouraged to write to you as often as his duty permits, and it is hoped that you will write frequently to him.  His correct mailing address is:

                 Rank, Name, Service Number
                 MASS 3, (Section)
                 MACG 18, 1st MAW
                 FPO San Francisco, California  96602

       In case of a family emergency in which you desire that your son or husband be notified immediately, you should contact the nearest chapter of the American Red Cross and request its assistance in notifying him.

       It is hoped that the information contained herein provides you an idea of your son's or husband's organization and duties in Vietnam.  Parents and wives are invited to write to the commanding officer when they have questions regarding the Squadron or their sons and husbands.



  Dear Folks,

       I held off writing this letter so I could send you my new address. I am now at Marine Air Support Squadron-3.  Right now I'm the assistant to another Lieutenant who I'll probably relieve.

       MASS-3 is located on top of a 1,000-foot high mountain overlooking Danang Bay, and it's really beautiful.  Its mission is to give radar guidance to planes giving the ground troops close air support.  The squadron has one Direct Air Support Center and five Air Support Radar Teams.  As you can guess, the reason I got this job is because of my enlisted experience.  My platoon's job is to provide communications between the DASC and the five ASRT's which are located all through "I" Corps.

     I think I'll be here for some time, although it's hard to be sure.  The whole Marine Corps is readying to pull back, although it's hard to say what will happen.  Twenty three hundred men from the wing will go home (as a result of) the recent cut, and we're preparing for more (cuts) in the future.

     Right now it's the same time as in Chicago with a 12-hour   difference---explain that to the kids!  I'm watching the 6:30 news on TV in my barracks, but this new barracks isn't air-conditioned (war is hell!).  They say it stays fairly cool here because of the height-catching sea breezes.  I'll send you pictures soon.  I can say that this is one of the most beautiful places (views) I've ever seen.

     I've taken a book on the Vietnamese language and will study   tapes on it.  I probably won't learn much, but it will help pass the time. I received your letter and the letters from the church two days ago---glad you enjoyed your trip.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

DASC Handbook

MASS-3 UYQ-3 Airborne DASC on Hill 327, Vietnam

A nice place to visit but I would not want to live there.

When the DASC was airborne the C-130 did slow circles over the operation area. This made some of the controllers air sick and unhappy.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Happy Marine Corps Birthday

Happy birthday to the Marines. We proudly share this 236th birthday with all Marines and our thoughts go out especially to those serving in the face of danger today who are adding to our rich traditions.  You may have listened to this before, but on our birthday it holds special :   


236 years of tradition unhampered by progress.

Happy birthday.

Semper Fi

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Aerial Palette System

A team of Marines from Marine Air Support Squadron 2 and Marine Aerial Refeuler Transport Squadron 152 test the Marine air-ground task force aerial palette system/special airborne response system while mid-flight over Okinawa Oct. 28. MASS-2 is part of Marine Aircraft Control Group 18, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, and VMGR-152 is part of Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st MAW.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

MACS-2 on Facebook

Marine Air Control Squadron 2's history dates back to 1 April, 1944 when the Squadron was formed as Marine Air Warning Squadron 11 at Cherry Point, North Carolina, and was attached to Marine Air Warning Group 1, 9th Marine Aircraft Wing.

Great Guard

Thursday, October 27, 2011


Marine Air Control Group 18 is one of five groups within 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. MACG-18 consists of Marine Air Support Squadron 2, Marine Air Control Squadron 4, Marine Wing Communications Squadron 18, Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron 18, First Stinger Battery, and Personnel Support Detachment 18. The Group and its component units have the mission of providing the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing Command, Control, and Communications support for the prosecution of all six functions of Marine Aviation.

MACG-18 was formed 1 September 1967 in DaNang, Vietnam, at the height of US participation in the Vietnam Conflict. At that time the Group's component units were already deeply involved in combat, and its Hawk battalion was among the first US Marine units to land in Vietnam. 

From the very time of its formation, MACG-18 and it subordinated units with attachments scattered throughout the I Corps Tactical Zone, participated in every major campaign conducted in the northern area of South Vietnam until its departure from Vietnam. In recognition of their accomplishments during the Vietnam Conflict, MACG-18 and its units were awarded four Presidential Unit Citations, three Navy Unit Commendations and Meritorious Commendation.

The Group moved from Vietnam to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan in 1971, and was displaced again to Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, in 1975. Since the end of the war in Vietnam, MACG-18 has assumed a major role in joint, combined and Marine air-ground training and contingency operation in the Western Pacific.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Space A Military Flights

Made it Home

Made it home Space A an Air Force Plane from Ramstein, 
Germany with 200 Gulf War Vets returning from Iraq and 
Afghanistan. The people in Baltimore greet the returning 
vets with a great welcome.  Very nice. Thanks, Baltimore.

We visited Enland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, 
Slovakia, and Poland on this trip. The photo below is of 
Rothenburg. More photos on http://travelhullinger.blogspot.com

Made it H

Made it home Space A an Air Force Plane from Ramstein,
Germany with 200 Gulf War Vets returning from Iraq and 
Afghanistan. The people in Baltimore greet the returning 
vets with a great welcome.  Very nice. Thanks, Baltimore.

We visited Enland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, 
Slovakia, and Poland on this trip. The photo below is of 
Rothenburg. More photos on http://travelhullinger.blogspot.com

Space A Military Flights

Made it Home

We flew back home Space Available an Air Force Plane from Ramstein, Germany with about 200 Gulf War Vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The people in with Baltimore greet the returning vets with a great welcome.  Very nice.

The photo below is of Rothenburg. 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

USMC Job Descriptions

Marine Corps Aviation Recruiting PosterUnited States Marine Corps Enlisted Job Descriptions and Qualification Factors


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Monday, September 26, 2011


US Marine Corps F/A-18D Hornets flew recently in support of 

Exercise Invincible Spirit, a training exercise that took place in 

and around the East Sea of Japan to demonstrate the 

strength and resolve of the US-South Korea Alliance. Visit 

http://bit.ly/cwyCMt for more information on becoming a 

fixed-wing pilot in the United States Marine Corps.