FMF Study Guide: ACE

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TRAP
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Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel
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MALS
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Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron
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EW
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Electronic Warfare: use of electromagnetic and directed energy for control or attack
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EA
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Electronic Attack: the attack portion of EW
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EP
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Electronic Protection: defending against enemy EA
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EWS
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Electronic Warfare Support: locating, identifying, intercepting enemy EW capabilities
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MAG
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Marine Air Group: smallest self contained Marine air unit
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VMGR
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Marine Air Refueler Transport Squadron
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VMR
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Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron
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VMU
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Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron
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VMFA
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Marine Fighter/Attack Squadron
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VMFA/AW
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Marine All Weather Fighter/Attack Squadron
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VMA
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Marine Attack Squadron
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6 Functions of Marine Aviation
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1) Offensive Air Support; 2) Anti-air Warfare; 3) Assault Support; 4) Aerial Reconnaissance; 5) EW; 6) Control of Aircraft and Missles
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CAS
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Close Air Support: air action against enemies close to friendly forces. Coordination required
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DAS
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Deep Air Support: action against enemies far enough from friendly forces to not require coordination
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VMM
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Marine Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron
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HMH
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Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron
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HMM
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Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron
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HMLA
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Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron
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MACG
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Marine Air Control Group
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MTACS
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Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron
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MWHS
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Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron
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MACS
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Marine Air Control Squadron
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MWCS
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Marine Wing Communications Squadron
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MASS
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Marine Air Support Squadron
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V-22
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Osprey.
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LADD
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Low Altitude Air Defense Squadron
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MWSS
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Marine Wing Support Squadron
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OAS
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Offensive Air Support. Consists of CAS and DAS. Air interdiction; armed reconnaissance.
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VH
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Helicopter
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ACE of a MEU
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medium lift helicopter sqdn, AV-8B attack
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ACE of a MEB
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MACG detachment, MALS detachment, rotary wing MALS detachment.

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