FMF Study Guide: ACE

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