Marine Air Control Squadron 23

Marine Air Control Squadron 23
Marine Air Control Squadron 23
Marine Air Control Squadron 23 insignia.png
MACS-23 Insignia
Active 16 October 1949 – present
Country United States
Allegiance United States of America
Branch United States Marine Corps
Type Aviation Command & Control
Role Aerial surveillance & Air traffic control
Part of Marine Air Control Group 48
4th Marine Aircraft Wing
Garrison/HQ Buckley Air Force Base
Engagements Operation Desert Storm
LtCol David V. Ready

Marine Air Control Squadron 23 (MACS-23) is a reserve United States Marine Corps aviation command and control squadron. The squadron provides aerial surveillance and air traffic control for the Marine Forces Reserve. They are based Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado and fall under Marine Air Control Group 48 and the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing.



Detect, identify and control the intercept of hostile aircraft and missiles, and provide navigational assistance to friendly aircraft.


1949 to 1989

The squadron was activated on 16 October 1949 as Marine Ground Control Intercept Squadron 23 (MGCIS-23). They were part of the Marine Air Reserve Training Command and were based out of Naval Air Station Denver, Colorado. They were redesignated Marine Air Control Squadron 23 on 1 March 1954. In January 1961 they were again redesignated Marine Air Control Squadron, Sub Unit #1. In 1966, they were reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 42 and a year later to Marine Air Control Group 48.

1990 to present

The squadron participated in support of Operation Desert Storm in Southwest Asia from October, 1990 through April of 1991. On 30 June 1992 they were redesignated Marine Air Control Squadron 24, Detachment A. Two years later they again changed names this time becoming Marine Air Control Squadron 24, Tactical Air Operations Center Detachment. On 8 March 1997 the squadron took its current name. The squadron also deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from July 2008 until January 2009 to Al Asad, where they successfully preformed the unit's primary mission. The detachment, of less than 100 Marines, received high praise from senior officers at the group level. It was the first and only time the unit had brought it's colors into a combat zone as MACS-23.



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