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Captain Adam Chase embraces his sons during a homecoming ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Feb. 16, 2016. Marines and Sailors with Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 3 returned to the air station after a six-month deployment in support of the United States Pacific Command combatant commander, Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing with EA-6B expeditionary electronic warfare capabilities. Chase is an embark action officer with the squadron. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. N.W. Huertas/Released)

Photo by Cpl. Neysa Huertas Quinones

Moondogs are welcomed home by family and friends after deployment

23 Feb 2016 | Cpl. N.W. Huertas 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing

 Family members gathered anxiously at the Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 3 hangar, looking out onto the flightline for the first sight of their returning loved ones after a deployment to Iwakuni, Jap.

More than 200 Marines and six EA-6B Prowlers with VMAQ-3 returned on Feb. 11 and 16 from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni where they were deployed in support of the the United States Pacific Command combatant commander. Some of the exercises the squadron participated in during the deployment included, exercises Ulchi Freedom Guardian, Pacific Thunder, Beverly Bulldog/Vigilant Ace, and Yama Sakura 69.

According to Maj. Mark Gombo, the executive officer of VMAQ-3, the Marines completed more than 10,500 maintenance man hours and more than 800 mishap-free flight hours during the deployment.

The squadron was challenged with being prepared to execute anywhere, anytime, and against any threat with the United States Pacific Command area of responsibility. PACOM covers the largest geographic area of any of the Combatant Commands in the Marine Corps.

Although the Unit Deployment Program is routine for many units in the Marine Corps, VMAQs have been extensively deployed to the United States Central Command area of responsibility throughout the past 10 years. 

VMAQ squadrons supporting UDPs are the only dedicated airborne electronic attack contributors to the Marine Air-Ground Task Force that provides flexible and rapidly deployable electronic warfare capabilities.  EA-6B Prowler aircrew also provide electronic warfare expertise while deployed as directed by the MAGTF Commander.

 


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