Living up to what they’ve always known, the US Marine Corps recently conducted a simultaneous training exercise to sharpen its personnel and keep them combat-ready in the ever-changing warfighting environment.

Marines from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) tested out its newly established advanced base operations mapped on the “Hub, Spoke, and Node” model during Exercise Summer Fury 2022 held last week at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California.

This annual military exercise was part of its reevaluation of combat tactics as well as redefining command and control capabilities for future conflicts.

MAG-16 CH-53E Super Stallion
A CH-53E Super Stallion from MAG-16 flying over Camp Roberts under austere conditions on August 1. (Image source: US Marine Corps/DVIDS)

Following the model mentioned earlier, the exercise was divided into three sections, starting with the “Hub” assigned to Marine Air Control Group 38 (MACG-38), which then established a fully operational Tactical Air Command Center (TACC). The MACG-38, in collaboration with 3rd MAW leaders, supervised the command and control of aviation assets and demonstrated its “flexibility and versatility” capabilities as they worked through real-world scenarios.

A man running, behind is a MACG-38 AH-1Z Viper in dust clouds
An AH-1Z Viper from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369, MACG-38, lands at Camp Roberts after an air assault on August 1. (Image source: US Marine Corps/DVIDS)

The recently realigned Marine Wing Support Squadrons (MWSS-373), which took over the TACC’s site command, also played an essential role in this decentralized fight simulation. The MWSS-373 also showcased how a combined aviation ground support and aviation command and control system would provide the battle troops with the required information by using a common operational picture and responsive, real-time tracking and logistics requirements.

According to MWSS-373 assistant operations officer, 2Lt. Diane Garcia, the training exercise has provided the squadron with the “unique opportunity to integrate into the TACC.”

“Our integration with MACG-38 demonstrates the full potential of the Aviation Command and Control Ground Support System. The training we executed here honed our ability to enable the Wing to fight and win as we continue to execute the intent of Force Design 2030,” she explained.

Moving on to the second section of the model, “Spoke,” this was performed by the Marine Aircraft Group 39 (MAG-39), who simultaneously executed their part at Camp Roberts in Bradley, California. Their simulation training includes 14 aircraft: three AH-1Z Vipers, three UH-1Y Venoms, four MV-22B Ospreys, and four CH-53E Super Stallions supplemented by MAG-16. Moreover, a company of infantry Marines from the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment has provided the MAG-39 security assistance for all its operations.