Marine Air Control Group 48 (MACG-48) Headquarters along with two of its subordinate squadrons Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron and Marine Wing Communications Squadron (MTACS-48 and MWCS-48), is located aboard Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill. Comprised of seven units located in eight states across the United States and totaling over 1900 Marines, MACG-48 belongs to 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Forces Reserve.
MACG-48’s mission is to coordinate all aspects of air command and control defense within the Marine Aircraft Wing. Additionally, MACG-48 provides the command and staff functions for the MACG commander when deployed as part of the Aviation Command Element (ACE) of the Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF).
MACG-48 was activated on Sept. 1, 1967, at Glenview, Ill. From the late 1960s through the 1980s, MACG-48 Marines participated in many training exercises, honing their combat skills, refining their tactics, techniques, and procedures in order to keep abreast of the ever changing C3 community (Command, Control, and Communication).
From August 1991 to April 1991, MACG-48 Marines deployed in support of operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM, augmenting the active duty component. In August 1995, MACG-48 relocated to Fort Sheridan in Highwood, Ill. After five years in Highwood, the Group moved again to its current location aboard Naval Station Great Lakes.
MACG-48 has mobilized over 1,800 Marines and Sailors in support of operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM to support the Global War on Terror. In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast of the United States. Once again, Marines from MACG-48 were called upon to provide command and control expertise and long haul communication capability in support of disaster relief efforts.
In June 2010, MACG-48 stood up a new unit, Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 4 (VMU-4), in Yuma, Ariz. VMU-4’s mission is to operate and maintain an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to provide unmanned air reconnaissance support to the MAGTF.
Today, MACG-48, along with its subordinate units, stands ready to mobilize in support of any contingency.