Guam – Elements of the Marine Aircraft Group -12 (MAG-12) will be participating in two simultaneous exercises May 14 to June 8; Geiger Fury 2012 (GF12) and an Aviation Training Relocation (ATR). Training will be conducted at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, and both West and North Fields on the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Island of Tinian.
Approximately 700 personnel will participate in the ATR training on Guam and around 200 personnel will participate in Geiger Fury on Tinian. Service members from MAG- 12 will also participate in various events in the local community during their stay on Tinian and Guam.
Geiger Fury 2012 is a continuation of unit-level training (ULT) exercises intended to allow MAG-12 to improve aviation combat readiness and simulate operations in a deployed austere environment.
Training on Tinian’s North Field includes clearing, stripping and repairing the landing surface on Abel and Baker runways and the installation of matting for vertical take-off and landing of rotary and fixed-wing operations.
Training on Tinian’s West Field includes emplacement of arresting gear and fuel storage/distribution for purposes of extending aviation training throughout the Mariana Island Range Complex (MIRC).
As part of the Aviation Training Relocation (ATR) operations, F/A-18s from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni will conduct air-to-air and air-to-ground training from Andersen AFB to help ensure their combat readiness.
The ATR event will also extend into West Field on Tinian. West Field will be used as a forward area refueling point (FARP) in order to extend aviation training operations with the Mariana Island Range Complex (MIRC).
There will be a total of 36 F/A-18 Hornets assigned to three United States Marine Corps squadrons operating out of Andersen Air Force Base.
Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232 (VMFA-232), nicknamed the “Red Devils” and Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA(AW)-121), nicknamed the “Green Knights” are squadrons based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, CA and fall under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 11 (MAG-11) and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (3rd MAW).
VMFA-232 and VMFA(AW)-121 are currently in the Western Pacific (WESTPAC) to participate in the Unit Deployment Program (UDP) at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan.
Marine All- Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 (VMFA(AW)-242) known as the “Bats”, is based at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan and falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 12 (MAG-12) and the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (1st MAW).