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President's Comments

Airborne reconnaissance has been an integral part of Marine aviation since 1911 and for the last 65 years, airborne electronic warfare (EW) has been part of that portfolio to detect, locate and interdict enemy air defense, communications and remotely controlled weapon systems. Since 1990, MCARA has been a non-profit, civilian proponent and advocate organization for Marine Corps aviation reconnaissance and EW doctrine, tactics, operators and systems, as well as a repository for information on past Marine Corps aviation EW/ reconnaissance operational accomplishments. As the latest Marine Corps EW aircraft, the EA- 6B, has sunset and the reconnaissance role of unmanned aircraft has been expanded to take on more airborne EW capabilities, MCARA was excited to support this MAGTF transition to a more robust spectrum maneuver warfare capability to counter the enemy's RF sensing, connecting and controlling capabilities. On 28-29 October 2015, MCARA partnered with the Association of Old Crows (AOC) to co-sponsor the Marine Corps Spectrum Maneuver Warfare Conference at MCAS Cherry Point. Immediately after this conference, MCARA sponsored a 2-day (30-31 October 2015) VMAQ/VMCJ Reunion and 40th Anniversary of VMAQ-2 at MCAS Cherry Point. We invited all MCARA members and non-members with past service or interest in Marine Corps aviation reconnaissance and EW units to join us at MCAS Cherry Point for both of these events. Click the above buttons to be directed to more information on these past events.

Semper Fi,

Kenny Watts
MCARA President

“John R. Dailey” Squadron
Marine Corps Aviation Association

For those who flew and supported the VMAQ / VMFP / VMCJ Electronic Warfare and Reconnaissance missions, understand the significance of these missions, and acknowledge the accomplishments attained by these communities; congratulations on your dedication and commitment to the Corps. Your efforts have a made a noteworthy difference in Marine Corps aviation and in the National Defense of this country over the last 60 years.

No matter how our military leadership spins their decision to disband the VMAQ community and stand down the Prowler, the unique airborne EW capabilities provided by the EA6B ICAP III and the high-end EW training delivered over the years will be sorely missed when VMAQ-2’s Colors are encased for the last time in early 2019.

As a collective group we can continue to play a vital role in the Marine Corps Electronic Warfare community that has been at the forefront of airborne EW for the last six decades. To this end, I’m requesting your assistance; my goal is to provide a forum for discussions of airborne EW issues, preserve the Marine Corps Aviation EW expertise and knowledge base, and provide a mechanism for our Marines to network their EW talents to organizations that recognize their abilities and sacrifices.

I am extremely proud of my association with the VMAQ community, as you should be. We are the last of the finest group of Electronic Warfare specialists the world has ever known. We represent 60 years of airborne Electronic Warfare and we are the legacy bearers for every man and woman who has worn the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor and called the VMAQ / VMCJ squadron’s home.

With the standing up of the MCAA’s “John R. Dailey” squadron, I cordially invite you to become a plank holder. Keep the “Can Do Easy Spirit” alive.

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If already a MCAA member, request national HQ to affiliate their membership with the John R. Dailey.

Charley Yankee / Electronic Warfare to my Soul,

Ricky B
“John R. Dailey” Squadron


Baker_and_Ricky Article / Photo of the 15E43 (ICAP III Backseat Trainer) March 30, 2018

In a ceremony held at the AV8B / EA6B trainer building aboard MCAS, Cherry Point the EA6B ICAP III backseat simulator (15E43) used to train the ICAP III Electronic Counter-Measures Officer’s (ECMO) over the last eight years was powered down for the last time. Rick Johnson, a retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel and Prowler simulator instructor for the last 21 years was given the honors of pushing the “Red” emergency shutdown button as Lieutenant Colonel Baker, executive officer of MAG14 and EA6B ICAP III pilot watches.
Another phase in the continuing decommissioning of the VMAQ community and sun downing of the EA6B ICAP III aircraft; scheduled to be completed with the encasement of Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron Two’s Colors in the Spring of 2019.

Update - Syria Airstrike

We are sure they had good reason to use the retired EA-6B instead of the EA-18G Growler on the mission targeting Syria's chemical weapons program.
Find out more by clicking on this link
How the U.S.-led airstrikes hit their targets in Syria

Upcoming Event
2018 Reunion -

Watch this space for updates on this year's reunion

Introducing Our Website.

Below is information about each of our main website sections:

* Learn more about MCARA and Contact Us from our About page which also includes our BOD, Membership Directory (for members only), Website Acknowledgments and a Site Map.
* Join MCARA or renew your membership on the Join/Renew page.
* Find out more about our past and future meetings on our Reunions page.
* Read about our individual squadrons on our Units page.
* Our Aircraft page includes detailed information, photographs and videos of planes flown by MCARA members.
* Notables is devoted to individuals from our Recon/EW squadrons that have made noteworthy and unique contributions to our profession and the Marine Corps.
* Enjoy entertaining tales and details from memorable events experienced by our members on the Stories page.
* The Ready Room is your link to the MCARA Yahoo group where our members interact.
* Find similar websites from our Favored Links page.
* We pay tribute to members who have passed on the Honor Roll page.
* Our Final Inspection page honors all our fallen comrades.
* Use our Site Search to quickly and easily find exactly what you're looking for on our website.

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Secretary/Treasurer: Len Ingram
Home Phone: (256) 536-2694

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Page last updated: 07/16/2018