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The Marine Corps Aviation Reconnaissance Association, Inc. (MCARA), was formed in 1990 to serve the interests of active duty, retired and former Marines of all ranks & MOS who have served or are currently serving in Marine Corps aviation reconnaissance or electronic warfare units. New members are welcome! Join now!



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


Upcoming Event!
2017 Reunion -



The MCARA Board of Directors (BOD) has established the dates for our next Reunion. We will connect with the VMAQ-4 Sunset activities in Cherry Point, NC at the Holiday Inn Express. The dates are 12-15 October 2017, registration being on Thursday, with Base Activities on Friday, and the Membership Meeting on Saturday with Reception and Dinner later that evening. The BOD has also gathered confirmation by vote from the Membership to effect the Sunset of MCARA as an independent organization. We expect to initiate the nesting of MCARA as a Squadron under MCAA auspices during this Reunion.

Guest of Honor — General J.R. Dailey

Questions/Suggestions — Len Ingram (256-536- 2694)

Holiday Inn Express — (252-447-9000)

• King $79.00
• Queen $89.00

Cost Summary — Pending, but quite reasonable.

Email Len Ingram any questions.


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.

Questions? Contact:

Secretary/Treasurer: Len Ingram
carolynlen@comcast.net
Home Phone: (256) 536-2694

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Page last updated: 05/15/2017