The Beirut Bombing
The Marine wing support squadron (MWSS) has the mission of providing security for the flight line and critical airfield facilities or security at the forward operating base (FOB), one of the 13 functions of aviation ground support (AGS). This role includes FOB defense, a much broader concept. In discussing the role of the MWSS, the terms security and defense are often used interchangeably.
The security mission is too often ignored in garrison when competing against other operational commitments.
This article discusses the security mission of the MWSS in the defense of an FOB, addresses shortfalls, and offers a solution without increasing structure.