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Military Assistance Command. Vietnam and replace Seventh Air Force as the manager of aviation assets and the air war in Southeast Asia. In February 1973, the Seventh Air Force, located in Saigon. ceased to exist as a separate headquarters. Its commander, Generai John W. , USAF, received orders directing him ro transfer to Nakhon Phanom and assume command of the newly created, combined headquarters. Its shortened title, USSAG/Seventh Air Force (an acronym for United States Support Activities Group/Seventh Air Force) soon became known, due to the sensitivities surrounding the combat role of the Seventh Air Force, as just USSAG.

The 3d Reconnaissance Battalion was on the western side of the island at Onna Point. The largest camp on the island, Camp Hansen, sandwiched between Kin Bay and the Kin River, was home to the 4th Marines and most of the separate battalions of the division. Situated on the northeast coast of Okinawa adjacent to Ora Wan Bay was Camp Schwab, where the division billeted the 9th Marines, the ist Amphibian Tractor Battalion, and the 3d Motor Transport Battalion. After its return from Vietnam in 1969, the 3d Marine Division maintained and improved its combatready posture to fulfill its mission as a "force in readi- ness" in the Western Pacific.


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