23 June 2000 editionAntiair warfare within the U. S. Marine Corps was forged in combat primarily during World War II when Marine aircraft and antiaircraft artillery were stationed throughout the Pacific basin. Campaigns for Guadalcanal and the Marshall Islands and other operations shaped today's concepts. Marine defense battalions employed ground-based air defense assets. Congressional Medal of Honor recipients Lieutenant Colonel Gregory ''Pappy'' Boymgton, Captain Joe Foss, and other Marine aviators flew fighter sweep, combat air patrol, escort, and assorted offensive antiair warfare missions. They were among the first aviators to perform multirole antiair warfare tasks designed to protect friendly forces and gain air superiority.Today's Marine air-ground task force (MAGTF) has a unique antiair warfare capability. Multimission-capable aircraft, a ground based short air defense missile system, and a robust Marine air command and control system (MACCS) are tremendous force multipliers for MAGTF and joint force commanders.Marine Corps Warfighting Publication (MCWP) 3-22, Antiair Warfare, focuses on the tactics, techniques, and procedures of antiair warfare operations. It details how the MAGTF accomplishes antiair warfare tasks at the operational and tactical levels of war and how antiair warfare capabilities tie into the joint force architecture and operations. From this publication Marines of all ranks and military occupational specialties will understand how antiair warfare operations are conducted and how they impact on MAGTF operations. Further, they will comprehend their role in antiair warfare operations and grasp the nature and contributions of antiair warfare to combined arms operations.