MarineParents: Marine Family Network (MFN)

An Outreach Program of


MOS Occ Field 72: Air Control - Air Support - Antiair Warfare - Air Traffic Control


MOS Occ Field 72: Air Control - Air Support - Antiair Warfare - Air Traffic Control

For Marines and family members with a MOS in Occupational Field 72: Air Control/Air Support/Antiair Warfare/Air Traffic Contro,l on the OpSEC compliant, Inc. Marine Family Network Community.

Members: 86
Latest Activity: Dec 7, 2016

Welcome to the OccFld 72 Group!

Photo Credit: Official USMC Photo, 8/12/2008 by Pfc. Jeffery Cordero


Your Volunteer Moderator for this MFN group is 1~HCC_proud mom (Keri).  If you have questions or concerns about the group, please add Keri as a friend so you can talk with her directly, or ask in the forum below.

Click here for quick access to the Military Occupational Specialty (What's After Boot) page with direct links to these sites.

Click here for quick access to the Naval Air Station Pensacola site and the 

Discussion Forum

MOS 7212 LAAD Gunner

Started by berlin4930. Last reply by kim hanner Mar 25, 2016. 71 Replies

MOS 7251 ATC School Pensacola

Started by my2marines. Last reply by 1~Keri (HCC) Jul 1, 2015. 1 Reply

Transportation from LAX to 29 Palms

Started by eddieed90. Last reply by 1~Keri (HCC) Jan 8, 2015. 4 Replies

Good to see ATC folks on here!

Started by atcmarinemom (Laura). Last reply by 1~alex2toes(Dianne) Nov 9, 2014. 29 Replies

MOS 7251

Started by marinevinnie1. Last reply by LazyK-Chyn Sep 7, 2014. 47 Replies

MOS: 7234

Started by 007nana. Last reply by SnakeEyes Mar 16, 2014. 10 Replies

LAAD 29 Palms

Started by Patrick's Mom. Last reply by Patrick's Mom Dec 18, 2013. 13 Replies

Cherry point visit.

Started by bestrongfish. Last reply by berlin4930 Aug 5, 2013. 2 Replies

MOS 7242 Info

Started by Pouchie18. Last reply by Steve76 Jul 29, 2013. 17 Replies

Aviation Physical

Started by tinamarie042275. Last reply by VW Jul 19, 2013. 5 Replies

Thank you!

Started by tlmfromslc. Last reply by 1~Keri (HCC) Mar 13, 2013. 2 Replies

Travel to 29 Palms

Started by Droopy's mom-in-law to be. Last reply by berlin4930 Apr 9, 2012. 2 Replies

LAAD GUNNER Adress for Fort Bliss

Started by Sean. Last reply by Sean Nov 25, 2011. 3 Replies

Comment Wall


You need to be a member of MOS Occ Field 72: Air Control - Air Support - Antiair Warfare - Air Traffic Control to add comments!

Comment by Jane67 on October 20, 2016 at 11:32am

Hi,  I'm curious to know if this is an active group.  Most comments look to be pretty old.

My son is at 29 Palms waiting to start his MOS training for 7242 in January.  I'm looking for others with Marine's with the same MOS.


Comment by Anam62 on October 11, 2014 at 2:59pm
Thanks Keri
Comment by 1~Keri (HCC) on October 10, 2014 at 10:31pm
Your Marine would be your best source for that information. Each MOS school may be different in their liberty regulations. Usually Marines need to travel with a 'battle buddy' when moving about the base or off of base. Again, check with your Marine about this.

Best wishes to him through this part of his training,
1~Keri (HCC)
MFN marine groups moderator/mgr
VPP of Sgt. M - 1MEF/1LE Bn
Isaiah 41:10
Comment by Anam62 on October 10, 2014 at 9:18pm
My son is at his MOS,when they have a 72 are they allowed off base with me for any or all of that time? Ty
Comment by berlin4930 on December 4, 2013 at 8:43am

That's a nice article. My son still had in the beginning those super ugly glasses you get in boot. We kept one for the memory alone. The glasses they issue now are so much better. I think maybe by moving over there they also save money too, since they are using their own facilities. I figure back then all the infantry units needed all of the desert and housing at 29 Palms. How big is Yuma actually? Maybe there would have been a logic place to hold a training facility too. All they need is a desert more or less for the wide open spaces. That's why now when Howzie trains they shoot the missiles into the ocean. Later the next day they go back to the beach and collect whatever the surf brings on shore. They also learn how to identify all the air planes which are used now a days, enemy and our own. I went to a LAAD BBQ once and the whole company is really not very big. I know there has been talks about one day phasing this MOS out, but Howzie said they had said this forever and so far is never been done. Being in the LAAD also can bring you to a MEU which is a lot of fun too. My son liked it when he had extra radio and computer training as well. Just alone the HUMVEE training pays off in your daily driving skills I imagen. Does your son want to get out after 4 years or stay in? Howzie always wanted to go to college after the Corps and that has not changed. Howzie's best friend at 29 Palms is not going to miss the Marine Corps either nor being at 29 Palms. Location wise I think Howzie did well by chosing North Carolina. Of all the States I have seen of this country so far North Carolina is so far my favorite State, but that is easy to say if you live in Kansas. Now I think Howzie liked it ok at Ft. Bliss and he has never been to 29 Palms. I do remember that he said he didn't like being at Yuma at all and he was sick there too and spent half of the time they were there for training in the hospital. But alone the heat out there was terrible he said.

Are you gonna see your son for his graduation? Let me know how 29 Palms really is like.


Comment by Keri on December 4, 2013 at 7:44am

We are still trying to get confirmation of the move.  I did find this article that outlines the move from January 2013

Inserted by moderator

Air defense community comes home

Friday, January 18, 2013 5:30 am
Story and photos by Cpl. William J. Jackson

For more than 50 years, the Marine Corps has trained Marines to operate its expeditionary surface-to-air weapons systems at the U.S. Army Air Defense School, Fort Bliss, Tx. The first ever LAAD class taught at the Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School started its military occupational specialty specific training Monday.

To continue reading:

Comment by berlin4930 on December 3, 2013 at 8:32am

We never heard of this MOS prior my son getting it either. Neither was I aware that the Marines have an Air Wing. After boot when we went with Howzie home, at the San Diego airport, we plugged in my laptop and had to google up the MOS. Not even Howzie really knew prior googling what it actually was. Afterwards once he was out of MCT Howzie knew more. Could it be that because of the reduction of the military that it maybe made some space at 29 Palms for this MOS training to the facilities then? They do need the deserts to have the space to shoot the missiles. Another place Howzie went to train at was at Yuma, but that was with his unit. He is now in the 2nd LAAD, so I am asuming there is at least a 1st LAAD unit some where. Has your son decided where he wants to be stationed at? West coast vs East coast.

Other wise the LAAD forums are not visited very well, neither is really Cherry Point. Every now and then when somebodies son is stationed first at Cherry Point people have questiones or if they want to visit there.


Comment by 1~Keri (HCC) on December 2, 2013 at 8:04pm
Thank you Berlin for verifying Ft. Bliss. :)
Comment by berlin4930 on December 2, 2013 at 8:41am


My son back in 2010 went still to Ft. Bliss, Tx which was better for us at the time since we live in SW Kansas. But doing the MOS training at 29 Palms does make sense. I hope your son likes being a LAAD gunner. My son liked his MOS and it kept him out of harms way. His best friend who graduated with my son together from high school and boot camp had to go twice to Afgh. while my son only went to Jordan. My son is getting ready to leave the Marine Corps this summer and wanting to go to college. All in all I think the MOS served my son well.


Comment by Marine5321 on December 1, 2013 at 12:16pm
Thank you very much

Members (86)


Receive our Newsletter

Receive our Newsletter!
Enter your email:


Click for Archive Newsletters


Starts with June 2016 and includes every month through June 2017. 

Alert us to Content Violations

Let us know if you find content

that may not comply with

The Guidelines or Terms of Use

Click to report.

Group Categories

Join several groups! Select from categories that meet your needs or match your Marine's career:

Our Fallen Heroes

Please take a moment to honor our Fallen Marines. Click here to visit the condolence forum.

Click here to learn more ways to support Gold Star Families or if you are a Gold Star Family.




The Marine Corps:


About Deployment:



A few KEY LINKS for After Boot parents:

(links open in a new window by clicking "GO!" button below)

General Information:

Recruit Training:

Family Day & Graduations:

After Boot Camp:

Additional Resources:


© 2017   Created by Marine Parents Inc.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

The Care Package Project
Care Package Project™
Purple Heart Hero Support
Purple Heart Hero Support™
Operation PAL
Operation PAL ™
Gold Star Family Support
Gold Star Family Support™
Combat Recovery
Combat Recovery™
After the Corps
After the Corps ™
Gold Star Luminary
Luminary Initiative
Marine Parents Combined Federal Campaign #57100 Show Me Heroes Hiring Veterans in Missouri Capital One Visa Card and Marine Parents Supporting Our Troops is a Marine Corps Charity Partner Eleven Years of Service to Marines and their Families Shop for Marine Corps items at the EGA Shop IBM and Marine Parents Partnership in Charity AmazonSmile and Marine Parents Charity MarineParents is a Guidestar Exchange Gold Participant, Inc.
PO Box 1115
Columbia, MO 65205
Phone (573) 449-2003
Copyright © 2003-14, Inc. ~ All Rights Reserved Worldwide is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) public charity,
a Marine Corps Charity Partner, and Official Marine Corps Trademark Licensee.
Site Map   |   Statements of Use   |   Outreach Programs   |   Join Team Marine Parents
Neither the United States Marine Corps
nor any other component of the
Department of Defense has approved,
endorsed, or authorized this service.