This section will describe the organizational structure of the MACO, and what new Special Warfare Operators and Officers should know before getting and creating their own MACO Company (MCO).
Organization of MACO Units
From the smallest to the largest, the order of MACO units is as follows:
· Individual Special Warfare Operator/Special Warfare Officer (Operator)
· MACO Operational Detachment (MOD)
· MACO Company (MCO)
· MACO Battalion (MBN)
· MACO Group (MGRP)
· MACO Command (MACOCOM)
MACO Special Warfare Operator and Special Warfare Officer
The base of any organization is its base. For the Task Force 31 MACO that base is its individual members. Without the individual member, the MACO can not have the MACO Operational Detachments, and without the MACO Operational Detachments, the MACO can not have the MACO Company and so on and so forth. It is this reason that we emphasize the importance of our Special Warfare Operators and Special Warfare Officers.
MACO Special Warfare Operators and Special Warfare Officers fall into one of two general categories: Active Duty or Reservist. An Active Duty MACO participates with their MACO Operational Detachment as well as their Task Force 31 chapter exclusively as a Task Force 31 MACO. They are known only by their MACO rank, they wear only their MACO uniform, etc. This is not to say that they do not participate in regular Task Force 31 functions, but they do so as a MACO Special Warfare Operator/Officer. MACO Special Warfare Operators/Officers who still occasionally (or even frequently) participate as a “naval” Task Force 31 member (still use their naval rank, wear their regular Task Force 31 uniform, etc.) are said to be Reserve MACO or simply reservists.
MACO Operational Detachment (MOD)
The MACO Operational Detachment is the lowest unit in MACO. This can be one single lone Special Warfare Operator/Officer up to an entire station/ship. The Special Warfare Operator/Officer in charge of the MOD is known as the “Detachment Commander” while his second in command is known as the “Deputy Detachment Commander”. The MOD for comparison purposes would be approximately a platoon size element.
The MOD is part of an already existing MACO Company that is headquartered on another Task Force 31 station/ship. That Headquarters still accounts for the MACO Special Warfare Operators/Officers assigned to that MOD, and is responsible for all administrative actions such as awards and rolls up the MOD report into the MACO Company monthly report. The MOD does not send a report to MACOCOM. The MOD maintains the Company unit identification number with a slight modification to identify it as a MOD, unit logo, “Nick name” etc. (example: The 31st MACO is assigned to the Station Robert de Bruce, but has a MOD assigned to the USS Victorious, that MOD would still be a part of the 31st MACO and wear the same unit insignia.
MACO Company (MCO)
The MACO Company (also referred to as a MACO Team) is the basic MACO unit. The size of a MCO can be one single lone Special Warfare Operator/Officer up to two dozen or more. The Special Warfare Operator/Officer in charge of the MCO is known as the “Company Commander (also referred to as the Team Leader)” while his second in command is known as the “Executive Officer (also referred to as the Assistant Team Leader)”.
MACO Battalion (MBN) & MACO Group (MGRP)
STARFLEET itself is divided administratively into geographic “Regions.” In the TF31 MACO, each SFI Region is called a MACO Group (MGRP). In other words, Sector 15 (SFI Region 15) would be known in the TF31 MACO as the Fifteenth MACO Group or in shorthand “15MGRP” or “MGRP-1531”. Within each MGRP, each state (or other geographic subdivision in the case of international MGRPs) is considered a MACO Battalion. MBNs are numbered in relation to the other states in their sector— usually in alphabetical order. In our example of the 15MGRP, then, 1MBN (First MACO Battalion) is Connecticut, 2MBN is Maine, 3MBN is Massachusetts, 4MBN is New Hampshire, 5MBN is Rhode Island and 6MBN is Vermont.
Note: Currently not all MBN and MGRP level commands are manned – it exists to accommodate expansion as the TF31 MACO grows.
MACO Company Designation Number
The numbers available to be assigned to new MCO are assigned by the TF31 MACO G-3 (Operations) and determined by several factors. However, no two or more units can have the same number. The numbering priority goes to the unit in order of assignment. The TF31 MACO G-3 (Operations) will insure duplicate numbers are not being utilized.
Each MACO unit type has a prefix identifyer before the unit identification number:
· MODA – MACO Operational Detachment- Alpha
· MODB – MACO Operational Detachment- Bravo
· MODC – MACO Operational Detachment- Charlie
· MCO – MACO Company
· MTCO – MACO training Company
· MBN – MACO Battalion
· MGRP – MACO Group
· MACOCOM – MACO Command
Unit numbering is determined by several factors. These include the following:
MACO Group Assignment. Each MACO Group is identified by a two digit number that corresponds to the Sector that the MACO Group is assigned to. Example: Sector 15 would be “15” where as Sector 1 would be “01”.
MACO Battalion Assignment. Each MACO Battalion is identified by a two digit number that is in relation to the other states in their sector— usually in alphabetical order. Example: In Sector 15, the state of Maine would be the Second Battalion and would have the numerical identification number of “02”.
MACO Company Assignment. Each MACO Company is assigned one alphabetic identification that is assigned to each MCO on a first assigned concept. Each MCO will be designated phonetic alphabet numbering starting with A and ending with Z. Each unit will be designated in alphabetic order. Example: The first unit to be assigned to a MBN will be designated with the phonetic alphabet “A” (Alpha), then the second unit assigned will be designated with the phonetic alphabet “B” (Bravo) and so on….
MACO Operational Detachment. There are three possible MACO Operational Detachment (MOD) designations; they are A (Alpha), B (Bravo) and C (Charlie). The “A” and “B” designations only pertain to the MCO and the “C” designation only pertains to the MACO Battalion command section.
There are no set numbers as to how many MACO Operational Detachment-A (MODA) are allowed in a MCO, however each MCO will only have one (1) MACO Operational Detachment-B (MODB) which is the MCO command section.
Example: A MCO designated as “A” (Alpha Company) has a MODA assigned to another chapter. Since there is only one MODA assigned to another chapter, that MODA is designated as “1”. The MODA is designated A1. ( The “A” identifies the MCO and the “1” identifies the MODA.
Putting It Together
Here is an example of how a MCO fits into the Task Force 31 MACO organization. We will demonstrate each level of the Task Force 31 MACO, as it applies to a single unit, Alpha Company “Strike Eagles”, stationed aboard the USS George Washington and a MODA assigned to the USS Excalibur, both located in Sector 15, in the state of Rhode Island.
· MACO Operational Detachment: All the MACO Special Warfare Operators/Officers from the crew of the USS Excalibur make up the MACO Operational Detachment-Alpha and since there is only one MODA assigned, the MODA would be designated as MODA1.
· MACO Company: All the MACO Special Warfare Operators/Officers from the crew of the USS George Washington and the USS Excalibur make up the MACO Company which has been identified as Alpha Company.
· MACO Battalion: Sector 15 is made up of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. That makes Connecticut 1st Battalion, Maine 2nd Battalion, Massachusetts 3rd Battalion, New Hampshire 4th Battalion, Rhode Island 5th Battalion, and Vermont 6th Battalion. This makes Rhode Island the 5th Battalion. Now we have Alpha MACO Company, 5th MBN.
· MACO Group: The Alpha MACO Company is in the 15th MACO Group, since Rhode Island is in Sector 15. So Alpha MACO Company total unit designation is Alpha Company, 5MBN, 15MGRP, 31st MACO (in short MCO-A-051531) (the MODA from the above example would look like MODA-A1-051531).
· MACO Training Company: MACO Training Company (MTCO) is a designation for a MACO Company in which the MCO Commander (Team Leader) is not certified as a MACO Team Leader at the time the request to activate a MCO is submitted. The MCO Commander will have one (1) year to become certified otherwise the MTCO will be deactivated. Once a MTCO has been deactivated due to the circumstances mention above, the MTCO Commander will have to become certified before allowing the MTCO to be re-activated as either a MTCO or MCO.
Current MACO Sector Coverage Areas
|1st Military Assault Command Operations Group (01)|
|Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia|
|2nd Military Assault Command Operations Group (02)|
|Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean|
|3rd Military Assault Command Operations Group (03)|
|Texas and Louisiana|
|4th Military Assault Command Operations Group (04)|
|Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada|
|5th Military Assault Command Operations Group (05)|
|Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington|
|6th Military Assault Command Operations Group (06)|
|Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin|
|7th Military Assault Command Operations Group (07)|
|Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania|
|8th Military Assault Command Operations Group (08)|
|Continental Europe, including the old Soviet States|
|9th Military Assault Command Operations Group (09)|
|Africa and the Middle East, including (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, Yemen, and United Arab Emirates)|
|10th Military Assault Command Operations Group (10)|
|Alaska, Western Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan)|
|11th Military Assault Command Operations Group (11)|
|New Zealand, Indonesia and Australia|
|12th Military Assault Command Operations Group (12)|
|Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma|
|13th Military Assault Command Operations Group (13)|
|Manitoba, Ontario, Canada and Michigan|
|14th Military Assault Command Operations Group (14)|
|Quebec, Canadian Maritimes (New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island)|
|15th Military Assault Command Operations Group (15)|
|Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont|
|16th Military Assault Command Operations Group (16)|
|Guam, Japan, Micronesia, North and South Korea, Philippines|
|17th Military Assault Command Operations Group (17)|
|Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming|
|18th Military Assault Command Operations Group (18)|
|Mexico, Central America and South America|
|19th Military Assault Command Operations Group (19)|
|Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma (Myanmar), China, Cambodia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Taiwan)|
|20th Military Assault Command Operations Group (20)|
|Ireland and Great Britain (England, North Ireland, Scotland, Wales)|
Chain of Command (COC)
The purpose of the Chain of Command is to show a clear path of authority. This starts with the individual Special Warfare Operator and moves up through his superiors then up to the Headquarters Staff, then to the MACO Commander. The Chain of Command exists to facilitate the transfer of authority, responsibility, and information from one level to the next.
If you have a problem or an idea which you would like for us to hear and consider, please follow the Chain of Command to contact the appropriate person. This is to ensure that whoever is asked about this will be informed of what the issue or idea is about.
The Chain of Command needs to be followed from Operator all the way up through Detachment Commander to MACO Commander.