Air traffic control officers command an Air Traffic Control (ATC)Detachment. They act as officers-in-charge of Air Traffic Control Facilities at Marine Corps Air Stations. They perform as Control Tower Operators and Radar Air Traffic Controllers. They coordinate and direct activities related to air traffic control and airspace management as staff officers at squadrons, Marine Air Control Groups (MACG)/Marine Aircraft Wings (MAW), and at other senior level units. The MATCALS Advanced Operator, Military Airspace Management, MAJIC, Automated Terminal Instrument Procedures (TERPS), MAWTS 1 Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) and JAC2C courses are available for skill enhancement training for ATC officers.
Duties include maintaining critical communication links between air, naval, and ground forces; formulating and implementing emergency plans for natural and wartime disasters; coordinating emergency response teams and agencies; evaluating command center information and need for high-level military and government reporting; managing the operation of surveillance and detection systems; providing technical information and advice on capabilities and operational readiness; and operation of weapons targeting, firing, and launch computer systems.