Warlords To Beaufort

Posted 11 July 2014
Photo by John Rossino

US Marine Corps Col. Peter Buck, base commander at MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina, meets with local media members at the conclusion of a “welcome home” ceremony marking the relocation of the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 (VMFAT-501) to Beaufort from Eglin AFB, Florida. Approximately 400 Marine, base, and local officials were in attendance. MCAS Beaufort will be responsible for all Marine Corps, Royal Air Force/Royal Navy, and Italian Navy F-35B pilot training. VMFAT-501, formerly Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 451, was stationed aboard MCAS Beaufort from February 1963 until January 1997. Known as the Warlords, the squadron began moving back to MCAS Beaufort earlier this year. The relocation scheduled for completion in the spring of 2015.

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