MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, S.C. --
Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort will host the activation of the Marine Corps’ newest training squadron for the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter jets. The activation ceremony for Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 502 (VMFAT-502) will take place at 5:13 p.m. on June 26, aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.
This marks the activation of the Marine Corps’ second F-35 Fleet Replacement Squadron and will be commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Carlton Wilson.
The squadron, formally known as VMA-513, was deactivated on July 12, 2013. On June 26, 2020 VMA-513 will be activated then re-designated as VMFAT-502. Marine Fighter Squadron 513 has had a significant role over the past 75 years of Marine Corps Aviation and with its re-designation as VMFAT-502 it will continue to play a significant role in Marine Aviation’s story going forward.
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