Savannah – Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and MAG-31 now have one less squadron. On 22 September 2017, VMFA-122’s squadron commander relinquished command of the squadron at MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina and its colors were cased in preparation for it to stand up as an F-35B squadron at MCAS Yuma, California. With the move, they will no longer be under the command of MAG-31 and will instead be part of MAG-13. The squadron had been based at MCAS Beaufort since 1957, flying F8U-1 Corsair IIs and F/A-18 Hornets during their time there. Prior to that, they flew the F4F Wildcat, F4U-1 and F4G-1A Corsair, FH-1 Phantom, and the F9F-4 and F9F-5 Panther from a number of aircraft carriers.
Known as the “Crusaders,” “Werewolves,” and later as “The Flying Leathernecks” and using the callsign NIKEL, I’ve enjoyed listening to the VMFA-122 fly and train in the South Carolina Lowcountry and Coastal Georgia area throughout the years. I’ll miss hearing them around.