Transfer of Marine F-35s to South Carolina has begun

Northwest Florida Daily News // July 25, 2014

EGLIN AFB — Most of the Marines who have been stationed at the F-35 training center here have moved to South Carolina.

The move is part of the relocation of VMFAT-501 from Eglin Air Force Base to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, which has been part of the plan for some time, officials said.

The squadron was welcomed to their new base late last week.

“It’s been a unique and fortunate opportunity for us to train with the Marines here,” said Air Force Col. Todd Canterbury, commander of the 33rd Fighter Wing, the joint-service F-35 training center at Eglin. “We’ve been able to partner together and learn a great deal from each other. These lessons have definitely made the F-35 program stronger and helped to lay the foundation for all services on the way we operate the F-35.”

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Marcy Sanchez.