Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 533
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Marine Aircraft Group 31
MCAS Beaufort, SC


Support the Marine Air Ground Task Force commander by providing supporting arms coordination, conducting multi-sensor imagery, and destroying surface targets and enemy aircraft day or night; under all weather conditions during expeditionary, joint, or combined operations.



Lieutenant Colonel Neil H. Brubeck
VMFA(AW)-533 Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Colonel Neil Brubeck is a native of Texas and is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. in Oceanography.  He was commissioned in 2005 as a naval aviator.  Following designation as an FA-18 pilot, he was assigned to VMFA-122 where he deployed to the Western Pacific in support of the Unit Deployment Program and to Al

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Major Nathaniel D. Griggs
VMFA(AW)-533 Executive Officer

Nate “Twallet” Griggs commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 2005 through the Officer Candidate School after receiving a Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering Degree from Georgia Institute of Technology. He moved to Pensacola, FL, and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 2007. Following F/A-18 training as a “Shooter” of VMFAT-101, he reported

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Sergeant Major Michael J. Exlos
VMFA(AW)-533 Sergeant Major

Sergeant Major Exlos enlisted in the Marine Corps in September 1998 and completed recruit training at MCRD Parris Island.  Following recruit training, he reported to the School of Infantry at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina for Marine Combat Training. Once graduated, he reported to Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center for training as a

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Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 533
PSC Box 66129
Beaufort, SC 29904-6129

Comm: (843) 228-6440
DSN: 335-6440


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Office: (843) 228-7230
Cell: (843) 941-8618

VMFA(AW)-533 Family Hotline:
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