Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501
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Marine Aircraft Group 31
MCAS Beaufort, SC


Conduct combat capable, network enabled fighter/attack training across the full spectrum of combat operations for selected aircrew in order to attain annual F-35B Pilot Training Requirements.



Lieutenant Colonel Paul J. Holst
VMFAT-501 Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Colonel Holst graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May 2001 and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering.  Following commissioning, 2nd Lt Holst attended the Basic School and flight school.  He was designated a Naval Aviator in September 2003. In November 2004, 1st Lt Holst reported to MCAS Beaufort,

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Lieutenant Colonel Brian D. Gerschutz
VMFAT-501 Executive Officer

Lieutenant Colonel Brian Gerschutz stepped onto the yellow footprints of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, SC on 2 September 1997.  Upon graduation, he was assigned to the Naval Air Technical Training Center Pensacola, FL where he underwent training to repair aircraft avionics.  He later served with HMLA-269 at MCAS New River.In 2002 he

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Sergeant Major Jorge L. Ortiz
VMFAT-501 Sergeant Major

Sergeant Major Jorge L. Ortiz is a native of California.  He enlisted in the Marine Corps in September of 2000 and graduated from Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego as a Private First Class.  In January 2001, Private First Class Ortiz reported to Marine Combat Training on Camp Pendleton, California.  Upon completion he was sent to his Military

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Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501
PSC Box 66125
Beaufort, SC 29904-6125

Comm: (843) 228-9701
DSN: 335-9701


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

VMFAT-501 Family Hotline:
Press 7 then 9


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