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 Christopher E. Brandt
VMFAT-501 Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Colonel Brandt is originally from Ridgely, Maryland.  He enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in May 2001 completing Basic Training at MCRD Parris Island, SC.  He served in 4th Landing Support Battalion in Wilmington, NC until graduating from Wake Forest University in May 2004, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business.  In

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Major Andrew R. Christ
VMFAT-501 Executive Officer

Major Andrew Christ graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. Following graduation, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.After earning his Wings of Gold, he received orders to VMAT-203 to undergo flight training in the AV-8B Harrier.  Upon

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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


Command Documents
 TitleModified Date 
Commander's Intent9/15/2021Download
Unit and Family Readiness9/15/2021Download

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