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 A. Guerrero
VMFAT-501 Sergeant Major

Sergeant Major Guerrero reported to MCRD San Diego, CA for recruit training in August 1998.  Upon graduation from recruit training he reported to the School of Infantry, Camp Pendleton, California earing the MOS of 0311, Marine Rifleman.In December of 1998 Private First Class Guerrero reported to Ground Defense Security Force, Rifle Security

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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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