20 November 2012
Power Ten, Inc.’s Matt Redfern and Russ Emons will be in Yuma, Tuesday for a ceremony to welcome and re-designate Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, as Marine Corps' first operational F-35 squadron at Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona.
The first F-35B arrived Friday and more are slated to arrive over the next year. The Defense Department has upgraded the facilities, hangars and runways at the base to make way for the next-generation fighter jet.
The Marines are the first service putting the planes in operation, replacing Cold War-era aircraft such as the F/A-18 Hornet and AV-8B Harrier. VMFA-121 was formerly known as VMFA (AW) -121 flying the two-seat F/A-18D Hornet from 1989 – 2012.
"It's a pretty big milestone that a lot of people are looking at and judging," said Marine Capt. Staci Reidinger, a spokeswoman at the Yuma base.
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