VMFA-121 at Red Beach

12/16/2016: We have recently interviewed the CO of VMFA-121 in Yuma in early December 2016 and will shortly publish his interview. 

This story published last December highlights a milestone along the way for the squadron as it prepares for its deployment to Japan in 2017.

An F-35B Lightning II from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 conducts a vertical landing on at a Forward Arming and Refueling Point (FARP) aboard Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 10, 2015.

VMFA-121 marked another important milestone in the evolution of the aircraft conducting their first Close Air Support (CAS) missions in support of ground combat elements during exercise Steel Knight 16.

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, CA, UNITED STATES:12/10/2015:3D Marine Aircraft Wing Combat Camera

An F-35B Lightning II from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 conducts a vertical landing on at a Forward Arming and Refueling Point (FARP) aboard Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 10, 2015. VMFA-121 marked another important milestone in the evolution of the aircraft conducting their first Close Air Support (CAS) missions in support of ground combat elements during exercise Steel Knight 16. (U.S. Marine Corps Combat Camera Photo by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Wade E. Spradlin/Released)

An F-35B Lightning II from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 conducts a vertical landing on at a Forward Arming and Refueling Point (FARP) aboard Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 10, 2015. VMFA-121 marked another important milestone in the evolution of the aircraft conducting their first Close Air Support (CAS) missions in support of ground combat elements during exercise Steel Knight 16. (U.S. Marine Corps Combat Camera Photo by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Wade E. Spradlin/Released)

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