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The Transition from Hornet to Lightning
U.S Marine Corps Lt. Col Cedar L. Hinton, commanding officer of Marine Wing Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) lands VMFA-314's first F-35C Lightning II on Marine Air Station Miramar, Calif., January 21, 2020. The F-35C will give 3rd MAW a technological advantage by bringing the next wave of 5th generation fighter jets to its arsenal. The F-35C represents the next step in aviation, introducing upgraded internal fuel storage capacity, enhanced stealth capability and the reliability found in other F-35 variants. These capabilities will ensure VMFA-314 is well-equipped to meet the threats of tomorrow. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Dominic Romero)
U.S Marine Corps Lt. Col. Cedar L. Hinton, commanding officer of Marine Wing Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), lands VMFA-314's first F-35C Lightning II on Marine Air Station Miramar, Calif., Jan. 21, 2020. The F-35C will give 3rd MAW a technological advantage by bringing the next wave of 5th generation fighter jets to its arsenal. The F-35C represents the next step in aviation, introducing upgraded internal fuel storage capacity, enhanced stealth capability and the reliability found in other F-35 variants. These capabilities will ensure 3rd MAW is well-equipped to meet the threats of tomorrow. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Dominic Romero)
U.S Marine Corps Lt. Col Cedar L. Hinton, commanding officer of Marine Wing Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) lands VMFA-314's first F-35C Lightning II on Marine Air Station Miramar, Calif., January 21, 2020. The F-35C will give 3rd MAW a technological advantage by bringing the next wave of 5th generation fighter jets to its arsenal. The F-35C represents the next step in aviation, introducing upgraded internal fuel storage capacity, enhanced stealth capability and the reliability found in other F-35 variants. These capabilities will ensure VMFA-314 is well-equipped to meet the threats of tomorrow. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt Dominic Romero)
U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Cedar L. Hinton, commanding officer of Marine Wing Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314, Marine Aircraft Group 11, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing lands VMFA-314’s first F-35C Lightning II on Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., January 21, 2020. The F-35C is designed and built explicitly for aircraft carrier operations, offering more robust landing gear, and control surfaces that were designed to make it more suitable for sea-based operations. The F-35C allows for faster response times to threats and assists in maritime security throughout the globe. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Charles Plouffe)
U.S Marine Corps Lt. Col Cedar L. Hinton, commanding officer of Marine Wing Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) lands VMFA-314's first F-35C Lightning II on Marine Air Station Miramar, Calif., January 21, 2020. The F-35C will give 3rd MAW a technological advantage by bringing the next wave of 5th generation fighter jets to its arsenal. The F-35C represents the next step in aviation, introducing upgraded internal fuel storage capacity, enhanced stealth capability and the reliability found in other F-35 variants. These capabilities will ensure VMFA-314 is well-equipped to meet the threats of tomorrow. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt Dominic Romero)
U.S Marine Corps Lt. Col Cedar L. Hinton, commanding officer of Marine Wing Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) lands VMFA-314's first F-35C Lightning II on Marine Air Station Miramar, Calif., January 21, 2020. The F-35C will give 3rd MAW a technological advantage by bringing the next wave of 5th generation fighter jets to its arsenal. The F-35C represents the next step in aviation, introducing upgraded internal fuel storage capacity, enhanced stealth capability and the reliability found in other F-35 variants. These capabilities will ensure VMFA-314 is well-equipped to meet the threats of tomorrow. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt Dominic Romero)
U.S Marine Corps Lt. Col. Cedar L. Hinton, commanding officer of Marine Wing Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), embraces his son after a successful touchdown of VMFA-314's first F-35C Lightning II on Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Jan. 21, 2020. The F-35C will give 3rd MAW a technological advantage by bringing the next wave of 5th generation fighter jets to its arsenal. The F-35C represents the next step in aviation, introducing upgraded internal fuel storage capacity, enhanced stealth capability and the reliability found in other F-35 variants. These capabilities will ensure 3rd MAW is well-equipped to meet the threats of tomorrow. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Dominic Romero)
(From left) U.S Marine Corps Col. Scott M. Koltick, commanding officer of Marine Aircraft Group (MAG)11, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW); Lt. Col Cedar L. Hinton, commanding officer of Marine Wing Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314, 3rd MAW; and Maj. Gen. Kevin M. Iiams, commanding general of 3rd MAW; pose after a successful landing of VMFA-314's first F-35C Lightning II on Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Jan/ 21, 2020. The F-35C will give 3rd MAW a technological advantage by bringing the next wave of 5th generation fighter jets to its arsenal. The F-35C represents the next step in aviation, introducing upgraded internal fuel storage capacity, enhanced stealth capability and the reliability found in other F-35 variants. These capabilities will ensure 3rd MAW is well-equipped to meet the threats of tomorrow. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt Dominic Romero)
U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Cedar L. Hinton, commanding officer of Marine Wing Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 11, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), lands VMFA-314’s first F-35C Lightning II on Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Jan. 21, 2020. The F-35C is designed and built explicitly for aircraft carrier operations, offering more robust landing gear, and control surfaces that were designed to make it more suitable for sea-based operations. The F-35C allows for faster response times to threats and assists in maritime security throughout the globe. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Charles Plouffe)
LEMOORE, California (June 5, 2019) The first Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 "Black Knights" F-35C aircraft from Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore flown by CAPT Tommy Beau Locke from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 "Rough Raiders" flies in formation over the Sierra's with the VFMA-314 squadron F/A-18A++, flown by LtCol Cedar Hinton aircraft "passing the lead" as part of the F/A-18 Sundown with the Black Knights. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Darin Russell/Released)
LEMOORE, California (June 5, 2019) The first Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 "Black Knights" F-35C aircraft from Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore flown by CAPT Tommy Beau Locke from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 "Rough Raiders" flies in formation over the Sierra's with the VFMA-314 squadron F/A-18A++, flown by LtCol Cedar Hinton aircraft "passing the lead" as part of the F/A-18 Sundown with the Black Knights. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Darin Russell/Released)
LEMOORE, California (June 5, 2019) The first Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 "Black Knights" F-35C aircraft from Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore flown by CAPT Tommy Beau Locke from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 "Rough Raiders" flies in formation over the Sierra's with the VFMA-314 squadron F/A-18A++, flown by LtCol Cedar Hinton aircraft "passing the lead" as part of the F/A-18 Sundown with the Black Knights. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Darin Russell/Released)
LEMOORE, California (June 5, 2019) The first Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 "Black Knights" F-35C aircraft from Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore flown by CAPT Tommy Beau Locke from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 "Rough Raiders" flies in formation over the Sierra's with the VFMA-314 squadron F/A-18A++, flown by LtCol Cedar Hinton aircraft "passing the lead" as part of the F/A-18 Sundown with the Black Knights. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Darin Russell/Released)
LEMOORE, California (June 5, 2019) The first Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 "Black Knights" F-35C aircraft from Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore flown by CAPT Tommy Beau Locke from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 "Rough Raiders" flies in formation over the Sierra's with the VFMA-314 squadron F/A-18A++, flown by LtCol Cedar Hinton aircraft "passing the lead" as part of the F/A-18 Sundown with the Black Knights. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Darin Russell/Released)
MAG-11 Mission Statement

Marine Aircraft Group 11 generates, embarks, and integrates relevant, combat ready aviation forces capable of providing Offensive Air Support, Anti-Aircraft Warfare, Assault Support, Aerial Reconnaissance, and terminal area Control of Aircraft; generates critical aviation logistics support; provides 12 of the functions of Aviation Ground Support; supports the generation of squadrons assigned to Navy Carrier Airwings; trains to standard Marine Fighter/Attack Pilots and Weapons Systems Officers and Navy Strike Fighter Pilots; and prepares to deploy the Marine Aircraft Group Headquarters as a Site Command capable of generating sorties to service standard for the Marine Tactical Air Commander; all in order to ensure success in combat in support of the MAGTF and Combatant Commanders.

VMFA-314 Leaders

Lieutenant Colonel Cedar L. Hinton
Commanding Officer, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314
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Lieutenant Colonel Brendan M. Walsh
Executive Officer, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314
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Sergeant Major Lorenzo Williams Jr.
Sergeant Major, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314
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