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Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122

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VMFA-122 PHOTOS
U.S. Marine Corps Col. Benjamin Hutchins, commanding officer of Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), departs the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) in an F-35B Lightning II from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 122, MAG-13, 3rd MAW, during routine training in the eastern Pacific, Oct. 7, 2019. The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps continue to combine efforts to refine and strengthen the fundamental amphibious capabilities and reinforce the Navy and Marine Corps team. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Juan Anaya)
Thirteen U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 122, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), are staged aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) as part of routine training in the eastern Pacific, Oct. 8, 2019. Integrating 3rd MAW’s combat power and capabilities while conducting realistic training is essential to generate readiness and lethality in our units. (U.S. Marine Corps photo illustration by Lance Cpl. Juan Anaya)
A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey with Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), departs the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), as part of routine training in the eastern Pacific, Oct. 8, 2019. 3rd MAW is capable of conducting missions across the range of military operations and continues to promote the defense of our nation and its interests. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Juan Anaya)
190928-N-ZQ712-1048 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 28, 2019) An F-35B Lightning II assigned to the “Flying Leathernecks” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 122 turns around on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). America is underway conducting routine operations in the eastern Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chad Swysgood)
191002-N-NJ919-2011 PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 2, 2019) Marines assigned to the “Flying Leathernecks” of Marine Fighter Squadron (VMFA) 122 perform maintenance on an F-35B Lightning II on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). America is underway conducting routine operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Walter Estrada)
191003-N-ZS023-1012 PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 3, 2019) Gunnery Sgt. Ryan Blackburn, assigned to the “Flying Leathernecks” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 122, installs components on an F-35B Lightning II in the hangar bay of the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). America is underway conducting routine operations in the eastern Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Vance Hand)
191002-N-NJ919-2012 PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 2, 2019) An F-35B Lightning II assigned to the “Flying Leathernecks” of Marine Fighter Squadron (VMFA) 122 refuels from the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). America is underway conducting routine operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Walter Estrada)
U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. John Dirk, second from left, commanding officer of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 122, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), presents the Meritorious Service Medal to Sgt. Maj. Stephen J. Lutz, during a relief and appointment ceremony on Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Oct. 17, 2019. The ceremony recognized Sgt. Maj. Lutz’s service, leadership and dedication to the unit. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jaime Reyes)
U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. John Dirk, left, commanding officer of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 122, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), receives the noncommissioned officer sword from Sgt. Maj. Stephen J. Lutz during a relief and appointment ceremony on Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Oct. 17, 2019. The ceremony recognized Sgt. Maj. Lutz’s service, leadership and dedication to the unit. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jaime Reyes)
U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. John Dirk, commanding officer of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 122, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), and outgoing sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Stephen J. Lutz salute the colors during a relief and appointment ceremony on Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Oct. 17, 2019. The ceremony recognized Sgt. Maj. Lutz’s service, leadership and dedication to the unit. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jaime Reyes)
U.S. Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 122, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), stand at Parade rest during a relief and appointment ceremony on Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Oct. 17, 2019. The ceremony recognized Sgt. Maj. Stephen J. Lutz’s service, leadership and dedication to the unit. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jaime Reyes)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Stephen J. Lutz, center, outgoing sergeant major of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 122, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), delivers his final speech during a relief and appointment ceremony on Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Oct. 17, 2019. The ceremony recognized Sgt. Maj. Lutz’s service, leadership and dedication to the unit. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jaime Reyes)
U.S. Marine Corps senior leadership with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 122, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), observe an F-35B Lightning II hover near the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) during integrated training in the Eastern Pacific, Oct. 6, 2019. Integrating 3rd MAW’s combat power and capabilities while conducting realistic training is essential to generate readiness and lethality in our units. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Juan Anaya)
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Kevin M. Iiams, commanding general of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), prepares to depart after his visit to the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) in the Eastern Pacific, Oct. 6, 2019. Integrating 3rd MAW’s combat power and capabilities while conducting realistic training is essential to generate readiness and lethality in our units. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Juan Anaya)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. John Finke is re-enlisted by Maj. Gen. Kevin M. Iiams, commanding general of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) in the Eastern Pacific, Oct. 6, 2019. Finke, from New Berlin, Illinois, is an ordnance Marine, with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 122, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd MAW. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Juan Anaya)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. John Finke is re-enlisted by Maj. Gen. Kevin M. Iiams, commanding general of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) in the Eastern Pacific, Oct. 6, 2019. Finke, from New Berlin, Illinois, is an ordnance Marine, with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 122, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd MAW. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Juan Anaya)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. John Finke is re-enlisted by Maj. Gen. Kevin M. Iiams, commanding general of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) in the Eastern Pacific, Oct. 6, 2019. Finke, from New Berlin, Illinois, is an ordnance Marine, with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 122, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd MAW. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Juan Anaya)
U.S. Marine Corps senior leadership with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 122, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), observe an F-35B Lightning II launch off the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) during routine training in the Eastern Pacific, Oct. 6, 2019. Integrating 3rd MAW’s combat power and capabilities while conducting realistic training is essential to generate readiness and lethality in our units. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Juan Anaya)
Mission Statement Under 3rd MAW

The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing's mission is to provide combat ready expeditionary aviation forces capable of short notice world wide deployment to Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF), fleet and unified commanders.

Our mission to provide well trained, organized and equipped combat ready forces remains our number one priority.

The Third Marine Aircraft Wing (3rd MAW) is comprised of Marines, sailors and civilians. We enjoy a climate of trust and cohesiveness that makes our combat organization greater than the sum of its individual parts. As a combat team, we focus on excellence and mission success. We accept nothing less than superior performance, for mediocrity has no place in aviation.

Our high standards of professional excellence are apparent in our conduct and preparation for combat. We are the epitome of professionalism in everything we do: in our work ethic, our grooming standards, in our daily behavior, and while we are enjoying well-earned liberty. We remain combat ready to conduct any mission assigned. We stay fit for duty – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Our posture for success sustains us in combat.

We are representatives of the United States of America, of our service, and of our families. Our personal interaction sets the standard by which 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing is judged. We always maintain the highest standards of professionalism and human dignity.

The action, or inaction, of any one individual plays a critical role in our preparation for combat.

Our leadership is proactive, never abusive. We thrive on challenges, seek solutions, and produce positive, timely results. We are always accountable and accept responsibility for our actions. We know the rules and regulations and abide by them. Integrity is our cornerstone, honesty is our guide, and respect for our fellow man is our creed. We will not waiver in our mission to defeat terrorism and destroy those extremists who threaten our way of life.

Excel, demand excellence, set the example, be responsible, contribute to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing success and we will make a difference as we defeat the enemies of our great country.

VMFA - 122 Leaders

Lieutenant Colonel John Dirk
Commanding Officer, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122
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