Every squadron has a unique tale of its history and heritage, and none more so than VMFA-211. Steeped in battle honors and now leading from the front in the F-35B Lightning II program, the ‘Avengers’ have an incredible story to tell…

PLAQUE AFTER PLAQUE adorns the corridor walls. Lt Col Chad Vaughn explains their relevance as he walks proudly around his pristine squadron — known in-house as ‘the Lion’s Den’. Everyone from the youngest recruit to the squadron hierarchy wants a piece of their skipper as he shakes hands, takes salutes and personally greets — by name — every single Marine going about their daily business in this busy unit. ‘Wake Island Avengers’ badges and memorabilia are liberally applied and displayed throughout the air-conditioned splendor of this Marine Corps fighter outfit, one that is literally redefining tactical aviation for America’s ‘force in readiness’.

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