Cherry Point Prowler squadron takes on new mission

Published: Friday, June 14, 2013 at 01:50 PM.

Flying the Prowler, air crews jam enemy radar and thwart efforts of enemy forces on the ground to shoot down Marine attack aircraft such as the AV-8B Harrier and F/A-18 Hornet. Prowler crews have also been known to fly missions in support of Air Force, Navy and Army aircraft.

“It’s a great responsibility. It’s a great opportunity to continue to evolve this program,” Sofge said. “It’s ours now. The Marine Corps’ got it, and we’re very proud.”

During the ceremony, the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing band played, and the two platoons of the squadron marched in formation as a pair of Prowlers framed the flightline. Gordon and Sgt. Maj. Charles F. Wright Jr. first covered the flag of VMAQ-1 and then uncovered the new flag of VMAQT-1.

“VMAQT-1 I promise you will continue that rich legacy of what was operational readiness and operational excellence and translate that into providing my fellow commanding officers of VMAQs the best air crews that they can possibly get,” Gordon said.

Capt. Calvin Smallwood came to Cherry Point from Whidbey Island, Wash. He said the Marine Corps needed to take over Prowler training from the Navy to avoid gaps in the electronic warfare mission.

“We can’t afford that,” he said, calling electronic warfare important in protecting pilots and ground forces.

Maj. Julian Flores, training officer for VMAQT-1, said the transition from Navy training to the Marine Corps eliminates time the pilots would spend in aircraft carrier training.

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