During the change of command event, Cmdr. Erin E. Flint, of Gloversville, New York, assumed all duties and responsibilities as the VFA 131 commanding officer from Cmdr. Samuel P. Morrison, of Lexington, Illinois.
During his time at VFA 131, the “Wildcats” were part of back-to-back deployments with the air craft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. Since arriving home the squadron has completed 7,136 maintenance actions and 198 special inspections encompassing 7,330 total man-hours. They have maintained a full flight schedule with multiple aircraft in planned maintenance. These deployments and accomplishments since arriving back at NAS Oceana won them the Battle “E” award.
“I am excited to work with the ‘Wildcat’ team,” said Flint. “We have an amazing group of people. They have been resilient and fantastic. It is an absolute pleasure to work with them.”
VFA-131 was the East Coast strike fighter squadron Battle ‘E’ award recipient for fiscal year 2021. The mission of VFA-131 is to safely and professionally provide administrative support, expert maintenance and lethal employment in order to effectively execute the full range of strike fighter missions
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