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Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 542
VMGR-542 Unit Logo
Marine Aircraft Group 14
MCAS Cherry Point, NC


Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 542 is undergoing a Headquarters Marine Corps directed transition to the F-35B Lightning II.  Once operationally capable, the unit's mission will be to locate, attack and destroy surface targets, intercept and destroy enemy aircraft, and provide electronic warfare support.


Lieutenant Colonel Brian C. Hansell
VMFA-542 Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Colonel Brian Hansell grew up outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in December of 2004 with a degree in Computer Engineering. He attended Officer Candidate School in January of 2005. After completion of The Basic School and Naval Flight Training, he reported to VFA-125, Lemoore, CA

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Sergeant Major Ian S. Gragg
VMFA-542 Command Senior Enlisted Leader

Sergeant Major Ian S. Gragg assumed his post as SgtMaj of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 542 (VMFA-542) on March 01, 2023 in Cherry Point, NC. SgtMaj Gragg is a native of Memphis, TN. He attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, SC in June 2003. Upon completion of Marine Combat Training at Camp Geiger, NC in September

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Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 542
Postal Service Center Box 8068
Cherry Point, NC 28533

SDO Desk: (252) 466-8824
SDO Cell: (252) 288-8415


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VMFA-542 readiness Coordinator

 Jeannette Young
Office: (252) 466-7680

 SSgt Thomas Combs
Office: (252) 466-7429

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