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VMFA-122 “Mach Altas” – Crusader

“Remember the days when you were a “Crusader?” VMFA 122 is now called the Werewolves, but no one could forget the “Crusaders” days! These are one of a kind custom designed shirts that can only be purchased right here at tuckstencils.com. The VMFA-122 shirt is a 50/50 blend of polyester and cotton and come in 2 colors; black, & ┬áred. Black long sleeve shirts are also available.

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122 (VMFA-122) is a United States Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet squadron. The squadron, known as the “Werewolves”, is based out of Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina and fall under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 31 (MAG-31) and the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (2nd MAW). Their traditional call sign is “Nikel”. Their mascot, known as Mach Altus (after the Mach number and the Latin word for high), is a statue of a Crusades-era knight

Brief History

Prior to another squadron deployment in support of OIF later in 2008, the squadron’s commander reverted the unit to their older WWII nickname, the Werewolves.[5] The squadron began its first combat deployment in more than 30 years when it left MCAS Beaufort on August 29, 2008 for Al Asad Airbase.[6][7] The Werewolves returned from their seven month deployment on March 21, 2009.[8] In April, 2012, the new commander of VMFA-122, LtCol Wiegel, decided the squadron would henceforth revert to the “Crusaders” nickname. However, this move has caused some concern among those who believe that this nickname may be in violation of the No Establishment clauses in the Constitution which have been held by the SCOTUS to imply a separation of church and state. After the nonprofit Military Religious Freedom Foundation threatened suit over the Crusaders name and logo, the Marine Deputy Commandant for aviation directed VMFA-122 to revert the unit identification back to “Werewolves.”[9]

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