A Marine fighter attack squadron from Air Station Beaufort is heading to Japan. Families gathered Thursday to send off the pilots and crews.
"We are helping our allies in the area, our friends in the area with eyes in the air. We are supporting their military, cross training, so they understand our capabilities and we understand theirs," said Sgt. Maj. James Hagel. "The interaction is helpful, especially with different people, different countries, different cultures, interacting together. They have different weapons platforms, different aircraft, different ways of doing things. If we are ever allied in the area to combat a joint enemy, to be able to help each other out. To truly be allies."
The squadron will train in and around Japan for the next six months and then head back home to Beaufort.