VMA-542 Patch


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This VMA-542 Patch represents Marine Attack Squadron 542 which is a USMC fixed wing attack squadron that consists of AV-8B Harrier jets. VMA- 542 is transitioning to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 542.

The squadron is based at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina and falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 14 and the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. The patch displays the squadrons ‘Tiger Cat’ or ‘Hell Cat’ with two bolts of lightning.

Marine Corps VMA-542 Patch Features

  • Iron-on Adhesive Backing so that you can either sew or iron on the patch to your uniform, pack, or any other type of material.
  • Patch measures approximately 4″ in.

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point – MCAS Cherry Point 

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point (MCAS Cherry Point) is located in Havelock, North Carolina. It’s a key airfield of the USMC. Commissioned in 1942, it serves as the home of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. Initially authorized in 1941, the base has played significant roles from World War II through modern conflicts.

During WWII, Cherry Point trained Marines for the Pacific theater and served as a base for anti-submarine operations. In the Korean and Vietnam Wars, it provided trained aviators and maintenance personnel. Cherry Point contributed notably to Operation Desert Storm with multiple squadrons and support units.

Post WWII, the base was transferred from the Navy to the Marines and underwent several name changes, reflecting its evolving role. Notably, Cherry Point was also used by the United States Air Force for radar operations in the 1950s and 1960s.

The base’s facilities include a 7,800-foot runway and accommodate a variety of units, including Marine Aircraft Group 24 and Combat Logistics Company 33. MCAS Cherry Point played a key part in Operation Enduring Freedom and continues to be an essential facility for Marine Corps aviation training and operations. The base also notably served as an emergency landing site for Space Shuttle launches and hosted multinational military exercises like Bold Quest.

Currently, MCAS Cherry Point hosts several Marine Corps and Navy units, playing a vital role in military aviation and logistics. The base’s extensive history and ongoing strategic importance underscore its key role in U.S. military operations both domestically and globally.

Additional information

Weight .02 lbs
Dimensions 3.25 × 4.25 × .125 in