• Photograph of CDR Thomas Frosch - Flight Leader / Commanding Officer

    CDR Thomas Frosch

    U.S. Navy

    Flight Leader / Commanding Officer

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    Commander Tom Frosch is a native of Clinton Township, Mich., and graduated from Fraser High School in 1988 where he lettered in football. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., where he also lettered in football, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering in 1992, and was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy.

    Tom reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla., for aviation indoctrination in March 1993. He completed primary flight training in the T-34C Turbo Mentor at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, and completed advanced flight training in the T-45 Goshawk at NAS Kingsville, Texas. He received his wings of gold in March 1995.

    Tom then reported to Strike Fighter Squadron 106 (VFA-106), the "Gladiators," at NAS Cecil Field, Fla., for initial training in the F/A-18 Hornet. In June 1996, Tom reported to Strike Fighter Squadron 87(VFA-87), the "Golden Warriors," also at NAS Cecil Field, where he served as the Avionics/Armament Division Officer, Legal Officer, Administration Officer, Training Officer, and Landing Signals Officer (LSO). Tom completed a Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf deployment with the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) and flew in support of Operation Southern Watch, as well as a deployment with the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) where he flew in support of Operation Allied Force in Kosovo and Operation Southern Watch in Iraq. While serving with the Golden Warriors, he was named the 1999 Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic Pilot of the Year.

    In July 1999, Tom was selected to attend the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at NAS Patuxent River, Md. He graduated in December 2000 and reported to Naval Strike Aircraft Test Squadron 23 (VX-23) also stationed at NAS Patuxent River. He served as a test pilot with the Ordnance Support Team, an LSO, and Avionics/Armament Division Officer.

    Tom returned to the fleet in January 2003 as a Department Head for Strike Fighter Squadron 192 (VFA-192), the "World Famous Golden Dragons," stationed at Naval Air Facility(NAF) Atsugi, Japan, where he served as Safety Officer, Operations Officer, and Maintenance Officer. While assigned to VFA-192, Tom deployed with the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and flew in support of Operations Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom.

    Tom attended the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., in August 2005, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies, then reported to NATO at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Casteau, Belgium. During his tour, he deployed as an Individual Augmentee with the NATO International Security Assistance Force to Kabul, Afghanistan.

    Tom reported as Executive Officer of Strike Fighter Squadron 146 (VFA-146), the "Blue Diamonds," stationed at NAS Lemoore, Calif., in May 2009. He commanded the "Blue Diamonds" through a work-up cycle and Western Pacific/Arabian Gulf deployment with the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Tom joined the Blue Angels as Commanding Officer in November 2012. He has more than 3,300 flight hours and 830 carrier arrested landings. His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, two Individual Air Medals with Combat "V" (Six Strike Flight), three Navy Commendation Medals, one with Combat "V," and numerous unit, campaign, and service awards.

  • Photograph of LCDR John Hiltz - Right Wing

    LCDR John Hiltz

    U.S. Navy

    Right Wing

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    Lieutenant Commander John Hiltz is a native of Fort Mitchell, Ky., and graduated as salutatorian from Covington Catholic High School in 1998 where he lettered in basketball. He attended the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind., where he played basketball, and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in May 2002. He received his commission through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Program.

    John reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla., for aviation indoctrination in July 2002. He completed primary flight training in the T-34C Mentor at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, and transferred to NAS Meridian, Miss., for intermediate and advanced flight training in the T-2C Buckeye and the T-45C Goshawk. He received his wings of gold in August 2005.

    John then reported to Strike Fighter Squadron 122 (VFA-122), the "Flying Eagles," at NAS Lemoore, Calif., for initial training in the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. In August 2006, he reported to Strike Fighter Squadron 154 (VFA-154), the "Black Knights," at NAS Lemoore, where he served as the Aviation Electronics Technician Branch Officer, Mission Planning Officer, Public Affairs Officer, Morale Officer, Avionics/Armament Division Officer, Forward Air Controller (FAC-A), and Landing Signals Officer (LSO). While assigned to VFA-154, John completed two deployments aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and flew in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He also participated in the multilateral international exercises Valiant Shield, Foal Eagle, and Northern Edge.

    John reported to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 101 (VMFAT-101), the "Sharpshooters," at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, Calif., in December 2009 for transition to the F/A-18C/D Hornet. While serving as an instructor pilot with the "Sharpshooters," he served as Schedules Officer, Assistant Transition Phase Head, T-34C Mentor pilot, FAC-A, and LSO.

    John joined the Blue Angels in September 2011 and served as the Right Wing pilot in 2012 and 2013. He has accumulated more than 2,300 flight hours and has 320 carrier arrested landings. His decorations include a Strike Flight Air Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various personal and unit awards.

  • Photograph of LCDR Nate Barton - Left Wing

    LCDR Nate Barton

    U.S. Navy

    Left Wing

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    Lieutenant Commander Nate Barton is a native of Hummelstown, Pa., and graduated from Lower Dauphin High School in 1998 where he lettered in basketball, track and field, and cross-country. He attended the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., where he played basketball, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Logistics in May 2002, and was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy.

    Nate reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla., for aviation indoctrination in October 2002. He completed primary flight training in the T-34C Mentor at NAS Whiting Field, Fla., and transferred to NAS Meridian, Miss., for intermediate and advanced flight training in the T-2C Buckeye and T-45C Goshawk. He earned his wings of gold in August 2005.

    Nate then reported to Electronic Attack Squadron 129 (VAQ-129), the "Vikings," at NAS Whidbey Island, Wash., for initial training in the EA-6B Prowler. In August 2006, he reported to Electronic Attack Squadron 135 (VAQ-135), the "Black Ravens," at NAS Whidbey Island, where he served as Landing Signals Officer (LSO), Assistant Operations Officer, Aircraft Division Officer, and Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization Officer. While assigned to VAQ-135, Nate completed two deployments aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68), and flew in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. He also participated in several international exercises with Indian, Japanese, Republic of Singapore, and South Korean Air and Naval Forces. While assigned to VAQ-135, he was awarded the Debartolomeo Leadership award and the 2009 Landing Signals Officer of the Year award for the Electronic Attack community.

    Nate reported to Strike Fighter Attack Squadron 106 (VFA-106), the "Gladiators," at NAS Oceana, Va., in July 2009 for initial training in the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. In May 2010, he returned to NAS Whidbey Island as an Instructor Pilot in VAQ-129. He was among the initial cadre of instructors who began the Electronic Attack Community transition from the EA-6B Prowler to the new EA-18G Growler. While at VAQ-129, he served as the LSO, Carrier Qualifications Phase Head, and Schedules Officer. He was also recognized as the 2012 EA-18G Instructor Pilot of the Year.

    Nate joined the Blue Angels in September 2012 and served as the Left Wing pilot in 2013. He has accumulated more than 1,800 flight hours, including 850 in the EA-6B Prowler and more than 800 in the F/A-18 Hornet and 325 carrier arrested landings. His decorations include a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various personal and unit awards.

  • Photograph of Maj Brandon Cordill - Slot

    Maj Brandon Cordill

    U.S. Marine Corps

    Slot

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    Major Brandon Cordill is a native of Hemet, Calif., and graduated from Hemet High School in 1998, where he played AAA ice hockey for the San Diego Jr. Gulls. He attended Parks College of Saint Louis University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science in 2002.

    Brandon received his commission after completion of Officer Candidate School and reported to The Basic School (TBS), at Marine Corps Base (MCB) Quantico, Va., in January 2004. He reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla., for aviation indoctrination in July 2004. He completed primary flight training in the T-34C Turbo Mentor at NAS Whiting Field, Fla., and transferred to NAS Kingsville, Texas, for advanced flight training in the T-45A Goshawk. He received his wings of gold in June 2006.

    Brandon then reported to Strike Fighter Squadron 106 (VFA-106), the "Gladiators," at NAS Oceana, Va., for initial training in the F/A-18 Hornet. In July 2007, he reported to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122 (VMFA-122), the "Werewolves," at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Beaufort, S.C., where he served as the Classified Material Control Officer, Squadron Mess Officer, Powerline Division Officer, Airframes Division Officer, Ground Safety Officer, Naval Air Training and Operation Procedures Standardization Officer, Flight Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer. While assigned to VMFA-122, Brandon deployed to Iraq and flew in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    He then reported to the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), at NAS Fallon, Nev., and graduated in March 2010. Brandon again deployed with the "Werewolves" to Afghanistan in November 2010, where he flew in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The squadron earned the 2009 Robert M. Hanson Award as the Marine Corps Association's Fighter Attack Squadron of the Year.

    Brandon joined the Blue Angels in September 2011 and served as the Left Wing in 2012 and as the Slot pilot in 2013. He has accumulated more than 2,000 flight hours. His decorations include eight Strike Flight Air Medals, a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various personal and unit awards.

  • Photograph of LCDR David Tickle - Lead Solo

    LCDR David Tickle

    U.S. Navy

    Lead Solo

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    Lieutenant Commander David Tickle is a native of Birmingham, Ala., and graduated from Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School in 1998. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering in 2002, and was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy.

    David reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla., for aviation indoctrination in July 2002. He completed primary flight training in the T-34C Turbo Mentor at NAS Whiting Field, Fla., and transferred to NAS Meridian, Miss., for intermediate and advanced flight training in the T-2C Buckeye and T-45C Goshawk. He received his wings of gold in April 2005.

    David then reported to Strike Fighter Squadron 106 (VFA-106), the "Gladiators," at NAS Oceana, Va., for initial training in the F/A-18C Hornet. In February 2006, he reported to Strike Fighter Squadron 136 (VFA-136), the "Knighthawks," also at NAS Oceana, where he served as the Squadron Mess Officer, Public Affairs Officer, Aircraft Division Officer, Naval Air Training and Operation Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) Officer, Assistant Schedules Officer, Air to Air Weapons and Tactics Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, and Landing Signals Officer (LSO). While assigned to VFA-136, David completed deployments aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65), and flew in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Upon completion of his second deployment, David transitioned along with VFA-136 to the F/A-18E Super Hornet.

    David reported to Training Squadron 9 (VT-9), the "Tigers," at NAS Meridian, Miss., in February 2009. While serving as an instructor pilot with the "Tigers," he served as the Instructor Under Training Standardization Officer and LSO.

    David joined the Blue Angels in September 2010 and served as the Narrator and VIP pilot in 2011, the Opposing Solo pilot in 2012, and the Lead Solo pilot in 2013. He has accumulated more than 2,450 flight hours and 261 carrier arrested landings. His decorations include two Strike Flight Air Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various personal and unit awards.

  • Photograph of LT Mark Tedrow - Opposing Solo

    LT Mark Tedrow

    U.S. Navy

    Opposing Solo

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    Lieutenant Mark Tedrow is a native of Charleroi, Pa., and graduated from Charleroi Area High School in 2000, where he lettered in football and basketball. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., where he played football, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in History in May 2004 and was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy.

    Mark reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla., for aviation indoctrination in June 2004. He completed primary flight training in the T-34C Mentor at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, and transferred to NAS Kingsville, Texas, for advanced flight training in the T-45A Goshawk. He received his wings of gold in August 2006.

    Mark then reported to Marine Strike Fighter Squadron 101 (VMFAT-101), the "Sharpshooters," at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, Calif., for initial training in the F/A-18C Hornet. In November 2007, he reported to Strike Fighter Squadron 25 (VFA-25), the "Fist of the Fleet," stationed at NAS Lemoore, Calif., where he served as the Naval Air Training and Operation Procedures Standardization Officer (NATOPS), Public Affairs Officer, Aircraft Division Officer, Schedules Officer, Line Division Officer, and Landing Signals Officer (LSO). While assigned to VFA-25, Mark completed deployments in the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Mark reported to Strike Fighter Squadron 122 (VFA-122), the "Flying Eagles," at NAS Lemoore, Calif., in November 2010. While serving as an instructor pilot with the "Flying Eagles," he served as the Ground Safety Officer, Aviation Safety Officer and LSO.

    Mark joined the Blue Angels in September 2011 and served as the Narrator and VIP pilot in 2012, and as the Opposing Solo pilot in 2013. He has accumulated more than 1,800 flight hours and 212 carrier arrested landings. His decorations include the Strike Flight Air Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various personal and unit awards.

  • Photograph of LT Ryan Chamberlain - Narrator

    LT Ryan Chamberlain

    U.S. Navy

    Narrator

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    Lieutenant Ryan Chamberlain is a native of Bloomington, Ill., and graduated from Central Catholic High School in 2002. He attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill., and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management in 2003. After flying for commercial airlines for two years, Ryan was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy in 2006 through Officer Candidate School.

    Ryan reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla., for aviation indoctrination in July 2006. He completed primary flight training in the T-34C Turbo Mentor at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, and transferred to NAS Kingsville, Texas, for advanced flight training in the T-45A Goshawk. He received his wings of gold in November 2008.

    Ryan then reported to Strike Fighter Squadron 122 (VFA-122), the "Flying Eagles," stationed at NAS Lemoore, Calif., for initial training in the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. In October 2009, he reported to Strike Fighter Squadron 14 (VFA-14), the "Tophatters," at NAS Lemoore, where he served as the Public Affairs Officer, Aircraft Division Officer, Line Division Officer, Naval Air Training and Operation Procedures Standardization Officer (NATOPS), Assistant Operations Officer, and Landing Signals Officer. While assigned to VFA-14, Ryan completed deployments in the Western Pacific and Middle East aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

    Ryan joined the Blue Angels in September 2012 and served as the Narrator and VIP pilot in 2013. He has accumulated more than 1,400 flight hours and 300 carrier arrested landings. His decorations include two Strike Flight Air Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various personal and unit awards.

  • Photograph of LCDR Michael Cheng - Events Coordinator

    LCDR Michael Cheng

    U.S. Navy

    Events Coordinator

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    Lieutenant Commander Michael Cheng is a native of San Francisco and graduated from Saint Ignatius College Preparatory in 1991. He attended the University of California, Irvine, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1996. After working in management for four years, Michael was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy in 2001 through Officer Candidate School.

    Michael reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla., for aviation indoctrination and completed Naval Flight Officer Training in the T-34C Mentor, T-39G/N Saberliner, and the T-2C Buckeye. He received his wings of gold in June 2002.

    Michael then reported to Sea Control Squadron 41 (VS-41), the "Shamrocks," at NAS North Island, Calif., for initial training in the S-3B Viking. In May 2003, he reported to Sea Control Squadron 21 (VS-21), the "Redtails," at Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi, Japan, where he served as the Squadron Legal Officer. While assigned to VS-21, Michael completed multiple Western Pacific deployments with the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). He also participated in the multilateral international exercise Foal Eagle.

    Michael reported to Electronic Attack Squadron 129 (VAQ-129) the "Vikings," at NAS Whidbey Island, Wash., in March 2005 for transition training in the EA-6B Prowler as an Electronic Counter-Measures Officer. He reported to Electronic Attack Squadron 140 (VAQ-140), the "Patriots," in April 2006, where he served as the Ground Safety Officer, Personnel Officer, Avionics/Armament Division Officer, and Quality Assurance Officer. During this tour he was selected for the 2010 Jim Dee Award. Michael completed three deployments with the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, (CVN 69) flying 73 combat missions totaling more than 425 hours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and supported Operation Iraqi Freedom from Al Asad airfield in Iraq.

    Michael reported to Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif., in March 2010 as the Deputy Operations Officer and Aviation Safety Officer. In June 2012, Michael graduated from Norwich University, Vt., with a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance.

    Michael joined the Blue Angels in September 2012. He has accumulated more than 1,765 flight hours and 343 carrier arrested landings. His decorations include three Air Medals (Strike/Flight), a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various personal and unit awards.

  • Photograph of Maj A.J. Harrell - C-130 Pilot

    Maj A.J. Harrell

    U.S. Marine Corps

    C-130 Pilot

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    Major A.J. Harrell is a native of Frederick, Md., and graduated from New Life Christian School in 1998, where he lettered in basketball. He attended Anderson University, Anderson, Ind., where he participated in the athletic training program and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology in 2002.

    A.J. received his commission through the Platoon Leaders Class-Combined program and reported to The Basic School at Marine Corps Base (MCB) Quantico, Va. He then reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla., for aviation indoctrination in November 2004. He completed primary flight training in the T-34C Turbo Mentor at NAS Whiting Field, Fla., and transferred to Training Squadron 31 (VT-31) at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, for intermediate and advanced flight training where he flew theT-44 Pegasus. He received his wings of gold in August 2006.

    A.J. then reported to the 314th Airlift Wing’s C-130 "Center for Excellence" at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., for initial training in the C-130 Hercules. He reported to Marine Aerial Refueling Transport Squadron 152 (VMGR-152), the "Sumos," in April 2007, at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma in Okinawa, Japan, where he served as the Adjutant, Flight Duty Officer, and the Loadmaster Section Officer in Charge. He participated in numerous operations and exercises, including Operation Sea Angel II, Operation Caring Response, Talon Vision, Cobra Gold, Air Warrior Karat, and Northern Edge.

    A.J. was selected to attend Expeditionary Warfare School at MCB Quantico, Va., in August 2010 and graduated in August 2011. During his time in the fleet A.J. flew numerous operations and exercises in Australia, Burma, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Republic of Marshall Islands, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Wake Island, Guam, Iwo Jima, and Hawaii.

    A.J. joined the Blue Angels in September 2011. He has accumulated more than 1,400 flight hours. His decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various personal and unit awards.

  • Photograph of Maj Mike Van Wyk - C-130 Pilot

    Maj Mike Van Wyk

    U.S. Marine Corps

    C-130 Pilot

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    Major Mike Van Wyk is a native of Orland Park, Ill., and graduated from Carl Sandburg High School in 1999. He attended Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, Ill., and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Theology in 2003.

    Mike received his commission through the Platoon LeadersClass program and reported to The Basic School (TBS) at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. He then reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla., for aviation indoctrination in July 2003. He completed primary flight training in the T-34C Turbo Mentor at NAS Whiting Field, Fla., and transferred to Training Squadron 31 (VT-31) at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, for intermediate and advancedtraining where he flew the T-44 Pegasus. He received his wings of gold in August 2005.

    Mike then reported to Marine Aerial Refueling Transport Training Squadron 253 (VMGRT-253), the "Titans," at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, N.C., for initial training in the KC-130 Hercules. He reported to Marine Aerial Refueling Transport Squadron 152 (VMGR-152), the "Sumos," in July 2006, at MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, where he served as the Legal Officer, Future Operations Officer, and Assistant Maintenance Officer. During his tour, Mike deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

    Mike then reported to 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion at Camp Lejeune, N.C., in November 2010, where he served as a Forward Air Controller and deployed to the Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in support of OEF. During his time in the fleet, Mike has flown more than 300 combat hours. Additionally, Mike flew numerous operations and exercises in Alaska, Australia, Bangladesh, Burma, Guam, Hawaii, Iwo Jima, Japan, Pago Pago, the Philippines,the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Wake Island.

    Mike joined the Blue Angels in September 2012. He has accumulated more than 1,500 flight hours. His decorations include four Air Medals, a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, the Combat Action Ribbon, and various personal and unit awards.

  • Photograph of Maj Dusty Cook - C-130 Pilot

    Maj Dusty Cook

    U.S. Marine Corps

    C-130 Pilot

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    Major Dusty Cook is a native of East Bernard, Texas, and graduated from East Bernard High in 1999. He attended Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 2003.

    Dusty received his commission through the Officers Candidate Course program and reported to The Basic School at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. He then reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla., for aviation indoctrination in November 2004. He completed primary flight training in the T-34C Turbo Mentor at NAS Whiting Field, Fla., and transferred to Training Squadron 31 (VT-31) at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, for intermediate and advanced training where he flew the T-44 Pegasus. He received his wings of gold in April 2006.

    Dusty then reported to Marine Aerial Refueling Transport Squadron 152 (VMGR-152), the "Sumos," at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, for initial training in the KC-130 Hercules, where he served as the Legal Officer, Airframes Officer in Charge, Flight Duty Officer, and Logistics Officer.

    Dusty then reported to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, N.C., in October 2009, where he served as a Forward Air Controller, and deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Dusty reported to 2nd Marine Air Wing (MAW) at MCAS Cherry Point, N.C., in July 2010. For his first year, Dusty worked at the KC-130J Aircrew Training Unit, training the newest fleet KC-130J aviators, and on the 2nd MAW Commanding General’s Operations staff as the Aviation Transport Coordination Officer.

    In July of the following year, Dusty reported to Marine Aerial Refueling Transport Squadron (VMGR-252), "Otis," to begin training in the KC-130J Harvest Hercules Armament Weapons Kit (HAWK). While assigned to VMGR-252, Dusty deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, as well as a deployment to North Africa in support of contingency operations.

    During his time in the fleet, Dusty has flown more than 900 combat hours. Additionally, Dusty flew numerous operations and exercises in Afghanistan, Australia, Burma, Djibouti, Guam, Hawaii, Indonesia, Italy, Iwo Jima, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, and Wake Island.

    Dusty joined the Blue Angels in September 2013. He has accumulated more than 1,800 flight hours. His decorations include twelve Air Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, and various personal and unit awards.

  • Photograph of LCDR Declan Hartney - Maintenance Officer

    LCDR Declan Hartney

    U.S. Navy

    Maintenance Officer

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    Lieutenant Commander Declan Hartney is a native of Limerick, Ireland, and graduated from Copsewood Salesian Secondary School, Co. Limerick, in 1988. In December 1994, following his immigration to the United States, he enlisted in the Navy and completed basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

    Declan completed Aviation Structural Mechanic (Structures) "A" School at Naval Aviation Technical Training Center Millington, Tenn., and reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Fla., for Fleet Readiness Aviation Maintenance Personnel (FRAMP) school for F/A-18 Aviation Hydraulic/Structures Mechanic course. Upon completion of FRAMP, he reported to Strike Fighter Squadron 131 (VFA-131), the "Wildcats," where he served in the First Lieutenant, Line, and Airframes divisions.

    Declan then reported to the Blue Angels in October 1999 where he served in the Airframes and Video work centers, and as a Jet Assisted Take-Off (JATO) Safety Observer. While assigned to the Blue Angels, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University and was selected to attend Officer Candidate School at Naval Aviation Schools Command, Pensacola, Fla.

    Declan was commissioned an Ensign in June 2001. After completing the Naval Aviation Maintenance Program Manager’s Course, Declan transferred to Strike Fighter Squadron 146 (VFA-146), the "Blue Diamonds," at NAS Lemoore, Calif., where he served as Material Control Officer, Aircraft Division Officer, and Line Division Officer.

    Declan then reported to Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron 45 (HSL-45), the "Wolfpack," at NAS North Island, San Diego, Calif., in January 2005 where he served as Material Control Officer, Maintenance/Material Control Officer, and Assistant Maintenance Officer. Declan earned recognition in 2007 as the Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, Pacific COMHSLWINGPAC Maintenance Officer of the Year, and the Naval Helicopter Association (NHA) Maintenance Officer of the Year.

    Declan reported to the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., in January 2008, where he served as Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department Quality Assurance Officer, IM-2 Division Officer and qualified as a Professional Aviation Maintenance Officer.

    Declan then reported to Naval Special Warfare Support Activity ONE, at Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, Calif., in June 2010, as the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Maintenance Officer.

    Declan joined the Blue Angels in September 2013. His decorations include three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various personal and unit awards.

  • Photograph of LCDR Mark DeBuse - Flight Surgeon

    LCDR Mark DeBuse

    U.S. Navy

    Flight Surgeon

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    Lieutenant Commander Mark DeBuse is a native of Longmont, Colo., and graduated from Skyline High School in 1992. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in 1996, and was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy.

    Mark reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla., for primary and intermediate flight training and in July 1997, he reported to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 120 (VAW-120), the "Grey Hawks," at NAS Norfolk, Va., for advanced training in the E-2C Hawkeye. He received his wings of gold in June 1998.

    Mark then reported to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 112 (VAW-112) the "Golden Hawks" at NAS Point Mugu, Calif., where he served as the Squadron Legal Officer, Scheduling Officer, and Quality Assurance Officer. While assigned to VAW-112, Mark completed deployments with USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) to the Western Pacific and the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch and NAS Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, in support of counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.

    Mark reported to Annapolis, Md., in May of 2001 as Special Assistant and Speechwriter to the 56th Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy and later assumed duties as Flag Secretary to the Superintendent. In June 2003, he completed the Leadership Education and Development curriculum and earned a Master of Science degree in Leadership and Human Resource Development from the Naval Post Graduate School. He then served as the 20th Company Officer and as a leadership and ethics instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy.

    Mark reported to the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in July 2004 as a Tactical Action Officer. In March 2005 he was selected for the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program and returned to school to attend Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington. He earned his Doctor of Medicine in 2009 and then reported to the Naval Aerospace Medicine Institute in Pensacola, Fla., for training as a flight surgeon. Mark received his Naval Flight Surgeon wings in May 2011.

    Mark reported to Commander, Carrier Air Wing Nine (CVW-9) at NAS North Island, Calif., in June 2011as a dual-designated Naval Flight Officer and Flight Surgeon. While assigned to CVW-9, Mark deployed with the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), and provided medical care to more than 1,800 Sailors in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.

    Mark joined the Blue Angels in September 2012. He holds additional graduate degrees from the Naval War College and from Georgetown University. He has accumulated more than 1,100 flight hours and 200 carrier arrested landings and his decorations include an Air Medal (Strike/Flight), three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals and various personal and unit awards.

  • Photograph of LTJG Phil Harper - Administrative Officer

    LTJG Phil Harper

    U.S. Navy

    Administrative Officer

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    Lieutenant Junior Grade Phil Harper is a native of Chicago and graduated from Roberto Clemente High School in 1997. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in November 1997 and completed Basic Training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

    Phil completed Yeoman "A" School at Naval Technical Training Center (NTTC), Meridian, Miss., and upon completion reported to Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) Operating Location Pacific, Ford Island, Hawaii. He then reported to Strike Fighter Squadron 22 (VFA-22), the "Redcocks," at Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore, Calif., in January 2002. While assigned to VFA-22, Phil deployed on USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Phil was also selected as the 2004 VFA-22 Junior Sailor of the Year.

    Phil reported to Anti-Submarine Warfare Force, Third Fleet (CTF-34), Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in July 2005, where he was selected as the 2006 CTF-34 Junior Sailor of the Year. Phil completed Yeoman "C" School at NTTC, Meridian, Miss., and reported to Commander, Navy Region Hawaii, Commander, Naval Surface Group, Middle Pacific.

    Phil was selected for the Navy’s Limited Duty Officer Program and received his commission in May 2011. Phil then reported to Strike Fighter Squadron 195 (VFA-195), the "Dambusters," at Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi, Japan, as the Administrative Department Head.

    Phil earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, in April 2011.

    Phil joined the Blue Angels in September 2013. His decorations include three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, Joint Service Achievement Medal, five Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various personal and unit awards.

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    LT Scott Adams

    U.S. Navy

    Supply Officer

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    Lieutenant Scott Adams is a native of Omaha, Neb., and graduated from Millard North High School in 2001. He attended Hastings College, Hastings, Neb., where he played soccer and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration in 2005. Scott then reported to Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla., for Officer Candidate School and was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy in May 2007.

    Scott reported to Navy Supply Corps School, in Athens, Ga., in September 2007, where he completed the Basic Qualification Course. He then reported to Fleet Industrial Supply Center Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Greece, in April 2008, where he served as the Assistant Supply Officer and provided logistics, business, and support services to the Navy, Coast Guard and Military Sealift Command, as well as other joint and allied forces.

    Scott reported to USS Nimitz (CVN 68), at Naval Base San Diego in July 2009, where he served as Hazardous Material Officer, Stock Control Assistant, and Supply Quality Assurance Officer. He completed a Western Pacific/Arabian Gulf deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and qualified as Naval Aviation Supply Officer and Surface Warfare Supply Corps Officer.

    Scott joined the Blue Angels in September 2011. His decorations include two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals and various personal and unit awards.

  • Photograph of LTJG Amber Lynn Daniel - Public Affairs Officer

    LTJG Amber Lynn Daniel

    U.S. Navy

    Public Affairs Officer

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    Lieutenant Junior Grade Amber Lynn Daniel is a native of Ramona, Calif., and graduated from Julian High School in 1999, where she lettered in cheerleading and softball. She attended Southern Oregon University, Ashland, Ore., where she was selected for the Churchill Honors Scholar program. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Writing and a minor in Interdisciplinary Ethics in 2004.

    Upon graduation she was hired as morning show producer of KOBI/NBC-5 News, Medford, Ore. She was promoted to weekday reporter/weekend producer in 2005, and produced regular weekday features for FOX-26. In January 2006 she was promoted to lead weekday reporter and host of NBC-5 Pet Talk.

    Amber Lynn then moved abroad to Italy and reported for American Forces Network (AFN), Sigonella. While at AFN Sigonella, she documented the multilateral international exercise Operation Noble Manta and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Eight (EODMU 8) Bronze Star award ceremony. Amber Lynn also served as a freelance journalist for newspapers, magazines, and online community journals across the country.

    Amber Lynn was then selected for commissioning as a Public Affairs Officer. She attended Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I., and was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy in June 2011. She then reported to the Defense Information School in Fort Meade, Md., where she completed the Public Affairs Officer Qualification Course. Amber Lynn reported to the Navy Office of Diversity and Inclusion in September 2011. She then reported as the Assistant Public Affairs Officer for the Chief of Naval Personnel, overseeing public affairs for the 21st Century Sailor Office and Military Personnel Plans and Policy.

    Amber Lynn reported to the Blue Angels in September 2013. Her decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various personal awards.