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

    CAPT Thomas Frosch

    U.S. Navy

    Flight Leader / Commanding Officer

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    Captain Thomas 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, where he earned the Rear Adm. James Morin Award as the Replacement Pilot of the Year. 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, 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 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. He was also selected for the 2010 Navy and Marine Corps Association Leadership Award.

    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 CDR Bob Flynn - Executive Officer

    CDR Bob Flynn

    U.S. Navy

    Executive Officer

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    Commander Bob Flynn is a native of Moorestown, N.J., and graduated from Moorestown High School in 1987 where he was captain of the varsity football team and lettered in track and baseball. He received a Naval Academy Foundation scholarship to attend Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas, for a post-graduate year. In 1988, he received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., where he lettered in varsity lacrosse and played sprint football. Bob graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in English in 1992 and was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy.

    Bob 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 March 1994.

    Bob 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 August 1995 he reported to Sea Control Squadron 30 (VS-30), the "Diamondcutters," Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Fla., where he served as the Squadron Legal Officer, Line Division Officer, and Quality Assurance Officer. Bob completed a Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf deployment in 1996 with the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and flew in support of Operation Decisive Endeavor in the former Yugoslavia and Operation Southern Watch in Iraq. Bob deployed in 1998 with the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) flying again in support of Operation Southern Watch in Iraq.

    In February 1999 Bob reported to Training Squadron 86 (VT-86), the "Sabrehawks," at NAS Pensacola, Fla. While at VT-86, Bob served as Assistant Student Control Officer, Strike Schedules Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer as well as Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization Evaluator. While assigned to VT-86, Bob completed a Master of Science in Management from Troy University. In 2002 Bob attended Naval War College (NWC), Newport, R.I., where he earned a master's degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. While at the NWC, Bob was selected as a Director's Fellow for the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group where he served on a team that generated concepts for the Navy's role in homeland defense after 9/11.

    Bob returned to the fleet in May 2004 as a Department Head for Sea Control Squadron 22 (VS-22), the "Checkmates," stationed at NAS Jacksonville, Fla., where he served as Safety Officer, and Maintenance Officer. The Checkmates won both the Safety "S" and "Golden Wrench" awards during his tenure. While assigned to VS-22, Bob deployed with the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and flew in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    In December 2005 Bob reported to the Navy Warfare Development Command where he served as coordinator for Air and Maritime Operations Center Doctrine. Additionally, he led a team of civilian software engineers to create a website using advanced search technologies to access Navy doctrine.

    In 2009, Bob deployed for a ground tour in Iraq as part of Joint CREW Composite Squadron ONE (JCCS-1), where he was Officer-in-Charge of JCCS-1 Headquarters for Multi-National Division South - Basra, Iraq. He led a team of Electronic Warfare Officers (EWOs) supporting the 10th Mountain and 34th Infantry Division's counter-improvised explosive device mission throughout southern Iraq.

    After his return from Iraq, Bob returned to NWC in 2010 as a military professor in the Strategy and Policy Department, providing Joint Professional Military Education to U.S. and foreign military officers as well as government civilians in a master's level program.

    Bob joined the Blue Angels as Executive Officer in November 2014. He has accumulated more than 2,500 flight hours and 400 carrier arrested landings. His decorations include the Bronze Star, two Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals, and he is qualified to wear the Basic Parachutist Badge.

  • Photograph of LT Matt Suyderhoud - Right Wing

    LT Matt Suyderhoud

    U.S. Navy

    Right Wing

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    Lieutenant Matt Suyderhoud is a native of Honolulu and graduated from Maryknoll High School in 2001 where he lettered in volleyball and water polo. He attended Saint Louis University, St. Louis, where he played ice hockey, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Science in June 2005.

    Matt reported to Officer Candidate School aboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla., in October 2005. Following his commissioning in January 2006 he reported for aviation indoctrination aboard NAS Pensacola. He completed primary flight training in the T-34C Mentor at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Fla., and transferred to NAS Kingsville, Texas, for advanced flight training in the T-45A Goshawk. He received his wings of gold in January 2008.

    Matt 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 January 2009, he reported to Strike Fighter Squadron 154 (VFA-154), the "Black Knights," at NAS Lemoore, where he served as the Legal Officer, Morale Officer, Aviation Life Support Systems/Corrosion Control/Airframes Branch Officer, Air-to-Ground Training Officer, and Landing Signals Officer (LSO). While assigned to VFA-154, Matt completed two deployments aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), and flew in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. He also participated in the multilateral international exercises Foal Eagle, Keen Sword, RIMPAC, and Northern Edge.

    Matt reported to Training Squadron 22 (VT-22), the "Golden Eagles," at NAS Kingsville, Texas, in February 2012 as an instructor pilot. While serving as an instructor pilot with the Golden Eagles, he served as Strategic Outreach Coordinator, Assistant Student Control Officer, International Military Student Liaison, Air-to-Air Phase Head, and LSO.

    Matt joined the Blue Angels in September 2014 and will serve as the Right Wing pilot in 2015 and 2016. He has accumulated more than 1,800 flight hours and has over 320 carrier arrested landings, including arrested landings on every aircraft carrier in the U.S. Navy. His decorations include, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various personal and unit awards.

  • Photograph of LT Andy Talbott - Left Wing

    LT Andy Talbott

    U.S. Navy

    Left Wing

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    Lieutenant Andy Talbott is a native of Sedan, Kan., and graduated from Sedan High School in 2002 where he lettered in Football. He attended Kansas State University (KSU), Salina, Kan., where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Airway Science in December 2005. After receiving his degree and serving as a Flight Instructor at KSU for two years, Andy reported to Officer Candidate School aboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla., and was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy.

    Andy then reported to NAS Pensacola for aviation indoctrination in April 2006. He completed primary flight training in the T-6 Texan II at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Okla., and transferred to NAS Meridian, Miss., for intermediate and advanced flight training in the T-45C Goshawk. He earned his wings of gold in February 2008.

    Andy then reported to Training Squadron SEVEN (VT-7), the "Eagles," at NAS Meridian, Miss., as an instructor pilot. Andy reported to Strike Fighter Attack Squadron 106 (VFA-106), the "Gladiators," at NAS Oceana, Va., in March 2009 for initial training in the F/A-18E Super Hornet.

    In December 2010 Andy report to Strike Fighter Attack Squadron 136 (VFA-136), the "Knighthawks," at NAS Oceana, where he served as a Landing Signals Officer (LSO), Assistant Operations Officer, AV/ARM Division Officer, Schedules Officer, Line Division Officer, Public Affairs Officer, Mess Officer, and Joint Mission Planning System Subject Matter Expert. While assigned to VFA-136, Andy completed two deployments aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65), and flew in support of Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom.

    Andy returned to VFA-106 in March 2013 as an instructor pilot. While with the Gladiators, he served also served as LSO and the Squadron Aviation Safety Officer.

    Andy joined the Blue Angels in September 2014. He has accumulated more than 1,800 flight hours and has 335 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 - Slot

    LCDR Nate Barton

    U.S. Navy

    Slot

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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, Wash., 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 Electronic Attack Squadron 129 (VAQ-129) the "Vikings." 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, and Carrier Qualifications Phase Head and Schedules Officer. Here 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 and 2014. He has accumulated more than 2300 flight hours, including 850 in the EA-6B Prowler, more than 1200 in the F/A-18 Hornet airframe, 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 LT Mark Tedrow - Lead Solo

    LT Mark Tedrow

    U.S. Navy

    Lead 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, 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 intermediate and advance flight training in the T-45A Goshawk. He received his wings of gold in August 2006.

    In November 2006, Mark 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 TWO FIVE (VFA-25), the "Fist of the Fleet," at NAS Lemoore, Calif., where he served as the Naval Air Training and Operation Procedures Standardization Officer, Public Affairs Officer, Aircraft Division Officer, Schedules Officer, Line Division Officer, and Landing Signals Officer (LSO). Mark completed deployments in the Western Pacific and Middle East aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

    In November 2010, Mark reported to Strike Fighter Squadron 122 (VFA-122), the "Flying Eagles," at NAS Lemoore as an instructor pilot. He also served as the Ground Safety Officer, Aviation Safety Officer, and LSO.

    Mark joined the Blue Angels in September 2011. He has accumulated more than 2,200 flight hours and 212 carrier arrested landings. His decorations include the Strike Flight Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various personal and unit awards.

  • Photograph of LT Ryan Chamberlain - Opposing Solo

    LT Ryan Chamberlain

    U.S. Navy

    Opposing Solo

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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.

    Ryan reported to Officer Candidate School aboard 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," at NAS Lemoore, Calif., for initial training in the F/A-18 E/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, 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 and Iraqi Freedom.

    Ryan joined the Blue Angels in September 2012 and served as the Narrator and Key Influencer pilot in 2013 and 2014. He has accumulated more than 1,700 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 Capt Jeff Kuss - Narrator

    Capt Jeff Kuss

    U.S. Marine Corps

    Narrator

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    Captain Jeff Kuss is a native of Durango, Colo., and graduated from Durango High School in 2002. He attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 2006.

    Jeff 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 July 2007. He completed primary flight training in the T-34C Turbo Mentor at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, and then continued training in the T-45A Goshawk at NAS Kingsville, Texas. He received his wings of gold in November 2009.

    Jeff then reported to Strike Fighter Squadron 125 (VFA-125), the "Rough Raiders," stationed at NAS Lemoore, Calif., for initial training in the F/A-18 A-D Hornet. In February 2011, he reported to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 312 (VMFA-312), the "Checkerboards," at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., where he served as Squadron Mess Officer, Naval Air Training and Operation Procedures Standardization Officer (NATOPS), Powerline Division Officer, and Pilot Training Officer. In July 2012, Jeff reported to the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), at NAS Fallon, Nev., and graduated in September 2012. While assigned to VMFA-312, Jeff deployed with Carrier Air Wing THREE (CVW-3) aboard the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. VMFA-312 earned the 2013 Robert M. Hanson Award as the Marine Corps Association's Fighter Attack Squadron of the Year.

    Jeff joined the Blue Angels in September 2014. He has accumulated more than 1,400 flight hours and 175 carrier arrested landings. His decorations include the Air Medal (Strike Flight), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various personal and unit awards.

  • Photograph of Capt Corrie Mays - Events Coordinator

    Capt Corrie Mays

    U.S. Marine Corps

    Events Coordinator

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    Captain Corrie Mays is a native of Marstons Mills on Cape Cod, Mass., and graduated from Barnstable High School in 1998, where she was the captain of her field hockey team, and lettered in lacrosse and field hockey. She attended the University of Georgia, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Economics and Management in 2003. After working in consulting for three years, Corrie was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in 2006 through the Officer Candidate School.

    Corrie reported to The Basic School at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., for six months and completed training in July 2007.

    Corrie then reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla., for Aviation Pre-Flight Indoctrination and completed Naval Flight Officer Training in the T-6 Texan, T-1 Jayhawk, T-39 Saberliner and the T-45 Goshawk. She received her wings of gold in November 2009.

    Corrie then reported to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 (VMFAT-101), the "Sharpshooters," at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, San Diego, for initial training in the F/A-18 Hornet. In October 2011 she reported to Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 225 (VMFA(AW)-225), the "Vikings," stationed at MCAS Miramar where she served as the Squadron's Airframes Division Officer, Ground Safety Officer, and Substance Abuse Control Officer. While assigned to VMFA(AW)-225, Corrie completed one Unit Deployment Program and one combat deployment to the Middle East Area of Operation (AO). She also served as the Air Watch Officer for 1st Marine Division (Forward), participated in the multinational exercise RIMPAC, as well as others throughout the Western Pacific and Middle Eastern AO.

    Corrie joined the Blue Angels in September 2014. She has accumulated more than 700 flight hours and earned various 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 School in 1999. He attended Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science 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 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. 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, Myanmar, 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 2,100 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 Maj Mark Hamilton - C-130 Pilot

    Maj Mark Hamilton

    U.S. Marine Corps

    C-130 Pilot

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    Major Mark Hamilton is a native of Becker, Minn., and graduated from Becker High School in 1996. He attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2000.

    Mark received his commission through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. program and reported to The Basic School at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. Upon completion, he reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla, for aviation indoctrination in January 2001. 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 advanced training where he flew the T-44 Pegasus. He received his wings of gold in May 2002.

    Mark then reported to Marine Aerial Refueling Transport Training Squadron 253 (VMGRT-253) at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, N.C., for initial training in the KC-130 Hercules. In May 2003, he reported to Marine Aerial Refueling Transport Squadron 252 (VMGR-252), "Otis," at MCAS Cherry Point, where he served as the Ground Safety Officer and Flight Duty Officer. During this tour, Mark deployed twice to Al Asad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    Mark then reported to Marine Aerial Refueling Transport Squadron 152 (VMGR-152), the "Sumos," at MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan in 2007, where he served as the Quality Assurance Officer and Assistant Maintenance Officer. During this tour he attended the Weapons and Tactics Instructor School and then became the squadron's Aircrew Training Officer.

    Following Okinawa, Mark attended Terminal Attack Control Party School and then reported to 8th Marines in Camp Lejeune, N.C., where he served as the Assistant Air Officer and deployed to the Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from January 2011 to January 2012.

    In February 2012 Mark returned to VMGR-252 to serve as the Director of Safety and Survival. He then served as the Officer in Charge for VMGR-252 Detachment Bravo, which supported the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and the newly formed Special Marine Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response. Mark was then assigned as the Operations Officer for VMGR-252.

    During his time in the fleet, Mark flew in support of numerous operations and exercises in Spain, Hawaii, Alaska, Myanmar, Wake Island, Iwo Jima, Guam, Italy, Greece, Jordan, Djibouti, Republic of the Marshall Islands, South Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and United Kingdom.

    Mark joined the Blue Angels in September 2014. He has accumulated more than 3,400 flight hours. His decorations include twelve Air Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various personal and unit awards.

  • Photograph of Capt Katie Higgins - C-130 Pilot

    Capt Katie Higgins

    U.S. Marine Corps

    C-130 Pilot

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    Captain Katie Higgins is from Severna Park, Md., and graduated from W.T. Woodson High School in 2004. She attended the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science in 2008. Katie continued her education at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., and graduated with a Masters of Arts in International Security in 2009.

    In the summer of that year, Katie reported to The Basic School at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. She then reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla., for aviation indoctrination in November 2009. She completed primary flight training in the T-6B Texan II at NAS Whiting Field, Fla., and transferred to Training Squadron 31 (VT-31) at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, for intermediate and advanced training where she flew the T-44 Pegasus. She received her wings of gold in October 2011.

    Katie reported to 2nd Marine Air Wing at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., in December 2011. For her first six months, Katie worked at the KC-130J Aircrew Training Unit, where she trained to fly the KC-130J Hercules. In May of the following year, Katie reported to Marine Aerial Refueling Transport Squadron (VMGR-252), "Otis," to begin training in the KC-130J Harvest Hercules Armament Weapons Kit. While assigned to VMGR-252, Katie deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, as well as a deployment to Africa with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis-Response, in support of contingency operations.

    During her time in the fleet, Katie has flown almost 400 combat hours. Additionally, Katie flew numerous operations and exercises in Afghanistan, Djibouti, Uganda, South Sudan, Greece, France, and Spain. Most notably, she assisted in the evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in South Sudan in January 2014.

    Katie joined the Blue Angels in September 2014. She has accumulated more than 1,000 flight hours. Her decorations include five Air Medals, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, two Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, and the NATO Medal.

  • 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 in 1988. In December 1994, following his immigration to the United States, he enlisted in the U.S. 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. While assigned to VFA-131, Declan completed a Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf deployment aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) in support of NATO operations in Bosnia and Operation Southern Watch, and the maiden "round the world" deployment aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

    Declan then reported to the Blue Angels in October 1999 where he served in the Airframes and Video work centers, as well 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. While assigned to the Blue Diamonds, he completed two deployments to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Declan then reported to Helicopter Anti-Submarine 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. While assigned to the Wolfpack, the squadron earned back-to-back Battle "E" Awards, CNO Safety Awards, and Golden Wrench Awards. Declan earned recognition in 2007 as the Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, Pacific/Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light Wing, Pacific "Maintenance Officer of the Year," and the Naval Helicopter Association "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. While assigned to CVN 70, he completed a deployment in support of Operation Unified Response, providing disaster relief following the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

    Declan then reported to Naval Special Warfare Support Activity ONE (NSWSA-1), at Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, Calif., in June 2010, as the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Maintenance Officer.

    Declan joined the Blue Angels in September 2013. He holds additional graduate degrees in Aviation Management and Aviation Safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. His decorations include two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various personal and unit awards.

  • Photograph of LCDR Joe Schwartz - Flight Surgeon

    LCDR Joe Schwartz

    U.S. Navy

    Flight Surgeon

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    Lieutenant Commander Joe Schwartz is a native of Arlington, Va., and graduated from Bishop O'Connell High School in 1998, where he established the rowing team and lettered in football. He attended the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind., where he rowed crew, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2002.

    Joe interned as a research assistant at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., and in 2003 enrolled at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Richmond, Va., to study physiology. He then attended the VCU School of Public Health and graduated with a Masters Degree in Public Health in 2005.

    In August 2005, Joe was accepted for the Navy's Health Professions Scholarship Program to study medicine at New York Medical College, Valhalla, N.Y., and graduated with an M.D. in 2009. Joe then reported to Navy Medical Center San Diego as a General Surgery Intern in June 2009. Following his internship, Joe was assigned to the North Island Branch Medical Clinic, Coronado, Calif.

    In October 2010, Joe reported to the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla., for flight surgeon training, during which he had the honor of being part of the commissioning flyover for his hometown namesake USS Arlington (LPD-24). He received his Naval Flight Surgeon wings in May 2011 and was presented with the Surgeon General's Award for his class.

    Joe reported to Electronic Attack Squadron ONE THREE TWO (VAQ-132), the "Scorpions," at NAS Whidbey Island, Wash., and deployed to Aviano Air Base Italy where his squadron engaged in flight operations over Libya that supported NATO Operation Unified Protector (OUP). He also served as Flight Surgeon for Electronic Attack Squadron 140 (VAQ-140), the "Patriots," in continued support of OUP.

    While assigned to VAQ-132, Joe completed two more expeditionary deployments. In July 2012, VAQ-132 deployed for seven months to Misawa Air Base Japan and participated in numerous exercises in South Korea, Okinawa, Guam and Australia. VAQ-132 deployed again to Misawa Air Base in February 2014 and Joe served again at multiple U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force medical clinics around the Pacific.

    Joe joined the Blue Angels in September 2014. His decorations include a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, 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 Operating Location Pacific, Ford Island, Hawaii. He then reported to Strike Fighter Squadron 22 (VFA 22), the "Fighting 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 for 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 Naval Technical Training Center, 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 Atsugi, Japan, as the Administrative Department Head.

    Phil earned a Bachelors 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.

  • Photograph of LT Greg Bollinger - Supply Officer

    LT Greg Bollinger

    U.S. Navy

    Supply Officer

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    Lieutenant Greg Bollinger is a native of Carbondale, Ill., and graduated from Carbondale Community High School in 2001. He joined the United States Marine Corps and served five years as a Meteorological Weather Technician, earning the rank of Sergeant. During his enlistment in the Marine Corps, he attended University Maryland University College Asia in Okinawa, Japan and graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. After a couple of years in the Individual Ready Reserves, Greg reported to Naval Station Newport, R.I., for Officer Candidate School and was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy in December 2008.

    Greg reported to Navy Supply Corps School, Athens, Ga., in July 2009, where he completed the Basic Qualification Course. He then reported to USS Denver (LPD 9), at Naval Base Sasebo, Japan, where he served as Food Service, Disbursing, and Sales Officer, and earned his qualification as a Surface Warfare Supply Corps Officer. During his time in the Forward Deployed Naval Forces, he completed four patrols and provided logistical, financial and support services for the Keen Sword, Cobra Gold, and Balikatan Joint Military Exercises.

    Greg reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Nine, China Lake, Calif., in January 2012. During his time there, he served as Material Control Officer, Hazardous Material Officer, Project Support Branch Deputy, Physical Readiness Control Officer, and Command Managed Equal Opportunity Manager. He qualified as a Naval Aviation Supply Officer and provided direct support of Chief of Naval Operations assigned projects related to tactics development, and operational test and evaluation of aircraft, weapons, and weapons systems.

    Greg joined the Blue Angels in September 2014. His decorations include a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, three 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 reporting for American Forces Network (AFN), Sigonella, Italy. While at AFN Signonella, she documented the multilateral international exercise Operation Noble Manta and the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Mobile Unit Eight (EODMU 8) Bronze Star award ceremony. Amber Lynn also served as a freelance journalist, including publication in 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, 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.