Officers: United Officers, Their Roles and Responsibilities

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Blue Angels Officers

Roles & Responsibilities

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A total of 16 officers voluntarily serve with the Blue Angels. Each year the team typically selects three tactical (fighter or fighter/attack) jet pilots, two support officers and one Marine Corps C-130 pilot to relieve departing members.

The Chief of Naval Air Training selects the "Boss," the Blue Angels Commanding Officer. Boss must have at least 3,000 tactical jet flight-hours and have commanded a tactical jet squadron. The Commanding Officer flies the Number 1 jet.

Career-oriented Navy and Marine Corps jet pilots with an aircraft carrier qualification and a minimum of 1,250 tactical jet flight-hours are eligible for positions flying jets Number 2 through 7. The Events Coordinator, Number 8, is a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) or a Weapons Systems Officer (WSO) who meets the same criteria as Numbers 2 through 7. The Marine Corps pilots flying the C-130T Hercules aircraft, affectionately known as "Fat Albert," must be aircraft commander qualified with at least 1,200 flight hours.

Career-oriented officers specializing in maintenance, administration, aviation medicine, public affairs and supply fill support positions. The Blue Angels base their selection of officers on professional ability, military bearing and communication skills. Blue Angels officers are well-rounded representatives of their fleet counterparts.

Demonstration pilots, the Events Coordinator, Maintenance Officer and Flight Surgeon serve two years with the squadron. The other officers typically serve three years with the team. Blue Angels officers return to the fleet after their tours of duty.

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

    CAPT Thomas Frosch

    U.S. Navy

    Flight Leader / Commanding Officer

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  • Photograph of CDR Bob Flynn - Executive Officer

    CDR Bob Flynn

    U.S. Navy

    Executive Officer

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  • Photograph of LT Matt Suyderhoud - Right Wing

    LT Matt Suyderhoud

    U.S. Navy

    Right Wing

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  • Photograph of LT Andy Talbott - Left Wing

    LT Andy Talbott

    U.S. Navy

    Left Wing

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  • Photograph of LCDR Nate Barton - Slot

    LCDR Nate Barton

    U.S. Navy

    Slot

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  • Photograph of LT Mark Tedrow - Lead Solo

    LT Mark Tedrow

    U.S. Navy

    Lead Solo

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  • Photograph of LT Ryan Chamberlain - Opposing Solo

    LT Ryan Chamberlain

    U.S. Navy

    Opposing Solo

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  • Photograph of Capt Jeff Kuss - Narrator

    Capt Jeff Kuss

    U.S. Marine Corps

    Narrator

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  • Photograph of Capt Corrie Mays - Events Coordinator

    Capt Corrie Mays

    U.S. Marine Corps

    Events Coordinator

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  • Photograph of Maj Dusty Cook - C-130 Pilot

    Maj Dusty Cook

    U.S. Marine Corps

    C-130 Pilot

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  • Photograph of Maj Mark Hamilton - C-130 Pilot

    Maj Mark Hamilton

    U.S. Marine Corps

    C-130 Pilot

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  • Photograph of Capt Katie Higgins - C-130 Pilot

    Capt Katie Higgins

    U.S. Marine Corps

    C-130 Pilot

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  • Photograph of LCDR Declan Hartney - Maintenance Officer

    LCDR Declan Hartney

    U.S. Navy

    Maintenance Officer

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  • Photograph of LCDR Joe Schwartz - Flight Surgeon

    LCDR Joe Schwartz

    U.S. Navy

    Flight Surgeon

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  • Photograph of LTJG Phil Harper - Administrative Officer

    LTJG Phil Harper

    U.S. Navy

    Administrative Officer

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  • Photograph of LT Greg Bollinger - Supply Officer

    LT Greg Bollinger

    U.S. Navy

    Supply Officer

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  • Photograph of LTJG Amber Lynn Daniel - Public Affairs Officer

    LTJG Amber Lynn Daniel

    U.S. Navy

    Public Affairs Officer

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