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 CDR Thomas Frosch - Flight Leader / Commanding Officer

    CDR Thomas Frosch

    U.S. Navy

    Flight Leader / Commanding Officer

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  • Photograph of LCDR John Hiltz - Right Wing

    LCDR John Hiltz

    U.S. Navy

    Right Wing

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  • Photograph of LCDR Nate Barton - Left Wing

    LCDR Nate Barton

    U.S. Navy

    Left Wing

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  • Photograph of Maj Brandon Cordill - Slot

    Maj Brandon Cordill

    U.S. Marine Corps

    Slot

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  • Photograph of LCDR David Tickle - Lead Solo

    LCDR David Tickle

    U.S. Navy

    Lead Solo

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  • Photograph of LT Mark Tedrow - Opposing Solo

    LT Mark Tedrow

    U.S. Navy

    Opposing Solo

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  • Photograph of LT Ryan Chamberlain - Narrator

    LT Ryan Chamberlain

    U.S. Navy

    Narrator

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  • Photograph of LCDR Michael Cheng - Events Coordinator

    LCDR Michael Cheng

    U.S. Navy

    Events Coordinator

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

    Maj A.J. Harrell

    U.S. Marine Corps

    C-130 Pilot

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

    Maj Mike Van Wyk

    U.S. Marine Corps

    C-130 Pilot

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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 LCDR Declan Hartney - Maintenance Officer

    LCDR Declan Hartney

    U.S. Navy

    Maintenance Officer

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  • Photograph of LCDR Mark DeBuse - Flight Surgeon

    LCDR Mark DeBuse

    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 Scott Adams - Supply Officer

    LT Scott Adams

    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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