TEAM | OFFICERS

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.


#1 | CDR BRIAN C. KESSELRING | USN

// Flight Leader / Commanding Officer

CDR Brian C. Kesselring

Commander Brian C. Kesselring is a native of Fargo, North Dakota. He graduated from Concordia College, MN, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree with majors in Physics, Mathematics, and Business while also competing in basketball and track & field. Upon graduation, Brian attended Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida, where he earned his commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy in March 2001.

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#2 | LCDR JAMES HALEY | USN

// Right Wing

LCDR James Haley

Lieutenant Commander James Haley is a native of Canadian, Texas. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 2005, where he lettered in football and track. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering in 2009, and earned his commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy.

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#3 | MAJ FRANK ZASTOUPIL | USMC

// Left Wing

Maj. Frank Zastoupil

Major Frank Zastoupil is a native of Kingwood, Texas and graduated from Kingwood High School in 2005. He attended Texas A&M University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2009. Frank earned his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps through the Platoon Leaders Course in 2009 and reported to The Basic School (TBS) at Marine Corps Base (MCB) Quantico, Virginia to complete training. Following TBS, Frank was assigned to the Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning (CAOCL) for Russian language and culture training.

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#4 | LCDR JAMES COX | USN

// Slot

LCDR James Cox

Lieutenant Commander James Cox is a native of Chesapeake, Virginia, and graduated from Great Bridge High School in 2001. He attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration in 2005. Following college, he worked in Washington, D.C. in sales and consulting until 2009, when he joined the Navy and earned his commission through Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island.

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#5 | LCDR BRANDON HEMPLER | USN

// Lead Solo

LCDR Brandon Hempler

Lieutenant Commander Brandon Hempler is a native of Wamego, Kansas, and graduated from Wamego High School in 2002, where he lettered in cross country. He attended Kansas State University (KSU), Salina, Kansas, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Airway Science in May 2007. After serving as a flight instructor at KSU for a semester, Brandon reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida, for Officer Candidate School and earned his commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy.

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#6 | LCDR CARY RICKOFF | USN

// Opposing Solo

LCDR Cary Rickoff

Lieutenant Commander Cary Rickoff is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and graduated from Riverwood High School in 2005, where he lettered in baseball. He attended Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy in 2009, and earned his commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy.

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#7 | LT JULIUS BRATTON | USN

// Narrator

LT Julius Bratton

Lieutenant Julius Bratton is a native of Woodlawn, Tennessee and graduated from Northwest High School in 2007, where he lettered in football and track & field. He attended the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography in 2011, and was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy.

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#8 | LCDR ADAM KERRICK | USN

// Events Coordinator

LCDR Adam Kerrick

Lieutenant Commander Adam Kerrick is a native of Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Abington High School in 2001, where he lettered in football and lacrosse. Adam also earned the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop 72 of Overlook Hills, Pennsylvania, and served as a fireman at McKinley Fire Company, Montgomery County. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science in 2005, and earned his commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy.

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CDR TODD ROYLES | USN

// Executive Officer

CDR Todd Royles

Commander Todd Royles is a native of Willow Grove, Pa., and graduated from Upper Moreland High School in 1997. He attended Pennsylvania State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice in 2001.

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CAPT BEAU MABERY | USMC

// C-130 "Fat Albert" Pilot

Capt. Beau Mabery

Captain Beau Mabery is a native of Lompoc, California, and graduated from Lompoc High School in 2007, where he was class valedictorian and lettered in water polo, wrestling, and swimming. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles, and graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in history. Beau earned his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps through NROTC in 2011 and reported to The Basic School at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, to complete training.

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CAPT RICK ROSE | USMC

// C-130 "Fat Albert" Pilot

Capt. Beau Mabery

Captain Rick Rose is a native of Napa, California, where he graduated from Napa High School in 2007. In 2011, he graduated from California State University Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. In June 2011, Rick earned his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps through the Platoon Leaders Course Program and reported to The Basic School at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, to complete training.

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CAPT WILLIAM HUCKEBA | USMC

// C-130 "Fat Albert" Pilot

Capt. Beau Mabery

Captain William Huckeba is a native of Hoover, Alabama, and graduated from Hoover High School in 2008, where he was the School President and played football, basketball, and soccer. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, earned his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, and reported to The Basic School at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia in 2012.

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LT BRIAN ABE | USN

// Maintenance Officer

LT Brian Abe

Lieutenant Brian Abe is a native of Richardson, Texas, and graduated from Berkner High School in 1997. He enlisted with the U.S. Navy and completed basic training at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Illinois, in February 1998. Brian attended Aviation Electronics Technician “A” School in Pensacola, Florida and graduated in June 1998.

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LCDR AARON B. HICKS | USN

// Flight Surgeon

LCDR Aaron B. Hicks

Lieutenant Commander Aaron B. Hicks is a native of Federal Way, Washington, and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 2003. He attended Western Washington University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry in 2007. He was accepted into Western University of Health Sciences, where he earned his commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy in 2009, and graduated with a D.O. in 2013.

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LTJG KRISTIN A. TOLAND | USN

// Supply Officer

LTJG Kristin A. Toland

Lieutenant Junior Grade Kristin A. Toland is a native of Sedalia, Missouri, and graduated from Cole Camp High School in 2005. She enlisted in the U.S. Navy and reported to Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois, in May 2006.

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LTJG CHELSEA DIETLIN | USN

// Public Affairs Officer

LTJG Chelsea Dietlin

Lieutenant Junior Grade Chelsea Dietlin is a native of Rochester Hills, Michigan, where she graduated from Rochester Adams High School in 2008. In 2012, she graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in science, technology and environmental policy. In August 2016, Chelsea earned her commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy through Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island.

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