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2017 NAS Jax Air Show 3 On behalf of the Naval Air Station Jacksonville team, it is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to our 2017 NAS Jax Air Show showcasing the Navys Flight Demonstration Team, e Blue Angels. is annual event is highly anticipated by the local community, and continues to thrill the many aviation enthusiasts who journey here each year to witness the awesome aviation skills of our talented performers. e air show not only entertains our community, but also serves to showcase the pride and professionalism of our young men and women who have chosen to serve this great nation as a member of the armed forces. I encourage you to take the opportunity to tour the ight line static displays and see rst-hand the wide variety of military aircraft represented this year, including the P-8A Poseidon, MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and the MH-60R Romeo helicopter. Additionally youll see nationally and internationally renowned civilian aviators perform breathtaking aerial acrobatics over our aireld. e Jacksonville community remains a steadfast partner to our military and continues to make Jacksonville one of the most sought after assignments in the Navy. It is because of this celebrated partnership that our military continues to thrive and grow alongside this wonderful community that we are so privileged to call home. On behalf of the entire NAS Jacksonville team, I hope that you enjoy the event, and ask that you continue to keep our service men and women who are deployed throughout the world, in your thoughts as you enjoy the sights and sounds of freedom in the skies. SEAN P. HALEY Captain, U.S. Navy Commanding Ocer DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY NAVAL AIR STATION JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA 32212 5000 IN REPLY REFER TO: DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY NAVAL AIR STATION JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA 32212 5000 IN REPLY REFER TO:


4 2017 NAS Jax Air Show Contents ABOUT THIS SECTION 2017 NAS Jax Air Show is a special advertising section provided by the Military Publications Department of The Florida Times-Union. The section was coordinated and edited by Military Publications Publisher Ellen Rykert. The section was designed by Military Publications designer George Atchley. Material, information and photographs used in this section was provided by NAS Jacksonville, the Blue Angels, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the aerobatic teams, unless otherwise credited. Captain Sean P. Haley, Commanding Officer, Naval Air Station Jacksonville .................. 3 Mayor Lenny Curry ......................... 4 Mark Nusbaum, President, Times-Union Media ...... 4 Schedule of Events ......................... 6 History of NAS Jax Air Show .................. 8 Making of an Air Show ...................... 10 Matt Chapman ........................... 14 Historic Blue Angels Photo .................. 15 242 ND Birthday, United States Navy ............. 14 Sean Tucker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 2017 Blue Angels Team .................. 20-21 Blue Angels Frequently Asked Questions ...... 22-26 Meet the Blue Angels . . . . . . . . . 28-32 242 ND Birthday, United States Marines . . . . . 33 Matt Younkin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Patty Wagstaff ........................... 34 Randy Ball .............................. 36 Rob Holland ............................. 36 Bob Carlton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Skip Stewart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 History of Veterans Day ..................... 39


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6 2017 NAS Jax Air Show Friday, Nov. 3 (Practice Air Show Not open to the public) & Saturday, Nov. 4 10:15 AM10:27 AM SOCOM Flag Jump 10:28 AM10:36 AM Sean Tucker Teaser 10:37 AM10:45 AM Matt Chapman Teaser 10:46 AM10:54 AM Rob Holland Teaser 10:55 AM11:03 AM Skip Stewart Teaser 11:04 AM11:12 AM Patty Wagstaff Teaser 11:13 AM11:23 AM AF Heritage Flight 11:24 AM11:34 AM Matt Chapman 11:35 AM11:45 AM Jet Truck 11:46 AM11:58 AM Randy Ball 11:59 AM12:11 PM Bob Carlton 12:12 PM12:25 PM Matt Younkin 12:37 PM12:49 PM Rob Holland 12:50 PM1:02 PM Lee Lauderback 1:02 PM1:12 PM F-15 Fly Over 1:13 PM1:28 PM Skip Stewart 1:28 PM1:38 PM Jet Truck 1:39 PM1:49 PM P-3 & P8 1:50 PM2:05 PM Patty Wagstaff 2:06 PM2:26 PM SOCOM Para Commandos 2:27 PM2:39 PM Matt Chapman/Rob Holland 2:40 PM2:55 PM Sean Tucker 3:00 PM5:00 PM U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron The Blue Angels Sunday, Nov. 5 10:15 AM10:27 AM Socom Flag Jump 10:28 AM10:36 AM Patty Wagstaff Teaser 10:37 AM10:45 AM P-3 & P8 10:46 AM10:54 AM Jet Truck 10:55 AM11:03 AM Randy Ball 11:04 AM11:12 AM Matt Chapman 11:13 AM11:23 AM AF Heritage 11:24 AM11:34 AM Rob Holland 11:35 AM11:45 AM Bob Carlton 11:46 AM11:58 AM Matt Younkin 11:59 AM12:11 PM Lee Lauderback 12:12 PM12:25 PM Skip Stewart 12:50 PM1:02 PM Jet Truck 1:02 PM1:12 PM F-15 Fly Over 1:13 PM1:28 PM Patty Wagstaff 1:28 PM1:38 PM Socom Para Commandos 1:39 PM1:49 PM Chapman / Holland 1:50 PM2:05 PM Sean Tucker 2:06 PM2:26 PM U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron The Blue Angels NAS Jax Air Show 2017 Schedule of Events Performance times are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.


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8 2017 NAS Jax Air Show By Ron Willamson NAS Jacksonville Historian Air shows have been a large part of the aviation history of Jacksonville and for the Navy. Probably the rst display from the station site was in 1918, when JN4 Jenny biplanes and Curtiss Hydroaeroplanes, based at the station with the Earl Dodge aviation training camp, ew over Jacksonville to celebrate the end of World War I. e very rst air show held on the site was actually during the early 1930s, while under the control of the Florida Na tional Guard. e highlight of the show was an aircraft loop, one that shocked the crowd! e rst Navy show was held on the occasion of the stations fth anniversary on October 15, 1945. World War II had just ended and the station threw open the gates so the citizens of Jacksonville could see the aircraft that helped win the war. Vice Admiral Marc A. Mitscher was the principle speaker at the ceremo nies for the fth anniversary and special invited guest for the air show. is was the only show held at the station in which the Blue Angles would not perform, as they had not yet been formed. But NAS Jackson ville remains one of only three loca tions in which the Blue Angels have own shows in every type of aircraft the team has used. Air shows were held at the station with regularity until 1973. After that year, air shows for the Navy shifted to Naval Air Station Cecil Field which remained the main Jacksonville location until NAS Jacksonvilles 50th Anniversary in 1990. From 1990 to 1997, air shows alternated between NAS Jackson ville and NAS Cecil Field. With the closure of NAS Cecil Field, NAS Jacksonville held three consecutive air shows from 1998-2000. In 2001, Jacksonville Beach held their rst air show and now alternates every other year with NAS Jacksonville to host the annual event. Below is a chro nology of air shows held at NAS Jacksonville since the installation was commissioned in 1940. e air show in 1945 saw Vice Admiral (VADM) Marc Mitscher as the special VIP guest. Seven other air shows have since been dedicated to special VIPs. On October 15, 1960 the second wife of Admiral John Towers was in attendance when he was honored, as the aireld was dedicated after her late husband for all of his major contributions to Naval Aviation. e stations 25th Silver Anniversary Air Show was dedicated to VADM Robert Goldthwaite. He was in charge of Aviation Training at NAS JAX from 1941-1943 and later served as Com mander, Fleet Air Jacksonville from 1962-1965. On October 15, 1990 the air show was dedicated to local Congress man Charles Bennett, and October 16, 1990, to Mr. Alexander Breast, whose rm in 1943 built a large number of the buildings at the sta tion. Roy M. Butch Voris, Captain USN (Retired) was invited as the VIP guest for the October 26-27, 1996 air show. Butch was honored for his eorts in forming the original Flight Exhibition Team as well as being the rst team leader of the Blue Angels named while based at NAS Jacksonville in 1946. On November 2, 2000, Butch Voris was again the special invited VIP guest and during his visit the installations Air Terminal was dedi cated with his name. He continued to be our VIP guest for the 2002 and 2004 air shows. Captain Voris passed away in 2005 and he will al ways be remembered as Boss One. In 2006, Raleigh Dusty Rhodes, Commander, USN (Retired) was the featured VIP guest. CDR Rhodes was the third team leader of the Blue Angels while the team was based at NAS Jacksonville Air Show History NAS Jax Air Shows Past, Present & Future Date Featured Act(s) October 15, 1945 None June 7, 1946 Blue Angels (Private show for September 29, 1946 Blue Angels November 8, 1948 Blue Angels May 8, 1949 Blue Angels August 29, 1950 Blue Angels (30 th December 7, 1952 Blue Angels (Pearl Harbor Tribute) October 25, 1959 Blue Angels October 14-16, 1960 Blue Angels th Anniversary) October 15-16, 1961 Blue Angels (Golden Anniversary of Naval Aviation) October 15, 1963 Blue Angels November 1, 1964 Blue Angels October 15, 1965 Blue Angels th Anniversary) July 11, 1971 Blue Angels November 3-4, 1973 Blue Angels October 13-14, 1990 Blue Angels th Anniversary) October 31-November 1, 1992 Blue Angels September 24-25, 1994 Blue Angels October 26-27, 1996 Blue Angels th Anniversary) October 24-25, 1998 Blue Angels November 5-7, 1999 Blue Angels October 15-16, 2000 Blue Angels th Anniversary) November 1-2, 2002 Blue Angels October 30-31, 2004 Blue Angels October 28-29, 2006 Blue Angels th Anniversary) October 25-26, 2008 Blue Angels October 23-24, 2010 Blue Angels th Anniversary) November 5-6, 2011 Blue Angels (Centennial of Naval Aviation) October 25-26, 2014 Blue Angels November 4-5, 2017 Blue Angels Tentative Future Air Shows October 27-28, 2018 Blue Angels 2020 2021 (Blue Angels 75 th Anniversary) U.S. Navy Photo Thousands of guests walk the Naval Air Station Jacksonville flight line viewing static display aircraft during the 1952 air show. See HISTORY, Page 9


2017 NAS Jax Air Show 9 NAS Jacksonville, and he lead the team move to NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, in October 1948. Additionally, not only was the Blue Angels patch used today designed by CDR Rhodes but he was also the ight leader that transitioned the team into the jet age. In 2008 and 2010, Al Taddeo, Commander, USN (Retired) was our special VIP guest. CDR Taddeo, the last surviving pilot of the original Blue Angels team, ew the original number three plane when the team ew F6F Hellcats. CDR Taddeo had not returned to NAS Jacksonville since being here as a Squad ron Commander in Fighter Squadron 43 (VF-43) in 1954. e 2011 Air Show celebrated e Centennial of Naval Aviation. Once again Al Taddeo and his wife Joan were our air show VIP guests for this special anniversary commemorating 100 years of Naval Aviation excellence here at NAS Jackson ville! e scheduled 2013 Air Show was cancelled due to govern ment sequestration eorts. e Blue Angels announced their season would terminate early; with their last air show own at NAS Key West on March 24, 2013. e NAS Jacksonville scheduled 2013 October air show was then rescheduled for 2014. Although NAS Jacksonville celebrated their 75th Golden Anniversary in 2015, it was not possible to have an air show due to a massive $51.9M runway renovation project. e runway was ocially opened on June 27, 2016 and air shows were once again scheduled starting in 2017. Spectators gather around a Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft during the Naval Air Station Jacksonville Air Show in 1945. The aircraft were used for antisubmarine, patrol bombing, convoy escorts, search and rescue operations and cargo transport during World War II. They were retired from military operations in the 1980s but are still used today for aerial firefighting operations. U.S. Navy Photo Air show enthusiasts check out an F7F Tigercat during the Naval Air Station Jacksonville Air Show in 1945. The Tigercat was a heavy fighter aircraft serving with the United States Navy and Marine Corps from late in World War II until 1954. U.S. Navy Photo HISTORY From Page 8


10 2017 NAS Jax Air Show By Julie M. Lucas U.S. Navy air shows involve many moving parts, which include planning and coordi nating hundreds of tasks --from those who schedule the performers to those who direct trac and clean up after each days events. For the 2017 NAS Jax Air Show, scheduled for Nov. 4-5, a diverse team of professionals join together with a shared vision to create what is expected to be two spectacular days of high-ying entertainment for hundreds of thousands of spectators. Nov. 3 is scheduled to be a dress rehearsal that is open to all active duty personnel, Reservists, retirees and their families -as well asschool children. Historically, nearly 5,000 school-aged chil dren have attended the rehearsal air show. Senior leadership from NAS Jax, including Air Operations, Morale, Welfare and Rec reation (MWR), and Security Departments along with local military and civilian organi zations, have spent more than a year planning and preparing for the 2017 show. A successful air show hinges upon preci sion planning and eciency in execution, beginning with a properly organized air show committee, said Cmdr. David Cordova, NAS Jax assistant operations ocer and air show coordinator. e entire committee has worked ex tremely hard over the last 12 months to ensure the success of this air show. Cordova is not new to air shows, but this is his rst time as air show coordinator. ankfully we have numerous individuals from previous years events still attached to the command and the base, Cordova said. eir prior experience has been invaluable throughout this entire planning process. Sponsorship plays an important role in the success of an air show. NAS Jaxs MWR De partment is active from the beginning of the planning process to make sure the nancial support is there to put together a successful air show. In January we started this process of sign ing up sponsors for the show, said Morgan Kehnert, MWR marketing and sponsorship director. In order to support the air show nancially including paying the performers, fuel for the jets and selling advertising to help us get the word out about the show, sponsorship and vendors are crucial. If you do not have spon sors, you will not have a successful show. For Gary Loth, NAS Jax Security Depart ment air show coordinator, planning and communication has been his focus since he became involved with the event six months ago. We havent done an air show in a few years, said Loth. And for some of the of cers, this is their rst time working this event. e rst thing I did was to reach out to those who have been involved in the air show previously, contact outside agencies, and get everyone together to work out all the details. Several local agencies are working with the NAS Jax Security Department to help provide force protection measures that have been established to meet numerous air show safety and security requirements. We are grateful for all the support we get from the local law enforcement community and other agencies, said Loth. We open up our base to the community and we have to maintain its safety. A success ful show is one with no injuries. Everyone comes on the base, enjoys the show and leaves safely. e air show will host civilian and military performers and also feature static displays of military aircraft from the 1940s all the way to the modern era. is years civilian performers are the best in the air show industry and are truly some of the most entertaining pilots in the world, said Cordova. ey range from highly dynamic acrobatic performances to daredevil wing walkers to the always crowd pleasing 300-mph jet school bus. We will also be showcasing the Navys aviation legacy through the performances of the F4U-5NL Corsair and the A-4 Skyhawk. e Air Forces F-22 Demonstration Team will also perform precision aerial maneuvers to demonstrate the unique capabilities of the worlds only operational fth-generation ghter aircraft.ey also team up with the A-10 Warthog and P-51 Mustang to present the Air Force Heritage ight,said Cordova. e air show supports NAS Jaxs distinct heritage as being the Birthplace of the Blue Angels in 1946. is years air show features the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, who will take to the air at 3 p.m. on Satur day and Sunday for an unforgettable aerial performance. Considering that NAS Jax has not hosted an air show in three years, said Cordova, I an ticipate the weekend crowd to be at or above 200,000 spectators. Photo by Kaylee LaRocque Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) Air Show Volunteer Coordinator Lt. Cmdr. Al Dozier (left) discusses logistics and job requirements with a group of Sailors from the station and tenant commands who are volunteering for the event. The 2017 NAS Jax Air Show will be held Nov. 4-5. For more information, go to Multiple organizations come together to make 2017 air show a success


2017 NAS Jax Air Show 11 Photo by AZ3 Sarah Morris Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) Morale, Welfare and Recreation Marketing and Publicity Director Morgan Kehnert prepares the 2017 NAS Jax Air Show posters for distribution to commands and facilities around the station. The show will feature numerous military and civilian acts including the Navy Flight Demonstration Team The Blue Angels.


12 2017 NAS Jax Air Show Patty Wagstaff Page 34 Matt Younkin Page 34 Skip Stewart Page 37


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14 2017 NAS Jax Air Show Matt is recognized as an extraordinary aerobatic pilot who thrills millions of airshow fans each sum mer. He began ying aerobatics in 1984 and quickly worked his way up to the highest level of competi tion aerobatics the Unlimited category. Recognized for his skills, he won one of only ve slots on the U.S. Unlimited Mens Aerobatic Team in 1996 and 1998. At the 1998 World Aerobatic Championships (WAC), Matt was the highest-ranking American pi lot, nishing third in the world with a bronze medal. He led the Mens Team to a silver medal. Along with this impressive nish came the coveted Hilliard Trophy, awarded to the highest nishing U.S. pilot at the WAC. Matt also won the prestigious International Aero batic Club Championships in 1994 and the Fond du Lac Cup in 1995. Matts exciting competition aerobatics led him to airshow performing. Matt is both a solo performer and is the ight leader of the 4CE formation aero batic team. Matt is also a respected airline captain at a major US based air carrier with tens of thousands of ight hours. In addition to all that, Matt is a respected voice in the airshow business, with a reputation for safety and diligence. Matt enjoys building and ying radiocontrolled aircraft of all types. M A TT C HAPMAN Extra 330LX The Extra 330LX is a two-seat, tandem arrangement, low-wing aerobatic monoplane with conventional (tail dragger) landing gear, offering exceptional aerobatic performance. Aircraft Dimensions Wingspan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26.3 ft / 8.0 m Length . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22.8 ft / 6.9 m Height . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.6 ft / 2.6 m Wing Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115.2 ft / 10.7 m . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . + /10 g Weights Typ. Equipped Empty Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.455 lbs / 660 kg MTOW Normal Category (+6 / -3g) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.095 lbs / 950 kg MTOW Two-Pilot Acro (+8 / -8g) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.918 lbs / 870 kg MTOW Single-Pilot Acro (+10 / -10g) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.808 lbs / 820 kg Airspeeds Never Exceed Speed (Vne) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220 kts Maneuvering Speed (Va) (Acro) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158 kts Stall Speed at 1.808 lbs / 820 kg (Vs) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 kts Stall Speed at 2.095 lbs / 950 kg (Vs) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 kts Fuel Total Capacity .................................................... 49.9 gal / 189 ltr Usable Fuel ...................................................... 49.4 gal / 187 ltr Usable Fuel Acro Tanks Only . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17.7 gal / 67 ltr


2017 NAS Jax Air Show 15 Photo courtesy of Ron Williamson Blue Angels pilots promotional photo, Pensacola, 1957 On Friday, October 13, 1775, meeting in Philadelphia, theContinental Congress voted to t out two sailing vessels, armed with ten car riage guns, as well as swivel guns, and manned by crews of eighty, and to send them out on a cruise of three months to intercept transports carrying munitions and stores to the British army in America. is was the original legislation out of which the Continental Navy grew and as such constitutes the birth certicate of the navy. To understand the momentous signicance of the decision to send two armed vessels to sea under the authority of the Continental Congress, we need to review the strategic situation in which it was made and to consider the political struggle that lay behind it. Americans rst took up arms in the spring of 1775, not to sever their relationship with the king, but to defend their rights within the British Empire. By the autumn of 1775, the British North American colonies from Maine to Georgia were in open rebellion. Royal govern ments had been thrust out of many colonial capitals and revolutionary governments put in their places. e Continental Congress had assumed some of the responsibilities of a central government for the colonies, created a Conti nental Army, issued paper money for the support of the troops, and formed a committee to negoti ate with foreign countries. Continental forces captured Fort Ticonderoga on Lake Champlain and launched an invasion of Canada. In October 1775 the British held superiority at sea, from which they threatened to stop up the colonies trade and to wreak destruction on sea side settlements. In response, a few of the states had commissioned small eets of their own for defense of local waters. Congress had not yet au thorized privateering. Some in Congress worried about pushing the armed struggle too far, hoping that reconciliation with the mother country was still possible. Yet, a small coterie of men in Congress had The birth of the United States Navy Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nathan Wilkes Sailors celebrate the U.S. Navy's 241st birthday aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) Oct. 12, 2016. Wasp was deployed with the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. See NAVY BIRTHDAY, Page 18


16 2017 NAS Jax Air Show SEAN D. TUCKER Whether hes climbing one of the Seven Summits, heli-skiing, or ying his aerobatic dream machine, Sean D. Tucker is an aviation leader with a full-throt tle attitude who inspires others to pursue their passions. Sean has been ying airshows worldwide since the mid-70's and has won numerous aerobatic competitions. In that time, he has own more than 1,275 performances at more than 525 airshows, in front of more than 135 million fans. e level of professionalism and discipline in Seans airshows is no coinci dence. He practices his airshow routine three times every day. To endure the extreme physical demands of each routine, Sean maintains a rigorous physical training schedule, working out more than 340 days per year. Named as one of the Living Legends of Flight, Sean is a member of an elite group of aviators and astronauts that includes General Jimmy Doolittle, General Chuck Yeager, and John Glenn. When asked about ying airshows, Sean responds, "I like to think that I bring the fans' dreams of ying into the plane with me and there's nowhere I'd rather be than in the cockpit. at's why I train so hard to keep a nely tuned edge." In addition to being a phenomenal aviator, Sean is also a larger than life char acter who inspires millions of Americans. And he is passionate about the Team Oracle program. His goal is to "share the magic of ight with Team Oracle's guests by inspiring and thrilling them. I want them to go away saying that the airshow was one of the most engaging days of their lives." National Aviation Hall of Fame Inductee International Aviation Air and Space Hall of Fame Inductee Named One of the 25 Living Legends of Flight by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Chairman of the Experimental Aircraft Associa Honorary member of the U.S. Air Force Thun derbirds, U.S. Navy Blue Angels, Royal Canadian Snowbirds, Brazilian Air Force Smoke Squadron, U.S. Army Golden Knights U.S. Air Force Gathering of Eagles General Charles E. Yeager International Aeronau tical Achievements Award Living Legend in Aviation Award World Airshow Federation Champion The Bill Barber Award for Airshow Showmanship U.S. National Advanced Aerobatic Champion Sky Bites for more than two years. More than half of Sean's maneuvers have never been duplicated by another aerobatic pilot. inverted within 5 feet of the support plane carrying photographers. than 100 mph. Sean is the only pilot to perform a triple ribbon feet off the ground, at 220 mph in right knife-edge inverted. ~ teamoracle/sean-tucker


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18 2017 NAS Jax Air Show been advocating a Continental Navy from the outset of armed hostilities. Foremost among these men was John Adams, of Massachusetts. For months, he and a few others had been agitating in Congress for the establishment of an American eet. ey argued that a eet would defend the seacoast towns, protect vital trade, retaliate against British raiders, and make it possible to seek out among neutral nations of the world the arms and stores that would make resistance possible. Still, the establishment of a navy seemed too bold a move for some of the timid men in Con gress. Some southerners agreed that a eet would protect and secure the trade of New England but denied that it would that of the southern colonies. Most of the delegates did not consider the break with England as nal and feared that a navy implied sovereignty and independence. Others thought a navy a hasty and foolish chal lenge to the mightiest eet the world had seen. e most the pro-navy men could do was to get Congress to urge each colony to t out armed vessels for the protection of their coasts and harbors. en, on 3 October, Rhode Islands delegates laid before Congress a bold resolution for the building and equipping of an American eet, as soon as possible. When the motion came to the oor for debate, Samuel Chase, of Maryland, at tacked it, saying it was the maddest Idea in the World to think of building an American Fleet. Even pro-navy members found the proposal too vague. It lacked specics and no one could tell how much it would cost. If Congress was yet unwilling to embrace the idea of establishing a navy as a permanent measure, it could be tempted by short-term opportunities. Fortuitously, on 5 October, Congress received intelligence of two English brigs, unarmed and without convoy, laden with munitions, leaving England bound for Quebec. Congress immediately appointed a committee to consider how to take advantage of this opportu nity. Its members were all New Englanders and all ardent supporters of a navy. ey recom mended rst that the governments of Massachu setts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut be asked to dispatch armed vessels to lay in wait to intercept the munitions ships; next they outlined a plan for the equipping by Congress of two armed vessels to cruise to the eastward to intercept any ships bearing supplies to the British army. Congress let this plan lie on the table until 13 October, when another fortuitous event occurred in favor of the naval movement. A letter from General Washington was read in Congress in which he reported that he had taken under his command, at Continental expense, three schooners to cruise o Massachusetts to intercept enemy supply ships. e commander in chief had preempted members of Congress reluctant to take the rst step of tting out warships under Continental authority. Since they already had armed vessels cruising in their name, it was not such a big step to approve two more. e committees proposal, now appearing eminently reasonable to the reluctant members, was adopted. e Continental Navy grew into an important force. Within a few days, Congress established a Naval Committee charged with equipping a eet. is committee directed the purchasing, outtting, manning, and operations of the rst ships of the new navy, drafted subsequent naval legislation, and prepared rules and regulations to govern the Continental Navys conduct and internal administration. Over the course of the War of Independence, the Continental Navy sent to sea more than fty armed vessels of various types. e navys squadrons and cruisers seized enemy supplies and carried correspondence and diplomats to Europe, returning with needed munitions. ey took nearly 200 British vessels as prizes, some o the British Isles themselves, contributing to the demoralization of the enemy and forcing the British to divert warships to protect convoys and trade routes. In addition, the navy provoked diplomatic crises that helped bring France into the war against Great Britain. e Continental Navy began the proud tradition carried on today by our United States Navy, and whose birthday we celebrate each year in October. ~ NAVY BIRTHDAY From Page 15 Photo by Lt. Christopher Hanson Sailors attached to Resolute Support Mission celebrated the Navy's 241st Birthday with a commemorative event in the Destille Garden in Kabul, Afghanistan last year. More than 200 people from different service branches and various NATO countries attended the ceremony which featured Deputy Chief Staff Security Assistance and Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan commanding general, Maj. Gen. Rick Kaiser as the Guest of Honor and Capt.(SEAL) Grant Staats as the guest speaker.


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20 2017 NAS Jax Air Show # 1 Captain Ryan Bernacchi United States Navy Flight Leader/Commanding Officer # 2 Lieutenant Damon Kroes United States Navy Right Wing # 3 Lieutenant Commander Nate Scott United States Navy Left Wing # 4 Lieutenant Commander Lance Benson United States Navy Slot # 5 Commander Frank Weisser United States Navy Lead Solo # 6 Lieutenant Tyler Davies United States Navy Opposing Solo 2017 BLUE ANGELS


2017 NAS Jax Air Show 21 # 7 Lieutenant Brandon Hempler United States Navy Narrator # 8 Lieutenant Dave Steppe United States Navy Events Coordinator # 9 Commander Matt Kaslik United States Navy Executive Officer Lieutenant Colonel Mark Hamilton United States Marine Corps C-130 Fat Albert Pilot Major Mark Montgomery United States Marine Corps C-130 Fat Albert Pilot Major Kyle Maschner United States Marine Corps C-130 Fat Albert Pilot 2017 BLUE ANGELS


22 2017 NAS Jax Air Show BLUE ANGELS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 1) What is the mission of the Blue Angels? e mission of the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through ight demonstrations and community outreach. 2) What are the policies / requirements governing back seat ights in the num ber 7 jet? e Blue Angels typically provide three backseat ights at each show site for selected personnel. All three riders y with the Number 7 pilot in the two-seat jet. Two of those riders are selected from the Key Inuencer (KI) program and one rider is a credentialed media representative. e KI program selects individ uals who shape attitudes and opinions of youth in their communities. KIs may be experts in their eld, public gures, leaders of youth organizations, teachers, guidance counselors or school administrators. ey are not always the person at the top of an organization, but rather individuals that have an impact on recruit ing youth and/or a specic target audience. Flying these candidates, in coordination with media presence, is intended to promote the Navy and Marine Corps as professional and exciting organizations in which to serve. To be selected as a Key Inuencer, you must rst be nominated by a commanding ocer of a Navy or a Marine Corps recruiting district. For more information, contact your local recruiter or air show. 3) Who authorized establishment of the Blue Angels? e Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, ordered the establishment of the team on April 24, 1946. 4) Where did the name Blue Angels originate? e name was picked by the original team when they were planning a show in New York in 1946. One of them came across the name of the citys famous Blue Angel nightclub in the New Yorker Magazine. 5) Where was the Blue Angels rst air show? Craig Field, Jacksonville, Florida, on June 15, 1946. 6) Why dont the Navy Blue Angels and the Air Force underbirds y together? Current Department of Defense policy states the use of military aviation demonstra tion teams is for recruiting purposes; therefore the teams usually do not y within 150 miles of each other without special permission. Each demonstration team showcases U. S. military aviation capabilities to the public separately to maximize Navy or Air Force recruiting eorts. However, the Blue Angels or underbirds often perform with the U. S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, or the U.S. Navy Parachute Team, the Leapfrogs. 7) On average, how many people view the Blue Angels each year? An estimated 11 million spectators view the squadron during air shows each year. Additionally, the Blue Angels visit more than 50,000 people a show season (March through November) during school and hospital visits. 8) What are the basic requirements for becoming a Blue Angel demonstration pilot? Each applicant must be career-oriented, carrier-qualied, active-duty Navy or Marine Corps tactical jet pilot with a minimum of 1,250 ight hours. 9) How many Blue Angels demonstra tion pilots have there been? Including the 2017 season, there have been 261 demonstration pilots and 36 Flight Lead ers/Commanding Ocers. 10) Do the Blue Angels pilots go through the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN)? Some current and former Blue Angels pilots have gone through TOPGUN; however, it is not a prerequisite. 11) How do you determine where to hold an air show? Each September, the Department of De fense receives hundreds of requests to hold air shows featuring the Navy Blue Angels. After the Department of Defense screens requests for basic eligibility, requests are forwarded to the Blue Angels Commanding Ocer. e squadron reviews each air show request, considering input from the Chief of Naval Information and Navy Recruiting Command. In December, the Blue Angels Events Coor dinator, along with Navy and Department of Defense ocials, meet at a scheduling confer ence for nal considerations and approval. 12) How does someone become a Blue Angel demonstration pilot? Navy and Marine Corps pilots meeting the basic requirements submit an applica tion directly to the team via the Applications Ocer. Applicants visit the squadron at scheduled show sites early in the show season to observe the team rsthand. Finalists are se lected mid-season and interviewed at the Blue Angels squadron in Pensacola, Florida. e new demonstration pilots and support ocers are selected by unanimous vote. e Chief of Naval Air Training selects the Flight Leader/ Commanding Ocer. 13) What happens if a Blue Angel dem onstration pilot is ill or hurt? Safety is paramount for every demonstra tion. Each pilot is responsible for good health and safety; however, the Blue Angels Flight Surgeon will medically disqualify a pilot if one should become ill or injured. Should the Flight Leader/Commanding Ocer be grounded for medical purposes, the demonstration will be canceled. 14) Why dont the Blue Angels main tain a spare pilot? With the number of practice hours required to safely y a demonstration, a spare pilot could not be utilized eectively. Each pilot must complete 120 training ights during winter training in order to perform a public demonstration safely. e teamwork required for the high-speed, low-altitude ying in the Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel M. Young U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, Delta pilots perform the Delta Break Out at the Sea and Sky Spectacular 2016 in year. See FAQ, Page 23


2017 NAS Jax Air Show 23 Windshield Repair & Water Repellant & Wiper Blades Power Window & Door Window Repair & Mirrors & Glass Shelving Glass Glass We handle all of your glass needs. BUSINESS HOME CAR tight Blue Angel formation takes hundreds of hours to develop. A substitute pilot would not have enough time in the formation to do this safely. 15) Why dont the pilots wear G-suits? G-suits are designed with air bladders (pockets) that inate and deate to keep a pilots blood from pooling in the pilots legs while executing sharp, unpredicted combat maneuvers. Unlike combat ying, the Blue An gels demonstration pilots know the maneuvers they will y prior to execution, so each pilot knows when one will be experiencing heavy gravitational forces. Anticipating the changes in gravitational forces allows the Blue Angels demonstration pilots to combat G-forces with muscle contractions. Additionally, G-suits would detrimentally impact ight safety.e Boeing F/A-18s control stick is mounted between the pilots legs. e Blue Angels have a spring tensioned with 40 pounds of pressure installed on the control stick that gives the pilot a false feel. is allows the pilot mini mal room for un-commanded movement. e pilots rest their right arms on their thighs for support and stability while ying. erefore, inating and deating air bladders in a G-suit would interrupt this support and stability, causing un-commanded aircraft movement. 16) How many Blue Angels have made ag rank? Fourteen former Blue Angels have made ag rank. e ag ocers include: 1. RADM E. L. Feightner (ret.), #5, 1952 2. RADM W. Lewis Chatham (ret.), #5, 1952 3. RADM W. A. Gureck (ret.), #2/4, 195556 4. RADM Ernest Christensen (ret.), #3/4, 1969-70 5. RADM Jim Maslowski (ret.), #3/4, 1970-71 6. VADM Tony Less (ret.), #1, 1974-75 7. RADM William E. Newman (ret.), #1, 1978-79 8. RADM Dennis Wisely (ret.), #1, 198081 9. BGEN Mark Bircher, #2, 1985-1987 10. RADM David Anderson, #5/6/7, 198587 11. VADM Pat Walsh, #3/4, 1985-87 12. RADM Doug McClain, #3/4, 1988-90 13. RADM P. D. Moneymaker (ret.), #1, 1989-90 14. RDML Patrick Driscoll, #1, 1999-2000 17) Have any Blue Angels become astronauts? CDR Chuck Brady, Flight Surgeon, 198990. 18) What is the average age of a Blue Angels pilot? e pilots average age is 33 years old. 19) How is the enlisted, support and maintenance team selected? BLUE ANGELS FA Q CONT. F ROM PA GE 22 Photo by MC2 Edward Guttierrez III The U.S. Navy flight demonstration team, the Blue Angels, fly in formation over Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NAS JRB) during the New Orleans Air Show 2017. NAS JRB New Orleans hosted its first air show since 2011. See FAQ, Page 24


24 2017 NAS Jax Air Show BLUE ANGELS FA Q CONT. F ROM PA GE 23 Each applicant is selected from a pool of applicants that can ll upcoming job vacancies. e team accepts applications from all aviation and support ratings. All applicants are interviewed and spend ve days with the team either in Pensacola or at a show site. Exceptions to the above are made for applicants who are on deployment or overseas. For more information, please see the application message under How to Apply. 20) What is the average age of the enlisted, support and maintenance team? e average varies slightly; how ever, it is approximately 26 years old. 21) Are the Blue Angels the best of the best? e Blue Angels are representa tives of the excellence and profes sionalism found throughout the eet. Each Blue Angel team member is an ambassador and representative of their eet counterparts. 22) How long is a Blue Angel tour of duty? Ocers on the team generally serve two to three years, while the enlisted personnel serve three to four years. Each member, both ocers and enlisted, return to the eet after completing a tour with the Blue Angels. 23) How many Marines serve in the squadron? ere are 13 Marines on the 2017 team. ere are three C-130 pilots and four enlisted aircrew in Fat Albert Airlines. ere are six enlisted on the jet maintenance team. 24) How many females are in the team? e number of females varies each year. e 2017 team has 14 enlisted women and 1 nancial technician on the team. 25) How do team members deal with the time away from home? Individuals are made aware that they will be away from home a lot before they volunteer for duty with the team, and are selected based on their ability to cope with not only family separation, but with a strenuous practice and show sched ule. Additionally, the Navy, Blue Angels, and civilian communities at Pensacola, Fla., and El Centro, Calif., provide a family-type support network. 26) Do any of the Blue Angels get extra pay? No. Each member of the squadron volunteers for duty with the Blue Angels. Due to extreme competi tion at all levels, each individual feels especially honored to be associated with the team. 27) What is considered mini mum visibility for a Blue Angel performance? To be able to perform, the Blue Angels must have at least three nau tical miles of visibility horizontally from centerpoint, and a minimum cloud ceiling of 1,500 feet, which the FAA can waive to 1,000 feet. At these minimums, the Blue Angels can perform a limited number of maneuvers in what is called a at show. When the ceiling is at least 4,500 feet and visibility at least three nautical miles, a low show can be performed, which includes some rolling maneuvers. With a minimum ceiling of 8,000 feet and visibility of three nautical miles, the Blue Angels can perform their high show, which includes all the maneuvers. 28) What is the closest distance that the jets y to each other? e closest the diamond will y to each other is 18 inches during the Diamond 360 maneuver. 29) What are the lowest and highest maneuver heights per formed during an air show? is varies due to weather condi tions. e highest is the vertical roll, performed by the Opposing Solo (up to 15,000 feet) and the lowest is the Sneak Pass (as low as 50 feet) performed by the Lead Solo. 30) What is the most demand ing maneuver performed? All maneuvers are demanding, both mentally and physically, and re ect the daily challenges met by eet Navy and Marine Corps aviators. 31) What are the fastest and slowest speeds own during an air show? e fastest speed is about 700 mph (just under Mach 1; Sneak Pass) and the slowest speed is about 120 mph (indicated speed; Section High Alpha), both own by the solo pilots during the show. 32) How many and what types of aircraft have the Blue Angels own? Since 1946, there have been eight types of aircraft: Grumman F6F Hellcat, JuneAugust 1946 Grumman F8F Bearcat, August 1946-1949 Grumman F9F-2 Panther (rst jet), 1949-June 1950 and Grumman F9F-5 Panther 1951-Winter 1954/55 Grumman F9F-8 Cougar, Winter 1954-55-mid-season 1957 Grumman F11F-1 Tiger (rst supersonic jet), mid-season 1957-1969 McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II, 1969-December 1974 McDonnell Douglas A-4F Skyhawk II, December 1974-November 1986 Boeing F/A-18 Hornet, No vember 1986-Present Additionally, in 1970 the Blue Angels integrated a Marine Corps C-130 Hercules aircraft, aection ately known as Fat Albert, as the opener of the ight demonstration. e C-130 is a tactical transport aircraft built by Lockheed Martin. 33) How many jets are in the squadron? e Blue Angels currently have 11 jets: one 2-seat F/A-18 B model, eight single seat F/A-18 C models and two 2-seat F/A-18 D models. 34) What are the major dier ences between the eet model and the Blue Angel F/A-18? e Blue Angel F/A-18s have the nose cannon removed, a smoke-oil tank installed and a spring installed on the stick which applies pressure for better formation and inverted ying. Otherwise, the aircraft that the squadron ies are the same as those in the eet. Each Blue Angel aircraft is capable of being returned to combat duty aboard an aircraft carrier within 72 hours. 35) Are Blue Angels aircraft carrier capable? All of the Blue Angels jets are carrier-capable and can be made combat ready in about 72 hours. e squadrons C-130 (Fat Albert) is manned by an all-Marine Corps crew and was not designed for car rier operations. 36) How do the jets get to each show site? e demonstration pilots y the jets to each show site. 37) How much does an F/A-18 cost? e basic acquisition price of a single F/A-18 A Hornet is approxi mately $21 million. e cost of ad ditional weapons-related equipment varies according to the conguration, and use of each aircraft can signi cantly increase the total price. 38) What is the top speed and rate of climb of an F/A-18? e F/A-18 can reach speeds just under Mach 2, almost twice the speed of sound or about 1,400 mph. e maximum rate of climb of the F/A-18 is 30,000 feet per minute. 39) What is the weight of an F/A-18? An F/A-18 weighs about 24,500 pounds, empty of all ordnance and aircrew. 40) Why are the jets painted blue and gold? e jets showcase the ocial colors of the U.S. Navy. 41) How far can the F/A-18 y on a full load of fuel or with external fuel tanks? e F/A-18 can travel approxi mately 1,000 miles on a full load of fuel without external tanks. Adding the external tanks extends the range to approximately 1,200 miles. 42) How do you produce the The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, prepare to practice routine maneuvers in preparation for the 2017 Air Show aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C. The training day allowed military and civilian pilots to practice their aerobatic routines before the Air Show opened to the public. Photo by Lance Cpl. Kayla L. Rainbolt See FAQ, Page 26


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26 2017 NAS Jax Air Show BLUE ANGELS FA Q CONT. F ROM PA GE 24 smoke, and why do you use it? e smoke is produced by pumping biode gradable, paran-based oil directly into the exhaust nozzles of the aircraft, where the oil is instantly vaporized into smoke. e smoke provides a traceable path for spectators to follow, so they can see the ight prole that has been own. It also enhances safety of ight by providing a valuable means by which the solo pilots can see each other during opposing maneuvers and conditions of lowered visibility or haze. e smoke poses no hazard to the environment. 43) Why cant the public listen to the pilots conversation during the show? Since all maneuvers are preceded by radio communication, broadcasting these radio calls or making the frequencies of their radios publicly available could interfere with pilot communication, thereby jeopardizing the safety of ight. 44) Why is the C-130 called Fat Albert? Fat Albert is a nickname given to the plane by Marine Corps Blue Angel pilots in the 1970s because of its size and shape. It is a reference to the popular childrens cartoon of the same era. 45) What does JATO stand for? JATO stands for Jet-Assisted Take-O. JATO was used by the Lockheed-Martin C-130 to take o from short runways and gain high altitude in a short period of time, as required in combat situations. e rst Blue Angels JATO performance took place at NAS Pensacola in November 1975. Eight solid fuel JATO rocket bottles, each producing 1,000 pounds of thrust, helped propel Fat Albert skyward and captivated millions of spectators each year. 46) Why doesnt Fat Albert use JATO anymore? JATO bottles were produced in the Vietnam era. e last known stockpiles of JATO bottles were expended during the Blue Angels 2009 show season. e last JATO performance for Fat Albert was at the NAS Pensacola Air Show in November 2009. 47) How much fuel does Fat Albert hold? Fat Albert holds 46,000 pounds of fuel. 48) What is the normal cruising speed and shaft horsepower per motor of Fat Albert? Fat Alberts cruising speed is 375 mph and shaft horsepower is about 4,500 per engine. 49) What is the maximum takeo weight of Fat Albert? e maximum takeo weight of Fat Albert is 155,000 pounds. 50) What is the distance under Fat Alberts propellers to the ground? e distance under Fat Alberts propellers to the ground is approximately six feet. 51) How many crewmembers are as signed to y Fat Albert, and what are their positions? For 2017, seven Marines are assigned to operate Fat Albert Airlines: three pilots, two crew masters and two ight engineers. 52) How long has the team had the C-130? e team has been ying the C-130 since 1970. 53) Have the Blue Angels ever per formed overseas? Yes. roughout the years, the Blue Angels have had limited opportunities to perform overseas. In 1992 when the team completed a European tour performing in Sweden, Finland, Russia, Bulgaria, Italy, the United Kingdom, Romania, Spain and Germany. e most re cent overseas trip occurred in 2006 to perform in the Netherlands. 54) Is it possible to schedule a tour of the Blues home base? Unfortunately, no. Due to hectic show and maintenance schedules, it is extremely dicult to schedule tours or photographic opportuni ties. People who desire to see the Blue Angels between shows are encouraged to view a prac tice demonstration at the National Museum of Naval Aviation at NAS Pensacola. Practices are usually held most Tuesday and Wednesday mornings; weather permitting, during the show season when the team is home. A tenta tive practice schedule may be viewed on the Blue Angels website at mil/show/. 55) How can fans obtain a VIP pass for a show? Unfortunately, the Blue Angels do not have VIP seating available to the public at any show. Air shows usually have general seating available to the public and VIP seating avail able for purchase. Information may be found on individual air show websites. Some show sites reserve alternate seating areas for a nomi nal fee. Interested individuals should contact the local air show coordinator for additional information. 56) What is the dierence between a Blue Angel Hornet and the new F/A18 E/F Super Hornet? e Super Hornet is 25% larger, can y 40% further, remain on station 80% longer and carry more weapons than its predecessors. e Super Hornet F/A-18 E/F models have deployed with battle groups since 2001. While the Super Hornet has more recent technol ogy, the Hornet has been a reliable asset for 30 years, and its many capabilities continue to meet the needs for the demonstration. 57) Will the Blue Angels y the Super Hornet? e decision to transition to the Super Hornet has yet to be determined. 58) Do you ever y the jets under bridges? e Blue Angels do not y under any struc tures during an air show. Some of the maneu vers have the appearance that the jets are ying under structures, but this is always an optical illusion from the perspective of the crowd. For safety reasons, the Blue Angels will never y underneath bridges or any other structures. 59) Are there ever sonic booms at air shows? Sonic booms occur when an aircraft sur passes the speed of sound. At a Blue Angels air show, there should never be a sonic boom, as we are not authorized to exceed the speed of sound at a show. On occasion, spectators may have mistaken the sound of engines at a highpower setting approaching the speed of sound for a sonic boom. 60) I am in school right now. What should I be doing now if I want to be a Blue Angel one day? e best way to begin the road to a suc cessful career is to work hard in school, stay physically active, and refrain from illegal drug use. Additionally, it is helpful to serve in lead ership roles and extracurricular activities. ese principles apply in attaining a successful career both inside and outside the military. For more information about a career in the Navy and Marine Corps, see your local recruiter or visit or ~ Photo by MC3 Dominick A. Cremeans A controlled explosion takes place behind an aircraft assigned to the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels. The Blue Angels perform more than 60 demonstrations at more than 30 locations across the U.S. in 2017. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ian Cotter Cmdr. Frank Weisser and Lt. 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28 2017 NAS Jax Air Show MEET THE BLUE ANGELS Captain Ryan Bernacchi, United States Navy Captain Ryan Bernacchi is a native of Los Altos, California and graduated from Mountain View High School in 1992, where he lettered in water polo and swimming. He at tended the University of California, San Diego, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in An Training Corps in 1996, and was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. Ryan reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida, for aviation indoctrination training in the T-34C Turbo Mentor at NAS Whiting Field, Florida, and completed interme Buckeye and T-45C Goshawk at NAS Meridian, Mississippi. He received his wings of gold in April 1999. Ryan then reported to Strike Fighter Squad ron (VFA) 125, the Rough Raiders, at NAS Lemoore, California, for initial training in the F/A-18 Hornet. Ryan reported to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113, the Stingers, at NAS Lemoore, in January 2000, where he served as in support of Operations Southern Watch, En during Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. Ryan was selected to attend the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), NAS Fallon, Nevada, in July 2003 and graduated in September 2003. Ryan then joined the TOPGUN staff as an instructor pilot and served as the Navy and Marine Corps subject matter expert in GPS guided weapons. ron (VFA) 87, the Golden Warriors, at NAS Oceana, Virginia. In November 2007, Ryan re ported as a Department Head for Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81, the Sunliners, at NAS Ryan deployed with USS Nimitz (CVN 68), to Ryan attended the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, and graduated with distinction with a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies in 2010. In November 2010 he reported to the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group as a Director Fellow, where he worked on advanced operational concepts for the Navy. Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192, the World Famous Golden Dragons, at NAS Lemoore, California, in March 2012, and deployed to the C. Stennis (CVN 74) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He then commanded VFA192 through a transition to the F/A-18E Super Hornet. Following his command tour with VFA-192, Ryan served as a Federal Executive Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ryan joined the Blue Angels in September 2015. He has accumulated more than 3,500 His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, one Individual Air Medal with Combat V (three Strike Flight), four Navy Commenda tion Medals, one with Combat V, and numer ous unit, campaign, and service awards. Lieutenant Damon Kroes, United States Navy Lieutenant Damon Kroes is a native of Fremont, California, and graduated from Moreau Catholic High School in June 2000 where he lettered in soccer, swimming, and cross country. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, in September 2000. While assigned to Alpha Company, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion at Camp Pendleton, California, Damon attended San Diego State University and graduated in May 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a Minor in History. As a reservist in college, Damon was called to active duty in May 2002 and deployed to South America as part of MARFOR UNITAS 43-02 from July to December, 2002. Selected to serve with the UNITAS Reconnaissance Detachment, Damon conducted bilateral training exercises alongside special operations units from the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and Brazil. In February 2003, Damon was again called to active duty and deployed as a Light Armored Vehicle (LAV25) scout in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with both Alpha and Delta Companies of the 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion from April to September 2003. In September 2005 Damon reported to Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment in San Bruno, California, and served as an infantry squad leader until Febru ary, 2007. Damon reported to Naval Air Station Pen in May 2007 and was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. In September 2007, Damon reported to aviation indoctrination and then transferred to NAS Corpus Christi for T-45C Goshawk and received his wings of gold in June 2009. Damon then reported to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron (VMFAT) 101, the Sharpshooters, at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California in July 2009 for initial train ing in the F/A-18 Hornet. He then reported to Strike Fighter Squadron 192 (VFA-192), the Golden Dragons, at NAS Lemoore, Califor Continued on Page 29


2017 NAS Jax Air Show 29 nia in January 2011, where he served as the aboard the USS John C. Stennis in Support of Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom. Damon then reported to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 (VMFAT-101), the Sharpshooters, at MCAS Miramar, California in April 2014 as an instructor pilot and also Phase Head. Damon Joined the Blue Angels in September 2016. He has accumulated more than 1,300 His decorations include a Strike Flight Air Med al, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various personal and unit awards. Lieutenant Commander Nate Scott, United States Navy Lieutenant Commander Nate Scott is a native of Danville, Cali fornia and graduated from Monte Vista High School in 2003. He attended the Uni versity of Southern California, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business through 2007, and was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. Nate reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida, for aviation indoctrination in ing in the T-34C Turbo Mentor at NAS Corpus Christ, Texas, and completed intermediate and at NAS Meridian, Mississippi. He received his wings of gold in November 2009. Nate then reported to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106, the Gladiators, at NAS Oceana, Virginia, for initial training in the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. Nate reported to VFA-103, the Jolly Rogers, at NAS Oceana in November 2010, where he served as the Land Naval Air Training and Operation Procedures completed two Arabian Gulf deployments with in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Nate returned to VFA-106 in November 2013 as an instructor pilot and LSO, serving as Nate joined the Blue Angels in September 2016. He has accumulated more than 1600 ings. His decorations include a Strike Flight Air Medal, a Commendation Medal, a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various personal and unit awards. Lieutenant Commander Lance Benson, United States Navy Lieutenant Commander Lance Benson is a native of McPher son, Kansas, and graduated from McPherson High School in 2002, where he lettered in football. He attended Kansas State University (KSU), Salina, Kansas, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Airway Science with a Minor in Business in May 2006. After serving as a Flight instructor at KSU for three years, Lance reported to Naval Air Station School and was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. Lance reported to NAS Pensacola for avia tion indoctrination in November 2006. He com at Vance Air Force Base, Enid, Oklahoma, and training in the T-45C Goshawk at NAS Merid ian, Mississippi. He received his wings of gold in March 2009. Lance then reported to Training Squadron (VT) 9, the Tigers, at NAS Meridian as an instructor pilot. He reported to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106, the Gladiators, at NAS Oceana, Virginia, in April 2010 for initial training in the F/A-18F Super Hornet. Lance reported to Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 22, the Fighting Redcocks, at NAS Lemoore, California, in February 2011, System Subject Matter Expert. While assigned to VFA-22, Lance completed two deployments support of Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom. Lance then reported to Training Squadron (VT) 7, the Eagles, at NAS Meridian in March 2014 as an instructor pilot, and also served as Formation Stage Head. Lance joined the Blue Angels in September 2015. He has accumulated more than 2,100 His decorations include a Strike Flight Air Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Achieve ment Medals, and various personal and unit awards. Commander Frank Weisser, United States Navy Commander Frank Weisser is a native of Atlanta and graduated from North Springs High School in 1996, where he lettered in football and track. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy, An napolis, Maryland, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 2000, and was com missioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. Frank reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida, for aviation indoctrination training in the T-34C Mentor at NAS Whiting training in the T2C Buckeye and T-45C Gos hawk at NAS Meridian, Mississippi. He received his wings of gold in November 2002. Frank was chosen as a Selectively Retained Graduate and remained with Training Squadron (VT) 7, the Eagles, at NAS Meridian as an instructor pilot for the T-45C. While assigned to VT-7, he served as the Squadron Facilities Manager and Schedules In June 2004, Frank reported to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106, the Gladiators, at NAS Oceana, Virginia, for initial training in the F/A-18C Hornet. Frank then reported to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87, the Golden Warriors, at CONT. F ROM PG 28 Continued on Page 30


30 2017 NAS Jax Air Show NAS Oceana, Virginia, in April 2005, where Training and Operation Procedures Standard VFA-87, Frank deployed aboard USS Theodore 34 combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was awarded the Lieutenant ership, which contributed to VFA-87 winning a 2005 and 2006 Battle E Award for sustained superior performance in an operational environ ment during his tenure. Frank was selected to join the Blue Angels at NAS Pensacola in September 2007 and served Opposing Solo, and Lead Solo. While assigned degree in Systems Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, in September 2009. 2011 as a Department Head for Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97, the Warhawks, at NAS Lemoore, California, where he served as Safety to VFA-97, Frank completed two deployments aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) to the Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom. VFA-97 won a 2013 Battle E Award during his tenure. Frank then reported to NATO School Oberammergau, Germany, in December 2013. While assigned to the school, Frank was Direc tor of Mobile Training and Education, oversaw all NATO School Oberammergau training activi ties throughout the world, and personally con ducted training in Ethiopia, France, Germany, and Ukraine. Frank rejoined the Blue Angels in July 2016. hours and 400 carrier-arrested landings. His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, three Strike Flight Air Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and vari ous personal and unit awards. Lieutenant Tyler Davies, United States Navy Lieutenant Tyler Davies is a native of Kennesaw, Georgia, and graduated from North Cobb High School in June 2000. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and completed basic training at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Illinois, in August 2000. Tyler completed Aviation Electronics Techni cian A School at Naval Aviation Technical Training Center, Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida, and reported to NAS Oceana, Virginia, for Radar Communications (RADCOM) C school. Upon completion of RADCOM training, he reported to Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD), NAS Oceana, in June 2001. While assigned to AIMD Oceana, he completed deployments aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) and USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in support of multiple NATO operations. Tyler reported to Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) Southwest Site Point Mugu, California, in September 2004, where he served in the Avion ics Division. In 2007, he was selected as FRC Southwest Site Point Mugu and Commander Airborne Early Warning Wing Sailor of the Year. While assigned to FRC, Tyler attended the University of La Verne, Riverside, California, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management in May 2007. He then reported to Naval Station Newport, Rhode ber 2007 and was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. Tyler reported to NAS Pensacola for aviation indoctrination in January 2008. He completed NAS Whiting Field, Florida, then transferred to training in the T-45C Goshawk. He received his wings of gold in June 2010. Tyler then reported to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106, the Gladiators, at NAS Oceana, in July 2010 for initial training in the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. Tyler reported to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22, the Fighting Redcocks, at NAS Lemoore, California, in August 2011, where Forward-Air Controller (Airborne) (FAC(A)). While assigned to VFA-22, Tyler deployed support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Tyler returned to VFA-106 in August 2014 as an instructor pilot and also served as Auxiliary dinator, FAC(A), Strike Representative, and Assistant Strike Phase Head. Tyler joined the Blue Angels in September 2015. He has accumulated more than 1,500 His decorations include four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various per sonal and unit awards. Lieutenant Brandon Hempler, United States Navy Lieutenant 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 for a semester, Brandon reported to Naval Air Candidate School and was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. Brandon reported to NAS Pensacola for avia tion indoctrination in October 2007. He com II at Vance Air Force Base, Enid, Oklahoma, and completed intermediate and advanced Kingsville, Texas. He received his wings of gold in November 2009. Brandon then reported to Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 106, the Gladiators, at NAS Oceana, Virginia, in January 2010 for initial training in the F/A-18E Super Hornet. He reported to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31, the Tomcatters, at NAS Oceana, in November CONT. F ROM PG 29 Continued on Page 31


2017 NAS Jax Air Show 31 Brandon completed deployments in the Middle East aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in support of Operations New Dawn, Enduring Freedom, and Inherent Resolve. Brandon joined the Blue Angels in Septem ber 2016. He has accumulated more than 2,100 His decorations include two Strike Flight Air Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Achieve ment Medals, and various personal and unit awards. Lieutenant Dave Steppe, United States Navy Lieutenant Dave Steppe is a native of Birmingham, Alabama, and graduated from Vestavia Hills High School in 2004, where he lettered in football. He attended Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Logistics through the and was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. Dave then reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida, for aviation indoc training in the T-6 Texan, T-1 Jayhawk, T-39 Saberliner, and the T-45 Goshawk. He received his wings of gold in August 2010. Dave reported to Electronic Attack Squad ron (VAQ) 129, the Vikings, at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, for initial training in the E/A18G Growler. He then reported to Electronic At tack Squadron (VAQ) 141, the Shadowhawks, at NAS Whidbey Island, in October 2011, where Planning System Subject Matter Expert. While assigned to VAQ-141, Dave deployed with USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) and also served in Atsugi, Japan, and deployed with USS George Washington (CVN 73), to He also participated in the joint force exercises Valiant Shield, Cope North, Keen Sword, and other multinational exercises. Dave returned to VAQ-129 in February 2015 as an Electronic and Naval Air Training and Operation Proce dures Standardization (NATOPS) Evaluator. Dave joined the Blue Angels in September 2016. He has accumulated more than 1,400 arrested landings. His decorations include a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various personal and unit awards. Commander Matt Kaslik, United States Navy Commander Matt Kaslik is a native of The Woodlands, Texas, and graduated from McCullough High School in 1991, where he was captain of the varsity football team. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, where he lettered in varsity football, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Ocean ography in 1995, and was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. Matt reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida, for aviation indoctrination Jayhawk, T-39G/N Saberliner and the T-A4 Skyhawk. He received his wings of gold in June 1997. Matt then reported to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129, the Vikings, at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, for initial training in the EA-6B Prowler. He reported to Elec tronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 135, the Black Ravens, at NAS Whidbey Island in August 1998, where he served as the Avionics/Arma While assigned to VAQ-135, Matt completed a with USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in support of Operation Southern Watch in Iraq in 1999. Matt made an expeditionary deployment to Operation Northern Watch in Iraq in 2000. He deployed again with USS Carl Vinson to the during the opening days of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, for which VAQ-135 earned the Battle E and Safety S awards. Matt was then selected as a Personnel Force and reported to the Defense Language Institute at the Presidio of Monterey, California, in April 2002. He reported to the German Air Force Flying Training Center at Holloman Air the Panavia 200 Tornado in January 2003. Matt then reported to Fighter Bomber Squadron 321, the Tigers, at Lechfeld Airbase, Bavaria, Ger in July 2003. Matt reported to Naval Station Mayport, Florida, and served as an Assistant Air Opera USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) in August 2005. He returned to VAQ-135 in November 2006 as a Department Head and served as the Safety, Nimitz (CVN 68) with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Matt then reported to Defense Information Hawaii, as a Program Manager in 2009. He de munications team, which served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and soon after served Matt reported to USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) at Naval Base Kitsap Bremerton, Washing ton, in June 2012 and served as the Assistant and completed an eight-month combat Western of Operation Enduring Freedom. Matt then reported to the U.S. Naval Academy to serve as the Military Deputy Director of Athletics in Au gust 2014. He also served as a military instruc tor of Ethics and supported the Naval Academy for the third straight year. He received his Mas ter of Arts in International Relations from the University of Oklahoma in 2011. Matt joined the Blue Angels in September 2016. He has accumulated more than 2,230 His decorations include the Defense Meritori CONT. F ROM PG 30 Continued on Page 32


32 2017 NAS Jax Air Show ous Service Medal, two Meritorious Service and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, one with Combat V, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and numerous unit, cam paign, and service awards. LtCol Mark Hamilton, United States Marine Corps LtCol Mark Hamilton is a na tive of Becker, Minnesota, and graduated from Becker High School in 1996. He attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2000. Mark was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps through the Naval Reserve The Basic School at Marine Corps Base Quan tico, Virginia, to complete training. Mark reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida, for aviation indoctrination training in the T-34C Turbo Mentor at NAS Whiting Field, Florida, and completed advanced signed to Training Squadron (VT) 31 at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. He received his wings of gold in May 2002. Mark then reported to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Training Squadron (VMGRT) 253, the Titans, at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, North Carolina, for initial training in the KC-130 Hercules. He reported to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 252, Otis, at MCAS Cherry Point, in May 2003, where he served as Ground Safety Of VMGR-252, Mark deployed twice to Al Asad, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mark reported to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 152, the Sumos, at MCAS Futenma, Japan, in 2007, where he Weapons and Tactics Instructor School and Mark then attended Terminal Attack Control Party School and reported to 8th Marines in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where he Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Mark returned to VMGR-252 in February 2012 to serve as the Director of Safety and for VMGR-252 Detachment Bravo, which sup ported the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and the newly-formed Special Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response, and became and also supported numerous operations and exercises in Alaska, Djibouti, Greece, Guam, Hawaii, Italy, Iwo Jima, Jordan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Thai land, United Kingdom, and Wake Island. Mark joined the Blue Angels in September 2014. He has accumulated more than 4,000 Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Com mendation Medals, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various personal and unit awards. Major Mark Montgomery, United States Marine Corps Major Mark Montgomery is a native of Cartersville, Georgia, and graduated from Carters ville High School in 1997, where he lettered in football, wrestling, and track. He attended the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 2001. Mark was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps and reported to The Basic School at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, to complete training. Mark reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida, for aviation indoctrina training in the T-34C Turbo Mentor with Training Squadron (VT) 2 at NAS Whiting Field, Florida, and completed intermediate and advanced training in the T-44 Pegasus while assigned to Training Squadron (VT) 31 at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. He received his wings of gold in September 2004. Mark then reported to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Training Squadron (VMGRT) 253 the Titans, at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, North Carolina, for initial training in the KC-130 Hercules, where he served as Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 252, Otis, at MCAS Cherry Point, in February 2006, where he served as an Adjutant, Aircrew deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He then reported to 2nd Battal ion, 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, in February 2010, where he served as a Forward Air Controller and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Free 2011, where he served as Operations and deployed again to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Mark has numerous operations and exercises in Afghani stan, Iraq, Italy, Morocco, and Spain. Mark joined the Blue Angels in September 2015. He has accumulated more than 2,700 Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Com mendation Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, the Combat Action Rib bon, and various personal and unit awards. Major Kyle Maschner, United States Marine Corps Major Kyle Maschner is a native of Scottsdale, Arizona, and graduated from Horizon High School in 2001. He enlisted in the U.S Marine Corps, completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego in 2003, and served in the Marine Reserve as a Heavy Equipment Engineer Operator with Bulk Fuel Company Alpha and Charlie until 2006. He then attended Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management in 2006. Kyle was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps through the to The Basic School at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, to complete training. Kyle reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida, for aviation indoctrina training in the T-34C Turbo Mentor with Training Squadron (VT) 27 and completed advanced training in the T-44C Pegasus while assigned to Training Squadron (VT) 31 at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. He received his wings of gold in January 2009. Kyle then reported to Marine Aerial Refu eler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 352, the Raiders, at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) the KC-130 Hercules and served as Ground assigned to VMGR-352, he deployed twice to Afghanistan and once to Africa in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Kyle reported to Training Squadron (VT) 6, the Shooters, at NAS Whiting Field, Florida, ber 2012. While assigned to VT-6, he served Kyle then reported to 1st Marine Air Wing (MAW) Okinawa, Japan, in September 2015 where he served as the Japan Geographic nated and participated in multiple exercises in the region. Kyle joined the Blue Angels in September 2016. He has accumulated more than 2,500 Medals, the Navy and Marine Corps Commen dation Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various personal and unit awards. CONT. F ROM PG 31 BLUE ANGELS


2017 NAS Jax Air Show 33 During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress passes a resolu tion stating that two Battalions of Marines be raised for service as landing forces for the recently formed Continental Navy. e resolution, drafted by future U.S. president John Adams and adopted in Philadelphia, created the Continental Marines and is now observed as the birth date of the United States Marine Corps. Serving on land and at sea, the original U.S. Marines distinguished them selves in a number of important operations during the Revolutionary War. e rst Marine landing on a hostile shore occurred when a force of Marines under Captain Samuel Nicholas captured New Province Island in the Bahamas from the British in March 1776. Nicholas was the rst commissioned ocer in the Continental Marines and is celebrated as the rst Marine commandant. After American independence was achieved in 1783, the Continental Navy was demobilized and its Marines disbanded. In the next decade, however, increasing conict at sea with Revolutionary France led the U.S. Congress to establish formally the U.S. Navy in May 1798. Two months later, on July 11, President John Adams signed the bill establish ing the U.S. Marine Corps as a permanent military force under the jurisdiction of the Department of Navy. U.S. Marines saw action in the so-called QuasiWar with France and then fought against the Barbary pirates of North Africa during the rst years of the 19th century. Since then, Marines have participated in all the wars of the United States and in most cases were the rst soldiers to ght. In all, Marines have executed more than 300 landings on foreign shores. Today, there are more than 200,000 active-duty and reserve Marines, divided into three divisions stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Camp Pendleton, California; and Okinawa, Japan. Each division has one or more expeditionary units, ready to launch major operations anywhere in the world on two weeks notice. Marines expeditionary units are self-sucient, with their own tanks, artillery, and air forces. e motto of the service is Semper Fidelis, meaning Always Faithful in Latin. The birth of the United States Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Devan K. Gowans Marines and Sailors with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group stand in formation for the 241st Birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps on the USS Makin Island (LHD 8), while afloat in physical training session on the flight deck, performing 241 exercises which commemorated 241 years of the 11th MEU, addressed the Marines and Sailors of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group/11th MEU. Our r es t au r ant is a beautiful Vict orian-s tyle mansion, nes tled among t o w ering oak tr ees, o f f ering an unf or ge tt able e xperience in a r esplendent ambiance of antiq ue furnitu r e and s tyle, blending old English Elegance and Southern inf luences in co m ple t e harmon y .Fine Di n i n g I Spe cia l E v ents I W eddi n g sBusiness Hours TuesThurs 5:00pm FriSat 5:30pm Live Piano 6:30pm


34 2017 NAS Jax Air Show Matt Younkin is a third generation pilot. He is the son of Bobby Younkin who is considered to be one of the greatest air show pilots of all time. Matt is also the grandson of Jim Younkin who is well-known for designing Century and Trutrak autopilots as well as build ing replicas of the 1930s Howard Mr. Mulligan and Travel Air Mystery Ship race planes. Matt learned to y at the age of 14 in a Piper J-3 Cub. At age 15, the same instructor who taught Bobby how to y, rened Matts piloting skills. On his sixteenth birthday, Matt soloed his grandfathers 1928 Travel Air 4000 biplane. Matt to date has own over 85 dierent types of airplanes ranging from the Piper Cub to the Boeing B-29. He is also a fully rated ight instructor, has over 5,000 hours of total ying time, and currently resides in Siloam Springs, AR. Matt is also an accomplished radio-controlled model air plane pilot. Like his father before him, Matt learned most of his aerobatic skills by ying R/C models and later rened them in the Super Decathlon. Bobby gave Matt two hours of aerobatic in struction which focused mainly on slow rolls. Bobby said, Almost every aerobatic maneuver is based on a slow roll. If you can master the slow roll, you can master anything. When Matt took the Decathlon out to perfect his slow rolls, he soon discovered that he could perform every maneuver that Bobby performed in the airplane at shows, plus a few new ones of his own. Matt spent his rst couple of years in the industry perform ing at airshows in the Super Decathlon and in the worlds only ying example of the Travel Air Mystery Ship. At Sun n Fun 2007, Matt debut his version of the aerobatic act made famous by his father in the Beech 18. is act continues to be described by producers and fans alike as one of the most beautiful and graceful displays the industry has to oer. Matts latest and greatest achievement is perfecting the worlds only night aerobatic display in a Beech 18. Equipped with over 50 externally visible lights, the top airplane appears to glow in the dark while the bottom side twinkles violently. Combined with smoke, noise, choreography, and an incredible musical score, the Twin Beech Night Spectacular is quickly becoming one of the most sought after acts in the airshow arena. At Airventure 2012, Matt became the rst second-generation recipient of the coveted Bill Barber Award for Showmanship. Considered young in the airshow industry by some and a veteran by others, Matt continues to amaze airshow goers with his unique ability to capture the crowd in the moment, much the same way his father Bobby and sister Amanda did for so many years. Look for Matt and his Twin Beech at an airshow near you for many years to come. To Patty Wagsta the sky represents adventure, freedom and challenge. A six-time member of the US Aerobatic Team, Patty has won the gold, silver and bronze medals in Olympic-level international aerobatic competition and is the rst woman to win the title of US National Aerobatic champion and one of the few people to win it three times. Patty one of the worlds top airshow pilots, ies thrilling, low-level aerobatic demonstrations before millions of people each year. Her breathtaking performances give airshow spectators a front-row seat view of the precision and complexity of modern, unlimited hard-core aerobatics. Her smooth aggressive style sets the standard for performers the world over. Born in the USA, Patty grew up in and around airplanes. Mov ing to Japan when she was nine years old where her father was a Captain for Japan Air Lines. Her earliest memories include sitting with her father at the controls of his airplanes. At ten years old when her father let her take the controls of his DC-6, her lifelong love aair with airplanes began. From Japan her travels took her across Southeast Asia, Europe and to Australia where she lived and traveled up the west coast in a small boat. In 1979 she moved to Alaska and moved to a small town in the southwest part of the state, Dillingham, where she worked for the Bristol Bay Native Association. Her job involved traveling to each of the remote villages in the region, areas only accessible by air. Patty's rst experience with bush ying was not a positive one. e rst airplane she char tered for her job crashed on take o, so Patty decided to learn to y herself, hiring friend and later husband, Bob, to travel with her in his Cessna 185 oatplane. Since then she earned her Commercial, Instrument, Seaplane and Commercial Helicopter Ratings. She is a Flight and Instrument Instructor and is rated and qualied to y many airplanes, from World War II ghters to jets. Patty's sister, Toni, is also a pilot and a Captain for Continental Airlines.. ough she had never seen aerobatics, a lifelong curiosity led her to attend her rst Airshow in British Columbia in 1983, where she saw aerobatic pilots perform and promised herself "I can do that!" By 1985, ve years after gaining her pilot's license, she earned a spot on the US Aerobatic Team. Patty's skill is based on years of training and experience. She is a six-time recipient of the "First Lady of Aerobatics" Betty Skelton Award. In July 2004, Patty was inducted into the National Avia tion Hall of Fame and was the recipient of the National Air and Space Museum's Award for Current Achievement in 1994. Hav ing received many awards for her ying, she is particularly proud of receiving the Airshow industry's most prestigious award, the "Sword of Excellence", and the "Bill Barber Award for Showman ship". Recently she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Air Force Association. In March, 1994, her airplane, the Goodrich Extra 260, went on display in the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in Washington DC. You can see Patty's airplane and exhibit in the Pioneers of Flight Gallery. From 1999-2006 Patty was Raytheons (now Hawker Beech crafts)demo pilot for their T6A/B Texan II military trainer and light attack aircraft, performing in international Airshows such as Paris, Singapore and Farnborough. Today she continues to coach their Demo Team. For over ten years, Patty has traveled to East Africa to give bush, recurrency and aerobatic training to the pilots of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) who protect Kenyas elephants, rhino and other natural resources from poachers. In 2010 Patty started ying for Cal Fire as an Air Attack pilot in the OV-10 Bronco. Cal Fire pilots y both the OV-10 and the S2T Tanker out of 13 dierent bases helping keep California safe from res and supporting reghters on the ground. After ying for Cal Fire for three years, she has decided to return to Florida to start an aerobatic school, Patty Wagsta Aerobatic School in St. Augustine, located at Southeast Aero, the U.S. Distributor for the Extra Aircraft and she continues to y airshows around the world. Continuing a life of adventure, when she's not ying you can nd her riding hunter/jumper equestrian horses, hanging out with her Jack Russell Terriers and her parrot, Buddha; riding motorcycles, traveling, writing about her experiences in aviation for her column "Let it Roll" in Plane and Pilot Magazine, working out and practicing yoga. M A TT YOUNKIN Patty Wagstaff


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36 2017 NAS Jax Air Show Randy W. Ball / MiG Pilot, is North Americas Premier Jet Demonstration Pilot. Randy has performed well over 1,000 performances to date! No other North American Jet Demo pilot even comes close to that number of performances. In fact, Randy is the only Jet Demo pilot (military or civilian) to be granted both a day and night unlimited aerobatic rating in jet ghters by the FAA. He has own over 42 dierent types of aircraft, manufactured in nine countries. As a youngster Randys father took him ying occasionally, and he spent countless hours with one of his heroes, his Great Uncle Gilbert Ball, who ew 56 missions over Europe ying the B-17 Flying Fortress. Even before college, Randy knew he wanted to y. By the time he was 13 years old, he had already taken o and landed a plane with his father and soloed at the age of 18. Randy volunteered to work in his rst air show in 1982 and ew in his rst air show more than 26 years ago. He now performs throughout North America, from Canada to Mexico. Over 31 years as a pilot, today an airline captain Over 26 years of air show experience Over 1,000 performances (Most of any US Jet Demo Pilot) Over 1,000 hours in Russian Jet Fighters(Highest of any Western Pilot) Over 14,000 hours total ying time Flown over 42 dierent types of aircraft manufactured in 9 dierent countries Level I (unlimited) Jet Aerobatic Day and Nigh (e only Jet Pilot in North America) Only MiG-17 and pilot to y as a threat/aggressor aircraft with the USAF F-4 Phantom while ying in Air Shows and on Film Functional test pilot on a number of MIG Fighter aircraft, including Russia's rst all-weather interceptor, theMiG-17PF and is still the only pilot in North American to have ever own this MIG variant A.C.E., Aerobatic Competence Examiner (prop and jet warbirds) Former ICAS safety board member Board Member Historical Aviation Memorial Museum in Tyler, Texas Founder and Director under Over Cedar Creek Lake Air Show (fundraiser for three military charities) Randy has own as the enemy aircraft with the USAF F-4 both for air shows and on lm. His solo demo is designed to resemble the tactical demo of the F-16 Falcon, the rst ghter that could out-turn the Vietnam era MiG-17. During his demo in the MiG-17F, he routinely pulls 8gs, and reaches speeds approaching 700 mph, all while sometimes ying less than 100 feet o the ground. He likes to spend time with Civil Air Patrol Cadets and the Boy Scouts, and when asked what is his favorite maneuver, he says the vertical A/B roll. When asked what his favorite air show is, he says Its the one where I can have access to the fans, especially the kids. It is the kids who make all the work worth it. ey are the next generation, and the one hope I have is to inspire them in a positive way . to y. randy ball Randy Ball Robs rise to the top started as a young airshow fan in his native New England. Earning his pilots license while still a teenager, Rob began ying aerobatics almost immediately, all while building valuable ight time and experience as a corporate pilot, commuter pilot, banner tower, ight instructor, ferry pilot, and operating his own aerobatic ight school. Now in his 15th year as a full-time airshow pilot, Rob has distinguished himself by blazing a trail of innovation, developing maneuvers never before seen at an airshows. One of my goals is to take aerobatics to the next level, Rob explains. I want to push the limits of what can be done. But while his impact and inuence on the airshow community is undeniable, his remarkable skills at the controls of his MXS-RH are matched with a humble and approachable demeanor that has forged a unique connection with countless fans the world over. Rob Holland of Rob Holland Ultimate Airshows Rob's accomplishments: Four-time, consecutive, World 4-minute Freestyle Champion* Seven-time, consecutive, U.S. National Aerobatic Champion* Eight-time, U.S. 4-minute Freestyle Champion* 2015 World Air Games Freestyle Gold Medalist 2012 Art Scholl Award for Showmanship Recipient 2008 World Advanced Aerobatic Champion Seven-time U.S. Aerobatic Team Member 21 Medals in International Competition (10 Gold) *Only pilot in history to accomplish Rob Holland


2017 NAS Jax Air Show 37 Bob Carlton began ying in 1979 at the age of 19. He has since logged over 2000 hours in a wide variety of aircraft and holds a commercial pilot certicate. Bob has own hang gliders, airplanes, helicopters, and sailplanes from hundreds of sites in the US, Canada, Mexico and Australia. Bob has own airshows professionally since 1993. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife Laurie and their dogs, Ginger & Dewey. He is a member of SSA and ICAS. Bob is one of the most versatile airshow performers in North America. He began ying airshows in his Salto sailplane, and over the years has continued to add innova tive performances such as barnstormin' biplane aerobatics, helicopter sailplane tow, night aerobatics with strobes & pyro and the world's only twin jet sailplane. e tradition of innovation continues with the recent addition of the Super Salto jet sailplane, with more power, more speed and more aerobatic capability than any other sailplane on the planet! Bob is the recipient of the 2015 Bill Barber Award for Showmanship. Bob Carlton is a retired rocket scientist for a major national laboratory. Bob Carlton As the recipient of the 2013 Bill Barber Award for Showmanship and the 2015 Art Scholl Award, Skip Stew art has proven to be one of the most entertaining Airshow pilots in the world today. With over ten thousand hours of ying experience, being an Airline Transport Pilot, Boeing 727, and MD11 Captain, a Certied Flight Instructor, having owned and operated an aerobatic ight school, earned Gold Medals in regional aerobatic competitions, served as Chief Pilot for a Fortune 100 company and with more than fourteen years enter taining airshow fans around the World, Skip feels comfortable saying that he is one of the very best in the business today. Skip's ying has been featured in magazines that include Plane & Pilot, Smithsonian Air & Space, AOPA, Sports Illustrated, World Airshow News, Auto Pilot, as well as in multiple other domestic and international publications. Skip Stewart is the rst pilot to y an airplane under a jumping motorcycle at an Airshow and he also ies with several other pilots forming shows such as the renowned TinStix of Dynamite Act. Skip Stewart


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2017 NAS Jax Air Show 39 History of Veterans Day In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the rst com memoration of Armistice Day with the follow ing words: To us in America, the reections of Armistice Day will be lled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the countrys service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations . . An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as Armistice Day. Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nations history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word Armistice and inserting in its place the word Veterans. With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars. Later that same year, on October 8th, Presi dent Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the rst Veterans Day Proclamation which stated: In order to insure proper and widespread obser vance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veter ans organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Ad ministrator of Veterans Aairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chair man may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Execu tive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible. In 1958, the White House advised VAs General Counsel that the 1954 designation of the VA Administrator as Chairman of the Vet erans Day National Committee applied to all subsequent VA Administrators. Since March 1989 when VA was elevated to a cabinet level department, the Secretary of Veterans Aairs has served as the committees chairman. e Uniform Holiday Bill (Public Law 90-363 (82 Stat. 250)) was signed on June 28, 1968, and was intended to ensure three-day weekends for Federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washing tons Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. It was thought that these extended week ends would encourage travel, recreational and cultural activities and stimulate greater industrial and commercial production. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holidays on their original dates. e rst Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on October 25, 1971. It was quite apparent that the commemoration of this day was a matter of historic and patriotic signicance to a great number of our citizens, and so on September 20th, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed Public Law 94-97 (89 Stat. 479), which re turned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978. is action supported the desires of the overwhelming majority of state legisla tures, all major veterans service organizations and the American people. Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. e restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical signicance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebra tion to honor Americas veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrice for the common good. Photos by Seaman Michael Lopez Sailors from Navy Band Southeast march down the street and perform during Jacksonville's annual Veterans Day Parade. Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran, left, Rear Adm. Sean Buck, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, commander of Navy Region Southeast, and a Marine render honors during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Wall in Jacksonville, Fla. The wall, which pays tribute to fallen service members who called Jacksonville home, hosted military and city leaders, veterans and nearly 3,000 patriotic guests who gathered to pay their respect to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to their nation.


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