The Blue Angels Kick Off Their 2015 Season

By Capt. Tom Frosch
Commanding Officer, United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron

Hello Blue Angel Fans!

Best wishes from the Imperial Valley, the winter training home of your United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels!

It is my honor and pleasure to be with the team for another year, and to once again welcome you to the opening of the air show season.

U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, Right Wing pilot Lt. Matt Suyderhoud flies in formation with the Diamond pilots over Naval Air Facility El Centro during a practice demonstration.

U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, Right Wing pilot Lt. Matt Suyderhoud flies in formation with the Diamond pilots over Naval Air Facility El Centro during a practice demonstration.

With the first air show just days away, we are making our final preparations for the first demonstration, and I am confident you’ll be just as impressed with the team as I am. This year promises to be our most exciting year yet, and we could not be more pleased to kick off the 2015 air show season March 14 right here at our winter training home, Naval Air Facility, El Centro, California.

If you’ve never been to an air show before, I encourage you to take the time this year to visit us at a show. Each air show offers a small glimpse into what fleet aviation looks like – from the maintainers that sustain our aircraft to the pilots that fly each demonstration. Each member of our team is an active duty or reserve member of your U.S. military, and attending an air show will give you an up-close and personal look behind the scenes of what your Navy and Marine Corps Sailors and Marines do every single day.

The Blue Angels’ 130 Sailors and Marines truly represent the rich tradition of excellence instituted by those who have served before us, and upheld by those serving now. No one can serve in a Blue Angel uniform forever. During our tour, each of us serves knowing that there are tens of thousands of America’s finest young men and women deployed around the world protecting and defending America right now. And it is for them that we must continue to serve as the very best representatives of the Navy and Marine Corps. We never forget that we represent the more than 540,000 Sailors and Marines serving around the clock. At every show, we dedicate our efforts to them and strive to serve as positive representatives of their hard work and sacrifice.

U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, Diamond pilots fly in formation over Naval Air Facility El Centro during a practice demonstration.

U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, Diamond pilots fly in formation over Naval Air Facility El Centro during a practice demonstration.

 

Our passion for naval service and naval aviation is the message we wish to convey to young men and women across our great nation and across the globe. Our goal for 2015 continues to be focused on inspiring Americans to aspire to excellence not just in naval aviation or the military, but in all areas of their lives. My challenge to you is to come out to one of our air shows during the Blue Angels 2015 season and be inspired and motivated by what you see our Navy and Marine Corps men and women accomplishing today!  You can take a look at our 2015 and 2016 show schedules by visiting our website,  or following us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

I am inspired by our team every day, and I know you will be, too. We will see you at a show!

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