Blue Angels Select New Team Members for 2011 Season

July 16th, 2010

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels recently announced the names of officers who will join the team for the 2011 air show season.

As announced earlier this year, the new team lead will be Commander David Koss of Orange Park, Florida, currently serving as commanding officer of the VFA-14 “Top Hatters” based at NAS Lemoore in California. Major Brent Stevens, currently assigned to VMFAT-101 at MCAS Miramar in San Diego, and Lieutenant David Tickle, current assigned to VT-7 in Meridien, Mississippi, will also join the team as F/A-18 Hornet pilots.

Lieutenant Todd Royles, currently assigned to VFA-41 at NAS Lemoore, will join the team as the team’s event coordinator. Captain John Hecker, currently assigned to VT-6 at NAS Whiting Field in Florida, will join the team as a C-130 pilot.

The team’s new maintenance officer will be Lieutenant Richard Mecado, currently based at NAS Jacksonville in Florida. The new flight surgeon will be Lieutenant Jason Smith, currently serving at NAS North Island in California. And the new public affairs officer will be Lieutenant Katie Kelly who is just finishing up a tour at the Navy Office of Information West.