Blue Angels Name New XO

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The following is a press release from the Blue Angels:

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, announced the executive officer for the 2017 and 2018 seasons, May 23.

The Blue Angels selected Navy Cmdr. Matt Kaslik to succeed Cmdr. Bob Flynn.“Cmdr. Kaslik is a highly-qualified officer and outstanding leader,” said Cmdr. Ryan

“Cmdr. Kaslik is a highly-qualified officer and outstanding leader,” said Cmdr. Ryan Bernacchi, Blue Angels commanding officer and flight leader. “The team will be sad to say goodbye to Cmdr. Flynn, but are also lucky to have had the opportunity to select such an outstanding and seasoned professional, such as Cmdr. Kaslik. I look forward to welcoming him to the Blue Angels.”

Cmdr. Kaslik, 43, is a native of The Woodlands, Texas. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, and graduated in 1995. He is a Naval Flight Officer and

currently assigned to the U.S. Naval Academy.

The Blue Angels will interview all other 2017-2019 pilot and support officer finalists at the team’s home base of Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, during the week of the Pensacola Beach Air Show, July 11-16.

Selections are slated to be made at the conclusion of the interview week.

The mission of the Blue Angels 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 flight demonstrations and community outreach.

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