|As a pilot for the Blue Angels, Navy Lt. Matt Suyderhoud has flown all over the country.|
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -As a pilot for the Blue Angels, Navy Lt. Matt Suyderhoud has flown all over the country.
And all that travel makes his return to Hawaii all the more sweeter.
he landed Monday at Kaneohe Bay, his plane cockpit opened up and “I
could smell the rain. The hula halau was out there, and I was like,
‘Man, I’m home,'” he said.
Suyderhoud, on Oahu for the Kaneohe Bay Air Show this weekend, spoke to Maryknoll students on Tuesday.
He admitted, it was strange being the speaker at his alma mater. Suyderhoud graduated from Maryknoll in 2001.
talked to students for about an hour on everything from his thoughts
about Star Wars to what it takes to be a member of the U.S. Navy and
Marine Corps’ elite flight demonstration squadron.
Being a member
of the Blue Angels, he said, is “not necessarily about military service,
but striving for excellence and striving for those goals that you set
for yourself and that culture of excellence.”
That culture of
excellence will be on display this weekend, when Suyderhoud makes his
first Hawaii performance as a member of the Blue Angels since becoming a
member of the team in September of 2014.
representing the Navy Marine Corps and the Blue Angels is a blessing,”
he said. “I can’t even tell you how excited I am. I’m just tickled right
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