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The City of
Pensacola and the Blue Angels Association have partnered to commemorate
the U.S. Navy Blue Angels’ 70th anniversary year milestone with a
welcome event on March 21.
The Blue Angels will return to their
home base at Naval Air Station Pensacola this month after a rigorous
10-week winter training program at El Centro, California.
The
welcome event will begin with a flyover of downtown Pensacola, followed
by a proclamation ceremony with local and military officials,
dignitaries, and hundreds of visitors at the Blue Angels atrium in the
National Naval Aviation Museum aboard NAS Pensacola.
“We are proud
to be called the Cradle of Naval Aviation and honored to be the home of
the Blue Angels,” said Pensacola mayor Ashton Hayward. “Pensacolians
love their Blue Angels and we are confident that they will continue to
inspire and make us proud while extending into their 70th season.”
NAS
Pensacola has trained thousands of naval aviators in the last century
and has been home to the Blue Angels since 1955. The area continues to
lead the way in naval aviation.
“Pensacola is a special place not
only to the Blue Angels, but also for all naval aviators,” said Cmdr.
Ryan Bernacchi, flight leader and commanding officer of the Blue Angels.
“The incredible support from our community continues to be invaluable
to our ability to achieve our mission of inspiring future generations,
and also to be better Sailors and Marines every year.”
“Whether
it’s the college student who is a future flag officer, the 40-year-old
who is still seeking his true calling, or the 12-year-old aspiring to be
something great, the Blue Angels are here to inspire,” said David
Anderson, a former Blue Angels pilot and the president of the Blue
Angels Association. “They have motivated generations of people
throughout the world and are truly an American treasure.”
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. In 2016, the Blue Angels will celebrate their 70th
anniversary. Since 1946, the Blue Angels have performed for more than
484 million fans.

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