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Retired leader of Blue Angels flying team to speak at annual McHenry County GOP dinner

Retired Capt. Thomas Frosch

The retired leader of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels aerobatic team will be this year’s guest of honor at the McHenry County Republican Party’s Lincoln Leadership Dinner.

The speaker for the March 11 dinner, which will be at the Crystal Lake Holiday Inn, 800 S. Route 31, will be retired Capt. Thomas Frosch, who ended a distinguished 24-year military career with a three-year stint leading one of the world’s oldest and most respected precision flying teams.

A Michigan native, Frosch graduated in 1992 from the U.S. Naval Academy and earned his flight wings three years later.

He flew the F/A-18 Hornet, participating in multiple carrier deployments and being named Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic Pilot of the Year while serving with Strike Fighter Squadron 87, the “Golden Warriors,” at the former Naval Air Station Cecil Field in Florida.

After several years as a test pilot, Frosch attended the Naval War College in 2005 and earned a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies. He subsequently served at NATO headquarters in Belgium before deploying with the NATO international force in Afghanistan.

After serving as second in command of another deployed air wing, he joined the Blue Angels in 2012 and led it for three seasons until 2015.

Frosch retired last October with more than 4,200 flight hours and 830 carrier landings.

His decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, two Individual Air Medals with Combat “V” devices, and three Navy Commendation Medals – one with Combat “V.”

Tickets are $100 apiece, and $50 for Republican precinct committee members. Sponsorships for the event can be bought as well. Cocktails will be served at 5:30 p.m., with the event kicking off at 6:30 p.m.

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