“I joined the Navy because I wanted a change of scenery in my life. To this day it was the greatest decision I have ever made. It has given me opportunities I would have never been presented with elsewhere. Both of my grandfathers were Purple Heart awarded veterans of World War II and it makes me very proud knowing I represent them and the over 540,000 Sailors and Marines home and abroad serving our great Country. Growing up in Boston we are taught to be very proud of where we came from, and it is a blessing to be able to perform in front of the people of the great city I was raised in.”
A total of 17 officers and nearly 110 enlisted men and women serve with the Blue Angels. The team consists of both active-duty and full-time support Sailors and Marines, with each team member serving a two- or three-year tour of duty. Based at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, the team travels an average of 300 days a year, performing flight demonstrations across the country. The demonstration includes precision flying of six F/A-18 Hornets, as well as display of the tactical transport capabilities of the team’s C-130 Hercules, affectionately known as “Fat Albert.”
Since the establishment of the team in 1946, the Blue Angels have performed for more than 495 million fans. The Blue Angels are scheduled to fly 65 performances at 36 locations in North America during the 2015 season, making this the team’s 69th performance year.
More information on the Blue Angels, including their complete 2015 and 2016 show schedules, can be found online at www.blueangels.navy.mil.
His parents are David Errichiello, and Lauretta Sullivan from Quincy.
Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class (AW/SW) Michael Errichiello, from Weymouth, is a 2006 graduate of Weymouth Vocational High School and has been an Aviation Structural Mechanic in the Navy for eight years. This is Errichiello’s second year with the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels.