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Blue Angels select executive officer for 2020 air show season

Cmdr. Todd Royles

U.S. Navy Cmdr. Todd Royles has been named as the incoming executive officer of the Blue Angels for the 2020 season, Chief of Naval Air Training Rear Adm. Greg Harris has announced.

A native of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, Royles attended Pennsylvania State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in administration of justice. He received his commission in May 2001.

Royles attended flight school at Naval Air Station Pensacola and was then designated a naval flight officer. He received training at Strike Fighter Squadron, or VFA-122, in Lemoore, California, to become a weapon systems officer in the F/A-18F Super Hornet and completed two Western Pacific deployments aboard aircraft carrier USS Nimitz .

Royles returned to VFA-122 to serve as an instructor WSO and was on the Super Hornet tactical demonstration team. He is a U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School graduate; flew combat missions in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Inherent Resolve; and served previously on the Blue Angels team as the events coordinator.

After his transition to the selected reserve, he reported to Training Squadron 86 at NAS Pensacola, where he currently serves as the executive officer.

Royles will join Cmdr. Brian Kesselring to lead the Blue Angels in their 2020 season.

“I cannot be more excited to be returning to the team to join Cmdr. Kesselring in guiding this amazing organization through its 74th season,” Royles said. “I’m humbled to be welcomed back to this extraordinary group and join them in representing all those in our Navy and Marine Corps to the American public.”

Royles will assume his role for the 2020 show season following the Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show at NAS Pensacola on Nov. 9.