Thunderbirds Announce Officers for 2019 Season

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Thunderbirds Announce Officers for 2019 Season

Post by Dan Gagnon » Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:52 pm

The commander of the ACC, General Mike Holmes, announced the officers for the 2019 Thunderbirds.

Thunderbird #1: Lt. Col. John Caldwell, 28th Test and Evaluation Squadron Commander, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Caldwell will replace Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh.

Thunderbird #3:Capt. Michael Brewer, 334th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. Brewer will replace Maj. Nate Hofmann.

Thunderbird #4: Maj. Whit Collins, the current Lead Solo Pilot, will transition to the Slot Pilot position. Collins will replace Maj. Nick Krajicek.

Thunderbird #5: Maj. Matt Kimmel, the current Opposing Solo Pilot, will transition to the Lead Solo position. Kimmel will replace Maj. Whit Collins who moves in the Slot Pilot position.

Thunderbird #6: Capt. Michelle Curran, 355th Fighter Squadron, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas. She replaces Maj. Matt Kimmel, the current Opposing Solo Pilot.

Thunderbird #8: Maj. Jason Markzon, 35th Maintenance Operations Flight Commander and F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot assigned to the 13th Fighter Squadron, Misawa Air Base, Japan. Markzon will replace Maj. Branden Felker.

Thunderbird #9: Lt. Col. (Dr.) Noel Colls, a flight surgeon and family practice resident assigned to the 60th Medical Operations Squadron Travis Air Force Base, Calif., will become Thunderbird No. 9, the team’s Flight Surgeon. Colls will replace Maj. (Dr.) William Goncharow.

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