Exclusive News: Blue Angels Offically announces Commanding Officer for 2025/2026 Air Show Seasons and…

Exclusive News: Blue Angels Offically announces Commanding Officer for 2025/2026 Air Show Seasons and...In a highly anticipated announcement today, the prestigious U.S. Navy Blue Angels aerobatic team has officially named Cmdr,

Adam “Gilligan” Bryan as their Commanding Officer for the upcoming 2025 and 2026 air show seasons.NAS PENSACOLA, Fla. – The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, announced the commanding officer for the 2025 and 2026 seasons at a press conference at the National Naval Aviation Museum onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola.

Cmdr. Adam “Gilligan” Bryan will succeed Cmdr. Alex Armatas and assume command following the end of the 2024 show season in November.

Applicants are required to have a minimum of 3,000 flight hours and be in current command or have had past command of a tactical jet squadron.

“What I’ve always really enjoyed is being a part of an incredible team and seeing them succeed, ” said Cmdr. Adam Bryan. “I put the success of the team as my personal goal and what I’ve always strived for. If they’re doing well, then I’m doing well.”

Bryan, a native of Canton, Connecticut joins the Blue Angels after serving as the commanding officer of the “Kestrels” of VFA-137.

His previous assignments include multiple squadron tours, where he deployed aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.

Bryan holds a bachelor’s degree in Science in Economics from the United States Naval Academy. Bryan has more than 3,200 flight hours and more than 625 carrier arrested landings. His decorations include multiple unit and personal awards.

“This year, we had an exceptional pool of exceptionally qualified and skilled leaders apply for the position, ” said Cmdr. Alex Armatas, commanding officer and flight leader of the Blue Angels.

“I have complete confidence in Cmdr. Bryan to guide this team through the 2025 and 2026 show seasons.

Cmdr. Bryan, known for his exceptional leadership and extensive experience in naval aviation, expressed his honor and excitement upon receiving this prestigious appointment.

He is set to lead the renowned squadron of elite pilots through a series of exhilarating performances across the globe, showcasing the pinnacle of precision flying and aerial maneuvers.

The selection of Cmdr. Bryan comes after a rigorous evaluation process conducted by the U.S. Navy, underscoring his outstanding skills, dedication, and proven track record within the aviation community.

His leadership is expected to continue the Blue Angels’ tradition of excellence and inspire audiences worldwide.

Stay tuned as Cmdr.

Adam “Gilligan” Bryan prepares to take the helm of the Blue Angels, promising an unforgettable spectacle in the skies for aviation enthusiasts and spectators alike during the 2025 and 2026 air show seasons.

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