CNO Visits Blue Angels, Offers His Support


Story Number: NNS070510-19Release Date: 5/10/2007 6:32:00 PM
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From Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron (Blue Angels) Public Affairs

PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) (SW/FMF) Joe R. Campa Jr. met with Sailors and Marines of the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, at Naval Air Station Pensacola on May 9.

Mullen said he'd been looking forward to visiting the team for about 18 months, and expressed his gratitude to the team -- including family members -- for their dedication to duty.

"From a leadership perspective, I'm greatly appreciative of what you do," CNO said. He added that no other group in the Navy receives more public recognition than the Blues.

Both CNO and MCPON offered their condolences to the team for the recent loss of Lt. Cmdr. Kevin J. Davis of Pittsfield, Mass., the Angels' No. 6 pilot. Davis died April 21 when his F/A-18 Hornet crashed during the final moments of an air show in Beaufort, S.C. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

"I watched how we handled it as a Navy, and I watched how you handled it as a squadron," Mullen said. "You couldn't have done it any better, but I'm not surprised."

For more news from Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron (Blue Angels), visit www.news.navy.mil/local/blueangels/.

 
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Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen visits Sailors assigned to the Blue Angels at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.
070509-N-0696M-031 PENSACOLA, Fla. (May 9, 2007) - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen visits Sailors assigned to the Blue Angels at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. Mullen was joined by Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON), Joe R. Campa Jr., in thanking the team for their contribution to the Navy and their continued resolve after losing a team member in a April 21, 2006 plane crash in Beauford, S.C. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
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