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Demonstration Team

Each year, the Wings of Blue Demonstration Team performs at more than 50 special events in front of over 2 million spectators. Demonstration venues include airshows, NFL and College football games, and special events across the nation and around the world. The Wings of Blue have demonstrated their intricate aerial skills at major venues such as the BCS National Championship Game, the Orange Bowl, the Rose Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl, the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, NFL Monday Night Football games, NASCAR Races, civilian airshows, and DoD Open Houses. Wings of Blue demonstrators strive for excellence at each performance, both in the air and on the ground. The Wings of Blue Demonstrators are proud to represent the United States Air Force and the Air Force Academy. They understand that they represent over 200,000 active duty airmen serving around the world. The Demonstration team also takes the time to impact each community they visit throughout the show season, not only at the demonstration site but also through hospital and school visits, hoping to share their mission and inspire all they meet to strive for noble goals. To find out where you can catch the Wings of Blue in 2014, check out the demonstration calendar.

Wings of Blue Demonstrations are tailored based on the show site the team is jumping into. Jumpers in the demo can vary from 4-14 and can jump from altitudes varying from 2500’ to 15000’ above the ground. Demonstration jumpers typically wear smoke grenades to add to the visibility for the crowd on the ground. Jumpers also can carry any type of flag or multiple flags with a flag drop down system. Additionally, jumpers fly streamers, carry game balls or other valuable objects, and also fly a massive 800 square foot American Flag! Popular demo maneuvers include the Wings of Blue bomb-burst, in which jumpers utilize their flying skills to join in formation in the sky. Upon command from the lead jumper, each skydiver performs a 180 degree turn and tracks in separate directions of the flight line, creating an incredible burst effect. Upon deploying their canopies, the Wings of Blue set up canopy “stacks” and land in succession on the target area. Demonstrators also sometimes perform Canopy Relative Work (CRW) in which they join their parachutes together and fly as one. Each demonstration is complemented with a special soundtrack and narration for full crowd engagement. Upon landing, demonstrators move immediately to the crowd, where they will sign autographs, take pictures, and answer questions. The jumpers then pack their parachutes in the crowd with crowd assistance. Click here to see photos of past demonstrations.

Meet The Team

Each member of the Wings of Blue Demonstration team is highly qualified in the many disciplines required for incredible demonstrations. They are also hand selected based on their abilities to represent the Air Force and the Armed Forces as well as communicate and speak to the public. Team members receive abundant training on free-fall and canopy flying, smoke systems, flag systems, and formation flying maneuvers. Additionally, Wings of Blue members train rigorously to accurately land on target at the show venue, as well as obtaining many practice jumps into football stadiums to prepare for major sporting events. For more information on the team, check out the team member bios.

 

Gabrielle Briggs

  • Graduation Year: 2017
  • Home State: Kansas
  • Academic Major: Management
  • USAFA Squadron: 23 "Barnstormers"
  • Team Position: Demonstration
  • Outside Jumping: Working out, Shopping, Hanging out with friends and family

Gabrielle Briggs grew up in the plains of central Kansas where she graduate high school. Since she was little, Gabby has always enjoyed competitive sports such as basketball and tennis. After her acceptance to play tennis at Northwest Missouri State, she received appointments to USAFA and West Point. Since accepting her appointment to USAFA, she played tennis for one semester before earning her spot as a member of the Wings of Blue. Gabby is looking forward to her career as a teammate, Jump Master for Airmanship 490 and being a member of the Demonstration Team. After the Academy, Gabby aspires to attend pilot training.

 

Robert Farley

  • Graduation Year: 2017
  • Home State: New Jersey
  • Academic Major: Economics
  • USAFA Squadron: 98th Flying Training Squadron
  • Team Position: Demonstration
  • Outside Jumping: Boxing, videogames, eating Sour Patch watermelons, and breaking Chaz's ankles on the court

Growing up in New Jersey, Rob was a basketball player as well as an avid scholar. Upon graduation from high school many years ago, Rob enlisted in the Air Force as an Intel Analyst, stationed at Creech Air Force Base where he learned about the endless opportunities the Air Force Academy had to offer. He then decided to put his ticket in the basket and cross his fingers. Since being at the Air Force Academy, Rob has created memories and shared many experiences with his peers. However, he cannot stress enough how special his experience with being a part of the Wings of Green Parachute Team has been and how much the 98th Flying Training Squadron means to him. Rob now aspires to graduate from the United States Air Force Academy, become a pilot, and start a beautiful family!

 

Everett Joiner

  • Graduation Year: 2017
  • Home State: Georgia
  • Academic Major: Management
  • USAFA Squadron: 31 "Grim Reapers"
  • Team Position: Demonstration
  • Outside Jumping: Hunting, Baseball, Fishing ,Golf, training my hunting dogs

Everett is from Georgia and graduated high school in 2013. He originally came to the Academy as baseball player and spent one season as a left handed pitcher for the Falcons and earned a varsity letter. He fell in love with skydiving over the summer during AM-490, tried out for Wings of Green, gave up his passion of baseball, and he has not looked back. He attends the Academy with his older brother and was able to instruct him through AM-490 and pin on his jump wings. Everett hopes to attend pilot training after graduation in 2017.

 

Amy Ferguson

  • Graduation Year: 2017
  • Home State: Minnesota
  • Academic Major: Biology
  • USAFA Squadron: 36 "Proud Pink Panthers"
  • Team Position: Demonstration
  • Outside Jumping: Running, hiking, waterskiing, quoting Brian Regan

Amy was born and raised in Minnesota and decided to follow in her parents and sister's footsteps and apply to the Air Force Academy after graduating high school. She was on the Nordic Ski team her freshman year and greatly anticipated her first 490 jump all year. AM-490 was her favorite program and she is grateful for the opportunities the team has given her already. She continues to enjoy spending time with the team and is excited to be a jumpmaster and demonstrator for the Wings of Blue.

 

Gabe Dawson

  • Graduation Year: 2017
  • Home State: Texas
  • Academic Major: Systems Engineering
  • USAFA Squadron: 26 "Barons"
  • Team Position: Demonstration
  • Outside Jumping: Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, Skiing, Piano

Gabe grew up in the Lone Star State where he played soccer, ultimate Frisbee, and served as keyboardist and leader of his church youth worship band. He has always pursued thrilling adventures, but the opportunity to join the Wings of Green skydiving team was by far the most exciting and rewarding. Gabe looks forward to two more years in Wings of Blue, teaching AM-490 and training for jump demonstrations, air shows, and sporting events. Upon graduation from USAFA, Gabe aspires to be a pilot and hopes to enjoy a full career in the Air Force.

 

Adam Fly

  • Graduation Year: 2017
  • Home State: North Carolina
  • Academic Major: Systems Engineering: Human Factors
  • USAFA Squadron: 12 "Dirty Dozen"
  • Team Position: Competition Team 4-Way
  • Outside Jumping: Snowboarding, teaching Kevin how to freestyle, competitively eating BBQ, struggling at the banjo

Adam was born in Georgia but grew up in North Carolina where he graduated high school. While there he played football and lacrosse. He followed in the footsteps of his cousin, several uncles and an aunt, as well as both grandfathers in joining the Air Force. He loves USAFA and being a part of the 98th FTS has given him more opportunities than he could have imagined. After graduation he hopes to attend pilot training.

 

Dennis Cook

  • Graduation Year: 2016
  • Home State: California
  • Academic Major: Aeronautical Engineering
  • USAFA Squadron: 35 "Wild Weasels"
  • Team Position: Demonstration
  • Outside Jumping: Cycling, Body Surfing, Beach Volleyball

Dennis began his college career at Northwestern Preparatory School and Cal State Long Beach in Southern California. He decided to continue his education at the Academy. Dennis has always loved going fast. He chose to compete with the USAFA Cycling Team freshman year, but when he took AM-490 over the summer, he found his true calling. Being a member of the Wings of Green and Wings of Blue forever changed Dennis’ life, and he can’t wait to continue exploring the sky. He owes all of his success to his family, friends, and teachers for their unwavering love and support. For the next two years Dennis will exemplify his talents on the Demonstration Team. When he graduates he plans to trade his canopy in for an F-22.

 

Jordan Glover

  • Graduation Year: 2017
  • Home State: Georgia
  • Academic Major: Management
  • USAFA Squadron: 10 "Tiger Ten"
  • Team Position: Demonstration
  • Outside Jumping: Snowboarding, trying to play guitar, camping, geocaching, beat boxing for Kevin's freestyles

Jordan was born and raised in Georgia. Prior to graduating high school in Georgia, he played football, basketball, and ran track. Jordan never pictured himself in the military, but after being accepted to USAFA he could not deny the opportunity and the rest was history. Bounded together by love, trust, and commitment, the Wings of Blue and the Air Force Academy has radically changed Jordan's life. He is extremely thankful and strives every day to be the best teammate, instructor, and demonstrator he can be.

 

Tyler Lannom

  • Graduation Year: 2016
  • Home State: Alabama
  • Academic Major: Geospatial Science, Spanish Minor
  • USAFA Squadron: 35 "Wild Weasles"
  • Team Position: Competition - Freefly
  • Outside Jumping: Snowboarding, Hiking, Music, Playing drums, Boating, Water Skiing

Tyler Lannom wanted to join the military from a young age. He is from a military family where his grandfather, dad, and both of his older brothers served in the military; it was inevitable for him to also join the military. He first heard of the Air Force Academy as a sophomore in high school from his best friend Cole Finnerty. Tyler loves the St. Louis Cardinals and being active. He realized he wanted to join Wings of Blue after taking AM-490 and realizing that he wanted to teach people to do something unimaginable. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, and realizes that he would not be half the person he was today without his awesome parents, who inspire him to push harder and give 100% in everything he does. He owes them so much, and can't wait to pay it all back to them. Tyler wants to be a pilot after graduating from the Academy.

 

Kaitlin Ellwein

  • Graduation Year: 2016
  • Home State: South Dakota
  • Academic Major: Political Science, Chinese Minor
  • USAFA Squadron: 3 "Dogs of War"
  • Team Position: Competition Team NCO
  • Outside Jumping: Spending time with friends and family, Travelling, Reading, Soccer, Basketball

Katie Ellwein grew up in a military home, graduating from high school in Maryland. With dreams of helping people and seeing the world, Katie followed in the footsteps of her two amazing Army parents and chose to attend the US Air Force Academy. She was first introduced to the Wings of Blue during a tour in Basic Training, when she set her heart on getting her jump wings before graduating the Academy. After taking AM-490 and falling in love with the freedom of skydiving, Katie tried out for the team. She is blessed beyond measure to have joined the 98th FTS and has gained the greatest friends and teammates she could have imagined while experiencing the adventure of a lifetime. She flies camera for one of the competition four ways and looks forward to competing with them for the next two years.

 

Ellis Field

  • Graduation Year: 2016
  • Home State: Pennsylvania
  • Academic Major: Political Science, German Minor
  • USAFA Squadron: 23 "Barnstromers"
  • Team Position: Demonstration
  • Outside Jumping: Traveling, Hiking, Hanging out with friends

Ellis realized that she wanted to attend USAFA at a very young age and was encouraged by her family and friends to do so. After her first AM-490 jump, she knew that she wanted to be a PTWOB and was ecstatic when she made WOG. Ellis is now a member of the Demonstration Team and enjoys traveling all over for shows. What she loves most, though, is helping students conquer their fears during AM-490.

 

Chloe Hurst

  • Graduation Year: 2016
  • Home State: Michigan
  • Academic Major: Management, Spanish Minor
  • USAFA Squadron: 30 "Knights of Thirty"
  • Team Position: 4-Way (Point)
  • Outside Jumping: Running, swimming, skiing

Chloe Hurst grew up wanting to follow her grandfather's footsteps. He was a B-26 pilot for the Army Air Corps in WWII. She heard of the Air Force Academy from mentor and leader 2nd LT Ryan Umberger while she attended high school. With the support of family, friends, the Chicago Bears and her beloved Blackhawks, Chloe found herself at the U.S. Air Force Academy. As a rising sophomore, she completed AM 490 and found herself still terrified to jump from a plane even with 5 jumps. While helping others concur their fears in an element that everyone naturally fears was her motivation for trying out for Wings of Green, the family members added along the way make every challenge faced on and off the team worth it.

 

Ryan Davenport

  • Graduation Year: 2016
  • Home State: North Carolina
  • Academic Major: Foreign Area Studies
  • USAFA Squadron: 39 "Campus Rads"
  • Team Position: Competition: 4-Way (Outside Center)
  • Outside Jumping: Volleyball, Water sports, Anything outdoors

Ryan grew up in North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for one year. After encouragement from his brother and an urge to serve his country he decided to come to the US Air Force Academy. He was introduced to members of the Wings of Blue through BSU, his spire group, his freshman year and looked up to them as role models. The summer after his freshman year he took AM-490 and fell in love with skydiving and had a hunger to be a part of the 98th FTS family. Ryan looks forward to representing the Air Force through collegiate and national skydiving competitions in 4-way. After graduation he hopes to obtain another pair of wings by becoming a pilot. Ryan would like to thank his parents and his brother for their continued love and support.

 

Lance Dutton

  • Graduation Year: 2016
  • Home State: Georgia
  • Academic Major: Economics
  • USAFA Squadron: 3 "Dogs of War"
  • Team Position: Competition: 4-Way
  • Outside Jumping: Hunting, Fishing, Baseball

Lance grew up in Georgia. After graduating high school, he accepted a Falcon Foundation scholarship to attend Northwestern Preparatory School. After getting medically turned back during basic with the class of 2015, Lance returned with the class of 2016 the next year. He decided to try out for the team after taking AM-490 during the summer. Lance competes one of the competition four way teams. After graduating, Lance wants to attend pilot training. He would like to thank all his friends and family for the incredible amount of support over the years.

 

Brock Flieger

  • Graduation Year: 2016
  • Home State: Connecticut
  • Academic Major: Systems Engineering
  • USAFA Squadron: 10 "Tiger Ten"
  • Team Position: Demonstration
  • Outside Jumping: Skiing, water sports, biking, making videos, packing 490 rigs, procrastinating

Brock was born and raised in a small town, nestled in the rolling hills of Connecticut. Brock was fortunate enough to receive an appointment to the Air Force Academy after graduating from high school in 2012. Ever since his first jump in AM-490, Brock was determined to become a jump master, even if that meant trying out for the team twice. He is incredibly grateful to have been given this opportunity to travel, jump and interact with some of the best people at the Academy.

 

Ryan Davenport

  • Graduation Year: 2016
  • Home State: North Carolina
  • Academic Major: Foreign Area Studies
  • USAFA Squadron: 39 "Campus Rads"
  • Team Position: Competition: 4-Way (Outside Center)
  • Outside Jumping: Volleyball, Water sports, Anything outdoors

Ryan grew up in North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for one year. After encouragement from his brother and an urge to serve his country he decided to come to the US Air Force Academy. He was introduced to members of the Wings of Blue through BSU, his spire group, his freshman year and looked up to them as role models. The summer after his freshman year he took AM-490 and fell in love with skydiving and had a hunger to be a part of the 98th FTS family. Ryan looks forward to representing the Air Force through collegiate and national skydiving competitions in 4-way. After graduation he hopes to obtain another pair of wings by becoming a pilot. Ryan would like to thank his parents and his brother for their continued love and support.

 

Taylor Lopez

  • Graduation Year: 2017
  • Home Country: Spain
  • Academic Major: System Engineering (French Minor)
  • USAFA Squadron: 12 "Dirty Dozen"
  • Team Position: Demonstration
  • Outside Jumping: Karate, "Futbol" and taking naps

Taylor was born in Spain. His family moved to Florida in 2010 with hopes of a better future. It was here where Taylor found out about the Air Force Academy and decided to join the Long Blue Line. He has enjoyed his experience as a Wings of Green member and hopes to attend pilot training upon commissioning.

 

Jacob Martin

  • Graduation Year: 2017
  • Home State: South Dakota
  • Academic Major: Meteorology
  • USAFA Squadron: 17 "Stalag 17"
  • Team Position: Demonstration
  • Outside Jumping: Snowboarding, golf, guitar, cloud gazing, camping/hiking, anything outdoors

Jacob enlisted into the Air Force after high school in 2009 and became a C-130E/H/J Crew Chief at Little Rock AFB, AR. Not long after his promotion to Senior Airman, he was accepted into the USAFA Preparatory School. His freshman year at the USAFA was spent training with the Combat Shooting Team, and the next summer was accepted onto the Wings of Green. Upon Graduation, Jacob wishes to attend pilot training and eventually fly jet fighter aircraft.

 

Chris Newman

  • Graduation Year: 2017
  • Home State: Florida
  • Academic Major: Geospatial Science
  • USAFA Squadron: 33 "King Ratz"
  • Team Position: Demonstration
  • Outside Jumping: Snowboarding, Sailing, anything on the water

Chris was raised in Florida and lived for the Air Show scene. Committed to becoming an officer in the Air Force, Chris attended high school in California before heading off to the University of Florida for a semester of academic credits with the Innovation Academy program. Upon acceptance to the US Air Force Academy, Chris strove to participate in as many airfield-related activities since he feels that they are the best outlets for Cadets to immerse themselves in leadership opportunities. After successfully completing the AM-490 jump course, Chris was accepted into the 98 FTS family and has been living his dream of performing at demonstrations across the country with his most valued teammates and mentors. Chris would like to thank the Wings of Blue for all of the incredible experiences and opportunities afforded to him. Be sure to look for Chris and his teammates high and to the right as the Mighty UV-18B Twin Otter maneuvers in for its next jump pass…AND THERE THEY GO!

 

Ethan Porter

  • Graduation Year: 2017
  • Home State: North Carolina
  • Academic Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • USAFA Squadron: 31 "Grim Reapers"
  • Team Position: Competition Team: 4-Way
  • Outside Jumping: Swimming, Tennis, Skiing, watching Kevin freestyle, and Outdoor Activities

Ethan is from North Carolina where he graduated high school and spent most of his time with the swim and tennis teams. He learned about the Air Force Academy his sophomore year of high school and gained a strong desire to attend. Ethan is extremely grateful of the amazing opportunities the Academy and the 98th FTS have given him. Upon graduation he hopes to either attend pilot training or become a civil engineer for the Air Force.

 

Viktor Rymniak

  • Graduation Year: 2017
  • Home State: Pennsylvania
  • Academic Major: Systems Engineering (German Minor)
  • USAFA Squadron: 14 "Cobras"
  • Team Position: Demonstration
  • Outside Jumping: Basketball, golf, snowboarding, and being tall

Viktor grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania. Throughout high school his goal was to attend the Naval Academy, however, after a change of plans he accepted his appointment to the U. S. Air Force Academy and has enjoyed every second of it. His experience as a member of the Wings of Green has been one of the best in his life and he cannot wait for the next two years as a teammate, jump master, and skydiver.

 

Heather Parcasio

  • Graduation Year: 2017
  • Home State: California
  • Academic Major: Management; Spanish Minor
  • USAFA Squadron: 14 "Killer Cobras"
  • Team Position: Demonstration
  • Outside Jumping: Boxing, Singing, Traveling, Eating, and Cooking

Heather never thought she would be in the military, but she says it is one of the best things that could have ever happened to her. After high school, she enlisted for 3 years as a logistics planner. Seeking a plan for school, doors of opportunity continued to close, but more opened for the Academy. She loves the people she has met and cannot wait for what the rest of her future has in store.

 

McKall Turk

  • Graduation Year: 2017
  • Home State: Washington
  • Academic Major: Systems Engineering: Human Factors
  • USAFA Squadron: 1 "Mighty Mach One"
  • Team Position: Demonstration
  • Outside Jumping: Long distance running, reading, drinking coffee, hanging with her twin

McKall has had a desire to be a pilot since she was in junior high. Although she did not make it into the Academy with her first application, she is very grateful to have spent a year at the USAFA Preparatory School. She loves being a part of the 98th and cannot wait to teach students as a jumpmaster.

 

Megan Shenk

  • Graduation Year: 2017
  • Home State: Pennsylvania
  • Academic Major: Biology
  • USAFA Squadron: 13 "Fightin' Bulldawgs"
  • Team Position: Competition Team: 4-Way
  • Outside Jumping: Going to Concerts, Soccer, Running, Hiking, and Snowboarding

Megan was born in Mississippi. She grew up in Arizona and in Germany and now lives in Pennsylvania. Megan came to USAFA as a recruited athlete for the women's soccer team and played her freshman year. After taking AM-490, she decided to try out for the Wings of Green. She is incredibly thankful for the opportunities that USAFA has given her and would not want to be a part of any other squadron than the 98th. After graduation, Megan hopes to become a flight surgeon, first by attending pilot training and then medical school after.

 

Alexander Williams

 

  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Home State: Dayton, OH
  • Academic Major: Behavioral Science – Pre-Med
  • USAFA Squadron: 12 “Dirty Dozen”
  • Team Position: Demonstration
  • Outside Jumping: Coaching Youth Soccer, Emergency Medical Responder, Volunteer at Local Elementary Schools and with Big Brothers Big Sisters

After graduating high school in 2012, Alex Williams joined the US Air Force Enlisted Corps and received a Special Duty position with the Air Force Honor Guard in Washington, D.C. where he performed ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, the White House, and the Pentagon. He was influenced by his Commander at the time to try to receive and acceptance to the Air Force Academy, and the rest is history. Alex loves being on the Wings of Blue Demonstration Team and looks forward to interacting with everyone in the audience! Once commissioned, his goal is to receive Air Force pilot wings.

 

Ben Hatfield

 

  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Home State: North Carolina
  • Academic Major: Operations Research
  • USAFA Squadron: 04 Fightin’ Fourth
  • Team Position: Demonstration
  • Outside Jumping: Hiking, Rock Climbing, Backpacking, and anything water: boating, kayaking, wake-boarding!

Ben lived half of his life in Maryland, and then moved to Cary, North Carolina. After graduating from Cary Academy, Ben attended the US Air Force Academy. After finishing freshman year, he took the Airmanship 490 Program and knew it was the greatest program at USAFA! He now is on the demonstration team and teaches AM-490. After graduating, Ben hopes to attend Pilot Training and become a pilot in the world’s greatest Air Force! Ben would like to thank his family and friends for helping him to get to where his is now and he is thankful for their support in everything he does! He also encourages every aspiring USAFA Cadet to take Airmanship 490!

 

 

Jared Bogdan

 

  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Home State: New Jersey
  • Academic Major:  Astronautical Engineering
  • USAFA Squadron: 26 "Barons"
  • Team Position: Demonstration
  • Outside Jumping: Singing, Playing Guitar, Cooking, Spending time with family/friends

Jared was born and raised in the small town of Lambertville, New Jersey. Throughout his childhood and adolescence, Jared enjoyed competing on the town's baseball and crew teams, singing in his high school's choir, and  learning to cook from his grandparents. Since accepting his appointment to the United States Air Force Academy, Jared has had the opportunity to train as a member of the Wings of Blue, and sing with the Academy's premier male accapella group, "In The Stairwell." He is excited to teach and mentor AM-490 students, and represent the United States Air Force as a Wings of Blue Demonstrator.   

 

 

Jackson Bednar

 

  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Home State: Minnesota
  • Academic Major:  Economics, Portuguese and Philosophy Minors
  • USAFA Squadron: 3 “Dogs of War”
  • Team Position: Demonstration
  • Outside Jumping: Spending time with family/friends, Playing basketball, Learning about the world, DJing, Bear wrestling

Jackson hails from the great state of Minnesota. In high school he played basketball, ran cross country and track, and dabbled in the arts of disc jockeying. He first heard about the Air Force Academy during his sophomore year and immediately desired to attend. The Academy has provided him with everything he wanted—and more. Jackson is grateful for all of the opportunities he has been afforded, especially his time at the 98th. He hopes to attend pilot training after commissioning.

 

Benjamin Hawkins

 

  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Home State: Texas
  • Academic Major: Economics
  • USAFA Squadron: CS-29 “Black Panthers”
  • Team Position: Demonstration
  • Outside Jumping: Snowboarding, Golfing, Reading, Playing Music, Over-exaggerating  Former Sporting Accomplishments  

Benn Hawkins hails from Argyle, TX, and is the middle child in a family of five sons. He committed to USAFA  to join the baseball team after an awe-inspiring official visit in the Fall of 2013, to include a gripping tour of the 98th FTS. He decided to apply for the Wings of Green after completing USAFA’s  “Jump” program to take on the greatest challenge and opportunity the Academy has to offer: becoming an expert AM-490 instructor as a member of the United States Air Force Parachute Team. Upon graduation from the World’s finest leadership institution, Hawkins hopes to attend pilot training.

 

Raymone Jackson

 

  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Home State: North Carolina
  • Academic Major:  Management
  • USAFA Squadron: 12 “Dirty Dozen”
  • Team Position: Demo
  • Outside Jumping: AF Men’s Club Volleyball Team,  Spending time with friends, traveling

Ray was born in Selma, Alabama. He considers Charlotte, North Carolina to be home where he lived for four years before enlisting in the Air Force. While enlisted he was stationed in Misawa, Japan before coming to the Air Force Academy and joining the Wings of Blue. Ray joined the team because of its awesome close-knit community, the endless opportunities, and to teach Airmanship 490 – the best program at USAFA. He hopes to attend ENJJPT (pilot training) after commissioning.

 

Noah Taylor

 

  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Home State: Arizona
  • Academic Major:  Systems Engineering, Arabic Minor
  • USAFA Squadron: 36 “Pink Panthers”
  • Team Position: Competition: 4-Way Camera
  • Outside Jumping: Spending time outdoors, eating Mitch’s with friends, thrifting

Noah grew up in Phoenix, Arizona which he happily calls home.  He enjoys getting to return to his home state with the team on their training trips throughout the year and getting to spend time with his family.  After taking AM-490 Noah could not pass up the opportunity to join the esteemed team that made Jump such an impactful experience for him.  Upon graduation Noah hopes to attend pilot training and pursue a career as a pilot in the United States Air Force.

 

Bimbola Orikogbo

 

  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Home State: Richmond, VA
  • Academic Major: Electrical Engineering
  • USAFA Squadron: CS-05 “Wolfpack”
  • Team Position: Demonstration
  • Outside Jumping: Hiking, Netflixing, relaxing with family and friends, collecting

Before the Academy, Bimbola grew up in Richmond, Virginia where she spent most of her time playing field hockey and running. After taking AM-490,  Bimbola fell in love with the freedom of skydiving, and tried out for the team. She is excited for the following years on the Wings of Blue and grateful for the support of her loving parents and two sisters.

 

Clinton Black

 

  • Graduation Year: 2017
  • Home State: Virginia
  • Academic Major: Systems Engineering (Spanish Minor)
  • USAFA Squadron: 24 "Phantoms"
  • Team Position: Demonstration
  • Outside Jumping: Chess, Soccer, Astronomy, Fashion & The Arts

Clinton Michael Black began his formative years in England where his father was stationed at RAFB Mildenhall. Upon returning to the states, Clint became infatuated with soccer, traveling the country to ultimately win a US Club Soccer National Championship with Team America in 2008. Following high school, Clint attended the USAFA Preparatory School. It was then that he first witnessed the Wings of Blue at a home Air Force Falcon football game, and he knew joining the Air Force Parachute Team was something he wanted to achieve. Clinton is eternally grateful for the support from his loving parents as well as his two sisters.

 

Steven Bradford

 

  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Home State: California
  • Academic Major:  Geospatial Engineering
  • USAFA Squadron: 29 – Black Panthers
  • Team Position: Demonstration
  • Outside Jumping: Travel, Food, Cars, Dogs, Wakeboarding, Scuba, Bocce

Steve hails from a long line of patriots. Since the Bradford family first came to America on the Mayflower, every generation of descendants have served in the US Military. It was inevitable that he would follow in their footsteps, and as the son of two aviators, he was destined for flight. Raised in the Bay Area of northern California, he spent his youth on the lake, and riding motorcycles. He attended the USAF Academy Preparatory school, where he learned about the Wings of Blue, and set his sights to make the team. Steve loves dogs, fast cars, Tom Selleck, good food, and his grandmother. Meet him at one of the next Wings of Blue demonstrations.

 

Nathan Brooks

 

  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Home State: Arizona
  • Academic Major: Economics with Spanish Minor
  • USAFA Cadet Squadron: 20 “Tough Twenty Trolls”
  • Team Position: Four-way (Point)
  • Outside Jumping: Working out, racquetball, sports narration, juggling, facilitating the recovery of torn ligaments

Nate Brooks was born to a military family in Little Rock, Arkansas and has been on the move since his birth.  After departing the land of the Ozarks, the family travels (and dad’s military assignments) took him to Anchorage, AK and Colorado Springs before finally stopping for good in Tucson, AZ, where he now considers home.  In high school, Nate played football and baseball, ran track, became an Eagle Scout, and set his sights on attending the US Air Force Academy.  During the summer of his “doolie” year, he was introduced to parachuting through the academy’s Airmanship 490 course and from that moment, the commonly-considered irrational idea of “jumping out of a perfectly good airplane” became an insatiable passion.  Having been called to serve a mission for his church, Nate left the Academy for two years and traded in the blue skies of Colorado for the wind of the Argentine Patagonia; nothing, however, could extinguish the fire that had been lit since first going through the “Jump” program.  Upon his return, Nate tried out to be selected for the upgrade parachuting program, the Wings of Green, and the rest is history.  Nate has loved his upgrade year for multiple reasons; he has made friends of unlikely ages and in unlikely places, has grown to appreciate the ground duties that carry the squadron, and of course, he has loved the freefall.  

 

 

Jared Rackers

 

  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Home State: Missouri
  • Academic Major:  Civil Engineering
  • USAFA Squadron: 19, Wolverines
  • Team Position: Demonstration
  • Outside Jumping: Anything outdoors, most sports, spending time with friends and family, traveling and adventuring

Jared grew up on a farm in Jefferson City, MO and spent most of his time outdoors hunting, fishing, riding horses, riding four-wheelers or exploring. He played many sports growing up and loves being part of a team. He loves skiing, hiking, white water rafting, and exploring Colorado while going to school at the Air Force Academy. His favorite part of the Wings of Blue is the friendships he has made and the experiences he encounters with the team. He hopes to attend pilot training after commissioning.

 

Christana Wagner

 

  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Home State: Georgia
  • Academic Major:  Economics and Management
  • USAFA Squadron: 40 “Warhawks”
  • Team Position: Demonstration
  • Outside Jumping: Being outdoors and on a lake, spending time with family/friends, volunteering, water skiing

Christana grew up in Milton, Georgia where she loved playing soccer, being on the lake, water skiing, and tubing. As a young girl, Christana was adventurous. Her favorite Christmas gift was a zipline, and she knew she wanted to skydive one day too. She is very close to her two younger sisters and loves spending time with family and friends. Christana is so proud to be a Cadet at the United States Air Force Academy, and she hopes to show others of all ages what USAFA and the US Air Force are all about through the Air Force Parachute Team, Wings of Blue.

 

Hunter Parnell

 

  • Grad Year 2018
  • Home State: Colorado
  • Major: Law
  • Squad: 14
  • Team Positon: Demo Dawg
  • Outside Jumping: Model UN, tattoo aficionado, baseball,  FIFA, and War Eagle

While born in the Rocky Mountain State, Hunter spent time living in both Indiana and Alabama following his father (an Army Officer). A recruited baseball player before a serious of unfortunate injuries derailed his ability to perform, Hunter was thrilled at the opportunity to pursue the opportunities provided by the Wings of Blue. He loves teaching, being a jumpmaster, and traveling and speaking to younger students about the incredible openings that have been revealed to him while at USAFA. He hopes to pursue a career in the JAG core or as a RPA pilot.  

 

Alexandra Vance

 

  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Home State: Illinois
  • Academic Major:  Legal Studies
  • USAFA Squadron: Tiger Ten
  • Team Position: Demonstration Team
  • Outside Jumping: Moot Court Team, skiing, boating, water-skiing basketball, family time

Alex was born in Wisconsin to an Air Force family. She was raised in Colorado and attended high school in Texas. Being a member of the Wings of Blue has been a life-long goal for Alex who watched the team at dozens of air shows and sporting events growing up. She plans to attend law school after graduation and commission as a Judge Advocate in the Air Force. Alex loves all things outdoors and spending time with her awesome family.