BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge native has become the newest member of the U.S. Navy’s elite flight squadron, the Blue Angels, officials say.
CMDCM(AW/SW) Eric McDermott, of Baton Rouge, earned his Blue Angels Crest after four months of intensive training, according to the Navy.
McDermott is the highest-ranking enlisted staff member on the Blue Angels team.
Members of the Blue Angels train in squadron history, procedures, teamwork, and traditions.
CMDCM McDermott is joined by fellow Louisiana native AZC(AW/SW) Rob Portell, of Abita Springs.
The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels squadron was founded in 1946 by Admiral Chester Nimitz. The squadron currently pilots F/A-18 Hornet aircraft.
The mission of the Blue Angels is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach, according to the Navy.
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