Blue Angels to tour in 2014

Thomas Crisp Contributing Columnist

November 13, 2013

The U.S. Navy announced Oct. 24 that the Blue Angels, its touring squadron of stunt pilots, will be operating along its full tour schedule this year, after missing out on the 2013 season from federal budget cuts due to sequestration.

According to Rear Admiral John Kirby on the Navy’s official blog, the reduction in funding in 2013 caused the Navy to cancel approximately 2,800 community outreach events.

This year, he wrote, “We will be able to provide Americans around our nation with special events to explain and show what their Navy does. These events include full schedules for Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron (Blue Angels) and Parachute Teams (Leap Frogs); five Fleet Weeks; six Navy Weeks; Navy and regional band performances; and 10 port visits to U.S. cities.

Regarding the news that the team would be performing a full tour schedule, Commander Thomas Frosch, the team’s lead pilot, told the Pensacola News Journal that “I think everybody was just excited to finally hear it. It’s just been a long six months … It’s a great feeling, that’s all I can tell you.”

While grounded, the group performed other community outreach. One of the most welcome stops on the tour — which runs from March 16 to Nov. 2, 2014 — is the U.S. Naval Academy’s commissioning and graduation week in Annapolis, Maryland at the end of May.

The Blue Angels have performed during the occasion since 1954, but their last full performance was in 2010. In 2011, the squad underwent changes after their CO was relieved of command for flying too low, and in 2012 they only performed a flyover.

The complete schedule for 2014 is available at The site indicates all shows through 2013 as being cancelled. Recommend 2014 attendees check the website for any last minutes schedule changes prior to attending a show in your area. Source: Atlantic Wire, Brian Feldman, 24 Oct 2013

Vet hiring fairs

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s (USCC) Hiring Our Heroes program employment workshops are available in conjunction with hundreds of their hiring fairs. These workshops are designed to help veterans and military spouses and include resume writing, interview skills, and one-on-one mentoring.

For details of each, refer to To participate, sign up for the workshop in addition to registering for the hiring fairs which are presently scheduled for: For more information about the USCC Hiring Our Heroes Program, Military Spouse Program, Transition Assistance, GE Employment Workshops, Resume Engine, etc. visit the USCC website at Note: This is only a partial listing of hiring fairs in nearby States. For more listings visit their web site.

Veterans Hiring Fair

Nov. 12 – Augusta, Ga.

Nov. 14 – Career Expo with Suntrust — Atlanta, Ga.

Nov. 20 – Melbourne, Fla.

Dec. 2 – Norfolk, Va. (Military Spouse Networking Reception)

Dec. 3 – Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa.

Dec. 3 – Norfolk, Va. (Military Spouse Hiring Fair and Career Forum)

Dec. 4 – Parkersburg, WV.

Dec. 11 – Charleston

Note: A key tactic that most job-seekers overlook when attending a job or career fair is to stop at every table. One mistake we all make on occasion is to generalize.

For example, people assume that health-care companies are only hiring health-care workers, or that insurance companies only need agents. So when they encounter these tables or displays, they typically say nothing and keep moving.

Also, sell yourself. Be an extrovert and your own agent. Finally, your mission is fact-finding and networking. By spending time at each table, one learns to overcome stereotypes that lead to erroneous assumptions. Source: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Assn 28 Oct 2013.