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Staff writer | May 29, 2011
The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels commanding officer has left the squadron after a lower-than-normal manuever during a Virginia air show. Chief of Naval Air Training, Rear Adm. Bill Sizemore, relieved Cmdr. Dave Koss, commanding officer of the Naval Flight Demonstration Squadron at his request following a lower-than-normal maneuver during the team’s last performance at the Lynchburg Regional Air Show May 22, according to a press release from the Blue Angels. “With deep personal regret I shared with my command today that I will be voluntarily leaving the greatest flight demonstration team," Koss said in a statement.
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Elizabeth Varin | Staff Writer | January 3, 2012
The Navy flight demonstration team, the Blue Angels, has arrived in El Centro to kick off their winter training. The pilots landed earlier this afternoon, with some members of the crew already at Naval Air Facility El Centro. The team will start training later this week and continue until the air show on March 10.
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By LARRY SMITH | Seeley | January 11, 2011
Having lived here for the past 63 years I dread the return of the Blue Angels, the noise as they fly so low over my home that at times I can smell the exhaust. They fly directly over the Seeley School; been lucky so far? They scare my animals and are generally a pain. They could use the desert much more than they do? Why not?
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March 14, 2013
This past week the paper had one story and one editorial regarding the future of the Blue Angels. Both were critical about the cuts, but neither mentioned any money amounts. What is the total annual expense (tax dollars) of the team and the cost of just one of its performances? I think this is something that the readers should know before they can form an educated opinion about the cuts to the Blues. - Interested, El Centro Sequestration has enacted $54 billion in immediate cuts to the Pentagon, and already the branches of the military are feeling the pain, but they're also dealing with it in different ways.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF WRITER | March 4, 2011
Naval Air Facility officials are encouraging those interested to register for Saturday's 1st Annual Blue Angels 10K Fun Run. Participants will have the option of running, biking or walking.  The race starts at 7:30 am at Sunbeam Lake, on Sunbeam Lake Road and ends at the NAF El Centro’s Blue Angel Park. Cost of registration is $25 for adults (13 years and older), $15 for children 5-12 years old, $20 for active duty military personnel and seniors, and free for children 4 and under.
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By JAMES WALKER | Westmorland | February 7, 2012
I've noticed comments in your paper about the Blue Angels and military flying activities in general. These usually concern smoke, noise and possible hazards. I've been thinking about this and I have a few thoughts on the subject. The Blue Angels fly over my home and property at low level on a regular basis on their way to their practice area. My main concern is that someone might be injured in the wild scramble for the door so that we can get outside and watch this amazing display of precision airmanship.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | February 27, 2013
The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, team members helped sort and bag donated food at the Niland Food Shed on Feb. 20. The third Wednesday of every month, residents of the Niland area leave their homes with empty cupboards and arrive by foot, by carpool or any other means to the Niland Chamber of Commerce and leave with more than they can carry. Several Blue Angels team members, along with Lt. Jared Smith, Naval Air Facility El Centro base chaplain, and Lt. j.g. Lisa Lill, of Navy Public Affairs Support Element East, assisted in bagging and distributing 438 bags of food for those in need in the Niland area.
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By ELIZABETH VARIN | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | March 13, 2011
When the men in the blue outfits first came into 14-month-old Ulises Ibarra’s hospital room, he shrank away, curling up next to his mom. Yet the longer the three Blue Angels team members stayed in the room Friday morning, the more Ulises’ curiosity piqued, especially after flight surgeon Lt. Jason Smith stuck a sticker to his chest. Members of the Blue Angels medical team visited the pediatric ward at Pioneers Memorial Hospital on Friday morning. Before air shows, members of the team try to get out and visit children stuck in the hospitals, Smith said.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | January 6, 2012
On Tuesday, as blue and gold jets circled to land at Naval Air Facility El Centro, they brought with them the precision and pageantry they have carried to the base near Seeley every winter since 1967. The base has had a rich presence near Seeley since shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941. At first a Marine Corps Air Station, it was taken over by the Navy shortly after it was decommissioned in 1946, according to historical documents. The history of the U.S. Navy's flight demonstration team, the Blue Angels, began shortly after the end of World War II as well, according to the team's Web site, to keep the public interested in naval aviation.
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By ELIZABETH VARIN | Imperial Valley Press | March 12, 2011
Clad in a bright blue jumpsuit, Jacob Bullock looked at different planes laid out on a table Friday evening. He reached out to grab one with a boyish smile on his face, but was just out of reach. Wrapped in his mother’s arms, the 3-year-old from Huntington Beach was content to look at the planes he seemed committed to flying. The family came down for the air show and to thank the veterans for serving, Kelly Bullock said. Getting to go to the entertainment and food festival Friday was a bonus.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | July 30, 2013
> > 50 Years Ago   - EL CENTRO - Jose Sanchez Sr., of El Centro, has spent much of his time helping local youngsters in Little League and in other endeavors, but he wound up yesterday in the El Centro Community Hospital because of the meanness of one 12-year-old boy. According to El Centro police, it happened this way: Jose Sanchez Jr., age 11, a Post and Press newspaper boy, was selling papers near the Thrifty Drug Store when he...
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | April 11, 2013
Certain Democrats considered sequestration a win for their party because they thought it made Republicans appear heartless. Certain Republicans considered sequestration a win for their party because they believe any cut in the size of government is a good cut. Those who had their services eliminated or reduced, and those who lost jobs or had their work hours slashed, don't have quite such a positive impression of sequestration. Sequestration is hitting home for many more people across the country this week as it was announced Tuesday that the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy flight demonstration team, won't be performing for the rest of 2013, saving an estimated $15 million to $20 million.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | March 20, 2013
> > 40 Years Ago - The status of Cmdr. Harley Hall, former skipper of the Blue Angels, has been officially changed from missing in action to prisoner of war. According to the San Diego office of Voices in Vital America (VIVA), they received the word early this morning from the Defense Department. Also listed was Lt. Cmdr. Phillip Kientzler, Hall's co-pilots. It was not known today whether the two names will appear on the final list of POWs to be released this weekend. As yet, neither the North Vietnamese nor the Viet Cong have acknowledged they are holding the two fliers.
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By ELIZABETH VARIN | Digital Media News Editor | March 16, 2013
NAVAL AIR FACILITY EL CENTRO - Crowds lined up to sample local food and meet some not-so-local dignitaries at the annual Food Fest held in advance of today's air show here. Hundreds drifted through the hangar that housed the food vendors Friday evening, while still more listened to music, played on inflatables and talked outside the structure. Local restaurants were on display, along with a number of other groups that had booths in the hangar. While people sampled a number of different dishes, the big draw for some was outside the hangar.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | March 15, 2013
SEELEY - While the sight of Blue Angels jets soaring through the desert sky is common to the Imperial Valley, about 40 people boarded the famous “Fat Albert” C-130 aircraft to get a much more rare view of what the Blue Angels do. The group was a mix of reporters, photographers and military riders from Naval Air Facility El Centro. Together, they experienced a nine-minute tactical flight demonstration featuring moments where the aircraft pulled two Gs (force of gravity), went 370 miles per hour at 60 feet above the ground, and reached zero Gs, or zero gravity.
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IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS | March 15, 2013
In this weekend's Imperial Valley Press: The skies over the Valley will be rocking Saturday with aerial acrobatics of the Navy's pride, the Blue Angels. In Sunday's paper and online we will bring you the complete story, photos and videos on the annual air show at Naval Air Facility El Centro. Calexico High School celebrates 100 years this year, and we speak with those who recall what the school has meant to the community. Read all about it Sunday.
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By ELIZABETH VARIN | Digital Media News Editor | March 15, 2013
NAVAL AIR FACILITY EL CENTRO - It was an air show that first got Capt. Mike Van Wyk interested in aviation when he was just a kid. Through the years he's followed that interest through training and deployment, and now the U.S. Marine Corps captain is set to come full circle, performing in his first air show Saturday in the Blue Angels C-130 cargo aircraft, Fat Albert. “It's kind of been a bit of a dream for me to be here,” he said. “It's great to be able to represent the sailors and Marines that we served alongside in deployments, at home, et cetera.
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By ELIZABETH VARIN | Digital Media News Editor | March 15, 2013
NAVAL AIR FACILITY EL CENTRO - Before the crowds flock onto the base, before the stands and chalets fill up, before all the vendors arrive, Seeley Elementary School students got a sneak peak at the headliner performance set to take to the skies today. Fifth- and sixth-graders from Seeley Elementary School watched the Blue Angels F/A 18 Hornet jets and C-130 Fat Albert take off and maneuver through the skies. The students were really excited to come and watch the Blue Angels fly, said Lupita Rosas, a sixth-grade teacher with the school.
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March 14, 2013
This past week the paper had one story and one editorial regarding the future of the Blue Angels. Both were critical about the cuts, but neither mentioned any money amounts. What is the total annual expense (tax dollars) of the team and the cost of just one of its performances? I think this is something that the readers should know before they can form an educated opinion about the cuts to the Blues. - Interested, El Centro Sequestration has enacted $54 billion in immediate cuts to the Pentagon, and already the branches of the military are feeling the pain, but they're also dealing with it in different ways.
OPINION
By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | March 9, 2013
Ten days in the federal sequester and most of the effects locally have yet to happen. Many of them will begin April 1, when Department of Homeland Security, which includes port inspectors and agents and Border Patrol personnel, will begin to see their hours cut, and subsequently their paychecks reduced, and services begin to be reduced by agencies such as Bureau of Land Management. The most tangible effect, though, that will more affect quality of life than it will way of life, will be the annual Blue Angels Air Show scheduled for next weekend.
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