United States NavyRight Wing. He is currently Blue Angels #2.
Lieutenant Jim Tomaszeski is a native of Orange Park, Fla., and graduated from Coronado High School in 1997. He attended Florida State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing in 2000. Jim then reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla., for Officer Candidate School and was commissioned an Ensign in December 2000.
In the Air ForceEdit
Jim reported for aviation indoctrination at NAS Pensacola in January 2001. He completed primary flight training at Vance Air Force Base, Enid, Okla., flying the T-37B Tweet. He then transferred to NAS Meridian, Miss., for intermediate and advanced flight training, flying the T-2C Buckeye and T-45C Goshawk. He earned his wings of gold in May 2003.
Jim then reported to Strike Fighter Squadron 125 (VFA-125), the "Rough Raiders," in Lemoore, Calif., for training in the F/A-18 Hornet. In May 2004, he reported to VFA-195, the "Dambusters," stationed in Atsugi, Japan. While assigned to VFA-195, Jim completed multiple Western Pacific deployments aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). He also participated in several multilateral international exercises with South Korean, Republic of Singapore, Japanese and Australian Naval, Marine and Air Forces. While with the "Dambusters," Jim served as Squadron Mess Officer, Public Affairs Officer, Schedules Officer, Avionics and Armament Division Officer, Laser Systems Safety Officer, Naval Air Training and Operation Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) Officer, Air-to-Air Weapons and Tactics Officer, Assistant Operations Officer and Landing Signals Officer (LSO). While there, Jim contributed to the "Dambusters" receiving the 2005 Battle "E" for sustained superior performance in an operational environment.
In June 2007, Jim reported to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 101 (VMFAT-101) as an instructor pilot. While with the "Sharpshooters," Jim served as a LSO, Fighter Weapons Phase Instructor, Legal Officer, Assistant Air-to-Air Phase Head and Assistant Carrier Qualification Phase Head.
In the Blue AngelsEdit
Jim joined the Blue Angels in September 2009. He has accumulated more than 1,600 flight hours and has 271 carrier arrested landings. His decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various personal and unit awards.