WALLOPS ISLAND -- Surface Combat Systems Center nominated a local citizen for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly in a United States Navy F/A-18 Hornet Jet. The nomination process began in July 2009 and ended May 12, when Paul Becker of Pocomoke City, Md., flew out of Andrews Air Force Base aboard one of the world-famous Blue Angel Jets. Becker serves as the director of the Lower Eastern Shore YMCA.
The nominees are individuals from local communities who are defined as "people who help to shape attitudes and opinions of youth in their communities. People turn to key influencers for advice and information because they have credibility." The nominees selected could be leaders of youth organizations, guidance counselors, coaches, teachers, etc.
The Blue Angels' purpose for this program is "to maximize the Blue Angels' impact on recruiting by flying the right people who will share their experience and the Navy-Marine Corps message."
The Blue Angels' mission is to enhance Navy and Marine Corps recruiting efforts and to represent the naval service to the United States, its elected leadership and foreign nations. The Blue Angels serve as positive role models and goodwill ambassadors for the U. S. Navy and Marine Corps.
"It is people like Mr. Paul Becker who have a positive impact on youth in our community. Through his experience, we are hopeful that he can now share the Navy-Marine Corps message with them. His hard work within our community has not gone unnoticed," said Cmdr. John J. Keegan, commanding officer, SCSC.