Team Members: Officers

#1 Lt. Col. Jason Heard

Commander / Leader

Lt. Col. Jason Heard is the Commander/Leader of the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron. In addition to flying the No. 1 jet and leading all air demonstrations, he commands the 120-person squadron. Colonel Heard earned his commission in 1999 as a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. Initially, Lt. Col. Heard was an F-15E Weapons Systems Operator prior to attending pilot training. He subsequently served in F-15E squadrons as an instructor pilot and evaluator. Prior to joining the Thunderbirds, he led an F-15E squadron in combat as an expeditionary squadron commander. He has logged more than 3,000 flight hours with 788 hours of combat experience. Colonel Heard is in his first season with the team and hails from Sugarland, TX.

#2 Maj. Ryan Bodenheimer

Left Wing

2-capt-bodenheimer-ryanMaj. Ryan Bodenheimer is the Left Wing Pilot for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, flying the No. 2 jet. He earned his commission in 2007 as a graduate of the University of Colorado’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program. While living in Boulder, Colo. he played intramural football, coached youth baseball and enjoyed the outdoors. Before joining the team, Bodenheimer was an F-15E pilot and flight commander for the 389th Fighter Squadron at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Ind. He has logged more than 1,400 flight hours as an Air Force pilot, with more than 300 hours of combat experience. Bodenheimer is in his second season with the team and hails from Colorado Springs, Colo.

#3 Maj. Nate Hofmann

Right Wing

3-Maj-Hofmann-NateMaj. Nate Hofmann is the Right Wing Pilot for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, flying the No. 3 jet. He earned his commission through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program and graduated from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana in 2005. Initially, Hofmann was a communications officer for the Air Force prior to attending undergraduate pilot training in 2010. Before joining the team, Hofmann served as an F-16 Instructor Pilot and Flight Commander at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. He has logged more than 1,000 hours as an Air Force pilot in the F-16 and has nearly 350 hours of combat experience. Major Hofmann is in his first season with the team and hails from Rockford, Ill.

#4 Maj. Nick Krajicek

Slot

4-maj-krajicek-nichMaj. Nick Krajicek is the Slot Pilot for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, flying the No. 4 jet. He initially enlisted in the Army as an infantry soldier. After attending warrant officer school he flew UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters as a Medevac pilot. Earning his degree from the University of Nebraska, he went on to commission into the Air Force in 2004 through the Officer Training School. Before joining the team, Krajicek served as the wing director of staff and an F-16 instructor pilot at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. He has logged more than 3,900 flight hours as a military pilot, with more than 650 hours of combat experience. Krajicek is in his second season with the team and hails from West Point, Neb.

#5 Maj. Alex Turner

Lead Solo

5-maj-turner-alexMaj. Alex Turner is the Lead Solo Pilot for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, flying the No. 5 jet. Turner is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program. While studying Aeronautical Engineering he played ice hockey and raced in the school’s autocross club. He is also an avid guitar player and enjoys snowboarding. Before joining the Thunderbirds, Turner served as an F-16 instructor pilot at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. He has logged over 1,700 flight hours as an Air Force pilot, with more than 260 combat hours in Libya and Iraq. Turner is in his second season with the team and hails from Chelmsford, Mass.

#6 Maj. Whit Collins

Opposing Solo

6-maj-collins-whitMaj. Whit Collins is the Opposing Solo Pilot for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, flying the No. 6 jet. He earned his commission in 2006 as a graduate of The Citadel’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program. While studying Computer Science, he enjoyed playing intermural soccer and was president of the school’s aviation club. He is also an avid kite boarder, enjoys snowboarding and playing guitar. Before joining the Thunderbirds, Collins served as an F-16 operational test and evaluation instructor pilot at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. He has logged over 1,200 flight hours as an Air Force pilot, with more than 150 combat hours. Major Collins is in his first season with the team and hails from Warner Robins, GA.

#7 Maj. Kevin Walsh

Operations Officer

7-maj-walsh-kevinMaj. Kevin Walsh is the Operations Officer for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, flying the No. 7 jet. He entered the Air Force in 2002 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Throughout high school and college he played ice hockey, lacrosse and ran cross country. Before joining the team, Walsh was an instructor at the European F-16 Weapons School, Leeuwarden Air Base, Netherlands. He is a graduate of the USAF Weapons School and has logged over 2,300 hours of flight time with more than 500 hours of combat pilot experience. Walsh is in his second season with the team and hails from Long Island, NY.

#8 Capt. Erik Gonsalves

Advance Pilot/Narrator

8-capt-gonsalves-erik-no-starCapt. Erik Gonsalves is the Advance Pilot/Narrator for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, flying the No. 8 jet. He entered the Air Force in 2008 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. In high school, he served as the captain of the volleyball team. He also enjoys marathon running and snow and water skiing. Before joining the Thunderbirds, he served as an A-10C Flight Evaluator and the Chief of Standardization and Evaluation for the 75th Fighter Squadron, Moody AFB, Ga. He has logged more than 1,600 flight hours as an Air Force pilot, with more than 500 hours of combat experience in the A-10C. Gonsalves is in his first season with the team and hails from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

#9 Capt. Glen Goncharow

Flight Surgeon

goncharow-properCapt. Glen Goncharow is the Flight Surgeon for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron. He provides medical care for more than 120 squadron members. He earned his undergraduate degree from Emory University in 2007, entered the Air Force in 2008 through the Health Professions scholarship program and received his medical degree from Lincoln Memorial University in 2012. He is an Eagle Scout and avid outdoorsman. In school he played basketball, lacrosse, and soccer. Before joining the team, he served as Flight Commander for the 4th Aerospace Medical Operations, and flight surgeon for the 333rd and 336th expeditionary Fighter Squadrons at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. He has logged more than 350 flight hours in 6 different aircraft, primarily F-15E, with more than 170 combat hours. Goncharow is in his first season with the team and hails from Greensboro, N.C.

#10 Capt. Angelina Urbina

Executive Officer

10-capt-urbina-angelinaCapt. Angelina Urbina is the Executive Officer for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron. She leads an executive support staff responsible for Thunderbirds' cyber/knowledge operations, budget, training and force support actions for the Commander/Leader. Urbina earned her commission through the Air Force Officer Training School in 2010. In high school, she played softball and participated in student council. Before joining the team, she was the Deputy Chief, Senior Leader Management Division, for the Air Force District of Washington at Joint Base Andrews, MD. Urbina is in her third season with the team and hails from Helena, Mont.

#11 Maj. Warren Smith

Maintenance Officer

11-maj-smith-warrenMaj. Warren Smith is the Maintenance Officer for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron. He is responsible for 90 personnel and the associated maintenance of 11 Block 52 F-16 aircraft. After attending the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School, Smith entered the Air Force in 2005 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. While attending the Academy, he played football and enjoyed outdoor sports. Before joining the team, Smith was the Operations Officer for the 52d Equipment Maintenance Squadron at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. He is also a graduate of the USAF Advanced Maintenance and Munitions Officer School. Smith is in his second season with the team and hails from Lexington, S.C.

#12 Capt. Sara Harper

Public Affairs Officer

12-capt-harper-saraCapt. Sara Harper is the Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron. She is responsible for the team's extensive marketing, recruiting and publicity programs. Harper earned her commission in 2010 as a graduate of Auburn University's Air Force ROTC program. During high school, she ran on the cross-country team, swam on the swim team and played golf. Her previous assignments include Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany and before joining the team, Captain Harper was the Chief of Public Affairs for the 6th Air Mobility Wing at MacDill AFB, Fla. She is in her third season with the team and hails from Tyrone, Ga.