Team Members: Officers

#1 Lt. Col. John Caldwell

Commander/Leader

1-Ltc-Caldwell-JohnLt. Col. John Caldwell 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 130-person squadron. He entered the Air Force in 2002 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Caldwell enjoys boating and fishing with his family around the world. He graduated from the F-16 RTU at Luke AFB, Arizona in 2005 where he garnered the Red River Rat Trophy, the 2005 AETC Frances Gabreski Top Air-to-Air Student award and Top Graduate honors. He is a graduate of the USAF Weapons School and has logged over 2,400 hours of flight time with more than 660 hours of combat pilot experience. Caldwell is in his first season with the team and hails from Orlando, Fla.  

#2 Maj. Will Graeff

Left Wing

2-Maj-Graeff-Will-2019 Maj. Will Graeff is the Left Wing Pilot for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, flying the No. 2 jet. He earned his commission in 2008 as a graduate of the University of Florida’s Air Force ROTC program. In school, he enjoyed playing intramural sports, outdoor activities including snowboarding, hiking, water sports, and travelling around the world. Before joining the team, Graeff was a T-38C evaluator for Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals. Prior to his time in the T-38, Graeff was an F-15E pilot and Chief of Advanced Programs for the 492d Fighter Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, England. He has logged more than 1,800 flight hours as an Air Force pilot, with more than 210 hours of combat experience. Graeff is in his second season with the team and hails from Seminole, Fla.

#3 Capt. Michael Brewer

Right Wing

3-Capt-Brewer-MichaelCapt. Michael Brewer is the Right Wing Pilot for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, flying the No. 3 jet.  Capt Brewer is a 2005 graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, and commissioned from Officer Training School, Maxwell Air Force Base (AFB), Alabama in 2010.  Prior to commissioning, Brewer flew as a flight instructor, cargo pilot, and airline pilot.  Prior to joining the Thunderbirds, Capt Brewer served as an F-15E Instructor Pilot and Flight Commander, 334th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, FL. He has over 5,000 total hours and 1,050 hours in the F-15E, including over 315 combat hours over Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve.  Capt Brewer is in his first season with the team and hails from LaGrange, Ill.

#4 Maj. Whit Collins

Slot

4-Maj-Collins-WhitMaj. Whit Collins is the Slot Pilot for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, flying the No. 4 jet. He earned his commission in 2006 as a graduate of The Citadel’s Air Force ROTC program. While studying Computer Science, he enjoyed playing intramural 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 more than 2120 flight hours as an Air Force pilot, with more than 150 combat hours. Collins is in his third season with the team and hails from Warner Robins, GA.

#5 Maj. Matt Kimmel

Lead Solo

5-Maj-Kimmel-MattMaj. Matt Kimmel is the Lead Solo Pilot for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, flying the No. 5 jet. He earned his commission in 2008 as a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Air Force ROTC program. Growing up in northern California, he enjoyed motocross, snowboarding, and tennis. Before joining the Thunderbirds, Kimmel served as an F-16 evaluator pilot at Shaw Air Force Base, SC. He has logged more than 2160 flight hours as an Air Force pilot, with more than 719 combat hours. Major Kimmel is in his second season with the team and hails from Vacaville, CA.

#6 Maj. Michelle Curran

Opposing Solo

6-Maj-Curran-MichelleMaj. Michelle Curran is the Opposing Solo Pilot for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, flying the No. 6 jet. She earned her commission in 2009 as a graduate of the University of St. Thomas’s Air Force ROTC program. Throughout school she did track and field and was a figure skater. She enjoys mountaineering, rock climbing, and hiking. Before joining the Thunderbirds, Curran served as an F-16 instructor pilot at NAS JRB Fort Worth, TX. She has logged more than 1,200 flight hours as an Air Force pilot, with more than 160 combat hours. Maj. Curran is in her first season with the team and hails from Medford, WI.

#7 Lt. Col. Eric Gorney

Operations Officer

7-LtCol-Gorney-Eric-2019Lt. Col. Eric Gorney is the Operations Officer for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, flying the No. 7 jet. He entered the Air Force in 2004 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. He enjoys spending time with his family. Gorney has served as an F-16 Instructor and Evaluator Pilot at Luke AFB, AZ and Shaw AFB, SC. Before joining the Thunderbirds, Gorney completed a fellowship at Headquarters, Pacific Air Forces and the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies, Honolulu, HI, where he also served in the 613th Air Operations Center. He has flown missions in Iraq and Libya with more than 240 hours of combat experience in the F-16. This is Gorney’s second year on the team and he hails from Saginaw, MI.

#8 Maj. Jason Markzon

Advance Pilot/Narrator

8-Maj-Markzon-JasonMaj. Jason Markzon is the Advance Pilot/Narrator for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, flying the No. 8 jet. He earned his commission in 2007 as a graduate of Arizona State University’s Air Force ROTC program. In college he played for the club baseball team and was an avid runner. He also enjoys snowboarding, camping, and traveling the world with his family. Before joining the Thunderbirds, he served as an F-16 Flight Evaluator and Maintenance Operations Flight Commander assigned to the 13th Fighter Squadron, Misawa AB, Japan. He has logged more than 1,900 flight hours as an Air Force pilot, flying the F-16, T-38, and T-6. Markzon is in his first season with the team and hails from Tucson, AZ.

#9 Lt. Col. (Dr.) Noel Colls

Flight Surgeon

Lt. Col. (Dr.) Noel Colls is the Flight Surgeon for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron. He provides medical care for more than 120 squadron members and their families. He earned his Bachelors and Masters degree from Texas Tech University then entered the Air Force through the Health Professions Scholarship Program; he received his medical degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2008.  In school he played basketball and snow skied and enjoys spending time with his family and restoring old cars. Before joining the team, he served as a Family Medicine Resident at Travis AFB, a Flight Commander for the 82nd Flight Medicine Clinic at Sheppard AFB, and a flight surgeon for the 389th and 391st Expeditionary Fighter Squadrons at Mountain Home Air Force Base, ID. He has logged more than 440 flight hours in 19 different aircraft, including more than 305 combat hours. Colls is in his first season with the team and hails from El Paso, TX.

#10 Capt. Lauren Venturini

Executive Officer

10-Capt-Venturini-Lauren-2019Capt. Lauren Venturini 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. Venturini earned her commission in 2012 as a graduate of Baylor University’s Air Force ROTC program. Throughout high school and college she played basketball, soccer, volleyball and lacrosse and ran on the cross-country and track teams. She is an avid hiker and enjoys snowboarding. Before joining the Thunderbirds, Venturini was the Mission Support Flight Commander for the 704th Munition Support Squadron at Ghedi Air Base, Italy. Venturini is in her second season with the team and hails from Grand Rapids, MI.

#11 Capt. Kassandra Mangosing

Maintenance Officer

11-Capt-Mangosing-Kassandra-2019Capt. Kassandra Mangosing is the Maintenance Officer for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron. She is responsible for 90 personnel and the associated maintenance of 11 Block 52 F-16 aircraft. Mangosing entered the Air Force in 2010 after graduating from Stanford University and commissioning through Air Force ROTC. While attending Stanford, she studied abroad in Beijing, China, sang in an a cappella group, played club sports, and worked as a campus tour guide. During her Air Force career, she has led aircraft maintenance teams in support of A-10C, F-22, and C-17 missions. Before joining the Thunderbirds, she was selected for a career broadening tour in Air Force acquisitions and served as a Program Manager at the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Kirtland Air Force Base, She is in her second season with the team and hails from Aviano Air Base, Italy.

#12 Maj. Ray Geoffroy

Public Affairs Officer

12-Maj-Geoffrey-Ray-2019Maj. Ray Geoffroy is the Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron. He is responsible for the team’s marketing, recruiting and publicity programs. Geoffroy earned his commission in 2007 through Air Force ROTC at the University of Massachusetts where he studied Political Science.  In school, he was actively involved in theater, chorus and audio-visual activities. His hobbies include photography, hiking, and distance running. Geoffroy has led PA teams in various locations including Afghanistan and Japan. Before joining the team, he was the Chief of Operations and Executive Officer for Headquarters, Pacific Air Force’s Public Affairs, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI. Geoffroy is in his second season with the team and hails from Amherst, MA.