Team Members: Officers

#1 Col. John Caldwell

Commander/Leader

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, Colo. He enjoys boating and fishing with his family around the world. Caldwell graduated from the F-16 Replacement Training Unit at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., in 2005 where he garnered the Red River Rat Trophy, the 2005 Air Education and Training Command Frances Gabreski Top Air-to-Air Student Award and Top Graduate honors. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School and has logged more than 3,100 flight hours with 667 hours of combat pilot experience. He is in his third season with the team and hails from Orlando, Fla.

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#2 Maj. Ian Lee

Left Wing

Maj. Ian Lee is the Left Wing Pilot for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, flying the No. 2 jet. He is a 2010 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he double majored in Economics and Management. Throughout school, he participated in Wing Open Boxing and the Army Programs. He is a car enthusiast and enjoys golfing, rock climbing, hiking, and dirt biking in his spare time. Prior to joining the Thunderbirds, he served as the Chief of Weapons and Tactics of the 79th Fighter Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School and has logged more than 1,700 flight hours, including more than 470 combat hours in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. He is in his first season with the team and hails from Cerritos, Calif. Download Full Bio

#3 Maj. Zane Taylor

Right Wing

Maj. Zane Taylor is the Right Wing Pilot for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, flying the No. 3 jet. He is a 2010 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he majored in Systems Engineering. Throughout school he played football, baseball and track. He is a car enthusiast and enjoys golfing, snowboarding, boating, scuba diving and hiking in his spare time. Prior to joining the Thunderbirds, he served as an F-16 evaluator pilot, Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. He has logged more than 1,700 flight hours, including more than 280 combat hours over Iraq and Syria in support of Operations Inherent Resolve. He is in his second season with the team and hails from Orlando, Fla.

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#4 Maj. Michael Brewer

Slot

Maj. Michael Brewer is the Slot Pilot for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, flying the No. 4 jet. He is a 2005 graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, and commissioned from Officer Training School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., in 2010. Prior to commissioning, he flew as a commercial flight instructor, cargo pilot and airline pilot. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and spending time with family. Prior to joining the Thunderbirds, he served as an F-15E Instructor Pilot and Flight Commander of the 334th Fighter Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. He has logged more than 5,800 total flight hours and 1,050 hours in the F-15E, including more than 315 combat hours over Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve. He is in his third season with the team and hails from LaGrange, Ill.

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#5 Maj. Michelle Curran

Lead Solo

Maj. Michelle Curran is the Lead Solo Pilot for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, flying the No. 5 jet. She majored in Criminal Justice at the University of St. Thomas and earned her commission in 2009 through the Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program. Throughout school, she participated in track and field and was a figure skater. She also enjoys mountaineering, rock climbing, hiking and spending time with family in her spare time. Prior to joining the Thunderbirds, she served as an F-16 instructor pilot at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas. She has logged more than 1,500 flight hours as an Air Force pilot, with more than 160 combat hours over Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and Operation Resolute Support. She is in her third season with the team and hails from Medford, Wis.

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#6 Maj. Kyle Oliver

Opposing Solo

Maj. Kyle Oliver is the Opposing Solo Pilot for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, flying the No. 6 jet. He majored in Communication Technology and Music and earned his commission in 2010 as a graduate of Ohio State University’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program. In college, he played intramural sports and was a member of the marching band. He enjoys playing golf, cycling and rock climbing in his spare time. Prior to joining the Thunderbirds, he was an F-22 Instructor Pilot at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. He has logged more than 1,300 flight hours, including more than 230 hours of combat experience over Iraq and Syria in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. He is in his second season with the team and hails from Beavercreek, Ohio. Download Full Bio

#7 Lt. Col. Kevin DiFalco

Operations Officer

Lt. Col. Kevin DiFalco is the Director of Operations for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, flying the No. 7 jet. He majored in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder and earned his commission in 2004 through the Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and traveling the world. Prior to joining the Thunderbirds, he served as the Assistant Director of Operations of the 555th Fighter Squadron and Director of Operations for the 31st Operations Support Squadron at Aviano Air Base, Italy. He is a graduate of the USAF Weapons School, a 2016 and 2020 NASA Astronaut Air Force nominee and has logged over 1,900 hours of flight time, including more than 297 hours of combat pilot experience. He is in his second season with the team and hails from Fort Collins, Colo.

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#8 Maj. Jason Markzon

Advance Pilot/Narrator

Maj. 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 Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program. While majoring in Aerospace Engineering, 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 at Misawa Air Base, Japan. He has logged more than 2,300 flight hours as an Air Force pilot in the F-16, T-38, and T-6. He is in his third season with the team and hails from Tucson, Ariz.

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#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 130 squadron members and their families. He earned his Bachelors and Master’s 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 flight surgeon for the 389th and 391st Expeditionary Fighter Squadrons at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. He has logged more than 536 flight hours in 20 different aircraft, including more than 310 combat hours. He is in his third season with the team and hails from El Paso, Texas.

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#10 Capt. Katie Moorkamp

Executive Officer

Capt. Katie Moorkamp is the Executive Officer for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron. She leads an executive support staff responsible for the team’s cyber/knowledge operations, budget, training, and force support actions for the Commander/Leader. She earned her commission in 2013 as a graduate of U.S. Air Force Academy. While majoring in Foreign Area Studies, she was a thrower on the track and field team all four years. She is also an avid skier and enjoys paddle boarding and functional fitness. During her Air Force career, she has served as a sexual assault response coordinator, and led personnel teams across the United States and the Republic of Korea. Before joining the Thunderbirds, she was the Assistant Chief of Senior Leader Management for Headquarters Air Combat Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. She is in her second season with the team and hails from Wildwood, Mo.

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#11 Capt. Mike Bell

Maintenance Officer

Capt. Mike Bell is the Maintenance Officer for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron. He is responsible for 90 logistics personnel supporting the maintenance and sortie generation efforts of 13 assigned F-16 Block-52 aircraft. He majored in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University and earned his commission in 2011 through the Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program. He enjoys skiing, hiking, and traveling with his family in his spare time. During his Air Force career, he has lead aircraft maintenance teams in support of F-15C/D/E, F-16CJ, F-22A and F-35A. Prior to joining the Thunderbirds, he was the Chief of Tactics for the 57th Maintenance Group at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. He is in his second season with the team and hails from Dayton, Ohio.

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#12 Maj. Remoshay Nelson

Public Affairs Officer

Maj. Remoshay Nelson is the Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron. She is responsible for the team's marketing, recruiting and publicity programs. She majored in Speech Communications at Howard University and earned her commission in 2011 through the Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program. In college, she was a campus and community leader, member of Alpha Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and studied abroad in North Africa and Europe. She enjoys volunteerism, reading, traveling and spending quality time with friends and family in her spare time. During her Air Force career, she has led public affairs teams in Turkey, Botswana and various locations in Europe. Before joining the Thunderbirds, she was the Chief of Public Affairs for the 8th Fighter Wing at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. She is in her second season with the team and hails from Douglasville, Ga.

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