August 26, 2010 (by SSgt. Russ Martin) - The United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, commonly known as the 'Thunderbirds,' publicly announced the incoming public affairs officer selection today for the 2011 Thunderbird demonstration season.
Maj Kristin Haley, a public affairs officer with the Colorado Air National Guard's 140th Wing, Buckley AFB
, CO, will become Thunderbird 12. She will assume responsibilities for the team's media relations, community relations and public relations programs.
"Each year we have many amazing individuals apply to represent our fellow Airmen serving around the world," said Lt. Col. Case Cunningham, Squadron Commander/Leader and Thunderbird No. 1. "It is my honor to welcome Maj. Haley to the 2011 team. She brings an abundance of experience and a truly remarkable record of accomplishment to our organization."
Each person and position is carefully selected based on the individual's record of performance, capabilities in their particular field and a demonstrated commitment to excellence that matches the Airmen the Thunderbird Team represents every day.
The Thunderbirds are currently touring in their 57th year as the Air Force's premier jet demonstration team. The 130-person squadron represents the nearly 700,000 Active Duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and Civil Service Airmen serving at home and abroad. The Thunderbirds deliver the Air Force story at air shows around the country and the world each weekend from March through November.