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Two Pensacola natives join Blue Angels team
It's a dream come true for two Pensacola natives, who are part of the Blue Angels team.
Both work to make sure the pilots have everything they need before flying across the sky.
Whenever the Blues soar across the sky, it's a spectacular sight.
You can't help but imagine what it would be like to be a part of this elite team.
While the Blues are the stars of the show, there's a lot going on behind the scenes to make sure everything runs smoothly.
"I never really dreamed about making the team until now. Now that I'm here, it's a dream come true," said Jared Heathcote.
It's Jared Heathcote's first year on the team.
He works with the number five pilot and does pre-flight inspections.
Heathcote is a graduate of Pine Forest High School. He graduated in 2007 and joined the Navy shortly after.
"I never thought I'd have a chance to make the team. Once I got encouraged by people who were part of the team, I applied. It's pretty awesome," said Heathcote.
Another Pensacola native, misty brown is in charge of logistics.
She manages a budget of $37 million, ordering and receiving parts and fuel for the aircraft.
"People would be amazed that there are enlisted people on the team. They see the six jets and they assume that's all that there is," said Brown.
Brown graduated from Escambia High School in 1999.
She remembers growing up in Pensacola and watching the Blues practice.
After living all over the world for ten years, she's happy to be back where she belongs.
"I didn't really imagine I'd make it back to Pensacola, much less be on the team with the Blues," said Brown.