BALTIMORE — Petty Officer 2nd Class Edgar Ruffin, from Baltimore, is a 2006 graduate of Edmondson Westside High School and has been a yeoman in the Navy for seven years. Ruffin currently serves with the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels.
As a yeoman, Ruffin is human resources manager for the squadron.
A total of 17 officers and nearly 110 enlisted men and women serve with the Blue Angels. The team consists of both active-duty and full-time support Sailors and Marines, with each team member serving a two- or three-year tour of duty. Based at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, the team travels an average of 300 days a year, performing flight demonstrations across the country. The demonstration includes precision flying of six F/A-18 Hornets, as well as display of the tactical transport capabilities of the team’s C-130 Hercules, affectionately known as “Fat Albert.”
Since the establishment of the team in 1946, the Blue Angels have performed for more than 495 million fans. The Blue Angels are scheduled to fly 65 performances at 36 locations in North America during the 2015 season, making this year the team’s 69th performance year.
For more information about the Blue Angels, including their complete 2015 and 2016 show schedules, visit: www.blueangels.navy.mil.