Citadel graduate takes command of Navy’s Blue Angels
A civil engineering major while in college, McWherter was also a member of the Second Battalion Staff and played soccer. After graduation he entered aviation training at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla., where the angels are based. McWherter is also a graduate of the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School
A panel of admirals and former Blue Angels selected McWherter to join the team in the fall of 2007. McWherter’s previous assignments include commanding officer of the World Famous Golden Dragons (VFA-192) where he also served as executive officer, Joint Close Air Support (JCAS) Branch Chief of the United States Joint Forces Command, VFA-34 at NAS Oceana, Virginia and TOPGUN Instructor.
McWherter has more than 3,300 flight hours and 800 arrested landings. His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Medals (Strike Flight), two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, as well as various campaign and unit awards.