For Maj. Olimpia Jackson, NAS Jax Security Depart- ment air show coordinator, planning and communication has been her focus since she became involved with the air show six months ago. “We haven’t done an air show in a few years,” said Jackson. “And for some of the officers, this is their first time doing the air show. The first thing I did was reach out to those have done this before, contacting outside agencies and getting everybody together to work out all the details.” Twelve local agencies are working with NAS Jax Security Department to help provide force protection measures that have been established to meet numerous air show safety and security requirements. “We need them,” said Jackson. “We don’t have the manpower to do this alone. We are grateful for all the support we get from the local law enforcement community and other agencies.” All the planning and preparation by the security department revolves around its main mission of force protection. “We open up this base to the community and we have to maintain its safety,” said Jackson. “A successful show is one with no injuries. Everyone comes on the base, enjoys the show and leaves safely.” The air show will host civilian and military performers, and also feature static displays of military aircraft from the 1940s all the way to the modern era. “This year’s civilian performers are the best in the air show industry and are truly some of the most entertaining pilots in the world,” said Robinson. “I’m excited for the audience to see Adam ‘Shakenbake’ Baker, who would inspire nearly anyone to become a pilot. “The show will kick off with the U.S. Special Operations Command Para-Commandos and we will also have the annual fan favorites, Patty Wagstaff and Rob Holland,” said Robinson. The air show supports NAS Jax’s distinct heritage as being the ‘Birthplace of the Blue Angels’ in 1946. This year’s air show features Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, who will be the final performance on Saturday and Sunday, for an unforgettable aerial performance. “Considering that NAS Jacksonville has not hosted an air show since 2018, I anticipate the weekend crowd to be at or above 200,000 spectators,” said Robinson.
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