The commander of the Thunderbirds, Lt. Col. Jason Heard, has been relieved of duty, according to a news release from Nellis Air Force Base.
“This was an incredibly difficult decision to make, but one that is ultimately in the best interests of the Thunderbird team. I am personally grateful for Jason’s dedication to the 2017 season,” Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt said.
The news release said, Leavitt lost confidence in Heard’s leadership and risk management style and determined new leadership was needed to ensure the highest levels of pride, precision and professionalism within the team. Heard only took over command in Jan. 2017.
Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh has temporarily assumed responsibility of the team until a new commander is named.