BHSU alum returns to Black Hills as Air Force Thunderbird

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, August 13, 2015/Categories: 2015



   

   

   

       

           

       

       

           BHSU alum Maj. Scott Petz (right) talks with Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of the Air Combat Command, before a United States Air Force Thunderbirds show. Maj. Petz flies the No. 8 jet as the advance pilot/narrator for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron performing at Ellsworth Air Force Base this weekend. Photo courtesy of U.S. Air Force with credit to Senior Airman Jason Couillard.

       

       

            

       

       

           BHSU alum Maj. Scott Petz will fly the No. 8 jet as the advance pilot/narrator during the Thunderbirds Show at Ellsworth Air Force Base this weekend. Photo courtesy of U.S. Air Force.

       

       

           

       

       

            BHSU alum Maj. Scott Petz, Thunderbird 8, reviews the narration script before an air show in Milwaukee earlier this summer. Maj. Petz returns to his home state of South Dakota with the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron for the Thunderbirds Show this weekend at Ellsworth Air Force Base. Photo courtesy of U.S. Air Force with credit to Senior Airman Jason Couillard.

       

   



Black Hills State University alum Major Scott Petz will return to the Black Hills region this weekend as part of the United States Air Force Thunderbirds Show Aug. 15-16 at Ellsworth Air Force Base.

Major Petz flies the No. 8 jet as the advance pilot/narrator for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron.

Originally from Faith, Major Petz enlisted in the Air National Guard and served as a crew chief before earning a commission through the Academy of Military Science in 2002, the same year he graduated from BHSU with a bachelor&rsquos of science degree.

"I remember watching the pride, precision, and professionalism of the Air Show 25 years ago at Ellsworth Air Force Base, making the goal to be part of the Squadron and working towards it," said Major Petz.

He served as the assistant director of operations in the Air Force Reserve&rsquos 706th Fighter Squadron at Nellis AFB, Nev. Major Petz has logged more than 1,800 flight hours as an Air Force pilot. More than 208 of those were combat hours in the F-16, according to the Thunderbirds website.

"It&rsquos amazing to be back in South Dakota and feel the excitement from family, friends, and supporters including the great instructors at BHSU," said Major Petz. "This is my opportunity to come back and say thank you."





























































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