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CAPT Blizzard is a native of Frederick, Maryland and enlisted in the Navy in 1993.  He earned an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in 1994 and graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

CAPT Blizzard attended flight training in Pensacola and earned his Wings of Gold in January 2000.  After initial training in the F-14 Tomcat, he reported to the VF-213 “Blacklions” at NAS Oceana, Virginia in April, 2001.  While attached to the “Blacklions” he embarked on two six-month deployments with CVW-11 onboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) in 2001 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF) and tCVW-8 onboard USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) in 2003 in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF).  In 2003, CAPT Blizzard reported to VFA-122 for transition to the F/A-18F Super Hornet with follow-on orders to Strike Fighter Weapon School in Lemoore, California via TOPGUN.

In January 2007, CAPT Blizzard joined the "Black Aces" of VFA-41 as Training Officer.  He made deployments with CVW-11 onboard USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) in 2007 in support of OEF, OIF, and again in 2008 in support of SEVENTH Fleet operations.  In August 2009, he reported to VFA-22 as a Department Head.  He made deployments with CVW-14 aboard USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) in support of OEF in 2009 and with CVW-17 aboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) in support of OEF and Operation NEW DAWN in 2011.

In October 2011, CAPT Blizzard reported to the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island and in November of 2012 graduated with a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.  After graduation, he reported to United States Northern Command as the Mexico Desk Officer for the Theater Security Cooperation Division.

In June 2015, CAPT Blizzard reported to the Swordsmen of VFA-32 as Executive Officer.  In 2016, he deployed with CVW-3 aboard USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69) in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE and took command of the Gypsies in September, 2016.  After seven deployments, he joined CSG-4 in January, 2018 as N3. 

CAPT Blizzard has over 3,000 flight hours and 700 carrier arrestments and his personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device, Individual Air Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device, Strike Flight Air Medal (seven awards) and numerous campaign and unit medals.

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