Aug 22, 2014

U.S. Air Force Thunderbird to Speak at FVCC

Major Jason Curtis
U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Major Jason Curtis

Flathead Valley Community College students and members of the community will have the opportunity to hear from Kalispell native, former FVCC student and member of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Major Jason Curtis at a public presentation he will deliver at the college August 29.


Major Jason Curtis is the opposing solo pilot for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, flying the No. 6 jet. A 1999 graduate of Flathead High School, Curtis spent his high school years running cross country, snowboarding at the competitive level and playing drums in a rock-and-roll band. After high school, Curtis attended Flathead Valley Community College before transferring to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he graduated in 2004. Before joining the Thunderbirds, Curtis was an F-16 instructor pilot and flight commander for the 308th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. He has logged more than 1,750 flight hours as an Air Force pilot, with more than 280 hours of combat experience in the F-16C. Curtis is currently in his second season with the Thunderbirds.


During the presentation, Curtis will talk about his career, share a video on the Thunderbirds and discuss the importance of education and opportunities in the fields of math, science and engineering. Curtis also will reflect on his time as an FVCC student. Students in the audience will be given the opportunity to ask questions.


The free event will take place at 10 a.m. in the large community meeting room inside the Arts and Technology Building on the college’s Kalispell campus.


For more information, contact Tara Roth at 756-3912 or