Lt. Col. Jason Heard, the commander of the Thunderbirds, has been relieved, the Air Force announced Wednesday.
Heard, who has led the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron since Jan. 6, was relieved by Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, commander of the 57th Wing at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
“While Heard led the team through a highly successful show season, Leavitt lost confidence in his leadership and risk management style,” according to an Air Force release. “Leavitt determined that new leadership was necessary to ensure the highest levels of pride, precision and professionalism within the team.”