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Captain Donnie L. Cochran

Chief Executive Officer

Enhance Performance Consulting, Inc.

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Enhance Performance Consulting, Inc.

Background Information

Employment History

Commanding Officer

Navy

Manager, Aviation Program

The Coca-Cola Company

Flight Training Supervisor

United Parcel Service Inc.

Deputy Commander, Naval Recruiting Commmand

US Navy

Navy Captain

US Navy

Affiliations

Board Member
The Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame Inc

Member of the NROTC
Savannah State University

Education

Air War College

Pelham High School

Savannah State's Navy ROTC program

Civil Engineering degree

Savannah State college

bachelor's degree

Civil Engineering Technology

master's degree

Human Resource Management and the United States Air Force Air War College

Troy State University

Web References (63 Total References)


Georgia Military Veterans -

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Donnie Lee Cochran (ACHIEVEMENT)

Captain, Navy, Pelham. He was selected and served as a Pilot, Flight Leader, and Commanding Officer (CO) of the Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron, The Blue Angels, where he flew over 1,500 hours at 240 air shows in three years. After the Blue Angels, he deployed to the Persian Gulf and flew 24 missions over Southern Iraq enforcing the southern no fly zone. Later he was the CO of NROTC at Florida A & M University and the Deputy CO of Navy Recruiting. He retired after 24 years of service with 2,000 flight hours and 469 carrier landings in fighter aircraft.
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US Navy Captain Donnie Lee Cochran; ACHIEVEMENT; Persian Gulf; Pelham, GA


Graham White - Georgia Military Veterans

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Donnie Lee Cochran (ACHIEVEMENT)

Captain, Navy, Pelham. He was selected and served as a Pilot, Flight Leader, and Commanding Officer (CO) of the Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron, The Blue Angels, where he flew over 1,500 hours at 240 air shows in three years. After the Blue Angels, he deployed to the Persian Gulf and flew 24 missions over Southern Iraq enforcing the southern no fly zone. Later he was the CO of NROTC at Florida A & M University and the Deputy CO of Navy Recruiting. He retired after 24 years of service with 2,000 flight hours and 469 carrier landings in fighter aircraft.
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US Navy Captain Donnie Lee Cochran; ACHIEVEMENT; Persian Gulf; Pelham, GA


Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps

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Captain Donnie L. Cochran, USN (Ret) (SSU '76)

A 1976 graduate of Savannah State, Captain Donnie L. Cochran is a retired U.S. Navy Captain with over 24 years of aviation experience.His career accomplishments include two tours with the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, better known as The Blue Angels.
He was the first African-American pilot selected to fly with the Blue Angels, and the first African-American pilot selected to command the Blue Angels.
During his tours as a Blue Angel pilot, he flew over 2,200 hours in more than 300 air shows before over 30 million spectators throughout the United States and Canada. During his final assignment he served as the Deputy Commander, Navy Recruiting Command, second in command of over 7,000 people at over 1500 locations around the nation and abroad.


2010 Hall of Fame - Career Communications Group, Inc.

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Capt. Donnie Cochran U.S. Air Force (Ret.) Group Manager


BLACK HISTORY

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Donnie Cochran was the first African-American aviator assigned to the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron (Blue Angels) in 1986. Cochran later assumed command of the Blue Angels in 1994.

Born July 6, 1954, on a farm near Pelham, Georgia, Cochran once said, "What I am doing is not just a job, it's an opportunity. I would like to show young people the roads that are open to them in America. Nobody said, here, Donnie, apply for the team, and they will give it to you. You have to earn it."
Cochran earned a Civil Engineering degree from Savannah State College (now known as Savannah State University, Savannah, Georgia in 1976 where he was a member of the NROTC program. He is also a graduate of the Air War College in Montgomery, Alabama and earned a master's degree in Human Resource Management from Troy State University.
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Lieutenant Commander Cochran, along with two other pilots, were selected to replace these two members of the Blue angels precision flying team.
On October 4, 1985, Cochran became the first African American to become a member of the Blue Angels precision flying team in the history of its 40-year existence. He flew planes #3 and #4 during his 3-year assignment. In 1986, Lieutenant Commander Cochran had flown more than 2,000 hours in jet fighters and completed 469 carrier landings. On July 4, 1986, Cochran, along with other members of the Blue Angels flew an A-4 Skyhawk in a ceremonial celebration saluting the restoration of the Statue of Liberty.
By 1995, Cochran had accumulated more than 4,350 total flight hours in 7different types of naval aircraft and completed 570 carrier landings. During his tours as a Blue Angel pilot, he flew over 2,200 hours in more than 300 air shows before over 30 million spectators throughout the United State and Canada.
In September 1995, while Commanding Officer of the Blue angels, then Commander Cochran "grounded" himself and cancelled a performance at Naval Air Station Oceana for what he called "flaws in his flying" On May 26, 1996, Cochran resigned as the Blues Commanding Officer, citing loss of confidence in his own flying. He said at the time, "I can hold my head high. I have not crashed any airplanes, none of my pilots have crashed an airplane, none of my pilots have been hurt."
During his final assignment, he served an the Deputy commander, Navy Recruiting Command, second in command of over 7,000 people at over 1,500 locations around the nation and abroad. Captain Cochran retired from the U.S. Navy with over 24 years of aviation experience.

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