In 2012, Sailors stationed at Naval Air Facility El Centro, California volunteered their time to create the Rainforest Art Center at nearby Seeley School. While working on the Center, Naval Air Facility El Centro's Operations Officer, Commander Karl Garcia, and Command Master Chief Ted Gallinat became aware of the history of the Rainforest artists, and their international portfolio. They contacted Director Dan Evers to explore the possibility of working with professional artists, Seeley School students, and the NAF El Centro community to create a permanent memorial to these fallen Blue Angels.
Imperial Valley Council
Blue Angels Memorial
Command Master Chief Theodore R. "Ted" Gallinat, USN (Retired) is a native of Flint, Michigan. He is a 31-year Navy veteran who served as an Airborne Electronic Warfare Operator Naval Aircrewman onboard the EA-3B Skywarrior affectionately known as the "Whale" and began detaching to USS MIDWAY (CV 41) where he survived over 100 traps to become one of the few enlisted Centurions. Following the USS MIDWAY, he detached to the USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) and USS FORRESTAL (CV 59), where he accomplished an additional 74 carrier arrested landings.
In 1988, he transitioned aircraft to become a P-3 Orion Flight Engineer and served as the primary NATOPS Instructor Flight Engineer, and FNET Evaluator. Following his promotion to Master Chief, he served aboard amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard LHD-6, and missile guided-destroyer USS John Paul Jones DDG-53. He last served as Naval Air Facility El Centro’s Command Master Chief before his retirement in 2012.
He holds certification in multi-engine, Instrument, and commercial pilot ratings.
Creator of the memorial design in 2012, it was Ted's vision to build the Blue Angels Memorial.
He is currently serving as the President of the Imperial Valley Council of the Navy League in El Centro, California.
Director, Rainforest Art Project
Dan has served as the Director of the Rainforest Art Project in San Diego for the past 16 years.
He grew up in San Diego and after serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, he studied art and design at San Diego State University. Dan transferred to Chico State University, where he began designing and crafting custom furniture. This rapidly grew to include architectural millwork, with the premier Feather River Door line becoming a national and international brand. Dan sold his company in 2000 to return to San Diego and fulfill his dream of teaching art and design to at-risk children in underserved neighborhoods.
Through Farallon Design and the Rainforest Art Project, thousands of children in San Diego and Imperial Counties receive quality art education, while participating in public art projects that improve schools, hospitals and neighborhoods.
Farallon Design and the Rainforest Art Project have had the pleasure of working with Foreign Dignitaries and Military Organizations and Installations to honor their contributions and sacrifices. Dan and the Rainforest Art Project are honored and excited to be a part of such a significant project such as the Blue Angels Memorial Project.