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STRKFITRON Eight Three


 
CDR Nathan Ballou  
CDR NATHAN BALLOU

Commanding Officer  |  Executive Officer   |  Command Master Chief

 
CDR Nathan Ballou
Executive Officer VFA-83

Commander Nathan A. Ballou graduated with High Honors from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and was commissioned via the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps.  He earned his Naval Flight Officer wings of gold from VT-86 in NAS Pensacola, FL in 1998.

CDR Ballou deployed in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH during his first operational tour with the VF-211 “Checkmates” and was designated a Forward Air Controller (Airborne).  He was selected to transition and earned his Naval Aviator wings of gold from VT-21 in NAS Kingsville, TX in 2002.

CDR Ballou returned to the fleet as part of the Forward Deployed Naval Force in 2003 and made numerous deployments with the VFA-192 “Golden Dragons” supporting operations in the Pacific theatre.   In 2007, he joined the VFA-131 “Wildcats” as a Department Head and deployed twice in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.  CDR Ballou reported to HQ USEUCOM in 2010 as the Executive Officer for the Strategy Division of the Intelligence Directorate in Stuttgart, Germany.

CDR Ballou has accumulated over 2,750 flight hours and 750 arrested landings.  His military awards include various meritorious individual and unit awards including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Strike Flight Air Medals and two Navy Commendation Medals.