CDR Nathan Ballou
Commanding Officer VFA-83
Commander Nathan A. Ballou is a native of Rochester, New York and graduated with High Honors Commander Nathan A. Ballou is a native of Rochester, New York and graduated with High Honors from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was commissioned via the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps and earned his Naval Flight Officer wings of gold in 1998 with the VT-86 “Sabrehawks” in NAS Pensacola, Florida.
After completing initial F-14 training with the VF-101 “Grim Reapers” at NAS Oceana, Virginia, Commander 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 subsequently was selected to transition communities, earned his Naval Aviator wings of gold from VT-21 in NAS Kingsville, Texas in 2002 and completed F/A-18 training with the VFA-106 “Gladiators” back at NAS Oceana.
Commander Ballou returned to the fleet as part of the Forward Deployed Naval Force in 2003 at NAF Atsugi, Japan and made numerous deployments with the VFA-192 “Golden Dragons” supporting operations in the Pacific theatre. In 2007, he returned to NAS Oceana and joined the VFA-131 “Wildcats” for his Department Head tour and deployed twice in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Commander Ballou reported to HQ USEUCOM in 2010 as the Executive Officer for the Intelligence Directorate’s Strategy Division in Stuttgart, Germany and attended the Joint Forces Staff College in 2012. After completing his Joint tour, he reported to VFA-106 for refresher training prior to checking aboard the VFA-83 “Rampagers” during their 2013 deployment as Executive Officer again supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
Commander Ballou’s personal awards include theDefense Meritorious Service Medal, three Strike Flight Air Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals and various meritorious individual and unit awards. Commander Ballou has accumulated over 3,000 total flight hours and 730 arrested landings in naval aircraft during his career including over 2,000 hours in the F/A-18.