Whether you are a parent, grandparent, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece or fourth cousin twice removed, seeing a family member become an Airman after Basic Military Training is a transformation anyone would be proud to see. What families learn later though is that Airman then goes through another transformation, through Technical Training School that Airman becomes a professional in their respective field. For this Airman's family, not only did they get to see their Airman become a professional, they get to see him awarded for his excellence as he perfected his craft.
Airman 1st Class Colby Ballou, 365th Training Squadron avionics apprentice course graduate, earned the ACE award after scoring perfect scores on all 12 block tests in the avionics course at Sheppard AFB, Texas.
Rank / Name: A1C Colby Ballou J.
Unit (gaining): 104th Fighter Wing, Barnes Air National Guard Base
Duty title: Avionics Technician
Hometown: Belchertown Massachusetts
Time in Service: 21 months
Why you joined: To contribute to a cause greater than my own.
Family: Mother, Mary Ann Father, Bruce Brother, Jason Sister, Ashley Sister-in-law, Kayla Niece, Madison and Nephew, Jaxon
Hobbies: Family, Fishing, Boating.
Favorite aspect of job: Overcoming challenges as a team.
Most memorable Air Force experience: Having my niece, Madison and nephew, Jaxon tap me out at basic training graduation ceremony.
How do you make responsible choices: By pulling from experience and looking past possible first and second order ramifications of my decisions.
Instructor: Mr. Steven Canham
Instructor Comment: Throughout his 12 blocks of instruction A1C Ballou has established himself as a model airmen. His mastery of course material which is evidenced by his remarkable achievement of not missing a single question on any of his block assessments is only one reason he deserves recognition. Apart from his academic dedication, he has also exemplified himself as a noteworthy leader by stepping up whenever necessary. He often encouraged his classmates and students in other classes to do their best by leading study sessions and tutoring individuals who were struggling. His positive work ethic and team spirit will serve himself and the Air Force National Guard well. I wish A1C Ballou the best of luck as he continues to expand his skills as an avionics technician on the mighty F-15 Eagle.