Dan Ball, a native of Nacogdoches, Texas, spent over 26 years on active duty with the US Army. As an Army Aviator, he commanded at the Company, Battalion and Brigade level, leading Soldiers in combat operations. Commanding the 3d ID Combat Aviation Brigade “Falcons”, Dan deployed his unit early as one of the Presidential surge brigades, remaining in theater for 16 months, while leading over 3,000 Soldiers with more than 125 attack, reconnaissance, lift and support helicopters. Other assignments include Military Advisor to the US Ambassador for Middle East Support and Stability Operations, Aviation Officer for all Forces Command, Executive Officer to Commander for Forces Command, and Chief of Staff for Army Aviation.
Following retirement Dan served as the Executive Director for Army Aviation Association of America, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Army Aviation Soldier and their Family, served on the Executive Committee for the Army Aviation Scholarship Foundation, and as the Associate Publisher for the Army Aviation Magazine.
Dan is a West Point graduate with a degree in Civil Engineering. He holds an Aerospace Engineering Master’s degree from Auburn University, a Fellowship in Aviation Modeling and Simulation from University of Texas and an Operations Research and System Analysis diploma from the Army Logistics Management College. Dan is a Program Management Professional and a certified Lean Six Sigma Black belt.
A Master Aviator with over 1,000 combat hours, Dan is authorized to wear the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal with V device for valor, Meritorious Service Medal, and numerous service and deployment ribbons. Dan is married, has 4 sons, and 4 grandchildren.