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Col. Rusty Ballard

Magazine Guest Writer

Col. Rusty Ballard is a 30-year member of the Illinois Army and Air National Guard. He is a command pilot with nearly 6,000 flight hours, in both military and civilian fixed/rotor aircraft. Ballard served in the Army National Guard as a UH-60 Black Hawk pilot. He transferred to the Air National Guard in 2003. He has served as the C-130 Operations Group chair and is the present C-130 Weapons System chair. He currently commands the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria, Illinois. He is also a pilot for FedEx Express.