Col. A. Thomas Ball, Jr.
Chief of Staff
U.S. Army, Pacific (USARPAC)
Col. A. Thomas (A.T.) Ball, Jr., was born in Davenport, Iowa, on 10 October 1959. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Military Academy in 1982 and holds a MS in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, Army Rotary Wing Course, Aviation Officer Advanced Course, Army Fixed Wing Multiengine Course, U.S. Navy Experimental Test Pilot Course, Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC), the Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management Overseas Course and the National War College, where he was awarded a Master’s Degree in National Security Studies.
Upon completion of the Basic Course and flight training, Col. Ball was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Ord, CA. During his tour as a “Buffalo Soldier,” he served as an air weapons section leader, a weapons platoon leader and the Squadron Adjutant. In January 1987, he assumed command of an Attack Helicopter Company in the 1st Battalion, 123rd Aviation Regiment, also located at Fort Ord, CA. After attending the Advanced Course, graduate school, and the U.S. Navy Experimental Test Pilot Course, Col. Ball was assigned to Flight Concepts Division at Fort Eustis, VA, where he served as an Operations Officer and Troop Commander.
On 19 June 2001, Col. Ball took command of the Army’s newest OH-58D Attack Helicopter Battalion, 1st Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment. During his tenure in command, he led his battalion through training and operations on three separate continents, including a deployment to Bosnia-Herzegovina in support of Operation Joint Forge with an Aviation Task Force consisting of elements from across the 25th Aviation Brigade. Col. Ball also deployed the Aviation Task Force to the Kingdom of Thailand to participate in Joint and Combined exercises and operations in 2003.
After completing his tenure in command, Col. Ball attended the National War College at Fort McNair in Washington DC. Upon graduation he was reassigned to the Pentagon, where he served as the Current Operations Division Chief in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, G3/5/7, Aviation Task Force. In that capacity he worked aviation transformation and modernization issues while synchronizing aviation sourcing solutions for the GWOT.
On 13 June 2005, Col. Ball took command of the 25th Infantry Division’s Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, transforming the Brigade into its current modular design while supporting small elements of the CAB deploying for operations in Afghanistan, Mongolia and Pakistan. In July of 2006, the entire 25th CAB augmented by two additional BNs from FT Bragg deployed as part of MND-N in OIF 06-08. During this rotation Task Force ODIN was also attached to the 25th CAB. He has recently redeployed the Brigade after a successful 15 month combat tour and is currently serving as the Chief of Staff, U.S. Army, Pacific
Col. Ball’s awards include the Legion of Merit (2), the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2), the Meritorious Service Medal (3), the Air Medal (3), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (3), the Joint Service Achievement Medal (2), the Army Achievement Medal (2), the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the GWOT Service Medal, the NATO Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Valorous Unit Award, the Army Superior Unit Award, the Army Service Ribbon and the Overseas Service Ribbon. Badges include the Combat Action Badge, the Master Aviator Badge, the Parachutist Badge and the Army Staff Identification Badge. He is qualified in multiple military and civilian rotary wing and fixed wing aircraft and has over 4500 hours of flight time.
USARPAC postures and prepares the force for unified land operations, responds to threats, sustains and protects the force, and builds military relationships that develop partner defense capacity in order to contribute to a stable and secure U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility.
Vincent K. Brooks