USMC Colonel Javier “Nerf” Ball Brings 28 Years of Service and Leadership to the Operation Supply Drop Advisory Board

We’re honored to have Colonel Ball join our growing and diverse Advisory Board. Drawn to Operation Supply Drop as a outlet to continue serving veterans and their families, Colonel Ball has the personal motivation to accelerate the building of OSD’s partnerships and our visibility both in the military and civilian worlds. OSD’s mantra of Purpose through Service is extremely important to him.

Colonel Ball elaborated saying, “Service before self is something that our military and veterans know but too often is lost on the general public. I aim to change that.”

Colonel Javier “Nerf” Ball is a carrier qualified F/A-18 instructor pilot with over 3,500 flight hours in various jet, turbo-prop, and rotary-wing aircraft. He was commissioned as 2ndLt in the U.S. Marine Corps in August 1989 and his latest posting was as the Senior U.S. Liaison Officer to the Australian Defence Force in Canberra, Australia. His crowning achievement was being presented a Chief of Australian Defence Force Commendation for superior performance over 4.5 years while assigned to the Australian equivalent of the Pentagon.

Retiring after 28 years of active service, he is a veteran of OPERATIONS DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM, and IRAQI FREEDOM, he has served in a variety of operational, command, and staff assignments to include: Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Pacific Command; Commanding Officer, VT-6; and Current Operations Officer, Multi-National Force-West, Camp Fallujah, Iraq. During his career he has completed a number of worldwide training and combat deployments.

He is a graduate of the Airlift Planners Course, Amphibious Warfare School, USAF Command and Staff College, Aviation Safety School, Joint Targeting Course, Joint Forces Staff College, Air War College, and holds a Master’s Degree in Military Operational Art and Science.

He also served for two separate terms as the President of the Lions Club of Canberra Valley, Canberra, Australia.