LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --
Chaplain (Capt.) Sean Ballard, 47th Flying Training Wing chaplain, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of April 16, 2018, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas.
The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Charlie Velino, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, is given to those who consistently make outstanding contributions to their unit and the Laughlin mission.
One of the programs Ballard leads is the Single Laughlin Airmen Meal, which is hosted once a month, and is aimed at strengthening relationships between Airmen.
“It’s about taking care of our Airmen,” Ballard said. “For a good meal and a good fellowship, people will show up.”
Ballard also delivers the blessing of the wings ceremony and has been for the last year and a half for graduating pilots.
“I always remind them: remember your wings have been blessed, not that I blessed them, but God’s blessed them,” Ballard said. “Being able to look-over and touch those wings just to remind you that God is already there waiting to keep you safe.”
Ballard also taught Spiritual Resiliency course to Airmen awaiting pilot training in order to prepare them for year-long training.
“We have to get that spiritual resilience going, it has to be strong,” Ballard said. “When the hard times come, and they come to everybody, we’re going to be that much stronger to pass that test and make it through with flying colors.”
For devoting his time to the Airmen on Laughlin, mentoring others on spiritual resilience and more, Ballard earned the “XLer of the week” award.