Today we are saluting Petty Officer 2nd Class Terry Ballard of the United States Navy. Petty Officer Ballard is a Seabee. Seabees are what the Navy calls its construction battalion. Specifically, PO2 Ballard is a Steelworker. He's a welder, he works with structures, buildings, I beams, and more. He's building structures and buildings, because the Navy needs buildings on land, just like they needs ships in the sea. After enlisting in the Navy Ballard chose the Seabees because he realized that the training and skills he learned there would translate really easily to his civilian life when he got out. Terry originally planned to do one 4 year enlistment and get out. He has since extended his enlistment twice, and is working on his 9th year in the Navy. Ballard went to "A" School in NCBC Gulfport, Mississippi where he became a certified welder. He has had several other postings since then, but now he is stationed at Port Hueneme, California which is actually the main home of the Seabees for the Navy. Terry says "I used to miss home a lot and think about getting out, but one day I just felt like I was at home."
Ballard also says that Ventura has been the best station of his career, and he's thankful for the opportunity to serve there. And we're all thankful for sailors like PO2 Terry Ballard of the United States Navy.