Nicholas M. Zallas

“How can I make your job easier” was the directive that guided Nick Zallas through a 40-year career in the military. He served with National Guard and Reserve units in the Army and Air Force in communications and military police. Zallas was part of a response unit during the Blizzard of 1978 in Boston, as well as the Ramstein Air Show disaster in Germany in 1988. He retired from the Air Force Reserves in 2009 with the rank of colonel.

Byron Prescott


Byron Prescott joined the U.S. Air Force in 1963 on the advice of his older brother. Trained as a radio operator, Prescott would be stationed in the U.S. and overseas, including a tour of duty in Vietnam that had him in the middle of the Tet Offensive in 1968. After finishing his active duty, Prescott would join the Mass. Air National Guard, where he would serve until his retirement in 1994 with the rank of master sergeant.


David S. Ball

U.S. Air Force 1991–2017


As an ICU and Emergency Room nurse, David Ball had experience. He also had friends who were Air Force flight nurses and, wanting to make a difference, he joined the U.S. Air Force Reserves in 1991. With 18 years in the Reserves as a Flight Nurse, his duties have taken David to Kosovo in 1999, Afghanistan in 2003, and Iraq in 2005. In this interview, he offers insight into the duties of the Flight Nurse and technicians. He also talks about the heartache of transporting a seriously injured soldier and the humanitarian mission to save a young boy in need of a heart transplant.


Kosovo, 1999


David Ball in a C-141, Afghanistan, 2003


Iraq, 2006

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