“Anyone in the squadron can nominate an Airman who stands out like Nichole did,” said Copley, who received the award in 2017. “I was making an effort and putting my best foot forward, so the recognition meant a lot to me.”
At the time of her death, Ball was a college student and recently promoted in her civilian job.
“By giving out this award each year, we cement her memory and keep it alive by bringing recognition to Airmen who exemplify all the qualities and characteristics Nichole represented,” said Senior Master Sgt. Michelle Caswell, 2005 Nichole Ball Award recipient. “Each winter we pause for a moment to reflect on Nichole’s legacy of service.”
Now nearly 15 years since her final unit training assembly, Ball’s upbeat attitude and wingman spirit influence even individuals she never met.
“She put everything she could into the Air Force any time she was here to work or train,” said Senior Airman Dustin Seelig, the most recent recipient of the Nichole Ball Award. He joined the Air Force less than four years ago, yet he knows who Ball is and what she stood for.
“The award is about self-improvement and carrying on her legacy of commitment and service,” Seelig added. “I hope to maintain a work ethic and mentality like Nichole’s throughout my military career.”