Battle Creek, Michigan's own Deven Cook will be participating in this year's Field of Flight Hot-Air Balloon Competition with his Even Higher balloon. He has been around hot-air ballooning since the early 1970's and crewed for many pilots across the country. He became a licensed hot-air balloon pilot in 2009 and now has a commercial rating. He is the operator and owner of Winds of Freedom Hot Air Ballooning in Battle Creek.
He is an Air Force Veteran and is employed as a Cyber Security Officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs at the VA Medical Center in Battle Creek. Deven and his wife Lindsey have 4 kids (and expecting twins in May!), Elizabeth, Gabby, D.J., and Abigail (pictured with daddy).