Battle Creek, Michigan's own Deven Cook will be participating in this year's Field of Flight Hot-Air Balloon Competition. He will be flying the Freedom Balloon this year. He has been around hot-air ballooning since the early 1970s 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 Information Security Officer for Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Battle Creek.