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Team Army takes the windy city by storm

Team Army takes the windy city by storm

Not even the bright shining sun could match the smiles on the faces of Team Army as they entered Wrigley Field.

Throwing into the cheap seats

Throwing into the cheap seats

If you were not at Soldier Field on July 5, you were in the wrong place and missed something special.

Spc. Mitchell Bombeck: A family legacy of teamwork and service

Spc. Mitchell Bombeck: A family legacy of teamwork and service

Those who know Spc. Mitchell Bombeck say, at a young age, he chose to serve our country, but in reality, service chose him...

Master Sgt. Jovan Bowser: Representation for all

Master Sgt. Jovan Bowser: Representation for all

Master Sgt. Jovan Bowser is a natural born leader - from the playing field to the battle field ...

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Team Army Medal Count

Gold
50
Silver
38
Bronze
19
Total: 107

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Just a little game between friends

Just a little game between friends

CHICAGO - When you walk into the United Center you are met by murals of Chicago Bulls’ legends of the past and six championship banners hanging from the rafters. New legends were born on July 7 in a hotly contested Gold Medal wheelchair basketball game between Team Army and Team Navy during the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games.

Team Army beat Team Navy by the width of their bayonet, 56-55. Both teams fought valiantly, with the lead changing more times than fans could keep track of.

From the opening tip, the referees allowed the teams to play; and they played hard. Players were crashing into each other with such force you could hear it in the upper section of the gym. It was physical. And it played to Team Navy’s advantage. With 3 minutes and 42 seconds left in the half, the score was tied 22-22. That’s when Team Army started to discover cracks in Team Navy’s ship. Ball movement was swift and scoring became easier for Team Army.

With only seconds to go in the first half, it seemed as if Team Army would go into the locker room with a two point lead. Navy veteran Javier Rodriguez torched his way down the court and let fly a momentum-changing three pointer that sent Team Navy into the half leading 31-30.

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2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games has Hall of Famers too

2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games has Hall of Famers too

CHICAGO - From the opening ceremonies featuring two Grammy Awards winners in Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton, former television host and comedian Jon Stewart and plenty of military brass of Navy Admirals, Army, Air Force and Marine Corps Generals, one Hall of Famer remained in the background.

Each sporting event at the 2017 DOD Warrior Games is supported by a venue manager reporting to the Sports Director. For wheelchair basketball, the venue manager, Mr. Lee Montgomery may be known as only the man overseeing wheelchair basketball at the games but he is more than just a figurehead.

The Centreville, Mississippi native and current Grand Rapids, Michigan resident is not a novice when it comes to Wheelchair Basketball and other adaptive sports. He won a gold medal for wheelchair basketball in the 1990 Pan American Games and played sitting volleyball in four Paralympic Games (1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996). In 1993, he ranked 10th in the U.S. among wheelchair tennis players. He was inducted into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame in 2006 and into the National Wheelchair Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015 after a career that spanned over 30 years. Earlier this year, he coached the Mary Free Bed Junior Pacers to the National Wheelchair Basketball Juniors National Championship.

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The road to 'Return to Duty'

The road to “Return to Duty”

CHICAGO - For Soldiers competing in the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games, several months of their lives are dedicated to training for the chance to win gold. But once the medals are awarded and the crowds disperse, many of those service members return to their post-military careers or to one of two tracks of the Comprehensive Transition Program – Transition to Veteran Status or Return to Duty.

While RTD is not an option for every Soldier, ideally, those who complete rehabilitation in a Warrior Transition Battalion will be able to continue their military career in their desired Military Occupational Specialty.

That was the case for Staff Sgt. Rachel Salemink, an Army Reservist who was injured in 2015 while mobilized at Fort Bliss, Texas.

She recovered at the post’s Warrior Transition Battalion and was able to return to duty in October 2016. For her, that meant being able to return home to Indiana.

But the process came with challenges.

“I only had to take care of myself when I was gone. So, coming back home and taking care of myself, the boys and my home has been a little bit of a struggle,” Salemink said. “Rebuilding my family and friend relationships has been hard, but I'm making progress.“

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More than a spirited rivalry lives at DOD Warrior Games

More than a spirited rivalry lives at DOD Warrior Games

CHICAGO - There was plenty of noise made by raucous family members and fans of the Army and Navy sitting volleyball teams as they battled for 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games gold July 7, in the home of the Chicago Bulls.

“The support that they (Warrior Games athletes) get from the community is amazing to me,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Diamond Hough, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

The United Center hasn’t seen the likes of a rivalry with as much tradition as this, especially when the two opposing teams have so much in common. “What I’m most impressed about is the amount of resiliency that these warriors show,” said Hough. “I don’t see them as disabled; I see them as ‘abled.’”

While the players were warming up you could tell this match was going to be emotional and full of drama. The pro-Navy crowd was matched by the small Army contingent, but the noise made by both had a home-cooked flavor for everyone.

Team Army and Team Navy made their way to the gold medal match along two different paths. Navy went through pool play without a loss, while Army lost two of their first three matches before catching fire.

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Warrior Games bring about change for family members

Warrior Games bring about change for family members

Retired Command Sgt. Major Tuli Malauulu doesn't consider himself an emotional man, but watching his son-in-law retired Sgt. 1st Class David Iuli compete at the 2017 Warrior Games presents a different picture.

He's become like my own son. It's very emotional and I love to travel to see him compete," said Malauulu. "He knows I'm here in the stands and that's his motivation to keep going."

Iuli along with more than 250 athletes are in Chicago representing teams from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Special Operations Command, United Kingdom Armed Forces, and the Australian Defence Force for bragging rights in archery, cycling, track, field, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming and wheelchair basketball.

Malauulu served 30 years in the Army and says that the army has changed quite a bit for the better.

"I completely understand what these Soldiers are going through, I've been blessed, although I didn't have physical trauma, there are hidden wounds,” he said. “I know for many during my era the suicide rate was very high and that's why the army’s Warrior Care and Transition Program is important with opportunities such as the games and continuing education programs. This program creates a network for these guys and a sound support system. The program lets them know that they are not alone."

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