Army wounded warriors to participate in allied winter sports camp


February 16, 2017 - ALEXANDRIA, VA. – The United States Army Medical Command, Deputy Chief of Staff, Warrior Care and Transition announces the participation of wounded warriors in the annual Allied Winter Sports Camp in Whistler, British Columbia February 21 through March 3, 2017. The camp, hosted by the Canadian Armed Forces program Soldier On, presents an opportunity for U.S. Army Soldiers and other wounded, ill and injured service members from Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada to come together and participate in seven winter sports: sledge hockey, alpine skiing and snowboarding, bobsledding, skeleton, cross-country skiing and dog-sledding.

“This is a great opportunity for our wounded, ill and injured Soldiers to participate in an international adaptive sports event of this magnitude with our allies as they continue with their recovery, returning to an active, purposeful and meaningful lifestyle,” said Col. Matthew St Laurent, Deputy Chief of Staff, Warrior Care and Transition.

The Soldier On program was founded in 2007 as a joint initiative between the Canadian Department of National Defence and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

You can follow along with our athletes by checking our social media channels frequently for the camp’s duration: February 21-March 3 @armyWCT. You’ll find news, pictures and videos.

The Soldiers participating in the 2017 Allied Winter Sports Camp are:

• Capt. Nathan Schaffield, Ft. Benning, Georgia WTU

• Sgt. 1st. Class Clifton Robinson, Ft. Benning Georgia WTU

• Sgt Aleksei Furniss, Ft. Riley, Kansas WTU

• Sgt. Karia Caldera, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia WTU

• Sgt. Will Naboa, Tripler Army Medical Center, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii WTU

• Sgt. Rudy Gomez, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland WTU

• Spc. Mark Ehrenreich, Ft. Riley, Kansas WTU

• Pfc. Zachary Jackson, Ft. Benning, Georgia WTU

The U.S. Army’s warrior care program serves an essential role, not only in managing the care and recovery of Soldiers evacuated from theater, but also for those preparing to deploy and for those who have returned from combat that require complex care management to cope with the effects of war and multiple deployments. Warrior Care and Transition ensures that everything possible is done to enable Soldiers to return to duty. The program also plays an important role in ensuring Reserve Component Soldiers receive the care they require prior to and after deployment to remain mission ready. For more information on the DCS, WCT visit: WCT website, talk to us on Facebook or Twitter.