WCT Announces Team Army for 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games

WTU Force Structure U.S. Army Soldiers and veterans receive gold, silver and bronze medals for cycling during Warrior Care and Transition's Army Trials at Fort Bliss Texas, April 2, 2017. About 80 wounded, ill and injured active-duty Soldiers and veterans are competing in eight different sports 2-6 April for the opportunity to represent Team Army at the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Spc. Fransico Isreal)

By Army Warrior Care and Transition

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA. - The U.S. Army Warrior Care and Transition has selected 40 wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and veterans to represent Team Army at the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games June 30 - July 8 in Chicago, Illinois. These men and women will compete against teams from the Marines, Navy, Air Force and Special Operations Command in eight sports: archery, cycling, sitting volleyball, shooting, swimming, wheelchair basketball, track and field.

Established in 2010, the Warrior Games were developed to aid in the recovery and rehabilitation of our nation's wounded, ill, and injured service men and women as they return to duty or transition to the civilian world.

"The DoD Warrior Games represent our continued commitment to serving our wounded, ill and injured and show the strength and resilience of our army athletes," said Col. Matthew St Laurent, Deputy Chief of Staff, Warrior Care Transition. "Participating in adaptive reconditioning sports helps our service men and women continue to overcome their adversities and prove to our nation and themselves that they remain resilient."

More than 250 active-duty service members and veterans are expected to compete at this year's Warrior Games. For members of Team Army, Col. St Laurent sees the experience as not only a competition, but a way to build on skills and techniques that are taught as part of the Army's Warrior Care and Transition Program.

"The Games are a platform to embody the spiritual, emotional, physical, family, social interactions, and one's goals and pursuits to preserve purpose and meaning in life. These are things we focus on as part of the WCTP," St Laurent said. "Yes, our athletes want to win medals, but they will also win by developing skill sets, helping a fellow warrior, and building a network of friends and family."

The Soldiers and veterans who will represent Team Army at the 2017 DoD Warrior Games are:
Team Army 2017

  • Veteran Jhoonar Barrera
  • Spc. Andrew Bell
  • Spc. Mitchell Bombeck
  • Master Sgt. Jovan, Bowser
  • Sgt. Harvey Boyd
  • Pfc. Dylan Coleman
  • Sgt. David Crook
  • Col. Danny Dudek
  • Veteran Brandi Evans
  • Spc. Maria Garcia
  • Veteran Christy Gardner
  • Veteran Armando Gonzales
  • Veteran Megan Grudziniski
  • Sgt. Patrick Haney
  • Sgt. 1st Class Richard Hastings
  • Veteran Randi Hobson
  • Veteran David Iuli
  • Staff Sgt. Altermese Kendrick
  • Veteran Jodi Lemons
  • Veteran Ryan Major
  • Col. Michael Malone
  • Spc. Jay Marquiss
  • Veteran Robert Mathews
  • Sgt. Christopher McGinnis
  • Staff Sgt. Marcus Menchaca
  • Sgt. 1st Class Heather Moran
  • Spc. Stephanie Morris
  • Command Sgt. Maj. Oscar Mullinax
  • Staff Sgt. Daniel Ohlinger
  • Maj. James Pradke
  • Veteran Greg Quarles
  • Sgt. 1st Class Robert Roberts III
  • Staff Sgt. Rachel Salemink
  • Veteran Michelle Sanchez
  • Capt. Nathan Schaffield
  • Veteran David Snypes Jr.
  • Veteran Michael Stephens
  • Veteran Patrick Timmins
  • Veteran Jarred Vaina
  • Veteran Shawn Vosburg

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