Air Force

The Air Force understands the power adaptive sports and reconditioning activities have to promote healing. In light of this, the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2) incorporated athletics into a holistic rehabilitation approach that focuses on an individual's mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. AFW2 strives to provide well-coordinated, personalized support and advocacy to each wounded, ill and injured service member, as well as his/her family and/or caregivers. Airmen enrolled in AFW2 go through a 7-phase Continuum of Care that starts with identification of one's condition and continues through stabilization/resolution -- adaptive sports are introduced during the member's recovery phase. Airmen begin their path to the Warrior Games by participating in Warrior CARE events throughout the country, then competing and qualifying at the Air Force Trials - working with expert coaches, sports trainers and nutritionists to not only prepare for competition, but enhance their recovery.

Team Air Force

Archery

Brett Campfield

E-4/SrA

Brett Campfield

E-4/SrA

Status: Veteran

MOS: Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.

Current Location: Spokane, Wash.

Injuries/Illness: Visual Impairment – Loss of right eye

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Indoor Rowing, Track

Why I Compete: To give myself a focus for physical training, as well as to learn from the experience and be able to provide support and insight to others in a similar situation.

Vincent Cavazos

E-5/SSgt

Vincent Cavazos

E-5/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Security Forces

Hometown: Fresno, Calif.

Current Location: Phoenix, Ariz.

Injuries/Illness: Multiple breaks both legs,TBI, PTSD

Events: Archery, Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Track

Why I Compete: In hopes to continue to bettering myself in my recovery and help inspire others and spread awareness for all the DoD Recovery programs and the DoD Warrior Games.

Michael Christiansen

E-7/MSgt

Michael Christiansen

E-7/MSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: 3P071 - Security Forces Currently; Superintendent, 21 - SW Protocol

Hometown: Layton, Utah

Current Location: Peyton, Colo.

Injuries/Illness: Fractured/shifted vertebrae of lower back due to explosion in Iraq

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: Warrior Games gives me the chance to compete alongside some of the finest military athletes who have worked and trained to overcome their own personal injury or illness. To be able to compete at this level of competition while surrounded by real heroes, gives me a sense of accomplishment I never thought I would reach again.

Kenneth Guinn

E-7/MSgt

Kenneth Guinn

E-7/MSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Hometown: Sunray, Texas

Current Location: Tyndall AFB, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD, TBI, Double Reconstructive Knee Surgery

Events: Archery, Field, Powerlifting, Sitting Volleyball, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: I compete because it gives me a chance to be part of a team again. It gives me a reason to push harder and further when I don’t want to because I know that I have a team that is counting on me.

Vickie LeBrun

E-7/MSgt

Vickie LeBrun

E-7/MSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Paralegal

Hometown: Dixon, Wyo.

Current Location: Great Falls, Mont.

Injuries/Illness: TBI

Events: Archery, Cycling, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: Pride and loyalty to USAF. Increase in self-confidence and social competence. Regaining a sense of identity and building friendships with like-minded individuals.

Bill Lickman

Special Agent

Bill Lickman

Special Agent

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Special Investigations

Hometown: Chesaning, Mich.

Current Location: Tyndall AFB, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTSD, tinnitus, vision, respiratory, rhabdomyolysis

Events: Archery, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball, Track

Why I Compete: I compete at the Warrior Games because I love the competition and the camaraderie that comes from it, and I want to be an asset for my team and represent the Air Force well. I love pushing myself to be faster, stronger, more accurate… to live up to my potential… but in an overly busy life compounded by sedentary jobs and injuries, my wellness has often been the first thing pushed aside. The Warrior Games give me a definitive, measurable goal to train for, knowing that I need to be at my best not only for myself, but for my team. When I train and when I compete, my focus is on doing my best at the task at hand, and in that moment, all is well.

Russell Logan

E-6/TSgt

Russell Logan

E-6/TSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Security Forces

Hometown: Drummonds, Tenn.

Current Location: Drummonds, Tenn.

Injuries/Illness: Below-the-knee amputation (LEFT)

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Sitting Volleyball, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: I want to compete at Warrior Games to better myself and be a part of something bigger than myself.

Melissa McAvoy

0-5/Lt Col

Melissa McAvoy

0-5/Lt Col

Status: Veteran

MOS: F-111 And F-15 Avionics Technician, Program Manager, Systems Engineer, United Nations Air Liaison Officer

Hometown: Melbourne, Fla.

Current Location: Peru, Mass.

Injuries/Illness: Traumatic Brain Injury, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Major Depression

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Track

Why I Compete: Recovery—the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program facilitated my health and well-being, moving from an incapacitated and stifled lifestyle to one in which I am active and achieving!

John Meyer Jr.

E-5/SSgt

John Meyer Jr.

E-5/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: 2A574D - Crew Chief

Hometown: Barnesville, Ga.

Current Location: Waskom, Texas

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTSD

Events: Archery, Cycling, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: I compete to apply what I learned at the intro camps during my recovery and represent the Air Force. It gives me a great sense of accomplishment to be able to come from a traumatic injury to being fully active in competition.

Rafael Morfinenciso

E-4/SrA

Rafael Morfinenciso

E-4/SrA

Status: Veteran

MOS: Medical Administration

Hometown: Sterling, Va.

Current Location: Leesburg, Va.

Injuries/Illness: Lower and upper back injury/trauma, PTSD, major depressive disorder (MDD), fibromyalgia, damaged knees

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Shooting, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: Because it allows me to compete in an adaptive manner that allows me to still be competitive even with my injuries. It allows me to be part of a great big amazing military family and gives me a purpose and motivation by all those around me.

Ryan Novack

O-2/1st Lt

Ryan Novack

O-2/1st Lt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Munitions & Missile Maintenance Officer, But Serving As An Aerospace Ground Equipment Flight Commander Currently

Hometown: Aurora, Ill.

Current Location: Andersen AFB, Guam

Injuries/Illness: T12 Spinal Cord Injury

Events: Archery, Cycling, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: Training for the Games keeps me motivated to improve my overall strength, health and well-being. More importantly, the Games provide a venue to me where I feel like I can celebrate that despite the literal paralysis of my injury, I can still go out and compete in sports! Having done one Warrior Games and seeing how I stacked up against the competition has given me the confidence boost I needed to know that my life is not over, it has only just begun, and it is still promising and fulfilling!

Stacie Shafran

0-4/Maj

Stacie Shafran

0-4/Maj

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Public Affairs Officer

Hometown: Denver, Colo.

Current Location: Langley AFB, Va.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Shooting, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: It’s an honor to represent the Air Force at the Warrior Games and compete alongside such inspiring athletes. This is also an opportunity to showcase my resiliency.

Hannah Stolberg

E-4/SrA

Hannah Stolberg

E-4/SrA

Status: Veteran

MOS: Contracting Specialist

Hometown: Las Cruces, N.M.

Current Location: San Antonio, Texas

Injuries/Illness: PTSD, MST, TBI

Events: Archery, Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Swimming

Why I Compete: Competing in the Warrior Games gives me a renewed sense of purpose and motivation. Adaptive sports has made me a better person mentally, physically, and spiritually and has introduced me to the most incredible and resilient people I have ever met.

Brian Williams

E-7/MSgt

Brian Williams

E-7/MSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Security Forces Instructor

Hometown: Sierra Vista, Ariz.

Current Location: JBSA-Lackland, Texas

Injuries/Illness: Amputee (left leg)

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Sitting Volleyball, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: It’s an opportunity to represent your branch of service, and an opportunity to compete, meet, and network with other Wounded Warriors. It’s an opportunity to show those who have doubted you they were wrong, and to give those who love and support you just another reason to cheer you on.

Brent Young

E-5/SSgt

Brent Young

E-5/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Security Forces

Hometown: Midland, Mich.

Current Location: Eglin AFB, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTSD

Events: Archery, Shooting, Wheelchair Basketball

Cycling

Miguel Acevedo

E-7/MSgt

Miguel Acevedo

E-7/MSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Command Stan/Eval Program Manager, UH-1N Evaluator Flight Engineer

Hometown: Orlando, Fla.

Current Location: Haughton, La.

Events: Cycling, Field, Shooting

Why I Compete: To overcome my physical obstacles, and to motivate others to push past their physical limitations.

Hunter Barnhill

O-3/Capt

Hunter Barnhill

O-3/Capt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Instructor Pilot (B-52H, T-6A)

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

Current Location: Columbus AFB, Miss.

Injuries/Illness: Brain Cancer

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Shooting

Why I Compete: To teach my son the lesson that when life knocks you down--which it will at some point--to make the choice to get back up and keep rowing, keep pedaling, keep punching…keep doing whatever moves you forward.

Brett Campfield

E-4/SrA

Brett Campfield

E-4/SrA

Status: Veteran

MOS: Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.

Current Location: Spokane, Wash.

Injuries/Illness: Visual Impairment – Loss of right eye

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Indoor Rowing, Track

Why I Compete: To give myself a focus for physical training, as well as to learn from the experience and be able to provide support and insight to others in a similar situation.

Heather Carter

E-4/SrA

Heather Carter

E-4/SrA

Status: Veteran

MOS: Intelligence Analyst

Hometown: Barrington, R.I.

Current Location: Arlington, Va.

Injuries/Illness: LEFT TRANSFEMORAL AMPUTEE

Events: Cycling, Field, Sitting Volleyball

Why I Compete: After being injured, we tend to tell ourselves all of the things we “can’t” do… rather than realizing we just have to find a new way (adapting) of doing those activities. Competing at these games provides us with new “normals” and abilities of which we did not believe we can achieve. While the medals highlight the statistics of our efforts, the comradery of all warriors attending this event (the support we give one another and the empathy that only “like-experienced” individuals can provide) is where the true accomplishments shine… a medal brings satisfaction for all of the hard work we put in our training, but surpassing our previous performances is where our confidence will rise.

Michael Christiansen

E-7/MSgt

Michael Christiansen

E-7/MSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: 3P071 - Security Forces Currently; Superintendent, 21 - SW Protocol

Hometown: Layton, Utah

Current Location: Peyton, Colo.

Injuries/Illness: Fractured/shifted vertebrae of lower back due to explosion in Iraq

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: Warrior Games gives me the chance to compete alongside some of the finest military athletes who have worked and trained to overcome their own personal injury or illness. To be able to compete at this level of competition while surrounded by real heroes, gives me a sense of accomplishment I never thought I would reach again.

Lisa Goad

E-7/MSgt

Lisa Goad

E-7/MSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: 3P071 - Security Forces

Hometown: North Providence, R.I.

Current Location: Holloman AFB, N.M.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD and hip injury

Events: Cycling, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: AF Wounded Warrior taught me how to be adaptive and resilient after my injury and PTSD. I wanted to complete in Warrior Games to continue to challenge myself so I am reminded of what I can do not what I can’t do.

Matthew Gonzales

E-4/SrA

Matthew Gonzales

E-4/SrA

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Injured Prior To Attending PJ Training

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

Current Location: San Antonio, Texas

Injuries/Illness: TBI, Left arm limb salvage with nerve damage

Events: Cycling, Shooting

Why I Compete: I want to prove to myself and to others with limitations like myself or worse to not let those limitations define them and myself.

Shanon (Shay) Hampton

E-7/MSgt

Shanon (Shay) Hampton

E-7/MSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: TACP, Loadmaster

Hometown: Santa Clarita, Calif.

Current Location: Reno, Nev.

Injuries/Illness: TBI

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: Competition is in my blood, always has been! To strive to better myself and those around me, after all you cannot lead from the rear! Besides serving for something greater than myself, serving alongside my brothers and sisters in arms is what I miss the most! Participating in the Warrior Games allows me to do just that! It also allows me to show others in my community that are ill or injured that they can still move forward in life; they are not a loss, they are loved and cared about...just keep pushing forward, find a reason, any excuse to win!

Linn Knight

E-7/MSgt

Linn Knight

E-7/MSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Hometown: Spring Branch, Texas

Current Location: Panama City, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: TBI & Breast Cancer

Events: Cycling, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: After all I have been through, I really value my health. Chemotherapy is very hard on your body. Aside from losing my hair, the nausea was debilitating, my fingertips lost sensation, I had ulcers in my mouth, and the fatigue was indescribable. At one point, my heart ejection fraction was down to only 40% - I could hardly walk up the stairs without feeling completely winded! My body has strengthened since, but I will never forget what it feels like to be nearing death’s doorway. Every lap, every sprint, and every lift makes me feel grateful to be alive. Competing keeps me motivated to train, eat right, and maximize my body’s potential.

Vickie LeBrun

E-7/MSgt

Vickie LeBrun

E-7/MSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Paralegal

Hometown: Dixon, Wyo.

Current Location: Great Falls, Mont.

Injuries/Illness: TBI

Events: Archery, Cycling, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: Pride and loyalty to USAF. Increase in self-confidence and social competence. Regaining a sense of identity and building friendships with like-minded individuals.

Russell Logan

E-6/TSgt

Russell Logan

E-6/TSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Security Forces

Hometown: Drummonds, Tenn.

Current Location: Drummonds, Tenn.

Injuries/Illness: Below-the-knee amputation (LEFT)

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Sitting Volleyball, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: I want to compete at Warrior Games to better myself and be a part of something bigger than myself.

Audra Lyons

O-5/Lt Col

Audra Lyons

O-5/Lt Col

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Force Support Officer

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.

Current Location: Arlington, Va.

Injuries/Illness: Fibromyalgia, CRPS, PTSD, back/neck

Events: Cycling, Shooting, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: I compete at Warrior Games because I believe in the mantra “Use up every ounce of energy and courage you have today. You’ll get a refill tomorrow.” I want to do so much in this short lifetime, so my instinct is to fill up every day with as much happiness, action, sense of accomplishment, and love as I possibly can. Practicing for, and the honor of competing in, the Games events fulfills this instinct. While this instinct is positive, it often leads to me overextending my body and spirit. With my recent diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, I have an added challenge of near constant, sometimes debilitating, fatigue. Through preparing to compete in four sports for the Warrior Games, I am starting to acknowledge and accept the signals my body conveys to me to slow down at times, learning to make conscious decisions directed to self-care, and accepting my body for the whole it is, a different aggregate than it was ten years ago.

Jacquelyn Marty

O-6/Col

Jacquelyn Marty

O-6/Col

Status: Reserve

MOS: Commander, 713 Combat Operations Squadron, Pilot C11M3

Hometown: San Diego, Calif.

Current Location: Sacramento, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTSD

Events: Cycling, Swimming

Why I Compete: Despite my desire to get fit and lose weight after my accident, the weight continued to pile on. Training for the Warrior Games has gotten me off the couch and in the gym six days a week. I have lost 11 pounds this year already and am on track to lose another 25. While competing at the AF trials, I noticed there are an abundance of phenomenal Airmen who’ve overcome far greater obstacles than I have; they are my inspiration. My pity party ended when I was selected for the Warrior Games team.

Melissa McAvoy

0-5/Lt Col

Melissa McAvoy

0-5/Lt Col

Status: Veteran

MOS: F-111 And F-15 Avionics Technician, Program Manager, Systems Engineer, United Nations Air Liaison Officer

Hometown: Melbourne, Fla.

Current Location: Peru, Mass.

Injuries/Illness: Traumatic Brain Injury, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Major Depression

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Track

Why I Compete: Recovery—the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program facilitated my health and well-being, moving from an incapacitated and stifled lifestyle to one in which I am active and achieving!

John Meyer Jr.

E-5/SSgt

John Meyer Jr.

E-5/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: 2A574D - Crew Chief

Hometown: Barnesville, Ga.

Current Location: Waskom, Texas

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTSD

Events: Archery, Cycling, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: I compete to apply what I learned at the intro camps during my recovery and represent the Air Force. It gives me a great sense of accomplishment to be able to come from a traumatic injury to being fully active in competition.

Rafael Morfinenciso

E-4/SrA

Rafael Morfinenciso

E-4/SrA

Status: Veteran

MOS: Medical Administration

Hometown: Sterling, Va.

Current Location: Leesburg, Va.

Injuries/Illness: Lower and upper back injury/trauma, PTSD, major depressive disorder (MDD), fibromyalgia, damaged knees

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Shooting, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: Because it allows me to compete in an adaptive manner that allows me to still be competitive even with my injuries. It allows me to be part of a great big amazing military family and gives me a purpose and motivation by all those around me.

Kristen Morris

O-3/Capt

Kristen Morris

O-3/Capt

Status: Veteran

MOS: C-130J Pilot

Hometown: Camas, Wash.

Current Location: Destin, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: Right and left hip Periacetabular Osteotomy (hip reconstruction) and right hip total replacement

Events: Cycling, Field, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: It is truly the experience of a lifetime! Adaptive sports allow all my physical limitations to no longer limit me in an athletic capacity. Also, it is an incredible privilege to be able to represent the Air Force and to be a part of the amazing team we have!

Ryan Novack

O-2/1st Lt

Ryan Novack

O-2/1st Lt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Munitions & Missile Maintenance Officer, But Serving As An Aerospace Ground Equipment Flight Commander Currently

Hometown: Aurora, Ill.

Current Location: Andersen AFB, Guam

Injuries/Illness: T12 Spinal Cord Injury

Events: Archery, Cycling, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: Training for the Games keeps me motivated to improve my overall strength, health and well-being. More importantly, the Games provide a venue to me where I feel like I can celebrate that despite the literal paralysis of my injury, I can still go out and compete in sports! Having done one Warrior Games and seeing how I stacked up against the competition has given me the confidence boost I needed to know that my life is not over, it has only just begun, and it is still promising and fulfilling!

Anthony Pearson

E-5/SSgt

Anthony Pearson

E-5/SSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Financial Management

Hometown: Columbia, S.C.

Current Location: San Antonio, Texas

Injuries/Illness: PTSD, Panic Attack Disorder

Events: Cycling, Sitting Volleyball, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Ricardo Rivera

E-6/TSgt

Ricardo Rivera

E-6/TSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: 1NO71 - Intelligence Operations

Hometown: Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

Current Location: Las Vegas, Nev.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD/MDD

Events: Cycling, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: I needed a new objective and a new outlet to channel all my energy. Training for Warrior Games have given me the opportunity to develop a new sense of purpose, a new mission. The AFW2 Adaptive Sports program allowed me to refocus my energy and challenge myself in new ways that I never thought possible.

Andres Rodriguez

E-7/MSgt

Andres Rodriguez

E-7/MSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: 4B071 - Bioenvironmental Engineering

Hometown: Gurabo, Puerto Rico

Current Location: Des Moines, Iowa

Injuries/Illness: Heart Disease, PTSD and TBI

Events: Cycling, Field, Sitting Volleyball, Track

Why I Compete: Competing at the Warrior Games greatly helps me overcome my fears. Fears of the can’t do due to my illness, even when we know we can’t really eliminate fear but with the help of the AFW2 Coaches, Staff and fellow warriors we can Master those fears. The preparation for the Warrior games is such of great tool for my recovery, everything I do to get ready I can apply on my day-to-day activities and helps me stay focus on what it matter the most for me my Family. Oh and the satisfaction of seeing other Warriors succeed, see them surpass their personal best and the spirit of corps!!!

Teresa Sellers

0-4/Maj

Teresa Sellers

0-4/Maj

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Nurse Anesthetist

Hometown: Albion, Iowa

Current Location: Anchorage, Alaska

Injuries/Illness: Ovarian and Endometrial Cancer

Events: Cycling, Field, Shooting, Swimming

Why I Compete: Competing in the Wounded Warrior games has given me confidence in abilities I didn’t think I had. Being with other wounded warriors was an amazing experience last year and I look forward to meeting new people and finding a new level of what I CAN do. Being able to represent the Air Force in Warrior Games is an honor and privilege I will never forget.

Stacie Shafran

0-4/Maj

Stacie Shafran

0-4/Maj

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Public Affairs Officer

Hometown: Denver, Colo.

Current Location: Langley AFB, Va.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Shooting, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: It’s an honor to represent the Air Force at the Warrior Games and compete alongside such inspiring athletes. This is also an opportunity to showcase my resiliency.

Joshua (Smitty) Smith

E-6/TSgt

Joshua (Smitty) Smith

E-6/TSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Aircrew Life Support / Aircrew Flight Equipment

Hometown: Fairfield, Mont.

Current Location: Spanish Fork, Utah

Injuries/Illness: Spine/Neck, Degenerative Arthritis, Multiple Ortho surgeries

Events: Cycling, Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Sitting Volleyball, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: It means the world to me to participate in the Warrior Games. I get to represent my family, the Air Force, the AFW2 Program, and the Air Force Association (AFA) Wounded Warrior Program, and my entire AF Warrior Team. I am extremely humbled, honored, and grateful to have the opportunity to participate, fellowship, and compete against such amazing wounded, ill, and injured service members in all branches of the Armed Forces. This is a huge blessing, honor, and experience that will help me to continue to train, work hard, overcome, and adapt to my new lifestyle bases on the wounds, illnesses, and injuries I have suffered while serving on active duty in the Air Force for 13 years.

Hannah Stolberg

E-4/SrA

Hannah Stolberg

E-4/SrA

Status: Veteran

MOS: Contracting Specialist

Hometown: Las Cruces, N.M.

Current Location: San Antonio, Texas

Injuries/Illness: PTSD, MST, TBI

Events: Archery, Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Swimming

Why I Compete: Competing in the Warrior Games gives me a renewed sense of purpose and motivation. Adaptive sports has made me a better person mentally, physically, and spiritually and has introduced me to the most incredible and resilient people I have ever met.

Brian Williams

E-7/MSgt

Brian Williams

E-7/MSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Security Forces Instructor

Hometown: Sierra Vista, Ariz.

Current Location: JBSA-Lackland, Texas

Injuries/Illness: Amputee (left leg)

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Sitting Volleyball, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: It’s an opportunity to represent your branch of service, and an opportunity to compete, meet, and network with other Wounded Warriors. It’s an opportunity to show those who have doubted you they were wrong, and to give those who love and support you just another reason to cheer you on.

Field

Miguel Acevedo

E-7/MSgt

Miguel Acevedo

E-7/MSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Command Stan/Eval Program Manager, UH-1N Evaluator Flight Engineer

Hometown: Orlando, Fla.

Current Location: Haughton, La.

Events: Cycling, Field, Shooting

Why I Compete: To overcome my physical obstacles, and to motivate others to push past their physical limitations.

John Angel Jr.

E-7/MSgt

John Angel Jr.

E-7/MSgt

Status: USAF Air National Guard Active Orders On Medical Hold

MOS: 2A672 - Aerospace Ground Support Equipment (Quality Assurance)

Hometown: Cave Spring, Ga.

Current Location: Birmingham, Ala.

Injuries/Illness: Exposure/acquired Qfever during 2016 deployment to Al Udeid AB, Qatar causing pulmonary damage requiring oxygen 24/7, 40% Lung use loss and pulmonary diseases, lymphadenopathy, TBI with moderate memory impairment and ataxia, liver damage, and PTSD.

Events: Field, Indoor Rowing

Why I Compete: I compete in order to inspire others that have had life changing challenges and disabilities, especially those with wounds that are less visible and apparent like my own. I seek to inspire those that are no longer able to live the life they loved, and to show them there are still many challenges they can overcome. I have found a new me, and a new focus that helps me handle whatever challenges life sends my way. I’ve found that this new life and new challenges are not the ending I once thought. This is simply a new chapter, in a new book I have begun. Competing in the games has encouraged me to become more involved and share my experiences with program. I’ve found a new sense of camaraderie and support from my team mates and look forward to providing that to others.

Karah Behrend

E-4/SrA

Karah Behrend

E-4/SrA

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Signals Intelligence Analyst

Hometown: Guilford, Conn.

Current Location: Kingwood, Texas

Injuries/Illness: Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, PTSD, Dystonia

Events: Field, Indoor Rowing, Track

Why I Compete: I want my daughters to learn from the example of so many amazing warriors; that no matter what life throws at you, nothing is ever impossible.

John Berry IV

E-3/A1C

John Berry IV

E-3/A1C

Status: Active Duty

MOS: RF Transmissions

Hometown: Detroit, Mich.

Current Location: Las Vegas, Nev.

Injuries/Illness: Bi- lateral lunate dislocation (wrists)

Events: Field, Indoor Rowing, Track

Why I Compete: To better myself and others around me.

Brett Campfield

E-4/SrA

Brett Campfield

E-4/SrA

Status: Veteran

MOS: Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.

Current Location: Spokane, Wash.

Injuries/Illness: Visual Impairment – Loss of right eye

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Indoor Rowing, Track

Why I Compete: To give myself a focus for physical training, as well as to learn from the experience and be able to provide support and insight to others in a similar situation.

Heather Carter

E-4/SrA

Heather Carter

E-4/SrA

Status: Veteran

MOS: Intelligence Analyst

Hometown: Barrington, R.I.

Current Location: Arlington, Va.

Injuries/Illness: LEFT TRANSFEMORAL AMPUTEE

Events: Cycling, Field, Sitting Volleyball

Why I Compete: After being injured, we tend to tell ourselves all of the things we “can’t” do… rather than realizing we just have to find a new way (adapting) of doing those activities. Competing at these games provides us with new “normals” and abilities of which we did not believe we can achieve. While the medals highlight the statistics of our efforts, the comradery of all warriors attending this event (the support we give one another and the empathy that only “like-experienced” individuals can provide) is where the true accomplishments shine… a medal brings satisfaction for all of the hard work we put in our training, but surpassing our previous performances is where our confidence will rise.

Vincent Cavazos

E-5/SSgt

Vincent Cavazos

E-5/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Security Forces

Hometown: Fresno, Calif.

Current Location: Phoenix, Ariz.

Injuries/Illness: Multiple breaks both legs,TBI, PTSD

Events: Archery, Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Track

Why I Compete: In hopes to continue to bettering myself in my recovery and help inspire others and spread awareness for all the DoD Recovery programs and the DoD Warrior Games.

Michael Christiansen

E-7/MSgt

Michael Christiansen

E-7/MSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: 3P071 - Security Forces Currently; Superintendent, 21 - SW Protocol

Hometown: Layton, Utah

Current Location: Peyton, Colo.

Injuries/Illness: Fractured/shifted vertebrae of lower back due to explosion in Iraq

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: Warrior Games gives me the chance to compete alongside some of the finest military athletes who have worked and trained to overcome their own personal injury or illness. To be able to compete at this level of competition while surrounded by real heroes, gives me a sense of accomplishment I never thought I would reach again.

Kenneth Guinn

E-7/MSgt

Kenneth Guinn

E-7/MSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Hometown: Sunray, Texas

Current Location: Tyndall AFB, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD, TBI, Double Reconstructive Knee Surgery

Events: Archery, Field, Powerlifting, Sitting Volleyball, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: I compete because it gives me a chance to be part of a team again. It gives me a reason to push harder and further when I don’t want to because I know that I have a team that is counting on me.

Lawrence (Rob) Hufford II

O-3/Capt

Lawrence (Rob) Hufford II

O-3/Capt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Civil Engineering Officer

Hometown: Hamilton, Ohio

Current Location: Omaha, Neb.

Injuries/Illness: Epilepsy with TBI and PTSD

Events: Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting

Why I Compete: Not only does it show that I and others are Warriors and won’t let anything hold us back but also I enjoy the camaraderie and fight between the Services. There will always be intra-Service banter as to who is better or weaker. At WG, we get to settle it on the field!

Russell Logan

E-6/TSgt

Russell Logan

E-6/TSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Security Forces

Hometown: Drummonds, Tenn.

Current Location: Drummonds, Tenn.

Injuries/Illness: Below-the-knee amputation (LEFT)

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Sitting Volleyball, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: I want to compete at Warrior Games to better myself and be a part of something bigger than myself.

Janelle Lykon

E-5/SSgt

Janelle Lykon

E-5/SSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Air Transportation

Hometown: Marlborough, Mass.

Current Location: Millville, Pa.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Issues w/ knees, feet & back 

Events: Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Swimming

Why I Compete: I have always been an athlete; playing ice hockey, field hockey, & softball. Sports have helped tremendously as an outlet during my recovery.

Melissa McAvoy

0-5/Lt Col

Melissa McAvoy

0-5/Lt Col

Status: Veteran

MOS: F-111 And F-15 Avionics Technician, Program Manager, Systems Engineer, United Nations Air Liaison Officer

Hometown: Melbourne, Fla.

Current Location: Peru, Mass.

Injuries/Illness: Traumatic Brain Injury, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Major Depression

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Track

Why I Compete: Recovery—the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program facilitated my health and well-being, moving from an incapacitated and stifled lifestyle to one in which I am active and achieving!

Rafael Morfinenciso

E-4/SrA

Rafael Morfinenciso

E-4/SrA

Status: Veteran

MOS: Medical Administration

Hometown: Sterling, Va.

Current Location: Leesburg, Va.

Injuries/Illness: Lower and upper back injury/trauma, PTSD, major depressive disorder (MDD), fibromyalgia, damaged knees

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Shooting, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: Because it allows me to compete in an adaptive manner that allows me to still be competitive even with my injuries. It allows me to be part of a great big amazing military family and gives me a purpose and motivation by all those around me.

Kristen Morris

O-3/Capt

Kristen Morris

O-3/Capt

Status: Veteran

MOS: C-130J Pilot

Hometown: Camas, Wash.

Current Location: Destin, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: Right and left hip Periacetabular Osteotomy (hip reconstruction) and right hip total replacement

Events: Cycling, Field, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: It is truly the experience of a lifetime! Adaptive sports allow all my physical limitations to no longer limit me in an athletic capacity. Also, it is an incredible privilege to be able to represent the Air Force and to be a part of the amazing team we have!

Derrall Peach Jr.

E-6/TSgt

Derrall Peach Jr.

E-6/TSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: 2T171 - Ground Transportation, Logistics

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.

Current Location: Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.

Injuries/Illness: Unexplained Loss of Vision (right eye) coupled with Chronic Daily Migraines

Events: Field, Powerlifting, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: I love to compete, but after my injury I was unsure if competing was still a reality... Luckily I attended an Air Force Wounded Warrior adaptive sports camps and all the doubt was gone and a fire was lit.

Michele Prindle

E-6/TSgt

Michele Prindle

E-6/TSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: 2A773 Aircraft Structural Maintenance

Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.

Current Location: Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii

Injuries/Illness: PTSD/TBI

Events: Field, Indoor Rowing, Swimming

Why I Compete: Getting involved with AFW2 and talking about ending up on the competitive sports track wouldn’t have been an option for me even as short as a year ago. I had given up on myself and furthering my career as I was transitioning to Retired from Active Duty. Once I went to my first CARE event, the guys and gals in Blue showed me that I wasn’t just thrown away and I do still matter, and can still play sports after all those years spent on the couch trying to get myself up every day.

Andres Rodriguez

E-7/MSgt

Andres Rodriguez

E-7/MSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: 4B071 - Bioenvironmental Engineering

Hometown: Gurabo, Puerto Rico

Current Location: Des Moines, Iowa

Injuries/Illness: Heart Disease, PTSD and TBI

Events: Cycling, Field, Sitting Volleyball, Track

Why I Compete: Competing at the Warrior Games greatly helps me overcome my fears. Fears of the can’t do due to my illness, even when we know we can’t really eliminate fear but with the help of the AFW2 Coaches, Staff and fellow warriors we can Master those fears. The preparation for the Warrior games is such of great tool for my recovery, everything I do to get ready I can apply on my day-to-day activities and helps me stay focus on what it matter the most for me my Family. Oh and the satisfaction of seeing other Warriors succeed, see them surpass their personal best and the spirit of corps!!!

Teresa Sellers

0-4/Maj

Teresa Sellers

0-4/Maj

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Nurse Anesthetist

Hometown: Albion, Iowa

Current Location: Anchorage, Alaska

Injuries/Illness: Ovarian and Endometrial Cancer

Events: Cycling, Field, Shooting, Swimming

Why I Compete: Competing in the Wounded Warrior games has given me confidence in abilities I didn’t think I had. Being with other wounded warriors was an amazing experience last year and I look forward to meeting new people and finding a new level of what I CAN do. Being able to represent the Air Force in Warrior Games is an honor and privilege I will never forget.

Stacie Shafran

0-4/Maj

Stacie Shafran

0-4/Maj

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Public Affairs Officer

Hometown: Denver, Colo.

Current Location: Langley AFB, Va.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Shooting, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: It’s an honor to represent the Air Force at the Warrior Games and compete alongside such inspiring athletes. This is also an opportunity to showcase my resiliency.

Joshua (Smitty) Smith

E-6/TSgt

Joshua (Smitty) Smith

E-6/TSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Aircrew Life Support / Aircrew Flight Equipment

Hometown: Fairfield, Mont.

Current Location: Spanish Fork, Utah

Injuries/Illness: Spine/Neck, Degenerative Arthritis, Multiple Ortho surgeries

Events: Cycling, Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Sitting Volleyball, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: It means the world to me to participate in the Warrior Games. I get to represent my family, the Air Force, the AFW2 Program, and the Air Force Association (AFA) Wounded Warrior Program, and my entire AF Warrior Team. I am extremely humbled, honored, and grateful to have the opportunity to participate, fellowship, and compete against such amazing wounded, ill, and injured service members in all branches of the Armed Forces. This is a huge blessing, honor, and experience that will help me to continue to train, work hard, overcome, and adapt to my new lifestyle bases on the wounds, illnesses, and injuries I have suffered while serving on active duty in the Air Force for 13 years.

Juliana (Julie) Walker

O-5/Lt Col

Juliana (Julie) Walker

O-5/Lt Col

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Logistics

Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.

Current Location: Alexandria, Va.

Injuries/Illness: Cancer, PTS, Spinal injuries, Upper body & limb injuries, Fibromyalgia

Events: Field, Shooting

Why I Compete: It’s an incredibly humbling opportunity to push myself and watch others push themselves through adaptive sports and competition. We’re all discovering that we are still in the fight…just with a new “normal.”

Brian Williams

E-7/MSgt

Brian Williams

E-7/MSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Security Forces Instructor

Hometown: Sierra Vista, Ariz.

Current Location: JBSA-Lackland, Texas

Injuries/Illness: Amputee (left leg)

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Sitting Volleyball, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: It’s an opportunity to represent your branch of service, and an opportunity to compete, meet, and network with other Wounded Warriors. It’s an opportunity to show those who have doubted you they were wrong, and to give those who love and support you just another reason to cheer you on.

Indoor Rowing

John Angel Jr.

E-7/MSgt

John Angel Jr.

E-7/MSgt

Status: USAF Air National Guard Active Orders On Medical Hold

MOS: 2A672 - Aerospace Ground Support Equipment (Quality Assurance)

Hometown: Cave Spring, Ga.

Current Location: Birmingham, Ala.

Injuries/Illness: Exposure/acquired Qfever during 2016 deployment to Al Udeid AB, Qatar causing pulmonary damage requiring oxygen 24/7, 40% Lung use loss and pulmonary diseases, lymphadenopathy, TBI with moderate memory impairment and ataxia, liver damage, and PTSD.

Events: Field, Indoor Rowing

Why I Compete: I compete in order to inspire others that have had life changing challenges and disabilities, especially those with wounds that are less visible and apparent like my own. I seek to inspire those that are no longer able to live the life they loved, and to show them there are still many challenges they can overcome. I have found a new me, and a new focus that helps me handle whatever challenges life sends my way. I’ve found that this new life and new challenges are not the ending I once thought. This is simply a new chapter, in a new book I have begun. Competing in the games has encouraged me to become more involved and share my experiences with program. I’ve found a new sense of camaraderie and support from my team mates and look forward to providing that to others.

Hunter Barnhill

O-3/Capt

Hunter Barnhill

O-3/Capt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Instructor Pilot (B-52H, T-6A)

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

Current Location: Columbus AFB, Miss.

Injuries/Illness: Brain Cancer

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Shooting

Why I Compete: To teach my son the lesson that when life knocks you down--which it will at some point--to make the choice to get back up and keep rowing, keep pedaling, keep punching…keep doing whatever moves you forward.

Karah Behrend

E-4/SrA

Karah Behrend

E-4/SrA

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Signals Intelligence Analyst

Hometown: Guilford, Conn.

Current Location: Kingwood, Texas

Injuries/Illness: Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, PTSD, Dystonia

Events: Field, Indoor Rowing, Track

Why I Compete: I want my daughters to learn from the example of so many amazing warriors; that no matter what life throws at you, nothing is ever impossible.

John Berry IV

E-3/A1C

John Berry IV

E-3/A1C

Status: Active Duty

MOS: RF Transmissions

Hometown: Detroit, Mich.

Current Location: Las Vegas, Nev.

Injuries/Illness: Bi- lateral lunate dislocation (wrists)

Events: Field, Indoor Rowing, Track

Why I Compete: To better myself and others around me.

Brett Campfield

E-4/SrA

Brett Campfield

E-4/SrA

Status: Veteran

MOS: Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.

Current Location: Spokane, Wash.

Injuries/Illness: Visual Impairment – Loss of right eye

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Indoor Rowing, Track

Why I Compete: To give myself a focus for physical training, as well as to learn from the experience and be able to provide support and insight to others in a similar situation.

Vincent Cavazos

E-5/SSgt

Vincent Cavazos

E-5/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Security Forces

Hometown: Fresno, Calif.

Current Location: Phoenix, Ariz.

Injuries/Illness: Multiple breaks both legs,TBI, PTSD

Events: Archery, Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Track

Why I Compete: In hopes to continue to bettering myself in my recovery and help inspire others and spread awareness for all the DoD Recovery programs and the DoD Warrior Games.

Shanon (Shay) Hampton

E-7/MSgt

Shanon (Shay) Hampton

E-7/MSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: TACP, Loadmaster

Hometown: Santa Clarita, Calif.

Current Location: Reno, Nev.

Injuries/Illness: TBI

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: Competition is in my blood, always has been! To strive to better myself and those around me, after all you cannot lead from the rear! Besides serving for something greater than myself, serving alongside my brothers and sisters in arms is what I miss the most! Participating in the Warrior Games allows me to do just that! It also allows me to show others in my community that are ill or injured that they can still move forward in life; they are not a loss, they are loved and cared about...just keep pushing forward, find a reason, any excuse to win!

Lawrence (Rob) Hufford II

O-3/Capt

Lawrence (Rob) Hufford II

O-3/Capt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Civil Engineering Officer

Hometown: Hamilton, Ohio

Current Location: Omaha, Neb.

Injuries/Illness: Epilepsy with TBI and PTSD

Events: Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting

Why I Compete: Not only does it show that I and others are Warriors and won’t let anything hold us back but also I enjoy the camaraderie and fight between the Services. There will always be intra-Service banter as to who is better or weaker. At WG, we get to settle it on the field!

Janelle Lykon

E-5/SSgt

Janelle Lykon

E-5/SSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Air Transportation

Hometown: Marlborough, Mass.

Current Location: Millville, Pa.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Issues w/ knees, feet & back 

Events: Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Swimming

Why I Compete: I have always been an athlete; playing ice hockey, field hockey, & softball. Sports have helped tremendously as an outlet during my recovery.

Rafael Morfinenciso

E-4/SrA

Rafael Morfinenciso

E-4/SrA

Status: Veteran

MOS: Medical Administration

Hometown: Sterling, Va.

Current Location: Leesburg, Va.

Injuries/Illness: Lower and upper back injury/trauma, PTSD, major depressive disorder (MDD), fibromyalgia, damaged knees

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Shooting, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: Because it allows me to compete in an adaptive manner that allows me to still be competitive even with my injuries. It allows me to be part of a great big amazing military family and gives me a purpose and motivation by all those around me.

Michele Prindle

E-6/TSgt

Michele Prindle

E-6/TSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: 2A773 Aircraft Structural Maintenance

Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.

Current Location: Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii

Injuries/Illness: PTSD/TBI

Events: Field, Indoor Rowing, Swimming

Why I Compete: Getting involved with AFW2 and talking about ending up on the competitive sports track wouldn’t have been an option for me even as short as a year ago. I had given up on myself and furthering my career as I was transitioning to Retired from Active Duty. Once I went to my first CARE event, the guys and gals in Blue showed me that I wasn’t just thrown away and I do still matter, and can still play sports after all those years spent on the couch trying to get myself up every day.

Stacie Shafran

0-4/Maj

Stacie Shafran

0-4/Maj

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Public Affairs Officer

Hometown: Denver, Colo.

Current Location: Langley AFB, Va.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Shooting, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: It’s an honor to represent the Air Force at the Warrior Games and compete alongside such inspiring athletes. This is also an opportunity to showcase my resiliency.

Joshua (Smitty) Smith

E-6/TSgt

Joshua (Smitty) Smith

E-6/TSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Aircrew Life Support / Aircrew Flight Equipment

Hometown: Fairfield, Mont.

Current Location: Spanish Fork, Utah

Injuries/Illness: Spine/Neck, Degenerative Arthritis, Multiple Ortho surgeries

Events: Cycling, Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Sitting Volleyball, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: It means the world to me to participate in the Warrior Games. I get to represent my family, the Air Force, the AFW2 Program, and the Air Force Association (AFA) Wounded Warrior Program, and my entire AF Warrior Team. I am extremely humbled, honored, and grateful to have the opportunity to participate, fellowship, and compete against such amazing wounded, ill, and injured service members in all branches of the Armed Forces. This is a huge blessing, honor, and experience that will help me to continue to train, work hard, overcome, and adapt to my new lifestyle bases on the wounds, illnesses, and injuries I have suffered while serving on active duty in the Air Force for 13 years.

Hannah Stolberg

E-4/SrA

Hannah Stolberg

E-4/SrA

Status: Veteran

MOS: Contracting Specialist

Hometown: Las Cruces, N.M.

Current Location: San Antonio, Texas

Injuries/Illness: PTSD, MST, TBI

Events: Archery, Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Swimming

Why I Compete: Competing in the Warrior Games gives me a renewed sense of purpose and motivation. Adaptive sports has made me a better person mentally, physically, and spiritually and has introduced me to the most incredible and resilient people I have ever met.

Powerlifting

Vincent Cavazos

E-5/SSgt

Vincent Cavazos

E-5/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Security Forces

Hometown: Fresno, Calif.

Current Location: Phoenix, Ariz.

Injuries/Illness: Multiple breaks both legs,TBI, PTSD

Events: Archery, Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Track

Why I Compete: In hopes to continue to bettering myself in my recovery and help inspire others and spread awareness for all the DoD Recovery programs and the DoD Warrior Games.

Kenneth Guinn

E-7/MSgt

Kenneth Guinn

E-7/MSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Hometown: Sunray, Texas

Current Location: Tyndall AFB, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD, TBI, Double Reconstructive Knee Surgery

Events: Archery, Field, Powerlifting, Sitting Volleyball, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: I compete because it gives me a chance to be part of a team again. It gives me a reason to push harder and further when I don’t want to because I know that I have a team that is counting on me.

Lawrence (Rob) Hufford II

O-3/Capt

Lawrence (Rob) Hufford II

O-3/Capt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Civil Engineering Officer

Hometown: Hamilton, Ohio

Current Location: Omaha, Neb.

Injuries/Illness: Epilepsy with TBI and PTSD

Events: Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting

Why I Compete: Not only does it show that I and others are Warriors and won’t let anything hold us back but also I enjoy the camaraderie and fight between the Services. There will always be intra-Service banter as to who is better or weaker. At WG, we get to settle it on the field!

Janelle Lykon

E-5/SSgt

Janelle Lykon

E-5/SSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Air Transportation

Hometown: Marlborough, Mass.

Current Location: Millville, Pa.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Issues w/ knees, feet & back 

Events: Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Swimming

Why I Compete: I have always been an athlete; playing ice hockey, field hockey, & softball. Sports have helped tremendously as an outlet during my recovery.

Rafael Morfinenciso

E-4/SrA

Rafael Morfinenciso

E-4/SrA

Status: Veteran

MOS: Medical Administration

Hometown: Sterling, Va.

Current Location: Leesburg, Va.

Injuries/Illness: Lower and upper back injury/trauma, PTSD, major depressive disorder (MDD), fibromyalgia, damaged knees

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Shooting, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: Because it allows me to compete in an adaptive manner that allows me to still be competitive even with my injuries. It allows me to be part of a great big amazing military family and gives me a purpose and motivation by all those around me.

Derrall Peach Jr.

E-6/TSgt

Derrall Peach Jr.

E-6/TSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: 2T171 - Ground Transportation, Logistics

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.

Current Location: Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.

Injuries/Illness: Unexplained Loss of Vision (right eye) coupled with Chronic Daily Migraines

Events: Field, Powerlifting, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: I love to compete, but after my injury I was unsure if competing was still a reality... Luckily I attended an Air Force Wounded Warrior adaptive sports camps and all the doubt was gone and a fire was lit.

Stacie Shafran

0-4/Maj

Stacie Shafran

0-4/Maj

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Public Affairs Officer

Hometown: Denver, Colo.

Current Location: Langley AFB, Va.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Shooting, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: It’s an honor to represent the Air Force at the Warrior Games and compete alongside such inspiring athletes. This is also an opportunity to showcase my resiliency.

Joshua (Smitty) Smith

E-6/TSgt

Joshua (Smitty) Smith

E-6/TSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Aircrew Life Support / Aircrew Flight Equipment

Hometown: Fairfield, Mont.

Current Location: Spanish Fork, Utah

Injuries/Illness: Spine/Neck, Degenerative Arthritis, Multiple Ortho surgeries

Events: Cycling, Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Sitting Volleyball, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: It means the world to me to participate in the Warrior Games. I get to represent my family, the Air Force, the AFW2 Program, and the Air Force Association (AFA) Wounded Warrior Program, and my entire AF Warrior Team. I am extremely humbled, honored, and grateful to have the opportunity to participate, fellowship, and compete against such amazing wounded, ill, and injured service members in all branches of the Armed Forces. This is a huge blessing, honor, and experience that will help me to continue to train, work hard, overcome, and adapt to my new lifestyle bases on the wounds, illnesses, and injuries I have suffered while serving on active duty in the Air Force for 13 years.

Shooting

Miguel Acevedo

E-7/MSgt

Miguel Acevedo

E-7/MSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Command Stan/Eval Program Manager, UH-1N Evaluator Flight Engineer

Hometown: Orlando, Fla.

Current Location: Haughton, La.

Events: Cycling, Field, Shooting

Why I Compete: To overcome my physical obstacles, and to motivate others to push past their physical limitations.

Hunter Barnhill

O-3/Capt

Hunter Barnhill

O-3/Capt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Instructor Pilot (B-52H, T-6A)

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

Current Location: Columbus AFB, Miss.

Injuries/Illness: Brain Cancer

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Shooting

Why I Compete: To teach my son the lesson that when life knocks you down--which it will at some point--to make the choice to get back up and keep rowing, keep pedaling, keep punching…keep doing whatever moves you forward.

Alexander Bustard

E-7/MSgt

Alexander Bustard

E-7/MSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Base Honor Guard Superintendent

Hometown: Pendleton, Ore.

Current Location: Joint Base Langley, Va.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, neck and back injuries from IED in Iraq 2008

Events: Shooting, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: I want to motivate those with more severe injuries than mine to keep striving for excellence; seeing them inspired to compete amongst their peers inspires me to raise my determination level.

Michael Christiansen

E-7/MSgt

Michael Christiansen

E-7/MSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: 3P071 - Security Forces Currently; Superintendent, 21 - SW Protocol

Hometown: Layton, Utah

Current Location: Peyton, Colo.

Injuries/Illness: Fractured/shifted vertebrae of lower back due to explosion in Iraq

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: Warrior Games gives me the chance to compete alongside some of the finest military athletes who have worked and trained to overcome their own personal injury or illness. To be able to compete at this level of competition while surrounded by real heroes, gives me a sense of accomplishment I never thought I would reach again.

Matthew Gonzales

E-4/SrA

Matthew Gonzales

E-4/SrA

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Injured Prior To Attending PJ Training

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

Current Location: San Antonio, Texas

Injuries/Illness: TBI, Left arm limb salvage with nerve damage

Events: Cycling, Shooting

Why I Compete: I want to prove to myself and to others with limitations like myself or worse to not let those limitations define them and myself.

Bill Lickman

Special Agent

Bill Lickman

Special Agent

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Special Investigations

Hometown: Chesaning, Mich.

Current Location: Tyndall AFB, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTSD, tinnitus, vision, respiratory, rhabdomyolysis

Events: Archery, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball, Track

Why I Compete: I compete at the Warrior Games because I love the competition and the camaraderie that comes from it, and I want to be an asset for my team and represent the Air Force well. I love pushing myself to be faster, stronger, more accurate… to live up to my potential… but in an overly busy life compounded by sedentary jobs and injuries, my wellness has often been the first thing pushed aside. The Warrior Games give me a definitive, measurable goal to train for, knowing that I need to be at my best not only for myself, but for my team. When I train and when I compete, my focus is on doing my best at the task at hand, and in that moment, all is well.

Audra Lyons

O-5/Lt Col

Audra Lyons

O-5/Lt Col

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Force Support Officer

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.

Current Location: Arlington, Va.

Injuries/Illness: Fibromyalgia, CRPS, PTSD, back/neck

Events: Cycling, Shooting, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: I compete at Warrior Games because I believe in the mantra “Use up every ounce of energy and courage you have today. You’ll get a refill tomorrow.” I want to do so much in this short lifetime, so my instinct is to fill up every day with as much happiness, action, sense of accomplishment, and love as I possibly can. Practicing for, and the honor of competing in, the Games events fulfills this instinct. While this instinct is positive, it often leads to me overextending my body and spirit. With my recent diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, I have an added challenge of near constant, sometimes debilitating, fatigue. Through preparing to compete in four sports for the Warrior Games, I am starting to acknowledge and accept the signals my body conveys to me to slow down at times, learning to make conscious decisions directed to self-care, and accepting my body for the whole it is, a different aggregate than it was ten years ago.

John Meyer Jr.

E-5/SSgt

John Meyer Jr.

E-5/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: 2A574D - Crew Chief

Hometown: Barnesville, Ga.

Current Location: Waskom, Texas

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTSD

Events: Archery, Cycling, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: I compete to apply what I learned at the intro camps during my recovery and represent the Air Force. It gives me a great sense of accomplishment to be able to come from a traumatic injury to being fully active in competition.

Rafael Morfinenciso

E-4/SrA

Rafael Morfinenciso

E-4/SrA

Status: Veteran

MOS: Medical Administration

Hometown: Sterling, Va.

Current Location: Leesburg, Va.

Injuries/Illness: Lower and upper back injury/trauma, PTSD, major depressive disorder (MDD), fibromyalgia, damaged knees

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Shooting, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: Because it allows me to compete in an adaptive manner that allows me to still be competitive even with my injuries. It allows me to be part of a great big amazing military family and gives me a purpose and motivation by all those around me.

Teresa Sellers

0-4/Maj

Teresa Sellers

0-4/Maj

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Nurse Anesthetist

Hometown: Albion, Iowa

Current Location: Anchorage, Alaska

Injuries/Illness: Ovarian and Endometrial Cancer

Events: Cycling, Field, Shooting, Swimming

Why I Compete: Competing in the Wounded Warrior games has given me confidence in abilities I didn’t think I had. Being with other wounded warriors was an amazing experience last year and I look forward to meeting new people and finding a new level of what I CAN do. Being able to represent the Air Force in Warrior Games is an honor and privilege I will never forget.

Stacie Shafran

0-4/Maj

Stacie Shafran

0-4/Maj

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Public Affairs Officer

Hometown: Denver, Colo.

Current Location: Langley AFB, Va.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Shooting, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: It’s an honor to represent the Air Force at the Warrior Games and compete alongside such inspiring athletes. This is also an opportunity to showcase my resiliency.

Juliana (Julie) Walker

O-5/Lt Col

Juliana (Julie) Walker

O-5/Lt Col

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Logistics

Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.

Current Location: Alexandria, Va.

Injuries/Illness: Cancer, PTS, Spinal injuries, Upper body & limb injuries, Fibromyalgia

Events: Field, Shooting

Why I Compete: It’s an incredibly humbling opportunity to push myself and watch others push themselves through adaptive sports and competition. We’re all discovering that we are still in the fight…just with a new “normal.”

Brent Young

E-5/SSgt

Brent Young

E-5/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Security Forces

Hometown: Midland, Mich.

Current Location: Eglin AFB, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTSD

Events: Archery, Shooting, Wheelchair Basketball

Sitting Volleyball

Heather Carter

E-4/SrA

Heather Carter

E-4/SrA

Status: Veteran

MOS: Intelligence Analyst

Hometown: Barrington, R.I.

Current Location: Arlington, Va.

Injuries/Illness: LEFT TRANSFEMORAL AMPUTEE

Events: Cycling, Field, Sitting Volleyball

Why I Compete: After being injured, we tend to tell ourselves all of the things we “can’t” do… rather than realizing we just have to find a new way (adapting) of doing those activities. Competing at these games provides us with new “normals” and abilities of which we did not believe we can achieve. While the medals highlight the statistics of our efforts, the comradery of all warriors attending this event (the support we give one another and the empathy that only “like-experienced” individuals can provide) is where the true accomplishments shine… a medal brings satisfaction for all of the hard work we put in our training, but surpassing our previous performances is where our confidence will rise.

Michael Christiansen

E-7/MSgt

Michael Christiansen

E-7/MSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: 3P071 - Security Forces Currently; Superintendent, 21 - SW Protocol

Hometown: Layton, Utah

Current Location: Peyton, Colo.

Injuries/Illness: Fractured/shifted vertebrae of lower back due to explosion in Iraq

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: Warrior Games gives me the chance to compete alongside some of the finest military athletes who have worked and trained to overcome their own personal injury or illness. To be able to compete at this level of competition while surrounded by real heroes, gives me a sense of accomplishment I never thought I would reach again.

Kenneth Guinn

E-7/MSgt

Kenneth Guinn

E-7/MSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Hometown: Sunray, Texas

Current Location: Tyndall AFB, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD, TBI, Double Reconstructive Knee Surgery

Events: Archery, Field, Powerlifting, Sitting Volleyball, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: I compete because it gives me a chance to be part of a team again. It gives me a reason to push harder and further when I don’t want to because I know that I have a team that is counting on me.

Shanon (Shay) Hampton

E-7/MSgt

Shanon (Shay) Hampton

E-7/MSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: TACP, Loadmaster

Hometown: Santa Clarita, Calif.

Current Location: Reno, Nev.

Injuries/Illness: TBI

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: Competition is in my blood, always has been! To strive to better myself and those around me, after all you cannot lead from the rear! Besides serving for something greater than myself, serving alongside my brothers and sisters in arms is what I miss the most! Participating in the Warrior Games allows me to do just that! It also allows me to show others in my community that are ill or injured that they can still move forward in life; they are not a loss, they are loved and cared about...just keep pushing forward, find a reason, any excuse to win!

Bill Lickman

Special Agent

Bill Lickman

Special Agent

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Special Investigations

Hometown: Chesaning, Mich.

Current Location: Tyndall AFB, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTSD, tinnitus, vision, respiratory, rhabdomyolysis

Events: Archery, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball, Track

Why I Compete: I compete at the Warrior Games because I love the competition and the camaraderie that comes from it, and I want to be an asset for my team and represent the Air Force well. I love pushing myself to be faster, stronger, more accurate… to live up to my potential… but in an overly busy life compounded by sedentary jobs and injuries, my wellness has often been the first thing pushed aside. The Warrior Games give me a definitive, measurable goal to train for, knowing that I need to be at my best not only for myself, but for my team. When I train and when I compete, my focus is on doing my best at the task at hand, and in that moment, all is well.

Russell Logan

E-6/TSgt

Russell Logan

E-6/TSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Security Forces

Hometown: Drummonds, Tenn.

Current Location: Drummonds, Tenn.

Injuries/Illness: Below-the-knee amputation (LEFT)

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Sitting Volleyball, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: I want to compete at Warrior Games to better myself and be a part of something bigger than myself.

John Meyer Jr.

E-5/SSgt

John Meyer Jr.

E-5/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: 2A574D - Crew Chief

Hometown: Barnesville, Ga.

Current Location: Waskom, Texas

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTSD

Events: Archery, Cycling, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: I compete to apply what I learned at the intro camps during my recovery and represent the Air Force. It gives me a great sense of accomplishment to be able to come from a traumatic injury to being fully active in competition.

Kristen Morris

O-3/Capt

Kristen Morris

O-3/Capt

Status: Veteran

MOS: C-130J Pilot

Hometown: Camas, Wash.

Current Location: Destin, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: Right and left hip Periacetabular Osteotomy (hip reconstruction) and right hip total replacement

Events: Cycling, Field, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: It is truly the experience of a lifetime! Adaptive sports allow all my physical limitations to no longer limit me in an athletic capacity. Also, it is an incredible privilege to be able to represent the Air Force and to be a part of the amazing team we have!

Anthony Pearson

E-5/SSgt

Anthony Pearson

E-5/SSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Financial Management

Hometown: Columbia, S.C.

Current Location: San Antonio, Texas

Injuries/Illness: PTSD, Panic Attack Disorder

Events: Cycling, Sitting Volleyball, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Andres Rodriguez

E-7/MSgt

Andres Rodriguez

E-7/MSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: 4B071 - Bioenvironmental Engineering

Hometown: Gurabo, Puerto Rico

Current Location: Des Moines, Iowa

Injuries/Illness: Heart Disease, PTSD and TBI

Events: Cycling, Field, Sitting Volleyball, Track

Why I Compete: Competing at the Warrior Games greatly helps me overcome my fears. Fears of the can’t do due to my illness, even when we know we can’t really eliminate fear but with the help of the AFW2 Coaches, Staff and fellow warriors we can Master those fears. The preparation for the Warrior games is such of great tool for my recovery, everything I do to get ready I can apply on my day-to-day activities and helps me stay focus on what it matter the most for me my Family. Oh and the satisfaction of seeing other Warriors succeed, see them surpass their personal best and the spirit of corps!!!

Joshua (Smitty) Smith

E-6/TSgt

Joshua (Smitty) Smith

E-6/TSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Aircrew Life Support / Aircrew Flight Equipment

Hometown: Fairfield, Mont.

Current Location: Spanish Fork, Utah

Injuries/Illness: Spine/Neck, Degenerative Arthritis, Multiple Ortho surgeries

Events: Cycling, Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Sitting Volleyball, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: It means the world to me to participate in the Warrior Games. I get to represent my family, the Air Force, the AFW2 Program, and the Air Force Association (AFA) Wounded Warrior Program, and my entire AF Warrior Team. I am extremely humbled, honored, and grateful to have the opportunity to participate, fellowship, and compete against such amazing wounded, ill, and injured service members in all branches of the Armed Forces. This is a huge blessing, honor, and experience that will help me to continue to train, work hard, overcome, and adapt to my new lifestyle bases on the wounds, illnesses, and injuries I have suffered while serving on active duty in the Air Force for 13 years.

Brian Williams

E-7/MSgt

Brian Williams

E-7/MSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Security Forces Instructor

Hometown: Sierra Vista, Ariz.

Current Location: JBSA-Lackland, Texas

Injuries/Illness: Amputee (left leg)

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Sitting Volleyball, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: It’s an opportunity to represent your branch of service, and an opportunity to compete, meet, and network with other Wounded Warriors. It’s an opportunity to show those who have doubted you they were wrong, and to give those who love and support you just another reason to cheer you on.

Swimming

Alexander Bustard

E-7/MSgt

Alexander Bustard

E-7/MSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Base Honor Guard Superintendent

Hometown: Pendleton, Ore.

Current Location: Joint Base Langley, Va.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, neck and back injuries from IED in Iraq 2008

Events: Shooting, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: I want to motivate those with more severe injuries than mine to keep striving for excellence; seeing them inspired to compete amongst their peers inspires me to raise my determination level.

Lisa Goad

E-7/MSgt

Lisa Goad

E-7/MSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: 3P071 - Security Forces

Hometown: North Providence, R.I.

Current Location: Holloman AFB, N.M.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD and hip injury

Events: Cycling, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: AF Wounded Warrior taught me how to be adaptive and resilient after my injury and PTSD. I wanted to complete in Warrior Games to continue to challenge myself so I am reminded of what I can do not what I can’t do.

Shanon (Shay) Hampton

E-7/MSgt

Shanon (Shay) Hampton

E-7/MSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: TACP, Loadmaster

Hometown: Santa Clarita, Calif.

Current Location: Reno, Nev.

Injuries/Illness: TBI

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: Competition is in my blood, always has been! To strive to better myself and those around me, after all you cannot lead from the rear! Besides serving for something greater than myself, serving alongside my brothers and sisters in arms is what I miss the most! Participating in the Warrior Games allows me to do just that! It also allows me to show others in my community that are ill or injured that they can still move forward in life; they are not a loss, they are loved and cared about...just keep pushing forward, find a reason, any excuse to win!

Linn Knight

E-7/MSgt

Linn Knight

E-7/MSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Hometown: Spring Branch, Texas

Current Location: Panama City, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: TBI & Breast Cancer

Events: Cycling, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: After all I have been through, I really value my health. Chemotherapy is very hard on your body. Aside from losing my hair, the nausea was debilitating, my fingertips lost sensation, I had ulcers in my mouth, and the fatigue was indescribable. At one point, my heart ejection fraction was down to only 40% - I could hardly walk up the stairs without feeling completely winded! My body has strengthened since, but I will never forget what it feels like to be nearing death’s doorway. Every lap, every sprint, and every lift makes me feel grateful to be alive. Competing keeps me motivated to train, eat right, and maximize my body’s potential.

Vickie LeBrun

E-7/MSgt

Vickie LeBrun

E-7/MSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Paralegal

Hometown: Dixon, Wyo.

Current Location: Great Falls, Mont.

Injuries/Illness: TBI

Events: Archery, Cycling, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: Pride and loyalty to USAF. Increase in self-confidence and social competence. Regaining a sense of identity and building friendships with like-minded individuals.

Janelle Lykon

E-5/SSgt

Janelle Lykon

E-5/SSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Air Transportation

Hometown: Marlborough, Mass.

Current Location: Millville, Pa.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Issues w/ knees, feet & back 

Events: Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Swimming

Why I Compete: I have always been an athlete; playing ice hockey, field hockey, & softball. Sports have helped tremendously as an outlet during my recovery.

Audra Lyons

O-5/Lt Col

Audra Lyons

O-5/Lt Col

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Force Support Officer

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.

Current Location: Arlington, Va.

Injuries/Illness: Fibromyalgia, CRPS, PTSD, back/neck

Events: Cycling, Shooting, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: I compete at Warrior Games because I believe in the mantra “Use up every ounce of energy and courage you have today. You’ll get a refill tomorrow.” I want to do so much in this short lifetime, so my instinct is to fill up every day with as much happiness, action, sense of accomplishment, and love as I possibly can. Practicing for, and the honor of competing in, the Games events fulfills this instinct. While this instinct is positive, it often leads to me overextending my body and spirit. With my recent diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, I have an added challenge of near constant, sometimes debilitating, fatigue. Through preparing to compete in four sports for the Warrior Games, I am starting to acknowledge and accept the signals my body conveys to me to slow down at times, learning to make conscious decisions directed to self-care, and accepting my body for the whole it is, a different aggregate than it was ten years ago.

Jacquelyn Marty

O-6/Col

Jacquelyn Marty

O-6/Col

Status: Reserve

MOS: Commander, 713 Combat Operations Squadron, Pilot C11M3

Hometown: San Diego, Calif.

Current Location: Sacramento, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTSD

Events: Cycling, Swimming

Why I Compete: Despite my desire to get fit and lose weight after my accident, the weight continued to pile on. Training for the Warrior Games has gotten me off the couch and in the gym six days a week. I have lost 11 pounds this year already and am on track to lose another 25. While competing at the AF trials, I noticed there are an abundance of phenomenal Airmen who’ve overcome far greater obstacles than I have; they are my inspiration. My pity party ended when I was selected for the Warrior Games team.

Rafael Morfinenciso

E-4/SrA

Rafael Morfinenciso

E-4/SrA

Status: Veteran

MOS: Medical Administration

Hometown: Sterling, Va.

Current Location: Leesburg, Va.

Injuries/Illness: Lower and upper back injury/trauma, PTSD, major depressive disorder (MDD), fibromyalgia, damaged knees

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Shooting, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: Because it allows me to compete in an adaptive manner that allows me to still be competitive even with my injuries. It allows me to be part of a great big amazing military family and gives me a purpose and motivation by all those around me.

Kristen Morris

O-3/Capt

Kristen Morris

O-3/Capt

Status: Veteran

MOS: C-130J Pilot

Hometown: Camas, Wash.

Current Location: Destin, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: Right and left hip Periacetabular Osteotomy (hip reconstruction) and right hip total replacement

Events: Cycling, Field, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: It is truly the experience of a lifetime! Adaptive sports allow all my physical limitations to no longer limit me in an athletic capacity. Also, it is an incredible privilege to be able to represent the Air Force and to be a part of the amazing team we have!

Ryan Novack

O-2/1st Lt

Ryan Novack

O-2/1st Lt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Munitions & Missile Maintenance Officer, But Serving As An Aerospace Ground Equipment Flight Commander Currently

Hometown: Aurora, Ill.

Current Location: Andersen AFB, Guam

Injuries/Illness: T12 Spinal Cord Injury

Events: Archery, Cycling, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: Training for the Games keeps me motivated to improve my overall strength, health and well-being. More importantly, the Games provide a venue to me where I feel like I can celebrate that despite the literal paralysis of my injury, I can still go out and compete in sports! Having done one Warrior Games and seeing how I stacked up against the competition has given me the confidence boost I needed to know that my life is not over, it has only just begun, and it is still promising and fulfilling!

Derrall Peach Jr.

E-6/TSgt

Derrall Peach Jr.

E-6/TSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: 2T171 - Ground Transportation, Logistics

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.

Current Location: Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.

Injuries/Illness: Unexplained Loss of Vision (right eye) coupled with Chronic Daily Migraines

Events: Field, Powerlifting, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: I love to compete, but after my injury I was unsure if competing was still a reality... Luckily I attended an Air Force Wounded Warrior adaptive sports camps and all the doubt was gone and a fire was lit.

Michele Prindle

E-6/TSgt

Michele Prindle

E-6/TSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: 2A773 Aircraft Structural Maintenance

Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.

Current Location: Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii

Injuries/Illness: PTSD/TBI

Events: Field, Indoor Rowing, Swimming

Why I Compete: Getting involved with AFW2 and talking about ending up on the competitive sports track wouldn’t have been an option for me even as short as a year ago. I had given up on myself and furthering my career as I was transitioning to Retired from Active Duty. Once I went to my first CARE event, the guys and gals in Blue showed me that I wasn’t just thrown away and I do still matter, and can still play sports after all those years spent on the couch trying to get myself up every day.

Ricardo Rivera

E-6/TSgt

Ricardo Rivera

E-6/TSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: 1NO71 - Intelligence Operations

Hometown: Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

Current Location: Las Vegas, Nev.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD/MDD

Events: Cycling, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: I needed a new objective and a new outlet to channel all my energy. Training for Warrior Games have given me the opportunity to develop a new sense of purpose, a new mission. The AFW2 Adaptive Sports program allowed me to refocus my energy and challenge myself in new ways that I never thought possible.

Teresa Sellers

0-4/Maj

Teresa Sellers

0-4/Maj

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Nurse Anesthetist

Hometown: Albion, Iowa

Current Location: Anchorage, Alaska

Injuries/Illness: Ovarian and Endometrial Cancer

Events: Cycling, Field, Shooting, Swimming

Why I Compete: Competing in the Wounded Warrior games has given me confidence in abilities I didn’t think I had. Being with other wounded warriors was an amazing experience last year and I look forward to meeting new people and finding a new level of what I CAN do. Being able to represent the Air Force in Warrior Games is an honor and privilege I will never forget.

Stacie Shafran

0-4/Maj

Stacie Shafran

0-4/Maj

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Public Affairs Officer

Hometown: Denver, Colo.

Current Location: Langley AFB, Va.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Shooting, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: It’s an honor to represent the Air Force at the Warrior Games and compete alongside such inspiring athletes. This is also an opportunity to showcase my resiliency.

Hannah Stolberg

E-4/SrA

Hannah Stolberg

E-4/SrA

Status: Veteran

MOS: Contracting Specialist

Hometown: Las Cruces, N.M.

Current Location: San Antonio, Texas

Injuries/Illness: PTSD, MST, TBI

Events: Archery, Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Swimming

Why I Compete: Competing in the Warrior Games gives me a renewed sense of purpose and motivation. Adaptive sports has made me a better person mentally, physically, and spiritually and has introduced me to the most incredible and resilient people I have ever met.

Track

Karah Behrend

E-4/SrA

Karah Behrend

E-4/SrA

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Signals Intelligence Analyst

Hometown: Guilford, Conn.

Current Location: Kingwood, Texas

Injuries/Illness: Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, PTSD, Dystonia

Events: Field, Indoor Rowing, Track

Why I Compete: I want my daughters to learn from the example of so many amazing warriors; that no matter what life throws at you, nothing is ever impossible.

John Berry IV

E-3/A1C

John Berry IV

E-3/A1C

Status: Active Duty

MOS: RF Transmissions

Hometown: Detroit, Mich.

Current Location: Las Vegas, Nev.

Injuries/Illness: Bi- lateral lunate dislocation (wrists)

Events: Field, Indoor Rowing, Track

Why I Compete: To better myself and others around me.

Alexander Bustard

E-7/MSgt

Alexander Bustard

E-7/MSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Base Honor Guard Superintendent

Hometown: Pendleton, Ore.

Current Location: Joint Base Langley, Va.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, neck and back injuries from IED in Iraq 2008

Events: Shooting, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: I want to motivate those with more severe injuries than mine to keep striving for excellence; seeing them inspired to compete amongst their peers inspires me to raise my determination level.

Brett Campfield

E-4/SrA

Brett Campfield

E-4/SrA

Status: Veteran

MOS: Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.

Current Location: Spokane, Wash.

Injuries/Illness: Visual Impairment – Loss of right eye

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Indoor Rowing, Track

Why I Compete: To give myself a focus for physical training, as well as to learn from the experience and be able to provide support and insight to others in a similar situation.

Vincent Cavazos

E-5/SSgt

Vincent Cavazos

E-5/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Security Forces

Hometown: Fresno, Calif.

Current Location: Phoenix, Ariz.

Injuries/Illness: Multiple breaks both legs,TBI, PTSD

Events: Archery, Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Track

Why I Compete: In hopes to continue to bettering myself in my recovery and help inspire others and spread awareness for all the DoD Recovery programs and the DoD Warrior Games.

Lisa Goad

E-7/MSgt

Lisa Goad

E-7/MSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: 3P071 - Security Forces

Hometown: North Providence, R.I.

Current Location: Holloman AFB, N.M.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD and hip injury

Events: Cycling, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: AF Wounded Warrior taught me how to be adaptive and resilient after my injury and PTSD. I wanted to complete in Warrior Games to continue to challenge myself so I am reminded of what I can do not what I can’t do.

Kenneth Guinn

E-7/MSgt

Kenneth Guinn

E-7/MSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Hometown: Sunray, Texas

Current Location: Tyndall AFB, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD, TBI, Double Reconstructive Knee Surgery

Events: Archery, Field, Powerlifting, Sitting Volleyball, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: I compete because it gives me a chance to be part of a team again. It gives me a reason to push harder and further when I don’t want to because I know that I have a team that is counting on me.

Linn Knight

E-7/MSgt

Linn Knight

E-7/MSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Hometown: Spring Branch, Texas

Current Location: Panama City, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: TBI & Breast Cancer

Events: Cycling, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: After all I have been through, I really value my health. Chemotherapy is very hard on your body. Aside from losing my hair, the nausea was debilitating, my fingertips lost sensation, I had ulcers in my mouth, and the fatigue was indescribable. At one point, my heart ejection fraction was down to only 40% - I could hardly walk up the stairs without feeling completely winded! My body has strengthened since, but I will never forget what it feels like to be nearing death’s doorway. Every lap, every sprint, and every lift makes me feel grateful to be alive. Competing keeps me motivated to train, eat right, and maximize my body’s potential.

Vickie LeBrun

E-7/MSgt

Vickie LeBrun

E-7/MSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Paralegal

Hometown: Dixon, Wyo.

Current Location: Great Falls, Mont.

Injuries/Illness: TBI

Events: Archery, Cycling, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: Pride and loyalty to USAF. Increase in self-confidence and social competence. Regaining a sense of identity and building friendships with like-minded individuals.

Bill Lickman

Special Agent

Bill Lickman

Special Agent

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Special Investigations

Hometown: Chesaning, Mich.

Current Location: Tyndall AFB, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTSD, tinnitus, vision, respiratory, rhabdomyolysis

Events: Archery, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball, Track

Why I Compete: I compete at the Warrior Games because I love the competition and the camaraderie that comes from it, and I want to be an asset for my team and represent the Air Force well. I love pushing myself to be faster, stronger, more accurate… to live up to my potential… but in an overly busy life compounded by sedentary jobs and injuries, my wellness has often been the first thing pushed aside. The Warrior Games give me a definitive, measurable goal to train for, knowing that I need to be at my best not only for myself, but for my team. When I train and when I compete, my focus is on doing my best at the task at hand, and in that moment, all is well.

Russell Logan

E-6/TSgt

Russell Logan

E-6/TSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Security Forces

Hometown: Drummonds, Tenn.

Current Location: Drummonds, Tenn.

Injuries/Illness: Below-the-knee amputation (LEFT)

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Sitting Volleyball, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: I want to compete at Warrior Games to better myself and be a part of something bigger than myself.

Audra Lyons

O-5/Lt Col

Audra Lyons

O-5/Lt Col

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Force Support Officer

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.

Current Location: Arlington, Va.

Injuries/Illness: Fibromyalgia, CRPS, PTSD, back/neck

Events: Cycling, Shooting, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: I compete at Warrior Games because I believe in the mantra “Use up every ounce of energy and courage you have today. You’ll get a refill tomorrow.” I want to do so much in this short lifetime, so my instinct is to fill up every day with as much happiness, action, sense of accomplishment, and love as I possibly can. Practicing for, and the honor of competing in, the Games events fulfills this instinct. While this instinct is positive, it often leads to me overextending my body and spirit. With my recent diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, I have an added challenge of near constant, sometimes debilitating, fatigue. Through preparing to compete in four sports for the Warrior Games, I am starting to acknowledge and accept the signals my body conveys to me to slow down at times, learning to make conscious decisions directed to self-care, and accepting my body for the whole it is, a different aggregate than it was ten years ago.

Melissa McAvoy

0-5/Lt Col

Melissa McAvoy

0-5/Lt Col

Status: Veteran

MOS: F-111 And F-15 Avionics Technician, Program Manager, Systems Engineer, United Nations Air Liaison Officer

Hometown: Melbourne, Fla.

Current Location: Peru, Mass.

Injuries/Illness: Traumatic Brain Injury, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Major Depression

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Track

Why I Compete: Recovery—the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program facilitated my health and well-being, moving from an incapacitated and stifled lifestyle to one in which I am active and achieving!

Rafael Morfinenciso

E-4/SrA

Rafael Morfinenciso

E-4/SrA

Status: Veteran

MOS: Medical Administration

Hometown: Sterling, Va.

Current Location: Leesburg, Va.

Injuries/Illness: Lower and upper back injury/trauma, PTSD, major depressive disorder (MDD), fibromyalgia, damaged knees

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Shooting, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: Because it allows me to compete in an adaptive manner that allows me to still be competitive even with my injuries. It allows me to be part of a great big amazing military family and gives me a purpose and motivation by all those around me.

Kristen Morris

O-3/Capt

Kristen Morris

O-3/Capt

Status: Veteran

MOS: C-130J Pilot

Hometown: Camas, Wash.

Current Location: Destin, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: Right and left hip Periacetabular Osteotomy (hip reconstruction) and right hip total replacement

Events: Cycling, Field, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: It is truly the experience of a lifetime! Adaptive sports allow all my physical limitations to no longer limit me in an athletic capacity. Also, it is an incredible privilege to be able to represent the Air Force and to be a part of the amazing team we have!

Ryan Novack

O-2/1st Lt

Ryan Novack

O-2/1st Lt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Munitions & Missile Maintenance Officer, But Serving As An Aerospace Ground Equipment Flight Commander Currently

Hometown: Aurora, Ill.

Current Location: Andersen AFB, Guam

Injuries/Illness: T12 Spinal Cord Injury

Events: Archery, Cycling, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: Training for the Games keeps me motivated to improve my overall strength, health and well-being. More importantly, the Games provide a venue to me where I feel like I can celebrate that despite the literal paralysis of my injury, I can still go out and compete in sports! Having done one Warrior Games and seeing how I stacked up against the competition has given me the confidence boost I needed to know that my life is not over, it has only just begun, and it is still promising and fulfilling!

Derrall Peach Jr.

E-6/TSgt

Derrall Peach Jr.

E-6/TSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: 2T171 - Ground Transportation, Logistics

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.

Current Location: Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.

Injuries/Illness: Unexplained Loss of Vision (right eye) coupled with Chronic Daily Migraines

Events: Field, Powerlifting, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: I love to compete, but after my injury I was unsure if competing was still a reality... Luckily I attended an Air Force Wounded Warrior adaptive sports camps and all the doubt was gone and a fire was lit.

Anthony Pearson

E-5/SSgt

Anthony Pearson

E-5/SSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Financial Management

Hometown: Columbia, S.C.

Current Location: San Antonio, Texas

Injuries/Illness: PTSD, Panic Attack Disorder

Events: Cycling, Sitting Volleyball, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Ricardo Rivera

E-6/TSgt

Ricardo Rivera

E-6/TSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: 1NO71 - Intelligence Operations

Hometown: Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

Current Location: Las Vegas, Nev.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD/MDD

Events: Cycling, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: I needed a new objective and a new outlet to channel all my energy. Training for Warrior Games have given me the opportunity to develop a new sense of purpose, a new mission. The AFW2 Adaptive Sports program allowed me to refocus my energy and challenge myself in new ways that I never thought possible.

Andres Rodriguez

E-7/MSgt

Andres Rodriguez

E-7/MSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: 4B071 - Bioenvironmental Engineering

Hometown: Gurabo, Puerto Rico

Current Location: Des Moines, Iowa

Injuries/Illness: Heart Disease, PTSD and TBI

Events: Cycling, Field, Sitting Volleyball, Track

Why I Compete: Competing at the Warrior Games greatly helps me overcome my fears. Fears of the can’t do due to my illness, even when we know we can’t really eliminate fear but with the help of the AFW2 Coaches, Staff and fellow warriors we can Master those fears. The preparation for the Warrior games is such of great tool for my recovery, everything I do to get ready I can apply on my day-to-day activities and helps me stay focus on what it matter the most for me my Family. Oh and the satisfaction of seeing other Warriors succeed, see them surpass their personal best and the spirit of corps!!!

Stacie Shafran

0-4/Maj

Stacie Shafran

0-4/Maj

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Public Affairs Officer

Hometown: Denver, Colo.

Current Location: Langley AFB, Va.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Shooting, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: It’s an honor to represent the Air Force at the Warrior Games and compete alongside such inspiring athletes. This is also an opportunity to showcase my resiliency.

Joshua (Smitty) Smith

E-6/TSgt

Joshua (Smitty) Smith

E-6/TSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Aircrew Life Support / Aircrew Flight Equipment

Hometown: Fairfield, Mont.

Current Location: Spanish Fork, Utah

Injuries/Illness: Spine/Neck, Degenerative Arthritis, Multiple Ortho surgeries

Events: Cycling, Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Sitting Volleyball, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: It means the world to me to participate in the Warrior Games. I get to represent my family, the Air Force, the AFW2 Program, and the Air Force Association (AFA) Wounded Warrior Program, and my entire AF Warrior Team. I am extremely humbled, honored, and grateful to have the opportunity to participate, fellowship, and compete against such amazing wounded, ill, and injured service members in all branches of the Armed Forces. This is a huge blessing, honor, and experience that will help me to continue to train, work hard, overcome, and adapt to my new lifestyle bases on the wounds, illnesses, and injuries I have suffered while serving on active duty in the Air Force for 13 years.

Brian Williams

E-7/MSgt

Brian Williams

E-7/MSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Security Forces Instructor

Hometown: Sierra Vista, Ariz.

Current Location: JBSA-Lackland, Texas

Injuries/Illness: Amputee (left leg)

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Sitting Volleyball, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: It’s an opportunity to represent your branch of service, and an opportunity to compete, meet, and network with other Wounded Warriors. It’s an opportunity to show those who have doubted you they were wrong, and to give those who love and support you just another reason to cheer you on.

Wheelchair Basketball

Michael Christiansen

E-7/MSgt

Michael Christiansen

E-7/MSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: 3P071 - Security Forces Currently; Superintendent, 21 - SW Protocol

Hometown: Layton, Utah

Current Location: Peyton, Colo.

Injuries/Illness: Fractured/shifted vertebrae of lower back due to explosion in Iraq

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: Warrior Games gives me the chance to compete alongside some of the finest military athletes who have worked and trained to overcome their own personal injury or illness. To be able to compete at this level of competition while surrounded by real heroes, gives me a sense of accomplishment I never thought I would reach again.

Kenneth Guinn

E-7/MSgt

Kenneth Guinn

E-7/MSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Hometown: Sunray, Texas

Current Location: Tyndall AFB, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD, TBI, Double Reconstructive Knee Surgery

Events: Archery, Field, Powerlifting, Sitting Volleyball, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: I compete because it gives me a chance to be part of a team again. It gives me a reason to push harder and further when I don’t want to because I know that I have a team that is counting on me.

Shanon (Shay) Hampton

E-7/MSgt

Shanon (Shay) Hampton

E-7/MSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: TACP, Loadmaster

Hometown: Santa Clarita, Calif.

Current Location: Reno, Nev.

Injuries/Illness: TBI

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: Competition is in my blood, always has been! To strive to better myself and those around me, after all you cannot lead from the rear! Besides serving for something greater than myself, serving alongside my brothers and sisters in arms is what I miss the most! Participating in the Warrior Games allows me to do just that! It also allows me to show others in my community that are ill or injured that they can still move forward in life; they are not a loss, they are loved and cared about...just keep pushing forward, find a reason, any excuse to win!

Russell Logan

E-6/TSgt

Russell Logan

E-6/TSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Security Forces

Hometown: Drummonds, Tenn.

Current Location: Drummonds, Tenn.

Injuries/Illness: Below-the-knee amputation (LEFT)

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Sitting Volleyball, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: I want to compete at Warrior Games to better myself and be a part of something bigger than myself.

John Meyer Jr.

E-5/SSgt

John Meyer Jr.

E-5/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: 2A574D - Crew Chief

Hometown: Barnesville, Ga.

Current Location: Waskom, Texas

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTSD

Events: Archery, Cycling, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: I compete to apply what I learned at the intro camps during my recovery and represent the Air Force. It gives me a great sense of accomplishment to be able to come from a traumatic injury to being fully active in competition.

Kristen Morris

O-3/Capt

Kristen Morris

O-3/Capt

Status: Veteran

MOS: C-130J Pilot

Hometown: Camas, Wash.

Current Location: Destin, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: Right and left hip Periacetabular Osteotomy (hip reconstruction) and right hip total replacement

Events: Cycling, Field, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: It is truly the experience of a lifetime! Adaptive sports allow all my physical limitations to no longer limit me in an athletic capacity. Also, it is an incredible privilege to be able to represent the Air Force and to be a part of the amazing team we have!

Anthony Pearson

E-5/SSgt

Anthony Pearson

E-5/SSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Financial Management

Hometown: Columbia, S.C.

Current Location: San Antonio, Texas

Injuries/Illness: PTSD, Panic Attack Disorder

Events: Cycling, Sitting Volleyball, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Joshua (Smitty) Smith

E-6/TSgt

Joshua (Smitty) Smith

E-6/TSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Aircrew Life Support / Aircrew Flight Equipment

Hometown: Fairfield, Mont.

Current Location: Spanish Fork, Utah

Injuries/Illness: Spine/Neck, Degenerative Arthritis, Multiple Ortho surgeries

Events: Cycling, Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Sitting Volleyball, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: It means the world to me to participate in the Warrior Games. I get to represent my family, the Air Force, the AFW2 Program, and the Air Force Association (AFA) Wounded Warrior Program, and my entire AF Warrior Team. I am extremely humbled, honored, and grateful to have the opportunity to participate, fellowship, and compete against such amazing wounded, ill, and injured service members in all branches of the Armed Forces. This is a huge blessing, honor, and experience that will help me to continue to train, work hard, overcome, and adapt to my new lifestyle bases on the wounds, illnesses, and injuries I have suffered while serving on active duty in the Air Force for 13 years.

Brian Williams

E-7/MSgt

Brian Williams

E-7/MSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Security Forces Instructor

Hometown: Sierra Vista, Ariz.

Current Location: JBSA-Lackland, Texas

Injuries/Illness: Amputee (left leg)

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Sitting Volleyball, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: It’s an opportunity to represent your branch of service, and an opportunity to compete, meet, and network with other Wounded Warriors. It’s an opportunity to show those who have doubted you they were wrong, and to give those who love and support you just another reason to cheer you on.

Brent Young

E-5/SSgt

Brent Young

E-5/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Security Forces

Hometown: Midland, Mich.

Current Location: Eglin AFB, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTSD

Events: Archery, Shooting, Wheelchair Basketball