Marine Corps

The Wounded Warrior Regiment (WWR) approaches each individual Marine and Sailor's recovery as a relationship, not a process, and encourages healing in all aspects of life. The WWR provides leadership and guidance related to the support and care of combat and non-combat wounded, ill, and injured Marines, Sailors attached to Marine units, and their family members, to maximize their recovery as they return to duty or transition to civilian life. To help recovering service members (RSMs) address the various challenges of their wound, illness or injury, the WWR focuses on four separate lines of operation: the mind, body, spirit and family. Our RSMs are introduced to adaptive sports and reconditioning activities through the Warrior Athlete Reconditioning Program (WAR-P) - a major component of the recovery process. Through the WAR-P, Marines can choose to participate in daily activities, unit-level competitions and large scale events, such as the Marine Corps Trials and DoD Warrior Games.

Team Marine Corps

Archery

Michael Barefoot

E-6/SSgt

Michael Barefoot

E-6/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Embarkation Specialist

Hometown: Norwalk, Ohio

Current Location: Jacksonville, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD, Anxiety, Arthritis, TBI

Events: Archery, Cycling, Shooting

Why I Compete: To show other wounded, ill, and injured Marines that being competitive is a great way to help with issues.

Jefferson Brink

E-6/SSgt

Jefferson Brink

E-6/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Engineer Equipment Operator

Hometown: Eureka, Calif.

Current Location: Jacksonville, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Shooting

Why I Compete: It is an honor for me to compete. To be able to strive for my personal best brings me a sense of accomplishment.

Benjamin Cook

E-6/SSgt

Benjamin Cook

E-6/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Artillery Operations Chief

Hometown: Ruston, La.

Current Location: Richland, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: Back, Left Ankle, PTSD, TBI

Events: Archery, Cycling, Shooting

Why I Compete: I am competing because I want to continue to exceed my expectations of myself.

Charles Dane

E-7/GySgt

Charles Dane

E-7/GySgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Light Armored Vehicle Mechanic/Tech

Hometown: Cut and Shoot, Texas

Current Location: Stafford, Va.

Injuries/Illness: Kidney Failure

Events: Archery, Powerlifting, Shooting

Why I Compete: Because as a Marine I love competition and spending time with brothers-in-arms.

Garett Duggan

E-5/Sgt

Garett Duggan

E-5/Sgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Machinist

Hometown: New Orleans, La.

Current Location: Salisbury, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: Heatstroke

Events: Archery, Field, Sitting Volleyball

Why I Compete: I’m competing in Warrior Games because, it’s it a chance to be part of a team. Warrior Games also promotes my recovery and I get to be around other service members that understand what I’m going through.

Douglas Godfrey Jr.

E-7/GySgt

Douglas Godfrey Jr.

E-7/GySgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Logistics Chief

Hometown: Woodbridge, Va.

Current Location: San Diego, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: Spinal cord injury

Events: Archery, Cycling, Shooting, Swimming

Why I Compete: I am competing at the Warrior Games to push myself beyond what I can see as my limits. I have expanded my sports to determine additional challenges that I can conquer. I am looking forward to helping my teammates determine how far they can push their own boundaries.

Matthew Hargrove

E-5/Sgt

Matthew Hargrove

E-5/Sgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Automotive Maintenance Technician

Hometown: Emory, Texas

Current Location: San Antonio, Texas

Injuries/Illness: TBI, Orthopedics, Depression, Anxiety Disorder

Events: Archery, Sitting Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: It is an honor to represent the Marine Corps and it’s an opportunity to meet other wounded warriors from across the branches.

Mathew Maddux

E-3/LCpl

Mathew Maddux

E-3/LCpl

Status: Reserve

MOS: M1A1 Tank Crewmen

Hometown: Phelan, Calif.

Current Location: San Antonio, Texas

Injuries/Illness: 3rd Degree Burns

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

Why I Compete: To prove I am still in the fight.

Mark Monroe

E-5/Sgt

Mark Monroe

E-5/Sgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Motor Transport Operator

Hometown: Marlborough, Mass.

Current Location: Oceanside, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: Right Knee ACL, Osteochondral Defect

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: To have a goal and something to train for.

Juan Moravargas

E-5/Sgt

Juan Moravargas

E-5/Sgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Tilt Rotor Mechanic

Hometown: Upland, Calif.

Current Location: Murrieta, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: 12 vertebrae compression fracture, TBI

Events: Archery, Shooting

Why I Compete: Competed at Trials and did well.

Jason Pacheco

E-6/SSgt

Jason Pacheco

E-6/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Infantry Unit Leader

Hometown: Las Vegas, N.M.

Current Location: Oceanside, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: Right Leg Amputee from IED blast

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

Why I Compete: To better myself as a person and athlete physically and mentally.

Anthony Reingoud

E-6/SSgt

Anthony Reingoud

E-6/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Maintenance Management Specialist

Hometown: Bronx, N.Y.

Current Location: Oceanside, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: Traumatic Brain Injury/Post-Concussive Migraines

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Shooting

Why I Compete: Wounded Warrior Battalion-West has provided me with so many opportunities to improve myself physically and mentally. The Warrior Games provides me with the opportunity to show off everything that I’ve learned thus far.

Cycling

Michael Barefoot

E-6/SSgt

Michael Barefoot

E-6/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Embarkation Specialist

Hometown: Norwalk, Ohio

Current Location: Jacksonville, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD, Anxiety, Arthritis, TBI

Events: Archery, Cycling, Shooting

Why I Compete: To show other wounded, ill, and injured Marines that being competitive is a great way to help with issues.

Jefferson Brink

E-6/SSgt

Jefferson Brink

E-6/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Engineer Equipment Operator

Hometown: Eureka, Calif.

Current Location: Jacksonville, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Shooting

Why I Compete: It is an honor for me to compete. To be able to strive for my personal best brings me a sense of accomplishment.

Kerstin Caesar

O-2/1stLt

Kerstin Caesar

O-2/1stLt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Logistics Officer

Hometown: Barrington, R.I.

Current Location: Oceanside, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Chronic Migraine

Events: Cycling, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: I only found my passion for cycling when I joined Wounded Warrior Battalion-West a few months ago. My depression led me to hate physical exercise and even being outside or doing basic activities. I held this belief for the last six years, until the cycling coach at WWBn-W, Brad Johnson, recruited me to cycle on his team. The true bond of a team and the support I have received from them while competing, has aided in my healing more than I could ever imagine. Re-igniting my competitive nature in a physical environment has been and now is, essential to my overall health. I now compete, and will continue to compete, in USA Cycling events around the country due to the opportunities the Trials and Games has provided me.

Jasmine Colon-Monge

E-7/GySgt

Jasmine Colon-Monge

E-7/GySgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Transmission Chief

Hometown: Bronx, N.Y.

Current Location: Jacksonville, N.C.

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Shooting, Swimming

Why I Compete: To give myself a challenge to try something I have never done before and to be a part of something bigger than myself. The practice hurts, but I have learned and grown so much from it.

Benjamin Cook

E-6/SSgt

Benjamin Cook

E-6/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Artillery Operations Chief

Hometown: Ruston, La.

Current Location: Richland, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: Back, Left Ankle, PTSD, TBI

Events: Archery, Cycling, Shooting

Why I Compete: I am competing because I want to continue to exceed my expectations of myself.

Robert Dominguez

E-6/SSgt

Robert Dominguez

E-6/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Infantryman

Hometown: Selma, Calif.

Current Location: Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD, Back and Neck Injury

Events: Cycling, Shooting, Swimming

Why I Compete: I am competing in the Games because doing such sports helps me tremendously with my recovery.

Eilis Flaherty

E-3/LCpl

Eilis Flaherty

E-3/LCpl

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Aircraft Mechanic

Hometown: Boston, Mass.

Current Location: Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD

Events: Cycling, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: It means a lot to me to represent the WWB at the Warrior Games. I’ve always loved athletics and am proud to be in the Marine Corps so having the opportunity to combine those two things is very exciting to me.

Brent Gaffey

E-3/LCpl

Brent Gaffey

E-3/LCpl

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Fixed-Wing Aircraft Safety Equipment Mechanic

Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.

Current Location: Portsmouth, Va.

Injuries/Illness: Injury

Events: Cycling, Shooting

Why I Compete: This event is an extraordinary situation to show how injured servicemembers can overcome traumatic events and prevail both physically and mentally beyond everyone including their own expectations.

Douglas Godfrey Jr.

E-7/GySgt

Douglas Godfrey Jr.

E-7/GySgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Logistics Chief

Hometown: Woodbridge, Va.

Current Location: San Diego, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: Spinal cord injury

Events: Archery, Cycling, Shooting, Swimming

Why I Compete: I am competing at the Warrior Games to push myself beyond what I can see as my limits. I have expanded my sports to determine additional challenges that I can conquer. I am looking forward to helping my teammates determine how far they can push their own boundaries.

Phal It

O-3/Capt

Phal It

O-3/Capt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Logistic Officer

Hometown: Bronx, N.Y.

Current Location: Wilmington, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, Full-body Ortho issues

Events: Cycling, Shooting, Track

Why I Compete: Preparing to compete in Warrior Games has given me a sense of competitiveness and a drive to challenge peers, develop comradery, and further sportsmanship.

Marc Kleihauer

E-6/PO1

Marc Kleihauer

E-6/PO1

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Field Medical Service Technician

Hometown: Sandown, N.H.

Current Location: Hubert, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTSD

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Track

Why I Compete: I was selected due to my performance at Trials.

Tisha Knickerbocker

E-4/Cpl

Tisha Knickerbocker

E-4/Cpl

Status: Veteran

MOS: Intelligence Specialist

Hometown: Syracuse, N.Y.

Current Location: Jamesville, N.Y.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD/TBI/SCI/Loss of Motion L Ankle

Events: Cycling, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: To push myself physically as well as mentally, and to be around a great group of people.

Mathew Maddux

E-3/LCpl

Mathew Maddux

E-3/LCpl

Status: Reserve

MOS: M1A1 Tank Crewmen

Hometown: Phelan, Calif.

Current Location: San Antonio, Texas

Injuries/Illness: 3rd Degree Burns

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

Why I Compete: To prove I am still in the fight.

Mark Monroe

E-5/Sgt

Mark Monroe

E-5/Sgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Motor Transport Operator

Hometown: Marlborough, Mass.

Current Location: Oceanside, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: Right Knee ACL, Osteochondral Defect

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: To have a goal and something to train for.

Alexis Padilla

E-7/GySgt

Alexis Padilla

E-7/GySgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Infantry Unit Leader

Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.

Current Location: Jacksonville, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD, Spinal, Multiple Ortho surgeries

Events: Cycling, Swimming

Why I Compete: As part of my recovery these are the events that I have been doing to help me. As well as gives me a sense of drive to push myself in ways that I couldn’t before.

Jose Panez

E-6/SSgt

Jose Panez

E-6/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Engineer Equipment Mechanic

Hometown: Brownfield, Texas

Current Location: Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: Hip (L), Knee and Shoulder tears, PTSD, TBI

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Shooting

Why I Compete: I heard it was a great experience and something to look forward to.

Danielle Pothoof

E-6/SSgt

Danielle Pothoof

E-6/SSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Transportation Operator

Hometown: Bay City, Mich.

Current Location: Springfield, Mo.

Injuries/Illness: Wounded

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

Why I Compete: It gives me a sense of purpose.

Anthony Reingoud

E-6/SSgt

Anthony Reingoud

E-6/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Maintenance Management Specialist

Hometown: Bronx, N.Y.

Current Location: Oceanside, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: Traumatic Brain Injury/Post-Concussive Migraines

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Shooting

Why I Compete: Wounded Warrior Battalion-West has provided me with so many opportunities to improve myself physically and mentally. The Warrior Games provides me with the opportunity to show off everything that I’ve learned thus far.

Romario Santiago-Lloyd

E-4/Cpl

Romario Santiago-Lloyd

E-4/Cpl

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Machine Gunner

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis.

Current Location: Jacksonville, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: Remission for Non-Hodkins lymphoma cancer

Events: Cycling, Track

Why I Compete: I was selected after competing in the Marine Corps Trials.

Field

Jefferson Brink

E-6/SSgt

Jefferson Brink

E-6/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Engineer Equipment Operator

Hometown: Eureka, Calif.

Current Location: Jacksonville, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Shooting

Why I Compete: It is an honor for me to compete. To be able to strive for my personal best brings me a sense of accomplishment.

Garett Duggan

E-5/Sgt

Garett Duggan

E-5/Sgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Machinist

Hometown: New Orleans, La.

Current Location: Salisbury, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: Heatstroke

Events: Archery, Field, Sitting Volleyball

Why I Compete: I’m competing in Warrior Games because, it’s it a chance to be part of a team. Warrior Games also promotes my recovery and I get to be around other service members that understand what I’m going through.

Dorian Gardner

E-7/GySgt

Dorian Gardner

E-7/GySgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Communication Strategy and Operations Chief

Hometown: Rialto, Calif.

Current Location: Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: Visually impaired

Events: Field, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: Because I am an injured Marine who still has something left to give.

Beth Grauer

E-6/SSgt

Beth Grauer

E-6/SSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Military Police

Hometown: Hoisington, Kan.

Current Location: Pueblo, Colo.

Injuries/Illness: TBI/PTS

Events: Field, Swimming

Why I Compete: To once again represent and compete alongside my fellow Marine sisters and brothers. Build lifelong relationships with fellow servicemen and women of the other USA branches of the military along with the other attending countries. To bring awareness and knowledge to the issues of wounded, ill and injured military members to the public in hopes of bringing about solutions, further research and development, and bring to light the heroes of this great nation.

Mathew Maddux

E-3/LCpl

Mathew Maddux

E-3/LCpl

Status: Reserve

MOS: M1A1 Tank Crewmen

Hometown: Phelan, Calif.

Current Location: San Antonio, Texas

Injuries/Illness: 3rd Degree Burns

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

Why I Compete: To prove I am still in the fight.

Carnell Martin

E-9/MGySgt

Carnell Martin

E-9/MGySgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Infantryman

Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.

Current Location: Oceanside, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: Wounded

Events: Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: I enjoy competing in all types of sports and I’ve never experienced competing at Warrior Games.

Mark Monroe

E-5/Sgt

Mark Monroe

E-5/Sgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Motor Transport Operator

Hometown: Marlborough, Mass.

Current Location: Oceanside, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: Right Knee ACL, Osteochondral Defect

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: To have a goal and something to train for.

Jason Pacheco

E-6/SSgt

Jason Pacheco

E-6/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Infantry Unit Leader

Hometown: Las Vegas, N.M.

Current Location: Oceanside, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: Right Leg Amputee from IED blast

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

Why I Compete: To better myself as a person and athlete physically and mentally.

Alexander Plowman

E-7/GySgt

Alexander Plowman

E-7/GySgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Bulk Fuel Specialist

Hometown: Havertown, Pa.

Current Location: Springfield, Va.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD, head/neck/shoulder/leg injuries

Events: Field, Indoor Rowing, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: As Marines, we are always challenging ourselves and each other to try our best at what adversities we are presented with in life. Even though some of these obstacles have been physical and/or mental, we are willing to face them head on and Warrior Games gives us the platform to do so.

Anthony Reingoud

E-6/SSgt

Anthony Reingoud

E-6/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Maintenance Management Specialist

Hometown: Bronx, N.Y.

Current Location: Oceanside, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: Traumatic Brain Injury/Post-Concussive Migraines

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Shooting

Why I Compete: Wounded Warrior Battalion-West has provided me with so many opportunities to improve myself physically and mentally. The Warrior Games provides me with the opportunity to show off everything that I’ve learned thus far.

Christopher Serra

E-6/SSgt

Christopher Serra

E-6/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Infantry Unit Leader

Hometown: Susquehanna, Pa.

Current Location: Bethesda, Md.

Injuries/Illness: TBI/PTSD, IED Blast injuries

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

Why I Compete: Adaptive sports has helped me stay engaged and set personal goals for achievement. It keeps me driven and on a solid path to success. Representing Team Marine Corps means a great deal to me. I'm thankful and honored for the privilege to represent such an illustrious legacy of true heroes past, present, and future.

Indoor Rowing

Jasmine Colon-Monge

E-7/GySgt

Jasmine Colon-Monge

E-7/GySgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Transmission Chief

Hometown: Bronx, N.Y.

Current Location: Jacksonville, N.C.

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Shooting, Swimming

Why I Compete: To give myself a challenge to try something I have never done before and to be a part of something bigger than myself. The practice hurts, but I have learned and grown so much from it.

Eric Johansen

E-5/Sgt

Eric Johansen

E-5/Sgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Combat Engineer

Hometown: Orland, Calif.

Current Location: Burgaw, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTSD

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

Why I Compete: To enrich my life and recovery though competitive sports and have fun doing it.

Robert Jones

E-5/Sgt

Robert Jones

E-5/Sgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Combat Engineer

Hometown: Lovettsville, Va.

Current Location: Vienna, Va.

Injuries/Illness: Double above knee amputations

Events: Indoor Rowing, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: I am competing in the Warrior Games in order to showcase to America and the world that experiencing trauma does not preclude a veteran from continuing to contribute to their community, nor does it prevent them from continuing to fight for their brother and sister veterans.

Marc Kleihauer

E-6/PO1

Marc Kleihauer

E-6/PO1

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Field Medical Service Technician

Hometown: Sandown, N.H.

Current Location: Hubert, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTSD

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Track

Why I Compete: I was selected due to my performance at Trials.

Kira Lavine

E-3/LCpl

Kira Lavine

E-3/LCpl

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Air Support Operations Operator

Hometown: San Diego, Calif.

Current Location: Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: Depression, Anxiety, Sciatica

Events: Indoor Rowing, Swimming

Why I Compete: I am competing at Warrior Games because I am encouraged to pursue goals and activities I did not otherwise know I was capable of doing.

Mathew Maddux

E-3/LCpl

Mathew Maddux

E-3/LCpl

Status: Reserve

MOS: M1A1 Tank Crewmen

Hometown: Phelan, Calif.

Current Location: San Antonio, Texas

Injuries/Illness: 3rd Degree Burns

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

Why I Compete: To prove I am still in the fight.

Carnell Martin

E-9/MGySgt

Carnell Martin

E-9/MGySgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Infantryman

Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.

Current Location: Oceanside, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: Wounded

Events: Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: I enjoy competing in all types of sports and I’ve never experienced competing at Warrior Games.

Robert Oudone

E-5/Sgt

Robert Oudone

E-5/Sgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Intelligence Analyst

Hometown: Elgin, Ill.

Current Location: Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD

Events: Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball

Why I Compete: To develop comraderie with other servicemember and athletes here who are working through their injuries through adaptive sports.

Jose Panez

E-6/SSgt

Jose Panez

E-6/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Engineer Equipment Mechanic

Hometown: Brownfield, Texas

Current Location: Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: Hip (L), Knee and Shoulder tears, PTSD, TBI

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Shooting

Why I Compete: I heard it was a great experience and something to look forward to.

Alexander Plowman

E-7/GySgt

Alexander Plowman

E-7/GySgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Bulk Fuel Specialist

Hometown: Havertown, Pa.

Current Location: Springfield, Va.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD, head/neck/shoulder/leg injuries

Events: Field, Indoor Rowing, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: As Marines, we are always challenging ourselves and each other to try our best at what adversities we are presented with in life. Even though some of these obstacles have been physical and/or mental, we are willing to face them head on and Warrior Games gives us the platform to do so.

Christopher Serra

E-6/SSgt

Christopher Serra

E-6/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Infantry Unit Leader

Hometown: Susquehanna, Pa.

Current Location: Bethesda, Md.

Injuries/Illness: TBI/PTSD, IED Blast injuries

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

Why I Compete: Adaptive sports has helped me stay engaged and set personal goals for achievement. It keeps me driven and on a solid path to success. Representing Team Marine Corps means a great deal to me. I'm thankful and honored for the privilege to represent such an illustrious legacy of true heroes past, present, and future.

Powerlifting

Charles Dane

E-7/GySgt

Charles Dane

E-7/GySgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Light Armored Vehicle Mechanic/Tech

Hometown: Cut and Shoot, Texas

Current Location: Stafford, Va.

Injuries/Illness: Kidney Failure

Events: Archery, Powerlifting, Shooting

Why I Compete: Because as a Marine I love competition and spending time with brothers-in-arms.

Mathew Maddux

E-3/LCpl

Mathew Maddux

E-3/LCpl

Status: Reserve

MOS: M1A1 Tank Crewmen

Hometown: Phelan, Calif.

Current Location: San Antonio, Texas

Injuries/Illness: 3rd Degree Burns

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

Why I Compete: To prove I am still in the fight.

Carnell Martin

E-9/MGySgt

Carnell Martin

E-9/MGySgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Infantryman

Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.

Current Location: Oceanside, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: Wounded

Events: Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: I enjoy competing in all types of sports and I’ve never experienced competing at Warrior Games.

Robert Oudone

E-5/Sgt

Robert Oudone

E-5/Sgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Intelligence Analyst

Hometown: Elgin, Ill.

Current Location: Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD

Events: Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball

Why I Compete: To develop comraderie with other servicemember and athletes here who are working through their injuries through adaptive sports.

Christopher Serra

E-6/SSgt

Christopher Serra

E-6/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Infantry Unit Leader

Hometown: Susquehanna, Pa.

Current Location: Bethesda, Md.

Injuries/Illness: TBI/PTSD, IED Blast injuries

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

Why I Compete: Adaptive sports has helped me stay engaged and set personal goals for achievement. It keeps me driven and on a solid path to success. Representing Team Marine Corps means a great deal to me. I'm thankful and honored for the privilege to represent such an illustrious legacy of true heroes past, present, and future.

Shooting

Michael Barefoot

E-6/SSgt

Michael Barefoot

E-6/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Embarkation Specialist

Hometown: Norwalk, Ohio

Current Location: Jacksonville, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD, Anxiety, Arthritis, TBI

Events: Archery, Cycling, Shooting

Why I Compete: To show other wounded, ill, and injured Marines that being competitive is a great way to help with issues.

Jefferson Brink

E-6/SSgt

Jefferson Brink

E-6/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Engineer Equipment Operator

Hometown: Eureka, Calif.

Current Location: Jacksonville, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Shooting

Why I Compete: It is an honor for me to compete. To be able to strive for my personal best brings me a sense of accomplishment.

Jasmine Colon-Monge

E-7/GySgt

Jasmine Colon-Monge

E-7/GySgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Transmission Chief

Hometown: Bronx, N.Y.

Current Location: Jacksonville, N.C.

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Shooting, Swimming

Why I Compete: To give myself a challenge to try something I have never done before and to be a part of something bigger than myself. The practice hurts, but I have learned and grown so much from it.

Benjamin Cook

E-6/SSgt

Benjamin Cook

E-6/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Artillery Operations Chief

Hometown: Ruston, La.

Current Location: Richland, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: Back, Left Ankle, PTSD, TBI

Events: Archery, Cycling, Shooting

Why I Compete: I am competing because I want to continue to exceed my expectations of myself.

Charles Dane

E-7/GySgt

Charles Dane

E-7/GySgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Light Armored Vehicle Mechanic/Tech

Hometown: Cut and Shoot, Texas

Current Location: Stafford, Va.

Injuries/Illness: Kidney Failure

Events: Archery, Powerlifting, Shooting

Why I Compete: Because as a Marine I love competition and spending time with brothers-in-arms.

Robert Dominguez

E-6/SSgt

Robert Dominguez

E-6/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Infantryman

Hometown: Selma, Calif.

Current Location: Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD, Back and Neck Injury

Events: Cycling, Shooting, Swimming

Why I Compete: I am competing in the Games because doing such sports helps me tremendously with my recovery.

Brent Gaffey

E-3/LCpl

Brent Gaffey

E-3/LCpl

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Fixed-Wing Aircraft Safety Equipment Mechanic

Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.

Current Location: Portsmouth, Va.

Injuries/Illness: Injury

Events: Cycling, Shooting

Why I Compete: This event is an extraordinary situation to show how injured servicemembers can overcome traumatic events and prevail both physically and mentally beyond everyone including their own expectations.

Thomas Gilman

E-4/Cpl

Thomas Gilman

E-4/Cpl

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Main Battle Tank Repairer / Technician

Hometown: Omak, Wash.

Current Location: San Diego, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: Below-elbow amputation left hand

Events: Shooting, Swimming

Why I Compete: Healthy competition and camaraderie.

Douglas Godfrey Jr.

E-7/GySgt

Douglas Godfrey Jr.

E-7/GySgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Logistics Chief

Hometown: Woodbridge, Va.

Current Location: San Diego, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: Spinal cord injury

Events: Archery, Cycling, Shooting, Swimming

Why I Compete: I am competing at the Warrior Games to push myself beyond what I can see as my limits. I have expanded my sports to determine additional challenges that I can conquer. I am looking forward to helping my teammates determine how far they can push their own boundaries.

Phal It

O-3/Capt

Phal It

O-3/Capt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Logistic Officer

Hometown: Bronx, N.Y.

Current Location: Wilmington, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, Full-body Ortho issues

Events: Cycling, Shooting, Track

Why I Compete: Preparing to compete in Warrior Games has given me a sense of competitiveness and a drive to challenge peers, develop comradery, and further sportsmanship.

Mathew Maddux

E-3/LCpl

Mathew Maddux

E-3/LCpl

Status: Reserve

MOS: M1A1 Tank Crewmen

Hometown: Phelan, Calif.

Current Location: San Antonio, Texas

Injuries/Illness: 3rd Degree Burns

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

Why I Compete: To prove I am still in the fight.

Juan Moravargas

E-5/Sgt

Juan Moravargas

E-5/Sgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Tilt Rotor Mechanic

Hometown: Upland, Calif.

Current Location: Murrieta, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: 12 vertebrae compression fracture, TBI

Events: Archery, Shooting

Why I Compete: Competed at Trials and did well.

Robert Oudone

E-5/Sgt

Robert Oudone

E-5/Sgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Intelligence Analyst

Hometown: Elgin, Ill.

Current Location: Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD

Events: Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball

Why I Compete: To develop comraderie with other servicemember and athletes here who are working through their injuries through adaptive sports.

Jason Pacheco

E-6/SSgt

Jason Pacheco

E-6/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Infantry Unit Leader

Hometown: Las Vegas, N.M.

Current Location: Oceanside, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: Right Leg Amputee from IED blast

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

Why I Compete: To better myself as a person and athlete physically and mentally.

Jose Panez

E-6/SSgt

Jose Panez

E-6/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Engineer Equipment Mechanic

Hometown: Brownfield, Texas

Current Location: Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: Hip (L), Knee and Shoulder tears, PTSD, TBI

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Shooting

Why I Compete: I heard it was a great experience and something to look forward to.

Anthony Reingoud

E-6/SSgt

Anthony Reingoud

E-6/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Maintenance Management Specialist

Hometown: Bronx, N.Y.

Current Location: Oceanside, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: Traumatic Brain Injury/Post-Concussive Migraines

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Shooting

Why I Compete: Wounded Warrior Battalion-West has provided me with so many opportunities to improve myself physically and mentally. The Warrior Games provides me with the opportunity to show off everything that I’ve learned thus far.

Sitting Volleyball

Raymond Archer

E-7/GySgt

Raymond Archer

E-7/GySgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Combat Engineer

Hometown: Quincy, Ill.

Current Location: Hubert, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTSD, Physical damage from IED blast

Events: Sitting Volleyball, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: I am competing to represent the Marine Corps, Wounded Warrior Battalion-East and all of my brothers and sisters that are either KIA or WIA.

Sarah Balla

E-3/LCpl

Sarah Balla

E-3/LCpl

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Communication Navigation System Technician

Hometown: Aurora, Ill.

Current Location: San Diego, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: Illness

Events: Sitting Volleyball, Track

Why I Compete: I was chosen and I wish to participate. I participated in the Marine Corps Trails and enjoyed it.

Garett Duggan

E-5/Sgt

Garett Duggan

E-5/Sgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Machinist

Hometown: New Orleans, La.

Current Location: Salisbury, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: Heatstroke

Events: Archery, Field, Sitting Volleyball

Why I Compete: I’m competing in Warrior Games because, it’s it a chance to be part of a team. Warrior Games also promotes my recovery and I get to be around other service members that understand what I’m going through.

Eilis Flaherty

E-3/LCpl

Eilis Flaherty

E-3/LCpl

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Aircraft Mechanic

Hometown: Boston, Mass.

Current Location: Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD

Events: Cycling, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: It means a lot to me to represent the WWB at the Warrior Games. I’ve always loved athletics and am proud to be in the Marine Corps so having the opportunity to combine those two things is very exciting to me.

Matthew Hargrove

E-5/Sgt

Matthew Hargrove

E-5/Sgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Automotive Maintenance Technician

Hometown: Emory, Texas

Current Location: San Antonio, Texas

Injuries/Illness: TBI, Orthopedics, Depression, Anxiety Disorder

Events: Archery, Sitting Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: It is an honor to represent the Marine Corps and it’s an opportunity to meet other wounded warriors from across the branches.

Parker Hollinghead

E-5/Sgt

Parker Hollinghead

E-5/Sgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Reconnaissance Marine

Hometown: Saraland, Ala.

Current Location: San Antonio, Texas

Injuries/Illness: TBI, Neck & Spinal, Severe bone break, throat issues

Events: Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: It provides opportunities for something I can work towards to be great at after my injury.

Eric Johansen

E-5/Sgt

Eric Johansen

E-5/Sgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Combat Engineer

Hometown: Orland, Calif.

Current Location: Burgaw, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTSD

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

Why I Compete: To enrich my life and recovery though competitive sports and have fun doing it.

Tisha Knickerbocker

E-4/Cpl

Tisha Knickerbocker

E-4/Cpl

Status: Veteran

MOS: Intelligence Specialist

Hometown: Syracuse, N.Y.

Current Location: Jamesville, N.Y.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD/TBI/SCI/Loss of Motion L Ankle

Events: Cycling, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: To push myself physically as well as mentally, and to be around a great group of people.

Robert Oudone

E-5/Sgt

Robert Oudone

E-5/Sgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Intelligence Analyst

Hometown: Elgin, Ill.

Current Location: Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD

Events: Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball

Why I Compete: To develop comraderie with other servicemember and athletes here who are working through their injuries through adaptive sports.

Jason Pacheco

E-6/SSgt

Jason Pacheco

E-6/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Infantry Unit Leader

Hometown: Las Vegas, N.M.

Current Location: Oceanside, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: Right Leg Amputee from IED blast

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

Why I Compete: To better myself as a person and athlete physically and mentally.

Danielle Pothoof

E-6/SSgt

Danielle Pothoof

E-6/SSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Transportation Operator

Hometown: Bay City, Mich.

Current Location: Springfield, Mo.

Injuries/Illness: Wounded

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

Why I Compete: It gives me a sense of purpose.

Kevin Tamayo

E-4/Cpl

Kevin Tamayo

E-4/Cpl

Status: Active Duty

MOS: CH-53 Helicopter Airframe Mechanic

Hometown: Ocean Township, N.J.

Current Location: Virginia Beach, Va.

Injuries/Illness: GSW chest, left pneumonectomy, left side stroke, TBI/ABI

Events: Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: To demonstrate that even after a serious injury, it does not have to be the end of the road for anyone.

Swimming

Kerstin Caesar

O-2/1stLt

Kerstin Caesar

O-2/1stLt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Logistics Officer

Hometown: Barrington, R.I.

Current Location: Oceanside, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Chronic Migraine

Events: Cycling, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: I only found my passion for cycling when I joined Wounded Warrior Battalion-West a few months ago. My depression led me to hate physical exercise and even being outside or doing basic activities. I held this belief for the last six years, until the cycling coach at WWBn-W, Brad Johnson, recruited me to cycle on his team. The true bond of a team and the support I have received from them while competing, has aided in my healing more than I could ever imagine. Re-igniting my competitive nature in a physical environment has been and now is, essential to my overall health. I now compete, and will continue to compete, in USA Cycling events around the country due to the opportunities the Trials and Games has provided me.

Jasmine Colon-Monge

E-7/GySgt

Jasmine Colon-Monge

E-7/GySgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Transmission Chief

Hometown: Bronx, N.Y.

Current Location: Jacksonville, N.C.

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Shooting, Swimming

Why I Compete: To give myself a challenge to try something I have never done before and to be a part of something bigger than myself. The practice hurts, but I have learned and grown so much from it.

Robert Dominguez

E-6/SSgt

Robert Dominguez

E-6/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Infantryman

Hometown: Selma, Calif.

Current Location: Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD, Back and Neck Injury

Events: Cycling, Shooting, Swimming

Why I Compete: I am competing in the Games because doing such sports helps me tremendously with my recovery.

Eilis Flaherty

E-3/LCpl

Eilis Flaherty

E-3/LCpl

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Aircraft Mechanic

Hometown: Boston, Mass.

Current Location: Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD

Events: Cycling, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: It means a lot to me to represent the WWB at the Warrior Games. I’ve always loved athletics and am proud to be in the Marine Corps so having the opportunity to combine those two things is very exciting to me.

Dorian Gardner

E-7/GySgt

Dorian Gardner

E-7/GySgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Communication Strategy and Operations Chief

Hometown: Rialto, Calif.

Current Location: Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: Visually impaired

Events: Field, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: Because I am an injured Marine who still has something left to give.

Thomas Gilman

E-4/Cpl

Thomas Gilman

E-4/Cpl

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Main Battle Tank Repairer / Technician

Hometown: Omak, Wash.

Current Location: San Diego, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: Below-elbow amputation left hand

Events: Shooting, Swimming

Why I Compete: Healthy competition and camaraderie.

Douglas Godfrey Jr.

E-7/GySgt

Douglas Godfrey Jr.

E-7/GySgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Logistics Chief

Hometown: Woodbridge, Va.

Current Location: San Diego, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: Spinal cord injury

Events: Archery, Cycling, Shooting, Swimming

Why I Compete: I am competing at the Warrior Games to push myself beyond what I can see as my limits. I have expanded my sports to determine additional challenges that I can conquer. I am looking forward to helping my teammates determine how far they can push their own boundaries.

Beth Grauer

E-6/SSgt

Beth Grauer

E-6/SSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Military Police

Hometown: Hoisington, Kan.

Current Location: Pueblo, Colo.

Injuries/Illness: TBI/PTS

Events: Field, Swimming

Why I Compete: To once again represent and compete alongside my fellow Marine sisters and brothers. Build lifelong relationships with fellow servicemen and women of the other USA branches of the military along with the other attending countries. To bring awareness and knowledge to the issues of wounded, ill and injured military members to the public in hopes of bringing about solutions, further research and development, and bring to light the heroes of this great nation.

Parker Hollinghead

E-5/Sgt

Parker Hollinghead

E-5/Sgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Reconnaissance Marine

Hometown: Saraland, Ala.

Current Location: San Antonio, Texas

Injuries/Illness: TBI, Neck & Spinal, Severe bone break, throat issues

Events: Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: It provides opportunities for something I can work towards to be great at after my injury.

Eric Johansen

E-5/Sgt

Eric Johansen

E-5/Sgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Combat Engineer

Hometown: Orland, Calif.

Current Location: Burgaw, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTSD

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

Why I Compete: To enrich my life and recovery though competitive sports and have fun doing it.

Robert Jones

E-5/Sgt

Robert Jones

E-5/Sgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Combat Engineer

Hometown: Lovettsville, Va.

Current Location: Vienna, Va.

Injuries/Illness: Double above knee amputations

Events: Indoor Rowing, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: I am competing in the Warrior Games in order to showcase to America and the world that experiencing trauma does not preclude a veteran from continuing to contribute to their community, nor does it prevent them from continuing to fight for their brother and sister veterans.

Tisha Knickerbocker

E-4/Cpl

Tisha Knickerbocker

E-4/Cpl

Status: Veteran

MOS: Intelligence Specialist

Hometown: Syracuse, N.Y.

Current Location: Jamesville, N.Y.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD/TBI/SCI/Loss of Motion L Ankle

Events: Cycling, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: To push myself physically as well as mentally, and to be around a great group of people.

Kira Lavine

E-3/LCpl

Kira Lavine

E-3/LCpl

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Air Support Operations Operator

Hometown: San Diego, Calif.

Current Location: Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: Depression, Anxiety, Sciatica

Events: Indoor Rowing, Swimming

Why I Compete: I am competing at Warrior Games because I am encouraged to pursue goals and activities I did not otherwise know I was capable of doing.

Mathew Maddux

E-3/LCpl

Mathew Maddux

E-3/LCpl

Status: Reserve

MOS: M1A1 Tank Crewmen

Hometown: Phelan, Calif.

Current Location: San Antonio, Texas

Injuries/Illness: 3rd Degree Burns

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

Why I Compete: To prove I am still in the fight.

Mark Monroe

E-5/Sgt

Mark Monroe

E-5/Sgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Motor Transport Operator

Hometown: Marlborough, Mass.

Current Location: Oceanside, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: Right Knee ACL, Osteochondral Defect

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: To have a goal and something to train for.

Jason Pacheco

E-6/SSgt

Jason Pacheco

E-6/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Infantry Unit Leader

Hometown: Las Vegas, N.M.

Current Location: Oceanside, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: Right Leg Amputee from IED blast

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

Why I Compete: To better myself as a person and athlete physically and mentally.

Alexis Padilla

E-7/GySgt

Alexis Padilla

E-7/GySgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Infantry Unit Leader

Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.

Current Location: Jacksonville, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD, Spinal, Multiple Ortho surgeries

Events: Cycling, Swimming

Why I Compete: As part of my recovery these are the events that I have been doing to help me. As well as gives me a sense of drive to push myself in ways that I couldn’t before.

Alexander Plowman

E-7/GySgt

Alexander Plowman

E-7/GySgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Bulk Fuel Specialist

Hometown: Havertown, Pa.

Current Location: Springfield, Va.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD, head/neck/shoulder/leg injuries

Events: Field, Indoor Rowing, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: As Marines, we are always challenging ourselves and each other to try our best at what adversities we are presented with in life. Even though some of these obstacles have been physical and/or mental, we are willing to face them head on and Warrior Games gives us the platform to do so.

Danielle Pothoof

E-6/SSgt

Danielle Pothoof

E-6/SSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Transportation Operator

Hometown: Bay City, Mich.

Current Location: Springfield, Mo.

Injuries/Illness: Wounded

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

Why I Compete: It gives me a sense of purpose.

Christopher Serra

E-6/SSgt

Christopher Serra

E-6/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Infantry Unit Leader

Hometown: Susquehanna, Pa.

Current Location: Bethesda, Md.

Injuries/Illness: TBI/PTSD, IED Blast injuries

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

Why I Compete: Adaptive sports has helped me stay engaged and set personal goals for achievement. It keeps me driven and on a solid path to success. Representing Team Marine Corps means a great deal to me. I'm thankful and honored for the privilege to represent such an illustrious legacy of true heroes past, present, and future.

Kevin Tamayo

E-4/Cpl

Kevin Tamayo

E-4/Cpl

Status: Active Duty

MOS: CH-53 Helicopter Airframe Mechanic

Hometown: Ocean Township, N.J.

Current Location: Virginia Beach, Va.

Injuries/Illness: GSW chest, left pneumonectomy, left side stroke, TBI/ABI

Events: Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: To demonstrate that even after a serious injury, it does not have to be the end of the road for anyone.

Track

Raymond Archer

E-7/GySgt

Raymond Archer

E-7/GySgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Combat Engineer

Hometown: Quincy, Ill.

Current Location: Hubert, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTSD, Physical damage from IED blast

Events: Sitting Volleyball, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: I am competing to represent the Marine Corps, Wounded Warrior Battalion-East and all of my brothers and sisters that are either KIA or WIA.

Sarah Balla

E-3/LCpl

Sarah Balla

E-3/LCpl

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Communication Navigation System Technician

Hometown: Aurora, Ill.

Current Location: San Diego, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: Illness

Events: Sitting Volleyball, Track

Why I Compete: I was chosen and I wish to participate. I participated in the Marine Corps Trails and enjoyed it.

Kerstin Caesar

O-2/1stLt

Kerstin Caesar

O-2/1stLt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Logistics Officer

Hometown: Barrington, R.I.

Current Location: Oceanside, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Chronic Migraine

Events: Cycling, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: I only found my passion for cycling when I joined Wounded Warrior Battalion-West a few months ago. My depression led me to hate physical exercise and even being outside or doing basic activities. I held this belief for the last six years, until the cycling coach at WWBn-W, Brad Johnson, recruited me to cycle on his team. The true bond of a team and the support I have received from them while competing, has aided in my healing more than I could ever imagine. Re-igniting my competitive nature in a physical environment has been and now is, essential to my overall health. I now compete, and will continue to compete, in USA Cycling events around the country due to the opportunities the Trials and Games has provided me.

Dorian Gardner

E-7/GySgt

Dorian Gardner

E-7/GySgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Communication Strategy and Operations Chief

Hometown: Rialto, Calif.

Current Location: Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: Visually impaired

Events: Field, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: Because I am an injured Marine who still has something left to give.

Phal It

O-3/Capt

Phal It

O-3/Capt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Logistic Officer

Hometown: Bronx, N.Y.

Current Location: Wilmington, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, Full-body Ortho issues

Events: Cycling, Shooting, Track

Why I Compete: Preparing to compete in Warrior Games has given me a sense of competitiveness and a drive to challenge peers, develop comradery, and further sportsmanship.

Robert Jones

E-5/Sgt

Robert Jones

E-5/Sgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Combat Engineer

Hometown: Lovettsville, Va.

Current Location: Vienna, Va.

Injuries/Illness: Double above knee amputations

Events: Indoor Rowing, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: I am competing in the Warrior Games in order to showcase to America and the world that experiencing trauma does not preclude a veteran from continuing to contribute to their community, nor does it prevent them from continuing to fight for their brother and sister veterans.

Marc Kleihauer

E-6/PO1

Marc Kleihauer

E-6/PO1

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Field Medical Service Technician

Hometown: Sandown, N.H.

Current Location: Hubert, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTSD

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Track

Why I Compete: I was selected due to my performance at Trials.

Mathew Maddux

E-3/LCpl

Mathew Maddux

E-3/LCpl

Status: Reserve

MOS: M1A1 Tank Crewmen

Hometown: Phelan, Calif.

Current Location: San Antonio, Texas

Injuries/Illness: 3rd Degree Burns

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

Why I Compete: To prove I am still in the fight.

Carnell Martin

E-9/MGySgt

Carnell Martin

E-9/MGySgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Infantryman

Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.

Current Location: Oceanside, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: Wounded

Events: Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: I enjoy competing in all types of sports and I’ve never experienced competing at Warrior Games.

Mark Monroe

E-5/Sgt

Mark Monroe

E-5/Sgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Motor Transport Operator

Hometown: Marlborough, Mass.

Current Location: Oceanside, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: Right Knee ACL, Osteochondral Defect

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: To have a goal and something to train for.

Alexander Plowman

E-7/GySgt

Alexander Plowman

E-7/GySgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Bulk Fuel Specialist

Hometown: Havertown, Pa.

Current Location: Springfield, Va.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD, head/neck/shoulder/leg injuries

Events: Field, Indoor Rowing, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: As Marines, we are always challenging ourselves and each other to try our best at what adversities we are presented with in life. Even though some of these obstacles have been physical and/or mental, we are willing to face them head on and Warrior Games gives us the platform to do so.

Danielle Pothoof

E-6/SSgt

Danielle Pothoof

E-6/SSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Transportation Operator

Hometown: Bay City, Mich.

Current Location: Springfield, Mo.

Injuries/Illness: Wounded

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

Why I Compete: It gives me a sense of purpose.

Romario Santiago-Lloyd

E-4/Cpl

Romario Santiago-Lloyd

E-4/Cpl

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Machine Gunner

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis.

Current Location: Jacksonville, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: Remission for Non-Hodkins lymphoma cancer

Events: Cycling, Track

Why I Compete: I was selected after competing in the Marine Corps Trials.

Christopher Serra

E-6/SSgt

Christopher Serra

E-6/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Infantry Unit Leader

Hometown: Susquehanna, Pa.

Current Location: Bethesda, Md.

Injuries/Illness: TBI/PTSD, IED Blast injuries

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

Why I Compete: Adaptive sports has helped me stay engaged and set personal goals for achievement. It keeps me driven and on a solid path to success. Representing Team Marine Corps means a great deal to me. I'm thankful and honored for the privilege to represent such an illustrious legacy of true heroes past, present, and future.

Wheelchair Basketball

Raymond Archer

E-7/GySgt

Raymond Archer

E-7/GySgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Combat Engineer

Hometown: Quincy, Ill.

Current Location: Hubert, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTSD, Physical damage from IED blast

Events: Sitting Volleyball, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: I am competing to represent the Marine Corps, Wounded Warrior Battalion-East and all of my brothers and sisters that are either KIA or WIA.

Eilis Flaherty

E-3/LCpl

Eilis Flaherty

E-3/LCpl

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Aircraft Mechanic

Hometown: Boston, Mass.

Current Location: Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD

Events: Cycling, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: It means a lot to me to represent the WWB at the Warrior Games. I’ve always loved athletics and am proud to be in the Marine Corps so having the opportunity to combine those two things is very exciting to me.

Matthew Hargrove

E-5/Sgt

Matthew Hargrove

E-5/Sgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Automotive Maintenance Technician

Hometown: Emory, Texas

Current Location: San Antonio, Texas

Injuries/Illness: TBI, Orthopedics, Depression, Anxiety Disorder

Events: Archery, Sitting Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: It is an honor to represent the Marine Corps and it’s an opportunity to meet other wounded warriors from across the branches.

Parker Hollinghead

E-5/Sgt

Parker Hollinghead

E-5/Sgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Reconnaissance Marine

Hometown: Saraland, Ala.

Current Location: San Antonio, Texas

Injuries/Illness: TBI, Neck & Spinal, Severe bone break, throat issues

Events: Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: It provides opportunities for something I can work towards to be great at after my injury.

Eric Johansen

E-5/Sgt

Eric Johansen

E-5/Sgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Combat Engineer

Hometown: Orland, Calif.

Current Location: Burgaw, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTSD

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

Why I Compete: To enrich my life and recovery though competitive sports and have fun doing it.

Tisha Knickerbocker

E-4/Cpl

Tisha Knickerbocker

E-4/Cpl

Status: Veteran

MOS: Intelligence Specialist

Hometown: Syracuse, N.Y.

Current Location: Jamesville, N.Y.

Injuries/Illness: PTSD/TBI/SCI/Loss of Motion L Ankle

Events: Cycling, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: To push myself physically as well as mentally, and to be around a great group of people.

Carnell Martin

E-9/MGySgt

Carnell Martin

E-9/MGySgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Infantryman

Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.

Current Location: Oceanside, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: Wounded

Events: Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: I enjoy competing in all types of sports and I’ve never experienced competing at Warrior Games.

Jason Pacheco

E-6/SSgt

Jason Pacheco

E-6/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Infantry Unit Leader

Hometown: Las Vegas, N.M.

Current Location: Oceanside, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: Right Leg Amputee from IED blast

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

Why I Compete: To better myself as a person and athlete physically and mentally.

Danielle Pothoof

E-6/SSgt

Danielle Pothoof

E-6/SSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Transportation Operator

Hometown: Bay City, Mich.

Current Location: Springfield, Mo.

Injuries/Illness: Wounded

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

Why I Compete: It gives me a sense of purpose.

Kevin Tamayo

E-4/Cpl

Kevin Tamayo

E-4/Cpl

Status: Active Duty

MOS: CH-53 Helicopter Airframe Mechanic

Hometown: Ocean Township, N.J.

Current Location: Virginia Beach, Va.

Injuries/Illness: GSW chest, left pneumonectomy, left side stroke, TBI/ABI

Events: Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: To demonstrate that even after a serious injury, it does not have to be the end of the road for anyone.

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