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The United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Warrior Care Program strives to provide comprehensive care for our wounded, ill and injured Special Operations Forces service members, incorporating adaptive sports, peer-to-peer support, and healthy/sustainable living programs regardless of the members' impairment or injury. The SOCOM Military Adaptive Sports (MAS) program assists in both the physical and mental recovery and rehabilitation of our colleagues. MAS service members can choose to first participate in unit-level competitions, then the SOCOM Trials and work with expert coaches, sports trainers and nutritionists to prepare for the competitions. Those athletes who demonstrate a team mentality and exceptional talent may be invited to compete in the DoD Warrior Games as representatives of Team SOCOM.

Team SOCOM

Archery

Curtis Allen

E-8/MSG

Curtis Allen

E-8/MSG

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Civil Affairs

Hometown: Torrington, Wyo.

Current Location: Fort Bragg, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: Spinal fusion lower back and neck, TBI, right shoulder replacement

Events: Archery, Cycling, Shooting

Why I Compete: The camaraderie has been one of the most empowering tools in my recovery.

Ben Brodt

E-8/MSG

Ben Brodt

E-8/MSG

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Ground Ordnance Maintenance Chief

Hometown: Orange Co., Va.

Current Location: Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: IED, L Knee, L Shoulder, TBI, PTS

Events: Archery, Field, Shooting

Why I Compete: For the challenge, love of competition.

Christopher Burch

E-6/SSG

Christopher Burch

E-6/SSG

Status: Veteran

MOS: Communications

Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.

Current Location: Washington, D.C.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, Nerve Damage, Arthritis, PTS

Events: Archery, Shooting

Why I Compete: In order to reconnect with a brotherhood of like-minded individuals; to be part of a team again.

Christopher Donaldson

E-8/MSG

Christopher Donaldson

E-8/MSG

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Psychological Operations

Hometown: Fort Madison, Iowa

Current Location: Cameron, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: Neck/back, Full-leg injury

Events: Archery, Cycling, Shooting

Why I Compete: Camaraderie is very important in my life. After my injuries and progressive illness I have found myself unable to participate in normal military physical activities that promote comradery. The warrior games allow me to engage and be part of a team so I can contribute to a team environment. The Warrior Games bring back a feeling of self-worth that has been declining.

Patrick Ferguson

O-3/LT

Patrick Ferguson

O-3/LT

Status: Active Duty

MOS: SEAL Officer

Hometown: Pasadena, Md.

Current Location: Virginia Beach, Va.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTS, limited mobility L Ankle, limited range of motion in neck from injury to the C4 – C7, bilateral knee surgery, constant tinnitus, hearing loss.

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

Why I Compete: I have been able to set personal goals on the bike, and these goals have allowed me to once again realize there is much more ahead for me. To represent NSW in the SOCOM Team in the Warrior Games of 2018 and hopefully a follow up performance at the Invictus games will be a great honor.

Lucio Gaytan

E-7/SFC

Lucio Gaytan

E-7/SFC

Status: Veteran

MOS: 94W - Electronic Maintenance Supervisor

Hometown: Imperial Beach, Calif.

Current Location: Fayetteville, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: Spinal Cord Injury, aggravated while deployed to Afghanistan in 2005

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: Greatest honor of my 22-year military career other than serving in combat. To be able to prove that “I’m not done”.

Charles Horton

E-6/SSG

Charles Horton

E-6/SSG

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Special Operation Capabilities Specialist - Communicator

Hometown: Goldthwaite, Texas

Current Location: Oceanside, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: Anxiety, major depressive disorder, confusional arousal

Events: Archery, Sitting Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: Participating in the Warrior Games gives me that sense of being part of a team again although the real world missions have ended for me.

Brian Hotchkiss

O-3/CPT

Brian Hotchkiss

O-3/CPT

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Infantry

Hometown: Mora, Minn.

Current Location: Fort Stewart, Ga.

Injuries/Illness: IED Blast injury in 2005

Events: Archery, Cycling, Swimming

Why I Compete: To keep setting fitness goals and be around resilient competitors that don’t give up and who tend to be good friends.

Tiffany Hudgins

E-7/GySgt

Tiffany Hudgins

E-7/GySgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Telecommunications Chief

Hometown: Spokane, Wash.

Current Location: Tampa, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: TBI

Events: Archery, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: Provides me an opportunity to connect with other injured athletes from the SOCOM community in a challenging and competitive environment.

Fabian Ramirez

E-6/TSgt

Fabian Ramirez

E-6/TSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Combat Controller

Hometown: Chula Vista, Calif.

Current Location: San Antonio, Texas

Injuries/Illness: TBI

Events: Archery, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming

Why I Compete: Rehabilitation and camaraderie.

Scotty Roessler

E-8/MSG

Scotty Roessler

E-8/MSG

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Special Forces Team Sergeant

Hometown: Kalispell, Mont.

Current Location: Destin, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: PTS, TBI, GSW

Events: Archery, Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: Brotherhood, family, competition, honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Cycling

Curtis Allen

E-8/MSG

Curtis Allen

E-8/MSG

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Civil Affairs

Hometown: Torrington, Wyo.

Current Location: Fort Bragg, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: Spinal fusion lower back and neck, TBI, right shoulder replacement

Events: Archery, Cycling, Shooting

Why I Compete: The camaraderie has been one of the most empowering tools in my recovery.

Vairon Caicedo Ocampo

E-4/SPC

Vairon Caicedo Ocampo

E-4/SPC

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Unit Supply Specialist

Hometown: Tampa, Fla.

Current Location: Fayetteville, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, Follicular lymphoma (non-Hodgkins)

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Track

Why I Compete: I would like to show that I am capable of being healthy and to fight cancer. To let the cancer know that I am a stronger person, and to be a motivational person for others.

Jarrid Collins

E-8/1SG

Jarrid Collins

E-8/1SG

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Special Warfare Medical Group

Hometown: Fayetteville, N.C.

Current Location: Ft. Bragg, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: Left below knee amputee

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Sitting Volleyball, Track

Why I Compete: I believe that the most important thing I’ve learned, though, is that we have a unique platform (from which) to speak for not only wounded warriors, but the military population at large. I believe it is imperative that we, as a group, dissuade the popular narrative of broken vets and show that we have overcome a lot, dug in, rebuilt and continue to thrive. By sharing this message, we can shed the negativity popularized in media and honestly help those in our community that need it, while crossing the military-civilian chasm that we currently have.

Jimmy Covas

E-6/SSG

Jimmy Covas

E-6/SSG

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Psychological Operations

Hometown: Hope Mills, N.C.

Current Location: Raeford, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: GSW while serving in Afghanistan

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball

Why I Compete: The opportunity to be part of a team and represent the Armed Forces, brings a great sense of honor to myself, family and unit.

Christopher Donaldson

E-8/MSG

Christopher Donaldson

E-8/MSG

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Psychological Operations

Hometown: Fort Madison, Iowa

Current Location: Cameron, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: Neck/back, Full-leg injury

Events: Archery, Cycling, Shooting

Why I Compete: Camaraderie is very important in my life. After my injuries and progressive illness I have found myself unable to participate in normal military physical activities that promote comradery. The warrior games allow me to engage and be part of a team so I can contribute to a team environment. The Warrior Games bring back a feeling of self-worth that has been declining.

Patrick Ferguson

O-3/LT

Patrick Ferguson

O-3/LT

Status: Active Duty

MOS: SEAL Officer

Hometown: Pasadena, Md.

Current Location: Virginia Beach, Va.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTS, limited mobility L Ankle, limited range of motion in neck from injury to the C4 – C7, bilateral knee surgery, constant tinnitus, hearing loss.

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

Why I Compete: I have been able to set personal goals on the bike, and these goals have allowed me to once again realize there is much more ahead for me. To represent NSW in the SOCOM Team in the Warrior Games of 2018 and hopefully a follow up performance at the Invictus games will be a great honor.

Lucio Gaytan

E-7/SFC

Lucio Gaytan

E-7/SFC

Status: Veteran

MOS: 94W - Electronic Maintenance Supervisor

Hometown: Imperial Beach, Calif.

Current Location: Fayetteville, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: Spinal Cord Injury, aggravated while deployed to Afghanistan in 2005

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: Greatest honor of my 22-year military career other than serving in combat. To be able to prove that “I’m not done”.

Lee Harvey

O-4/MAJ

Lee Harvey

O-4/MAJ

Status: National Guard

MOS: Special Forces Detachment Commander

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Current Location: El Paso, Texas

Injuries/Illness: Osteoarthritis, Shoulder, Limited ROM

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting

Why I Compete: Participating in the Warrior Games gives me a chance to display the “never quit, never give up” attitude I live my life by. I have always felt my injuries have not stopped me but instead provided me with yet another opportunity to demonstrate my inner grit. I love competition and participating in these tests of strength, speed and will with the men and women of USSOCOM would be an honor.

Zachary Hildebrand

E-6/TSgt

Zachary Hildebrand

E-6/TSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Special Tactics Intel Analyst

Hometown: Eugene, Ore.

Current Location: Cannon AFB, N.M.

Injuries/Illness: Macular edema, central retinal vein occlusion

Events: Cycling, Field, Indoor Rowing

Why I Compete: To build interservice relationships.

Brian Hotchkiss

O-3/CPT

Brian Hotchkiss

O-3/CPT

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Infantry

Hometown: Mora, Minn.

Current Location: Fort Stewart, Ga.

Injuries/Illness: IED Blast injury in 2005

Events: Archery, Cycling, Swimming

Why I Compete: To keep setting fitness goals and be around resilient competitors that don’t give up and who tend to be good friends.

Brant Ireland

E-7/SFC

Brant Ireland

E-7/SFC

Status: Active Duty

MOS: 18F/D - SPECIAL FORCES INTEL/MEDIC

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

Current Location: Willow Spring, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: Left above-the-knee amputation

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

Why I Compete: An opportunity compete as part of a team. A team and an opponent that are truly motivating and inspiring not only on the athletic field, but life in general. There are not many other moments in life that you can be surrounded by selfless, real-life American heroes. It’s a few days to truly experience how great this country truly is.

Keith (AJ) Jackson

E-8/MSG

Keith (AJ) Jackson

E-8/MSG

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Observer Coach Trainer (OCT) Team Sergeant

Hometown: Holts Summit, Mo.

Current Location: Ft. Bragg, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: Hip impingements, Torn and separated left shoulder, prior spine fracture and shoulder dislocation.

Events: Cycling, Shooting, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: In order to raise awareness within the command of the adaptive athletic opportunities for wounded, injured and seriously ill Service Members.

Douglas Norman

E-7/SFC

Douglas Norman

E-7/SFC

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Special Forces Communications Sergeant

Hometown: Casper, Wyo.

Current Location: Cameron, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTSD, Respiratory Lung Disease, Back/shoulder

Events: Cycling, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: Adaptive Sports has been critical part of my recovery. It has given me confidence that has shown me everything that I am capable of doing and reignited my Warrior Spirit something lost in my injuries. The opportunity to represent my command, while competing with other warriors from all the services and countries is an honor.

Francis Reilly

E-7/MSgt

Francis Reilly

E-7/MSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Pararescue

Hometown: Jersey City, N.J.

Current Location: Melbourne, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: Right Complete knee Dislocation with Foot Drop, PTS

Events: Cycling, Sitting Volleyball, Track

Why I Compete: Continue to foster camaraderie with fellow brothers and sisters in arms despite injuries and invisible wounds. Be an example of grace, kindness and love through sport. Keep myself physically and mentally fit.

Scotty Roessler

E-8/MSG

Scotty Roessler

E-8/MSG

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Special Forces Team Sergeant

Hometown: Kalispell, Mont.

Current Location: Destin, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: PTS, TBI, GSW

Events: Archery, Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: Brotherhood, family, competition, honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Michael Toth

E-9/SGM

Michael Toth

E-9/SGM

Status: Veteran

MOS: Special Forces Senior Sergeant

Hometown: Everson, Pa.

Current Location: Valrico, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: Degenerative Disk issues in Back and Neck, arthritis in multiple joints and PTSD

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing

Why I Compete: The Warrior Games give me a goal to focus on and the chance to be around athletes from the other services who have dealt with the same issues I have.

George Vera

E-8/MSG

George Vera

E-8/MSG

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Special Forces Operations Sergeant

Hometown: Swansboro, N.C.

Current Location: Land O’Lakes, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: Paralyzed from the waist down

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Swimming, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: I feel the “team” component will help me. I miss playing sports.

Mario Webb

E-5/SSgt

Mario Webb

E-5/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: RF Transmissions

Hometown: Roanoke Rapids, N.C.

Current Location: Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: Liver transplant

Events: Cycling, Shooting, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: To win.

Adam Ziegler

O-4/MAJ

Adam Ziegler

O-4/MAJ

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Logistics

Hometown: Keokuk, Iowa

Current Location: Clarksville, Tenn.

Injuries/Illness: Ortho, Nerve Damage, Vestibular

Events: Cycling, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball

Field

Ben Brodt

E-8/MSG

Ben Brodt

E-8/MSG

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Ground Ordnance Maintenance Chief

Hometown: Orange Co., Va.

Current Location: Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: IED, L Knee, L Shoulder, TBI, PTS

Events: Archery, Field, Shooting

Why I Compete: For the challenge, love of competition.

Patrick Ferguson

O-3/LT

Patrick Ferguson

O-3/LT

Status: Active Duty

MOS: SEAL Officer

Hometown: Pasadena, Md.

Current Location: Virginia Beach, Va.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTS, limited mobility L Ankle, limited range of motion in neck from injury to the C4 – C7, bilateral knee surgery, constant tinnitus, hearing loss.

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

Why I Compete: I have been able to set personal goals on the bike, and these goals have allowed me to once again realize there is much more ahead for me. To represent NSW in the SOCOM Team in the Warrior Games of 2018 and hopefully a follow up performance at the Invictus games will be a great honor.

Phil Fong

E-7/CPO

Phil Fong

E-7/CPO

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Chief Machinist’s Mate

Hometown: Va.

Current Location: Not Provided

Injuries/Illness: Syncope Episodes from Cerebral Malaria

Events: Field, Powerlifting, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball

Lucio Gaytan

E-7/SFC

Lucio Gaytan

E-7/SFC

Status: Veteran

MOS: 94W - Electronic Maintenance Supervisor

Hometown: Imperial Beach, Calif.

Current Location: Fayetteville, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: Spinal Cord Injury, aggravated while deployed to Afghanistan in 2005

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: Greatest honor of my 22-year military career other than serving in combat. To be able to prove that “I’m not done”.

Zachary Hildebrand

E-6/TSgt

Zachary Hildebrand

E-6/TSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Special Tactics Intel Analyst

Hometown: Eugene, Ore.

Current Location: Cannon AFB, N.M.

Injuries/Illness: Macular edema, central retinal vein occlusion

Events: Cycling, Field, Indoor Rowing

Why I Compete: To build interservice relationships.

James Howard

O-3/CPT

James Howard

O-3/CPT

Status: Veteran

MOS: Combat Engineer

Hometown: Lynchburg, Va.

Current Location: Richmond, Va.

Injuries/Illness: C5-C7 Quadriplegic

Events: Field, Indoor Rowing, Swimming

Why I Compete: I love adaptive Sports. It keeps me mentally and physically healthy. I really enjoy being around other veterans with disabilities, the competition and learning from others. I truly appreciate all those involved that make these events possible and give us the freedom to participate in Adaptive Sports.

Brant Ireland

E-7/SFC

Brant Ireland

E-7/SFC

Status: Active Duty

MOS: 18F/D - SPECIAL FORCES INTEL/MEDIC

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

Current Location: Willow Spring, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: Left above-the-knee amputation

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

Why I Compete: An opportunity compete as part of a team. A team and an opponent that are truly motivating and inspiring not only on the athletic field, but life in general. There are not many other moments in life that you can be surrounded by selfless, real-life American heroes. It’s a few days to truly experience how great this country truly is.

Joe Roberts

E-8/MSG

Joe Roberts

E-8/MSG

Status: Veteran

MOS: Civil Affairs, Infantry

Hometown: King City, Calif.

Current Location: Fayetteville, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, Shrapnel

Events: Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Swimming

Why I Compete: To come full circle, representing my community of wounded, ill and injured veterans.

Indoor Rowing

Daniel Brown

E-6/HM1

Daniel Brown

E-6/HM1

Status: Veteran

MOS: 8403 Special Operations Independent Duty Corpsman

Hometown: Conway, Ark.

Current Location: Dallas, Texas

Injuries/Illness: Blast Wave Concussions/Traumatic Brain Injury

Events: Indoor Rowing, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: The Warrior Games provide an opportunity for me to show that I can perform physically despite my wounds. The games also provide a place to stay connected with my former military community and share knowledge on finding healing and transitioning successfully.

Vairon Caicedo Ocampo

E-4/SPC

Vairon Caicedo Ocampo

E-4/SPC

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Unit Supply Specialist

Hometown: Tampa, Fla.

Current Location: Fayetteville, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, Follicular lymphoma (non-Hodgkins)

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Track

Why I Compete: I would like to show that I am capable of being healthy and to fight cancer. To let the cancer know that I am a stronger person, and to be a motivational person for others.

Jarrid Collins

E-8/1SG

Jarrid Collins

E-8/1SG

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Special Warfare Medical Group

Hometown: Fayetteville, N.C.

Current Location: Ft. Bragg, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: Left below knee amputee

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Sitting Volleyball, Track

Why I Compete: I believe that the most important thing I’ve learned, though, is that we have a unique platform (from which) to speak for not only wounded warriors, but the military population at large. I believe it is imperative that we, as a group, dissuade the popular narrative of broken vets and show that we have overcome a lot, dug in, rebuilt and continue to thrive. By sharing this message, we can shed the negativity popularized in media and honestly help those in our community that need it, while crossing the military-civilian chasm that we currently have.

Jimmy Covas

E-6/SSG

Jimmy Covas

E-6/SSG

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Psychological Operations

Hometown: Hope Mills, N.C.

Current Location: Raeford, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: GSW while serving in Afghanistan

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball

Why I Compete: The opportunity to be part of a team and represent the Armed Forces, brings a great sense of honor to myself, family and unit.

Patrick Ferguson

O-3/LT

Patrick Ferguson

O-3/LT

Status: Active Duty

MOS: SEAL Officer

Hometown: Pasadena, Md.

Current Location: Virginia Beach, Va.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTS, limited mobility L Ankle, limited range of motion in neck from injury to the C4 – C7, bilateral knee surgery, constant tinnitus, hearing loss.

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

Why I Compete: I have been able to set personal goals on the bike, and these goals have allowed me to once again realize there is much more ahead for me. To represent NSW in the SOCOM Team in the Warrior Games of 2018 and hopefully a follow up performance at the Invictus games will be a great honor.

Lee Harvey

O-4/MAJ

Lee Harvey

O-4/MAJ

Status: National Guard

MOS: Special Forces Detachment Commander

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Current Location: El Paso, Texas

Injuries/Illness: Osteoarthritis, Shoulder, Limited ROM

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting

Why I Compete: Participating in the Warrior Games gives me a chance to display the “never quit, never give up” attitude I live my life by. I have always felt my injuries have not stopped me but instead provided me with yet another opportunity to demonstrate my inner grit. I love competition and participating in these tests of strength, speed and will with the men and women of USSOCOM would be an honor.

Zachary Hildebrand

E-6/TSgt

Zachary Hildebrand

E-6/TSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Special Tactics Intel Analyst

Hometown: Eugene, Ore.

Current Location: Cannon AFB, N.M.

Injuries/Illness: Macular edema, central retinal vein occlusion

Events: Cycling, Field, Indoor Rowing

Why I Compete: To build interservice relationships.

James Howard

O-3/CPT

James Howard

O-3/CPT

Status: Veteran

MOS: Combat Engineer

Hometown: Lynchburg, Va.

Current Location: Richmond, Va.

Injuries/Illness: C5-C7 Quadriplegic

Events: Field, Indoor Rowing, Swimming

Why I Compete: I love adaptive Sports. It keeps me mentally and physically healthy. I really enjoy being around other veterans with disabilities, the competition and learning from others. I truly appreciate all those involved that make these events possible and give us the freedom to participate in Adaptive Sports.

Joe Roberts

E-8/MSG

Joe Roberts

E-8/MSG

Status: Veteran

MOS: Civil Affairs, Infantry

Hometown: King City, Calif.

Current Location: Fayetteville, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, Shrapnel

Events: Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Swimming

Why I Compete: To come full circle, representing my community of wounded, ill and injured veterans.

Scotty Roessler

E-8/MSG

Scotty Roessler

E-8/MSG

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Special Forces Team Sergeant

Hometown: Kalispell, Mont.

Current Location: Destin, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: PTS, TBI, GSW

Events: Archery, Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: Brotherhood, family, competition, honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Michael Toth

E-9/SGM

Michael Toth

E-9/SGM

Status: Veteran

MOS: Special Forces Senior Sergeant

Hometown: Everson, Pa.

Current Location: Valrico, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: Degenerative Disk issues in Back and Neck, arthritis in multiple joints and PTSD

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing

Why I Compete: The Warrior Games give me a goal to focus on and the chance to be around athletes from the other services who have dealt with the same issues I have.

George Vera

E-8/MSG

George Vera

E-8/MSG

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Special Forces Operations Sergeant

Hometown: Swansboro, N.C.

Current Location: Land O’Lakes, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: Paralyzed from the waist down

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Swimming, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: I feel the “team” component will help me. I miss playing sports.

Powerlifting

Jimmy Covas

E-6/SSG

Jimmy Covas

E-6/SSG

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Psychological Operations

Hometown: Hope Mills, N.C.

Current Location: Raeford, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: GSW while serving in Afghanistan

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball

Why I Compete: The opportunity to be part of a team and represent the Armed Forces, brings a great sense of honor to myself, family and unit.

Patrick Ferguson

O-3/LT

Patrick Ferguson

O-3/LT

Status: Active Duty

MOS: SEAL Officer

Hometown: Pasadena, Md.

Current Location: Virginia Beach, Va.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTS, limited mobility L Ankle, limited range of motion in neck from injury to the C4 – C7, bilateral knee surgery, constant tinnitus, hearing loss.

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

Why I Compete: I have been able to set personal goals on the bike, and these goals have allowed me to once again realize there is much more ahead for me. To represent NSW in the SOCOM Team in the Warrior Games of 2018 and hopefully a follow up performance at the Invictus games will be a great honor.

Phil Fong

E-7/CPO

Phil Fong

E-7/CPO

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Chief Machinist’s Mate

Hometown: Va.

Current Location: Not Provided

Injuries/Illness: Syncope Episodes from Cerebral Malaria

Events: Field, Powerlifting, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball

Lee Harvey

O-4/MAJ

Lee Harvey

O-4/MAJ

Status: National Guard

MOS: Special Forces Detachment Commander

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Current Location: El Paso, Texas

Injuries/Illness: Osteoarthritis, Shoulder, Limited ROM

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting

Why I Compete: Participating in the Warrior Games gives me a chance to display the “never quit, never give up” attitude I live my life by. I have always felt my injuries have not stopped me but instead provided me with yet another opportunity to demonstrate my inner grit. I love competition and participating in these tests of strength, speed and will with the men and women of USSOCOM would be an honor.

Joe Roberts

E-8/MSG

Joe Roberts

E-8/MSG

Status: Veteran

MOS: Civil Affairs, Infantry

Hometown: King City, Calif.

Current Location: Fayetteville, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, Shrapnel

Events: Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Swimming

Why I Compete: To come full circle, representing my community of wounded, ill and injured veterans.

Scotty Roessler

E-8/MSG

Scotty Roessler

E-8/MSG

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Special Forces Team Sergeant

Hometown: Kalispell, Mont.

Current Location: Destin, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: PTS, TBI, GSW

Events: Archery, Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: Brotherhood, family, competition, honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Shooting

Curtis Allen

E-8/MSG

Curtis Allen

E-8/MSG

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Civil Affairs

Hometown: Torrington, Wyo.

Current Location: Fort Bragg, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: Spinal fusion lower back and neck, TBI, right shoulder replacement

Events: Archery, Cycling, Shooting

Why I Compete: The camaraderie has been one of the most empowering tools in my recovery.

Ben Brodt

E-8/MSG

Ben Brodt

E-8/MSG

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Ground Ordnance Maintenance Chief

Hometown: Orange Co., Va.

Current Location: Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: IED, L Knee, L Shoulder, TBI, PTS

Events: Archery, Field, Shooting

Why I Compete: For the challenge, love of competition.

Christopher Burch

E-6/SSG

Christopher Burch

E-6/SSG

Status: Veteran

MOS: Communications

Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.

Current Location: Washington, D.C.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, Nerve Damage, Arthritis, PTS

Events: Archery, Shooting

Why I Compete: In order to reconnect with a brotherhood of like-minded individuals; to be part of a team again.

Jimmy Covas

E-6/SSG

Jimmy Covas

E-6/SSG

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Psychological Operations

Hometown: Hope Mills, N.C.

Current Location: Raeford, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: GSW while serving in Afghanistan

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball

Why I Compete: The opportunity to be part of a team and represent the Armed Forces, brings a great sense of honor to myself, family and unit.

Daniel DeWent

E-8/SMSgt

Daniel DeWent

E-8/SMSgt

Status: Active Duty (Terminal Leave)

MOS: Intelligence

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Mich.

Current Location: Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio

Injuries/Illness: PTS, Depression, Anxiety

Events: Shooting, Swimming

Why I Compete: Because I feel normal when I am around other Wounded Warriors, and I am a type A person. I love to push my body see what it is capable of.

Christopher Donaldson

E-8/MSG

Christopher Donaldson

E-8/MSG

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Psychological Operations

Hometown: Fort Madison, Iowa

Current Location: Cameron, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: Neck/back, Full-leg injury

Events: Archery, Cycling, Shooting

Why I Compete: Camaraderie is very important in my life. After my injuries and progressive illness I have found myself unable to participate in normal military physical activities that promote comradery. The warrior games allow me to engage and be part of a team so I can contribute to a team environment. The Warrior Games bring back a feeling of self-worth that has been declining.

Patrick Ferguson

O-3/LT

Patrick Ferguson

O-3/LT

Status: Active Duty

MOS: SEAL Officer

Hometown: Pasadena, Md.

Current Location: Virginia Beach, Va.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTS, limited mobility L Ankle, limited range of motion in neck from injury to the C4 – C7, bilateral knee surgery, constant tinnitus, hearing loss.

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

Why I Compete: I have been able to set personal goals on the bike, and these goals have allowed me to once again realize there is much more ahead for me. To represent NSW in the SOCOM Team in the Warrior Games of 2018 and hopefully a follow up performance at the Invictus games will be a great honor.

Phillip Hanback

E-8/1SG

Phillip Hanback

E-8/1SG

Status: Veteran

MOS: 74D5S – SOF CBRN

Hometown: Adel, Ga.

Current Location: Adel, Ga.

Injuries/Illness: Lower Back Injury, Multiple mTBIs, PTSD

Events: Shooting, Sitting Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: I first encountered MASP/WWASP during my tenure as a WTU First Sergeant at Fort Carson, CO and realized that it provides a tremendous healing advantage. MASP/ WWARP also supported me throughout my initial recovery from my back injury. Being fit and my overall wellbeing are very important to me and MASP/ WWARP will provide me with proper adaptive equipment, coaching, mentorship, and camaraderie that will continue to aid with my recovery and will aid with adapting to retirement. The Warrior Games will be a good way to see how far I have come as well as a way to truly immerse myself in the camaraderie that I have been missing since I retired.

Keith (AJ) Jackson

E-8/MSG

Keith (AJ) Jackson

E-8/MSG

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Observer Coach Trainer (OCT) Team Sergeant

Hometown: Holts Summit, Mo.

Current Location: Ft. Bragg, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: Hip impingements, Torn and separated left shoulder, prior spine fracture and shoulder dislocation.

Events: Cycling, Shooting, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: In order to raise awareness within the command of the adaptive athletic opportunities for wounded, injured and seriously ill Service Members.

Russ Slocum

O-5/CDR

Russ Slocum

O-5/CDR

Status: Veteran

MOS: Special Operations Officer (Diving)

Hometown: Denver, Colo.

Current Location: Parker, Colo.

Injuries/Illness: TBI; Right shoulder; back injuries

Events: Shooting, Swimming

Why I Compete: I am honored to be a representative for SOCOM at the 2018 warrior games. I’m always striving to better myself and since my injuries, competition has been very therapeutic. The Warrior Games gives me the opportunity to compete and interact with my brothers / sisters at arms.

Henry Taylor

E-8/MSG

Henry Taylor

E-8/MSG

Status: Veteran

MOS: Civil Affairs NCO

Hometown: Columbus, Ga.

Current Location: Smiths Station, Ala.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTDS, Bilateral Achilles tendon Repairs, and Shoulders and Spinal Injuries

Events: Shooting, Sitting Volleyball

Why I Compete: It’s an honor to be a part of the Warrior Games! I’m a competitive person by nature, and competing in the warrior games allows me the opportunity to continue competing. As some would say “Now I have a mission, a reason to train, something I can plan and focus on.” Again it’s an honor to be around other warriors who may feel the same way I feel and to be able to share that experience with those men and women from different branches of the armed forces.

Mario Webb

E-5/SSgt

Mario Webb

E-5/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: RF Transmissions

Hometown: Roanoke Rapids, N.C.

Current Location: Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: Liver transplant

Events: Cycling, Shooting, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: To win.

Adam Ziegler

O-4/MAJ

Adam Ziegler

O-4/MAJ

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Logistics

Hometown: Keokuk, Iowa

Current Location: Clarksville, Tenn.

Injuries/Illness: Ortho, Nerve Damage, Vestibular

Events: Cycling, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball

Sitting Volleyball

Jarrid Collins

E-8/1SG

Jarrid Collins

E-8/1SG

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Special Warfare Medical Group

Hometown: Fayetteville, N.C.

Current Location: Ft. Bragg, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: Left below knee amputee

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Sitting Volleyball, Track

Why I Compete: I believe that the most important thing I’ve learned, though, is that we have a unique platform (from which) to speak for not only wounded warriors, but the military population at large. I believe it is imperative that we, as a group, dissuade the popular narrative of broken vets and show that we have overcome a lot, dug in, rebuilt and continue to thrive. By sharing this message, we can shed the negativity popularized in media and honestly help those in our community that need it, while crossing the military-civilian chasm that we currently have.

Jimmy Covas

E-6/SSG

Jimmy Covas

E-6/SSG

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Psychological Operations

Hometown: Hope Mills, N.C.

Current Location: Raeford, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: GSW while serving in Afghanistan

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball

Why I Compete: The opportunity to be part of a team and represent the Armed Forces, brings a great sense of honor to myself, family and unit.

Phillip Hanback

E-8/1SG

Phillip Hanback

E-8/1SG

Status: Veteran

MOS: 74D5S – SOF CBRN

Hometown: Adel, Ga.

Current Location: Adel, Ga.

Injuries/Illness: Lower Back Injury, Multiple mTBIs, PTSD

Events: Shooting, Sitting Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: I first encountered MASP/WWASP during my tenure as a WTU First Sergeant at Fort Carson, CO and realized that it provides a tremendous healing advantage. MASP/ WWARP also supported me throughout my initial recovery from my back injury. Being fit and my overall wellbeing are very important to me and MASP/ WWARP will provide me with proper adaptive equipment, coaching, mentorship, and camaraderie that will continue to aid with my recovery and will aid with adapting to retirement. The Warrior Games will be a good way to see how far I have come as well as a way to truly immerse myself in the camaraderie that I have been missing since I retired.

Charles Horton

E-6/SSG

Charles Horton

E-6/SSG

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Special Operation Capabilities Specialist - Communicator

Hometown: Goldthwaite, Texas

Current Location: Oceanside, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: Anxiety, major depressive disorder, confusional arousal

Events: Archery, Sitting Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: Participating in the Warrior Games gives me that sense of being part of a team again although the real world missions have ended for me.

Brant Ireland

E-7/SFC

Brant Ireland

E-7/SFC

Status: Active Duty

MOS: 18F/D - SPECIAL FORCES INTEL/MEDIC

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

Current Location: Willow Spring, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: Left above-the-knee amputation

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

Why I Compete: An opportunity compete as part of a team. A team and an opponent that are truly motivating and inspiring not only on the athletic field, but life in general. There are not many other moments in life that you can be surrounded by selfless, real-life American heroes. It’s a few days to truly experience how great this country truly is.

Lauren Montoya

E-6/SSG

Lauren Montoya

E-6/SSG

Status: Active Duty

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Current Location: Tampa, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: Left below-knee amputee, mTBI

Events: Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: The Warrior Games provides a unique experience to service members that have gone through traumatic injuries or illnesses to compete athletically at a high level, when most of us were told we would probably never perform at high levels ever again. Warrior Games also provides an outlet to individuals to interact with other people who have survived and thrived post injury or illness. Warrior Games also gives athletes the ability to represent their service branch whether they were able to continue their service or ultimately had to retire from service.

Douglas Norman

E-7/SFC

Douglas Norman

E-7/SFC

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Special Forces Communications Sergeant

Hometown: Casper, Wyo.

Current Location: Cameron, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTSD, Respiratory Lung Disease, Back/shoulder

Events: Cycling, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: Adaptive Sports has been critical part of my recovery. It has given me confidence that has shown me everything that I am capable of doing and reignited my Warrior Spirit something lost in my injuries. The opportunity to represent my command, while competing with other warriors from all the services and countries is an honor.

Fabian Ramirez

E-6/TSgt

Fabian Ramirez

E-6/TSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Combat Controller

Hometown: Chula Vista, Calif.

Current Location: San Antonio, Texas

Injuries/Illness: TBI

Events: Archery, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming

Why I Compete: Rehabilitation and camaraderie.

Francis Reilly

E-7/MSgt

Francis Reilly

E-7/MSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Pararescue

Hometown: Jersey City, N.J.

Current Location: Melbourne, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: Right Complete knee Dislocation with Foot Drop, PTS

Events: Cycling, Sitting Volleyball, Track

Why I Compete: Continue to foster camaraderie with fellow brothers and sisters in arms despite injuries and invisible wounds. Be an example of grace, kindness and love through sport. Keep myself physically and mentally fit.

Henry Taylor

E-8/MSG

Henry Taylor

E-8/MSG

Status: Veteran

MOS: Civil Affairs NCO

Hometown: Columbus, Ga.

Current Location: Smiths Station, Ala.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTDS, Bilateral Achilles tendon Repairs, and Shoulders and Spinal Injuries

Events: Shooting, Sitting Volleyball

Why I Compete: It’s an honor to be a part of the Warrior Games! I’m a competitive person by nature, and competing in the warrior games allows me the opportunity to continue competing. As some would say “Now I have a mission, a reason to train, something I can plan and focus on.” Again it’s an honor to be around other warriors who may feel the same way I feel and to be able to share that experience with those men and women from different branches of the armed forces.

Adam Ziegler

O-4/MAJ

Adam Ziegler

O-4/MAJ

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Logistics

Hometown: Keokuk, Iowa

Current Location: Clarksville, Tenn.

Injuries/Illness: Ortho, Nerve Damage, Vestibular

Events: Cycling, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball

Swimming

Daniel Brown

E-6/HM1

Daniel Brown

E-6/HM1

Status: Veteran

MOS: 8403 Special Operations Independent Duty Corpsman

Hometown: Conway, Ark.

Current Location: Dallas, Texas

Injuries/Illness: Blast Wave Concussions/Traumatic Brain Injury

Events: Indoor Rowing, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: The Warrior Games provide an opportunity for me to show that I can perform physically despite my wounds. The games also provide a place to stay connected with my former military community and share knowledge on finding healing and transitioning successfully.

Daniel DeWent

E-8/SMSgt

Daniel DeWent

E-8/SMSgt

Status: Active Duty (Terminal Leave)

MOS: Intelligence

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Mich.

Current Location: Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio

Injuries/Illness: PTS, Depression, Anxiety

Events: Shooting, Swimming

Why I Compete: Because I feel normal when I am around other Wounded Warriors, and I am a type A person. I love to push my body see what it is capable of.

Patrick Ferguson

O-3/LT

Patrick Ferguson

O-3/LT

Status: Active Duty

MOS: SEAL Officer

Hometown: Pasadena, Md.

Current Location: Virginia Beach, Va.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTS, limited mobility L Ankle, limited range of motion in neck from injury to the C4 – C7, bilateral knee surgery, constant tinnitus, hearing loss.

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

Why I Compete: I have been able to set personal goals on the bike, and these goals have allowed me to once again realize there is much more ahead for me. To represent NSW in the SOCOM Team in the Warrior Games of 2018 and hopefully a follow up performance at the Invictus games will be a great honor.

Phil Fong

E-7/CPO

Phil Fong

E-7/CPO

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Chief Machinist’s Mate

Hometown: Va.

Current Location: Not Provided

Injuries/Illness: Syncope Episodes from Cerebral Malaria

Events: Field, Powerlifting, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball

Lucio Gaytan

E-7/SFC

Lucio Gaytan

E-7/SFC

Status: Veteran

MOS: 94W - Electronic Maintenance Supervisor

Hometown: Imperial Beach, Calif.

Current Location: Fayetteville, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: Spinal Cord Injury, aggravated while deployed to Afghanistan in 2005

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: Greatest honor of my 22-year military career other than serving in combat. To be able to prove that “I’m not done”.

Brian Hotchkiss

O-3/CPT

Brian Hotchkiss

O-3/CPT

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Infantry

Hometown: Mora, Minn.

Current Location: Fort Stewart, Ga.

Injuries/Illness: IED Blast injury in 2005

Events: Archery, Cycling, Swimming

Why I Compete: To keep setting fitness goals and be around resilient competitors that don’t give up and who tend to be good friends.

James Howard

O-3/CPT

James Howard

O-3/CPT

Status: Veteran

MOS: Combat Engineer

Hometown: Lynchburg, Va.

Current Location: Richmond, Va.

Injuries/Illness: C5-C7 Quadriplegic

Events: Field, Indoor Rowing, Swimming

Why I Compete: I love adaptive Sports. It keeps me mentally and physically healthy. I really enjoy being around other veterans with disabilities, the competition and learning from others. I truly appreciate all those involved that make these events possible and give us the freedom to participate in Adaptive Sports.

Tiffany Hudgins

E-7/GySgt

Tiffany Hudgins

E-7/GySgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Telecommunications Chief

Hometown: Spokane, Wash.

Current Location: Tampa, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: TBI

Events: Archery, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: Provides me an opportunity to connect with other injured athletes from the SOCOM community in a challenging and competitive environment.

Brant Ireland

E-7/SFC

Brant Ireland

E-7/SFC

Status: Active Duty

MOS: 18F/D - SPECIAL FORCES INTEL/MEDIC

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

Current Location: Willow Spring, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: Left above-the-knee amputation

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

Why I Compete: An opportunity compete as part of a team. A team and an opponent that are truly motivating and inspiring not only on the athletic field, but life in general. There are not many other moments in life that you can be surrounded by selfless, real-life American heroes. It’s a few days to truly experience how great this country truly is.

Lauren Montoya

E-6/SSG

Lauren Montoya

E-6/SSG

Status: Active Duty

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Current Location: Tampa, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: Left below-knee amputee, mTBI

Events: Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: The Warrior Games provides a unique experience to service members that have gone through traumatic injuries or illnesses to compete athletically at a high level, when most of us were told we would probably never perform at high levels ever again. Warrior Games also provides an outlet to individuals to interact with other people who have survived and thrived post injury or illness. Warrior Games also gives athletes the ability to represent their service branch whether they were able to continue their service or ultimately had to retire from service.

Douglas Norman

E-7/SFC

Douglas Norman

E-7/SFC

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Special Forces Communications Sergeant

Hometown: Casper, Wyo.

Current Location: Cameron, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTSD, Respiratory Lung Disease, Back/shoulder

Events: Cycling, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: Adaptive Sports has been critical part of my recovery. It has given me confidence that has shown me everything that I am capable of doing and reignited my Warrior Spirit something lost in my injuries. The opportunity to represent my command, while competing with other warriors from all the services and countries is an honor.

Fabian Ramirez

E-6/TSgt

Fabian Ramirez

E-6/TSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Combat Controller

Hometown: Chula Vista, Calif.

Current Location: San Antonio, Texas

Injuries/Illness: TBI

Events: Archery, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming

Why I Compete: Rehabilitation and camaraderie.

Joe Roberts

E-8/MSG

Joe Roberts

E-8/MSG

Status: Veteran

MOS: Civil Affairs, Infantry

Hometown: King City, Calif.

Current Location: Fayetteville, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, Shrapnel

Events: Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Swimming

Why I Compete: To come full circle, representing my community of wounded, ill and injured veterans.

Russ Slocum

O-5/CDR

Russ Slocum

O-5/CDR

Status: Veteran

MOS: Special Operations Officer (Diving)

Hometown: Denver, Colo.

Current Location: Parker, Colo.

Injuries/Illness: TBI; Right shoulder; back injuries

Events: Shooting, Swimming

Why I Compete: I am honored to be a representative for SOCOM at the 2018 warrior games. I’m always striving to better myself and since my injuries, competition has been very therapeutic. The Warrior Games gives me the opportunity to compete and interact with my brothers / sisters at arms.

George Vera

E-8/MSG

George Vera

E-8/MSG

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Special Forces Operations Sergeant

Hometown: Swansboro, N.C.

Current Location: Land O’Lakes, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: Paralyzed from the waist down

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Swimming, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: I feel the “team” component will help me. I miss playing sports.

Track

Daniel Brown

E-6/HM1

Daniel Brown

E-6/HM1

Status: Veteran

MOS: 8403 Special Operations Independent Duty Corpsman

Hometown: Conway, Ark.

Current Location: Dallas, Texas

Injuries/Illness: Blast Wave Concussions/Traumatic Brain Injury

Events: Indoor Rowing, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: The Warrior Games provide an opportunity for me to show that I can perform physically despite my wounds. The games also provide a place to stay connected with my former military community and share knowledge on finding healing and transitioning successfully.

Vairon Caicedo Ocampo

E-4/SPC

Vairon Caicedo Ocampo

E-4/SPC

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Unit Supply Specialist

Hometown: Tampa, Fla.

Current Location: Fayetteville, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, Follicular lymphoma (non-Hodgkins)

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Track

Why I Compete: I would like to show that I am capable of being healthy and to fight cancer. To let the cancer know that I am a stronger person, and to be a motivational person for others.

Jarrid Collins

E-8/1SG

Jarrid Collins

E-8/1SG

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Special Warfare Medical Group

Hometown: Fayetteville, N.C.

Current Location: Ft. Bragg, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: Left below knee amputee

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Sitting Volleyball, Track

Why I Compete: I believe that the most important thing I’ve learned, though, is that we have a unique platform (from which) to speak for not only wounded warriors, but the military population at large. I believe it is imperative that we, as a group, dissuade the popular narrative of broken vets and show that we have overcome a lot, dug in, rebuilt and continue to thrive. By sharing this message, we can shed the negativity popularized in media and honestly help those in our community that need it, while crossing the military-civilian chasm that we currently have.

Patrick Ferguson

O-3/LT

Patrick Ferguson

O-3/LT

Status: Active Duty

MOS: SEAL Officer

Hometown: Pasadena, Md.

Current Location: Virginia Beach, Va.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTS, limited mobility L Ankle, limited range of motion in neck from injury to the C4 – C7, bilateral knee surgery, constant tinnitus, hearing loss.

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

Why I Compete: I have been able to set personal goals on the bike, and these goals have allowed me to once again realize there is much more ahead for me. To represent NSW in the SOCOM Team in the Warrior Games of 2018 and hopefully a follow up performance at the Invictus games will be a great honor.

Tiffany Hudgins

E-7/GySgt

Tiffany Hudgins

E-7/GySgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Telecommunications Chief

Hometown: Spokane, Wash.

Current Location: Tampa, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: TBI

Events: Archery, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: Provides me an opportunity to connect with other injured athletes from the SOCOM community in a challenging and competitive environment.

Brant Ireland

E-7/SFC

Brant Ireland

E-7/SFC

Status: Active Duty

MOS: 18F/D - SPECIAL FORCES INTEL/MEDIC

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

Current Location: Willow Spring, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: Left above-the-knee amputation

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

Why I Compete: An opportunity compete as part of a team. A team and an opponent that are truly motivating and inspiring not only on the athletic field, but life in general. There are not many other moments in life that you can be surrounded by selfless, real-life American heroes. It’s a few days to truly experience how great this country truly is.

Lauren Montoya

E-6/SSG

Lauren Montoya

E-6/SSG

Status: Active Duty

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Current Location: Tampa, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: Left below-knee amputee, mTBI

Events: Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: The Warrior Games provides a unique experience to service members that have gone through traumatic injuries or illnesses to compete athletically at a high level, when most of us were told we would probably never perform at high levels ever again. Warrior Games also provides an outlet to individuals to interact with other people who have survived and thrived post injury or illness. Warrior Games also gives athletes the ability to represent their service branch whether they were able to continue their service or ultimately had to retire from service.

Douglas Norman

E-7/SFC

Douglas Norman

E-7/SFC

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Special Forces Communications Sergeant

Hometown: Casper, Wyo.

Current Location: Cameron, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: TBI, PTSD, Respiratory Lung Disease, Back/shoulder

Events: Cycling, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Track

Why I Compete: Adaptive Sports has been critical part of my recovery. It has given me confidence that has shown me everything that I am capable of doing and reignited my Warrior Spirit something lost in my injuries. The opportunity to represent my command, while competing with other warriors from all the services and countries is an honor.

Francis Reilly

E-7/MSgt

Francis Reilly

E-7/MSgt

Status: Veteran

MOS: Pararescue

Hometown: Jersey City, N.J.

Current Location: Melbourne, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: Right Complete knee Dislocation with Foot Drop, PTS

Events: Cycling, Sitting Volleyball, Track

Why I Compete: Continue to foster camaraderie with fellow brothers and sisters in arms despite injuries and invisible wounds. Be an example of grace, kindness and love through sport. Keep myself physically and mentally fit.

George Vera

E-8/MSG

George Vera

E-8/MSG

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Special Forces Operations Sergeant

Hometown: Swansboro, N.C.

Current Location: Land O’Lakes, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: Paralyzed from the waist down

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Swimming, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: I feel the “team” component will help me. I miss playing sports.

Wheelchair Basketball

Phil Fong

E-7/CPO

Phil Fong

E-7/CPO

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Chief Machinist’s Mate

Hometown: Va.

Current Location: Not Provided

Injuries/Illness: Syncope Episodes from Cerebral Malaria

Events: Field, Powerlifting, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball

Lucio Gaytan

E-7/SFC

Lucio Gaytan

E-7/SFC

Status: Veteran

MOS: 94W - Electronic Maintenance Supervisor

Hometown: Imperial Beach, Calif.

Current Location: Fayetteville, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: Spinal Cord Injury, aggravated while deployed to Afghanistan in 2005

Events: Archery, Cycling, Field, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: Greatest honor of my 22-year military career other than serving in combat. To be able to prove that “I’m not done”.

Phillip Hanback

E-8/1SG

Phillip Hanback

E-8/1SG

Status: Veteran

MOS: 74D5S – SOF CBRN

Hometown: Adel, Ga.

Current Location: Adel, Ga.

Injuries/Illness: Lower Back Injury, Multiple mTBIs, PTSD

Events: Shooting, Sitting Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: I first encountered MASP/WWASP during my tenure as a WTU First Sergeant at Fort Carson, CO and realized that it provides a tremendous healing advantage. MASP/ WWARP also supported me throughout my initial recovery from my back injury. Being fit and my overall wellbeing are very important to me and MASP/ WWARP will provide me with proper adaptive equipment, coaching, mentorship, and camaraderie that will continue to aid with my recovery and will aid with adapting to retirement. The Warrior Games will be a good way to see how far I have come as well as a way to truly immerse myself in the camaraderie that I have been missing since I retired.

Charles Horton

E-6/SSG

Charles Horton

E-6/SSG

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Special Operation Capabilities Specialist - Communicator

Hometown: Goldthwaite, Texas

Current Location: Oceanside, Calif.

Injuries/Illness: Anxiety, major depressive disorder, confusional arousal

Events: Archery, Sitting Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: Participating in the Warrior Games gives me that sense of being part of a team again although the real world missions have ended for me.

Keith (AJ) Jackson

E-8/MSG

Keith (AJ) Jackson

E-8/MSG

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Observer Coach Trainer (OCT) Team Sergeant

Hometown: Holts Summit, Mo.

Current Location: Ft. Bragg, N.C.

Injuries/Illness: Hip impingements, Torn and separated left shoulder, prior spine fracture and shoulder dislocation.

Events: Cycling, Shooting, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: In order to raise awareness within the command of the adaptive athletic opportunities for wounded, injured and seriously ill Service Members.

Scotty Roessler

E-8/MSG

Scotty Roessler

E-8/MSG

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Special Forces Team Sergeant

Hometown: Kalispell, Mont.

Current Location: Destin, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: PTS, TBI, GSW

Events: Archery, Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: Brotherhood, family, competition, honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

George Vera

E-8/MSG

George Vera

E-8/MSG

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Special Forces Operations Sergeant

Hometown: Swansboro, N.C.

Current Location: Land O’Lakes, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: Paralyzed from the waist down

Events: Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Swimming, Track, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: I feel the “team” component will help me. I miss playing sports.

Mario Webb

E-5/SSgt

Mario Webb

E-5/SSgt

Status: Active Duty

MOS: RF Transmissions

Hometown: Roanoke Rapids, N.C.

Current Location: Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.

Injuries/Illness: Liver transplant

Events: Cycling, Shooting, Wheelchair Basketball

Why I Compete: To win.

Adam Ziegler

O-4/MAJ

Adam Ziegler

O-4/MAJ

Status: Active Duty

MOS: Logistics

Hometown: Keokuk, Iowa

Current Location: Clarksville, Tenn.

Injuries/Illness: Ortho, Nerve Damage, Vestibular

Events: Cycling, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball