Sports

April 13, 2012

Nellis Airman one of 29 Athletes selected for 2012 Warrior Games AF team

By Eric M. Grill
Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Twenty-nine Air Force athletes will compete for gold after being chosen to represent the service at the 2012 Warrior Games. Included as a team member is Master Sgt. Christopher Aguilera, representing Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.

Warrior Games is an Olympic-style event open to all wounded, ill and injured military members and veterans. This year’s events are scheduled to take place April 30 through May 5 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The Air Force team will compete against teams from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard. Additionally, 20 volunteers from the United Kingdom’s Armed Forces will also compete as guest athletes.

 

Athletes for the 2012 Air Force team are:

Maj. Scott Bullis, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

Maj. Gregg Rich, Robins AFB, Ga.

Retired Maj. Gwendolyn Sheppard, Brown Deer, Wis.

Capt. Anthony Simone, Chicago, Ill.

1st Lt. Ryan McGuire, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Retired Chief Master Sgt. Damian T. Orslene, Ocean Springs, Miss.

Senior Master Sgt. Michael Sanders, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska

Retired Senior Master Sgt. Noel Sepulveda, Severen, Md.

Retired Senior Master Sgt. George Stiltner, Wilburton, Okla.

Master Sgt. Christopher Aguilera, Nellis AFB, Nev.

Retired Master Sgt. Kimberly K. Bradshaw, Yorktown, Va.

Retired Master Sgt. Kenneth Gestring, Ocean Springs, Miss.

Master Sgt. Benjamin Horton, Peterson AFB, Colo.

Retired Tech. Sgt. Corey Carter, Columbus, Ohio

Tech. Sgt. Kevin Murphy, Grand Forks AFB, N.D.

Tech. Sgt. Kathryn Robinson, March Air Reserve Base, Calif.

Tech. Sgt. Keith Sekora, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Tech. Sgt. Christopher Wolff, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Retired Tech. Sgt. William Wymore, St. Charles, Mo.

Former Staff Sgt. Claude E. Owens, Beavercreek, Ohio

Retired Staff Sgt. Stacey L. Pearsall, Goose Creek, S.C.

Former Staff Sgt. Elmer M. Sanders, California City, Calif.

Retired Staff Sergeant Jack L. Shaw, Marine on the Croix, Minn.

Former Staff Sgt. Adam Tanverdi, Potomac Falls, Va.

Retired Staff Sgt. Kevin Taylor, Satellite Beach, Fla.

Retired Senior Airman Kendell Madden, Destin, Fla.

Former Senior Airman Jeffrey Odom, San Diego

Retired Senior Airman Jennifer M. Stone, Denver

Retired Airman 1st Class Ramina Oraha, Chicago

 

The Warrior Games was created in 2010 as an introduction to Paralympic sports for injured service members and veterans.

This year’s team is nearly a 50/50 mix of veteran players and rookies. Their disabilities range from post-traumatic stress disorder to traumatic brain injury, quadriplegia, kidney disease and leg amputation. The team members will compete in seven sports — wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, archery, swimming, track and field, shooting and cycling.

Maj. James Bales, the 2010 Air Force Male Athlete of the Year, from Peterson AFB, Colo., will coach the 2012 team.

The games are not about medals but helping wounded warriors recover from injury, Bales said when he was selected to be the Air Force’s 2012 Warrior Games head coach.

“At the end of the day, it is about looking back and seeing how far wounded warriors have come and celebrating their triumph over their injuries,” he said. “Warrior Games is about each wounded warrior competing at the best of his or her ability.”

For more information about the 2012 Warrior Games, visit 2012 Warrior Games. For more information about Air Force wounded warriors, visit www.woundedwarriors.af.mil.




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