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April 11, 2014

Competition heats up: AF wounded warriors display athletic prowess

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler

Warrior athletes listen to instructions before a seated volleyball practice at the Air Force Wounded Warrior Team Trials at the Warrior Fitness Center, April 7 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Fitness and teamwork are a way of military life. Serious illness or injury can profoundly impact that way of life. Adaptive athletic reconditioning helps wounded warriors build strength and endurance, while they draw inspiration from their teammates.
 

U.S. Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nadine Barclay

Wounded Warriors leave the starting blocks at the start of the men’s 100-meter race during the Air Force Wounded Warrior Team Trials, April 8 at Rancho High School, Las Vegas. The athletes will be participating in adaptive athletic reconditioning, which are athletic activities that are modified to meet the abilities of injured or ill individuals.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo

Air Force wounded warrior participants and staff members cheer and clap for (Ret.) Staff Sgt. Daniel Crane during a swimming race at the Air Force Wounded Warrior Team Trials at the at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Natatorium swimming pool April 7. Crane won first place in the 50-meter swimming freestyle for upper body impairment competition.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo

Capt. Sarah Evans, member of the 59th Medical Wing Patients Squadron, dives during a swimming race at the Air Force Wounded Warrior Team Trials at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Natatorium swimming pool, April 7. Evans won first place in the women’s 50-meter freestyle swimming competition.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nadine Barclay

Capt. Sarah Evans, 59th Medical Wing Patient Squadron, swims during the Air Force Wounded Warrior Team Trials at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Natatorium swimming pool, April 7. Evans placed first in the women’s 50-meter freestyle race.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler

Warrior athlete Kamee Mayfield prepares to block a shot during seat volleyball practice at the Air Force Wounded Warrior Team Trials at the Warrior Fitness Center, April 7 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Adaptive athletic reconditioning is proven to have positive lasting effects on recovering service members’ physical and emotional well-being. By supporting the trials, the Air Force is demonstrating its commitment to wounded warriors and their families.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler

Warrior athlete Colby Dean prepares to shoot a lay-up during the Air Force Wounded Warrior Team Trials at the Warrior Fitness Center, April 7 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The goal of the Air Force Trials is to identify the most skilled wounded warrior athletes and end the event with two specific teams selected. Air Force Wounded Warrior’s main goal is to return Airmen to duty, and when that is not possible, to work with collaboratively with federal agencies and local organizations to ensure a service member’s successful reintegration back into his or her community.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Tam

Warrior athlete Kevin Taylor, practices archery during the Air Force Wounded Warrior Team Trials April 9 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Athletes participating in the trials are service members with upper-body, lower-body, and spinal cord injuries serious illnesses, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairment, and post-traumatic stress disorder.




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