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April 11, 2014

Nellis sets up for first AF Wounded Warrior Team Trials

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Setting up transportation, supplying seating and providing sports equipment were just a few of the items on the laundry list of things to do in preparation for the 2014 Air Force Wounded Warrior Team Trials here April 7.

With this competition being the first of its kind, Nellis AFB along with the wounded warrior planning team created a schedule of events from the ground up.

Tech. Sgt. Nichole Sedesse, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center ceremonies NCO in-charge, knows the importance of her job and what others have done to contribute in planning and executing the competition.

“Outdoor recreation was utilized to provide the bleachers, security forces for parking and here at protocol we created the script,” Sedesse said. “It’s a joint effort.”

The three week planning process also involved extensive cooperation from the 99th Mission Support Group.

“All units in the 99th MSG are taking part in this preparation,” said 2nd Lt. Liza Flint, 99th Force Support Squadron section commander. “Vehicles from the Logistics Readiness Squadron [are being used], and the civil engineering squadron have set up generators and laid down [decorative] rocks.”

In conjunction with the 99th MSG, some of the Las Vegas community facilities also contributed resources for the event.

“We are using the University of Nevada Las Vegas for the swimming competition and Rancho High School for track and field,” Flint said.

In the future, Flint expects to see Nellis as the host base for the Wounded Warrior trials because of its location, equipment and accommodating staff.

With the help of the Airmen, volunteers and Las Vegas community working around the clock, this event was able to serve its’ purpose to aid in the recovery of wounded warriors by adapted sports camps.

“This is the first ever Wounded Warrior Selection Camp and Nellis AFB had the honor to support and host,” Flint said. “With only being active duty for less than 2 years, I have never experienced so much support and willingness from ‘My Air Force Team’ to get such a huge line of events in order.”

At the end of the trials 40 people will be chosen to compete in the Warrior Games held in Colorado. These games will be used to select approximately 25 people to represent the United States at the Invictus Games held in the United Kingdom this fall.




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