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Team Air Force wheelchair basketball coach Mark Shepeherd gathers the team around before their game against Team Marine Corps during the Department of Defense Warrior Games at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., June 3, 2018. Wheelchair basketball was developed by World War II U.S. veterans in 1945, and the sport was introduced on the global stage at the Rome 1960 Paralympic Games. Wheelchair basketball retains most major rules and scoring of basketball, but some rules have been modified with consideration for the wheelchair. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.) Sun sets on Air Force Academy-hosted 2018 Warrior Games
As the sun sets behind the Colorado Springs mountaintops, the flame lit ceremoniously a week earlier to signify the official start of the 2018 Department of Defense Warrior Games is extinguished, bringing to close the eighth annual iteration of the Games on June 9.
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2018
Athlete meets biological sister at Warrior Games Retired Airman meets biological sister at DoD Warrior Games
She’s competing in track and field and indoor rowing, but retired Senior Airman Karah Behrend couldn’t concentrate on training yesterday for the 2018 Department of Defense Warrior Games at the U.S. Air Force Academy. For the first time, Behrend was going to meet her 19-year-old biological sister, Crystal Boyd, who lives in Puyallup, Washington.
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LtCol Audra Lyons at the 2018 Wounded Warrior Games. Warrior Profile: Lt. Col. Audra Lyons
Lt. Col. Audra Lyons, Headquarters Air Force branch chief of policy integration, joined the Air Force June 26, 1997. She attended the Air Force Academy, graduated in 2001, and got married the next day.
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Lt. Gen. Gina M. Grosso, Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services, waves the Department of Defense Warrior Games flag June 2, 2018, during the opening ceremony at the U.S. Air Force Academy's Falcon Stadium. First held in Colorado 
Springs in 2010, the Warrior Games were established as a way to expose service members who were wounded, ill or injured to adaptive sports. The Air Force is the host service for this year's Games. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.) CSAF Goldfein: 'Family, friends, caregivers -- we’re on your wing for life' during DoD Wounded Warrior Games opening ceremony
Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein spoke about teamwork and resiliency during the opening ceremony of the Department of Defense Warrior Games at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado, June 2, 2018.
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Capt. Hunter Barnhill, 37th Flying Training Squadron instructor pilot, trains on his road bike May 15, 2018, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Barnhill will bike anywhere from a few miles to over 15 miles in one training session. As a member of the Air Force Wounded Warrior program he is preparing for the 2018 Warrior Games June 1-9 at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb) Instructor pilot shares experience in AFW2 program before competing in Warrior Games
The end of an Easter egg hunt in 2017 brought Capt. Hunter Barnhill, 37th Flying Training Squadron instructor pilot, down to the ground as his body was trapped in a seizure.
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Air Force Trials 2018 Air Force Wounded Warrior Trials begin
More than 150 wounded warriors from the Air Force, Army, Great Britain and Australia gathered today to officially open the fifth annual Air Force Trials at Nellis Air Force Base.
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Warrior Air Force Trials for Wounded Warriors begin Feb. 23
More than 125 Air Force wounded, ill and injured service men and women have trained and practiced for months in their chosen sports in preparation for the Air Force Trials Feb. 23 to March 2, 2018, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
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Warrior Games Athlete and Navy veteran, Petty Officer 2nd Class A.J. Mohammad, competes in an archery competition during the 2017 Warrior Games. Archery is one of 11 sports featured during the 2018 Department of Defense Warrior Games at the Air Force Academy from June 2 - 9. (DoD photo by EJ Hersom) Warrior Games make triumphant return to Colorado Springs
Community and business leaders joined representatives of the military at the Air Force Academy last night to mark the 100-day countdown until athletes arrive in Colorado for the 2018 Department of Defense Warrior Games. Now in their ninth year, the Warrior Games are returning to Colorado Springs, the city that hosted the inaugural Games in 2010. The Warrior Games will be free and open to the public throughout the competitions from June 2 – 9, 2018.
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U.S. Lt. Gen. Gina Grosso (far left), Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower and Personnel Services, stands several members of Team U.S. and Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden Jr. (kneeling center), 47th Vice President of the United States, at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada, Sept. 29, 2017. The Invictus Games were established by Prince Harry of Wales in 2014, and have brought together wounded and injured veterans from 17 nations to compete across 12 adaptive sporting events. (Courtesy photo) Evolution of adaptive sports
With the event coming to a close, thousands around the world turned their attention toward the 2017 Invictus Games, witnessing feats of incredible talent and hearing truly inspiring stories from world-class athletes.
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A member of the Patriot Guard Riders welcomes competitors of the 2017 Air Force Warrior Game Trials outside the Warrior Fitness Center Feb. 24, 2017 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. These trials are part of an adaptive sports program, headed by the Wounded Warrior Program, designed to promote the mental and physical wellbeing of seriously wounded, ill and injured military members and veterans. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chip Pons) 2017 AF Trials commence
Dozens of U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, Australian and Great Britain wounded warriors gathered here Feb. 24, 2017, to mark the opening ceremony of the fourth annual Air Force Warrior Game Trials competition at the Warrior Fitness Center at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. These trials are part of an adaptive sports program, headed by the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program, designed to promote the mental and physical well-being of seriously wounded, ill and injured military members and veterans.
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Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brian Williams, left, and Air Force veteran Staff Sgt. Sven Perryman return a volley during the sitting volleyball gold medal round in the 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., June 21, 2016. (DOD photo/EJ Hersom) AF served sitting volleyball gold at Warrior Games
The Air Force sitting volleyball team claimed gold as the 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games wound down at the U.S. Military Academy June 21.
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2016
Fireworks light the sky above Trophy Point overlooking the Hudson River during the closing ceremony for the 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. June 21, 2016. DoD photo by EJ Hersom Warrior Games conclude with medal ceremony, concert
After a week of intense international competition, the 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games drew to a close June 21 with a medal ceremony and concert, followed by fireworks.
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Air Force veteran Master Sgt. D. Reese Hines poses for a photo with a competition air rifle at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., June 19, 2016. Hines was named the event’s Ultimate Champion after winning a series of events. DoD photo by EJ Hersom Airman earns ‘Ultimate Champion’ title at Warrior Games
Medically retired Master Sgt. Reese Hines earned the “Ultimate Champion” title and bragging rights at the 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York.
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Air Force 1st Lt. Sarah Frankosky aims an arrow using sound during the visually impaired archery competition of the 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., June 17, 2016. DoD photo by EJ Hersom Airman earns silver in visually impaired archery at Warrior Games
Though she’s new to archery, 1st Lt. Sarah Frankosky earned a silver medal in the first-ever visually impaired archery category in the 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York.
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Air Force veteran Master Sgt. D. Reese Hines competes in archery for visually impaired people during the 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. June 17, 2016. DoD photo by EJ Hersom Archers compete in first visual impairment category at Warrior Games
Wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans continue to break personal records and show fans and friends amazing feats and June 17 was no different, as archers competed in the first-ever visual impairment category at the 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games at the U.S. Military Academy.
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Heather Carter, an above-knee amputee, runs laps around a track inside the Military Advanced Training Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., April 13, 2016. Carter, a medically retired senior airman, and other amputees receive physical and occupational therapy at the center as they work toward their goals. One of Carter’s goals is to return to competitive softball. (U.S. Air Force photo/Sean Kimmons) Standing tall: Amputee Airmen seek to defy odds in therapy sessions
After a sprint around an indoor track with her prosthetic running blade, Heather Carter stopped, visibly tired. She smiled and began to sprint another lap. The medically retired senior airman once rounded the bases for the Air Force softball team until a freak accident severely injured her left leg as she raced to first base during a game in 2010. Four years and many surgeries later, she chose to have the leg amputated.
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Retired Air Force Capt. Chris Cochrane, left, accepts the 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games torch from Navy Lt. Ramesh Haytasingh of the U.S. Special Operations Command team during opening ceremonies at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., June 15, 2016. With Haytasingh is his son, Tobias. (Department of Defense photo/EJ Hersom) Torch lighting, honoring Vietnam vets kicks off 2016 Warrior Games
The 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games began June 15 at West Point, New York, when Army Capt. Kelly Elmlinger, with help from comedian Jon Stewart, lit the official torch during the event’s opening ceremonies at the U.S. Military Academy.
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Staff Sgt. Sebastiana Lopez Arellano, a patient at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, does pushups during her therapy session at the center’s Military Advanced Training Center, which provides amputee patients with state-of-the-art care, in Bethesda, Md., April 16, 2016. Lopez lost her right leg and suffered several other injuries in a motorcycle crash in 2015. She now uses sports and fitness as part of her physical and occupational therapy regimen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Sean Kimmons) No limits: Airman pushes past near death experience
Staff Sgt. Sebastiana Lopez Arellano was riding a motorcycle when an animal scurried onto the road, causing her to swerve and hit a curb. As she high-sided over her bike, the momentum catapulted her body into a tree. The impact severed her right leg. As she recovered, she found comfort in sports and fitness. A year after her crash, she competed in the Air Force Trials for wounded warriors and gained confidence by earning invitations to the Invictus and Warrior Games.
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Default Air Force Logo DOD Warrior Games begin June 15
The 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games, an adaptive sports competition for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans, will take place June 15-21 in West Point, New York.
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Retired Staff Sgt. Nicholas Dadgostar, an Air Force wounded warrior athlete, competes in the discus throw at the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Va., June 23, 2015. The Warrior Games features athletes from throughout the Defense Department who compete in Paralympic-style events for their respective military branches. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.) Special Edition: DOD Warrior Games Week in Photos
This week's photos features Air Force wounded warrior athletes preparing for and participating in various events at the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games, held at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia.
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