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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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2018
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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2018
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: June 6
On this look around the Air Force, Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David Goldfein speaks at the 2018 Warrior Games Opening Ceremony and Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson speaks on the importance of the State Partnership Program, strengthening international alliances. Hosted by Senior Airman Jasmine Vanderheyden.
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2018
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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2018
Aeromedical Evacuation: Flying Ambulances Flying ambulances: Aeromedical evacuation
The morning starts early with an alert about four hours before takeoff. Members of the 379th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron begin several mandatory tasks before boarding the aircraft. Nurses go over mission details, as medical technicians pack more than a thousand pounds of equipment on a flatbed that is ready to load onto the plane. They must take all their usual gear including bandages, intravenous fluid, regulators, defibrillators, suction units and various other pieces of medical equipment. They take these supplies partially as a precaution, as they don’t know what they may need to keep patients stable in the air above the Middle East.
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2018
Warrior play sitting volleyball Warrior CARE week shows strength through teamwork
Joint Base Andrews partnered with the U.S. Air Force Wounded Warrior Program for the North East Warrior CARE Event, held at JB Andrews and Oxon Hill, Maryland, Nov. 13 through 17, 2017.
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2017
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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2017
Invisible Wounds Panel Invisible wounds: Finding a voice
Air Force leadership and wounded warriors came together to speak out on invisible wounds during a panel discussion at this year’s Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference, Sept. 18, 2017.
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2017
Caregivers Caregivers play critical role in lives of wounded warriors
Tech. Sgt. Eric Fisher was two months into a five-month deployment in 2011 to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, when he suffered a heart attack after an intense rocket attack, and a day of moving heavy pallets on the flight line.
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2017
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: July 19
On this look around the Air Force a Wounded Warrior receives the Pat Tillman award at the ESPYs, a medical exercise in Minnesota provides free healthcare for local residents, and Red Flag 17-3 features F-35s from both the Air Force and the Marine Corps. Hosted by Tech. Sgt. Robbie Arp.
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2017
Staff Sgt. David Olson, an explosive ordnance disposal troop from Abilene, Texas, competes in the seated shot put at the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games July 5, 2017, at Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill. A brush with suicide occurred near the beginning of 2017, and Olson recounted his personal struggle with suicidal ideations along with the toll his physical and invisible wounds have taken not just on his life, but on those of his loved ones. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexx Pons) Adaptive sports shift outlook on life
“I was sitting at home alone one night and had taken out my pistol; I remember how cool it felt in my hands and knowing I was moments away from taking my life. In that split second, my phone went off with a text from one of my Airmen who said he needed my help getting to work the next morning, and I remember putting down my weapon to be there for him. That next morning, I planned on picking up where I had left off, but received an email from the Air Force Wounded Warrior saying I had been accepted into their program… that text and that email saved my life.”
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2017
Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speaks with Staff Sgt. Melinda Smith, a finance and comptroller troop from Keyser, W.Va., at the 2017 Warrior Games July 1, 2017 at McCormick Place-Lakeside Center in Chicago. Smith will participate in archery, field, shooting and track in this year’s games. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Chip Pons) AF leaders cheer on Airmen at Warrior Games
Air Force senior leaders attended the 2017 Warrior Games opening ceremonies July 1, 2017, in Chicago to show support for the athletes participating in the weeklong competition.
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2017
Senior Airman Christopher D’Angelo, a heavy equipment operator, has worked to recover from post-traumatic stress disorder with the help of his family. Healing from invisible wounds
On Jan. 15, 2008, Senior Airman Christopher D’Angelo, a heavy equipment operator, was the lead gunner in an armored vehicle convoy on a road near Baghdad. The sun was shining and the air comfortable. His unit had just transported construction materials to forward operating bases and was currently scouting an area to see how they might transport heavy equipment.
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2017
Default Air Force Logo JB San Antonio-Randolph to host Warrior CARE event Jan. 9-13
The Air Force Wounded Warrior Program will host a Warrior CARE Event Jan. 9 -13 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph where about 120 wounded, ill or injured service men and women from across the nation are expected to participate.
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2017
Tech. Sgt. Jason Caswell, 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron C-130 Hercules debrief NCO-in-charge, stands in a C-130 hangar at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 5, 2017. After a sports injury in 2010, Caswell underwent a year of surgeries, two years of painful limb-recovery therapy, followed by physical therapy. In October 2014, his limb still hadn’t healed and began to worsen. Caswell elected to amputate his injured leg. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa) Deployed wounded warrior completes back-to-back tours
“Being here, you get treated like a normal person, not like an amputee. Not like an injured guy,” said Tech. Sgt. Jason Caswell, as he added more 45-pound plates to his barbell.
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2017
Default Air Force Logo Recovery care coordinators provide ‘boots on the ground’ support
During his 30-year Air Force career, Keith Mondloch spent much of his time on the flightline as an aircraft maintainer, but he also devoted many hours as a senior NCO helping young Airmen with personnel, financial and legal issues.
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2017
Wounded warrior athletes from the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines prepare for the joint-service Warrior CARE Month Sitting Volleyball Tournament at the Pentagon Nov. 17, 2016. The warrior CARE event offers participants caregiver support and recovering Airmen mentorship, training and adaptive and rehabilitative sports training. CARE stands for Caregiver Support Program, Adaptive and Rehabilitative Sports Program, Recovering Airmen Mentorship Program, and Employment and Career Readiness Program. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Robert Barnett) AF hosts Warrior Care Sitting Volleyball Tournament
The volleyball courts were clear as athletes made their way into the Pentagon Athletic Center. Some arrived in wheelchairs. Some were missing limbs. Many had wounds which couldn’t be seen. As they sat down on the court for warm-ups, they all had something in common…they were all wounded warriors. About 50 wounded warriors participated in the joint-service Warrior CARE Sitting Volleyball Tournament here Nov. 17.
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2016
Participants of the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program’s Northeast Warrior CARE Event shoot archery on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Nov. 18, 2016. The AFW2 regional CARE event provided a holistic opportunity for wounded warriors to enhance the four domains -- physical, mental, spiritual and social – of Comprehensive Airman Fitness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross) Wounded warriors given avenues during CARE event
Nearly 130 Air Force wounded warriors and caregivers attending the latest Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) Program’s CARE event at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, from Nov. 14-18 received tools and resources to help them deal with their individual challenges.
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2016
U.S. Air Force Capt. Christy Wise, 71st Rescue Squadron pilot, checks the wing of an HC-130J Combat King II during pre-flight checks, July 22, 2016, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Wise is the sixth Air Force pilot to return to the cockpit after becoming an amputee. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Ryan Callaghan)
Amputee regains wings
An HC-130J Combat King II pilot at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, became the sixth amputee and the first female amputee to return to the cockpit. After an above-the-knee amputation and nearly 15 months of rehabilitation -- learning to walk, run and fly again -- Air Force Capt. Christy Wise, a 71st Rescue Squadron HC-130J pilot, was medically cleared to retake to the skies on July 22.
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