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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
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
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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2018
Default Air Force Logo 2018 AF Warrior Games team announced
The U.S. Air Force Wounded Warrior Program is proud to announce the 2018 Air Force Warrior Games team. Forty primary and ten alternates were selected by a team of coaches and staff at the 5th Annual Air Force Trials at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, in late February 2018. The 40-person team will compete at the Department of Defense Warrior Games at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, June 2-9.
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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
Coaching Wounded warrior coaches help athletes advance in their recovery
From Sept. 23-30, 2017 more than 550 wounded service members from 17 nations are competing in Toronto, Canada, for the 2017 Invictus Games. About 85 wounded warriors represent Team USA with about 20 of those making up Team Air Force.
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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
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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2016
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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2016
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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2016
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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2016
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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