20 athletes selected for Warrior Games

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  • By Maj. Belinda Petersen
  • Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs
Air Force officials here recently announced the names of 20 athletes selected for Department of Defense's Warrior Games May 10 through 14 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Wounded, ill and injured active duty, Guard and Reserve members, as well as retired members and veterans from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard will participate in Warrior Games hosted by the U.S. Olympic Committee's Paralympic Military Program at the Olympic Training Center.

Athletes for the 2010 Air Force team are:
-- Matthew Bilancia, formerly a senior airman, from Washington, D.C.
-- Retired Master Sgt. Kimberly Bradshaw from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.
-- Staff Sgt. Christopher D'Angelo from Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont.
-- Tech. Sgt. Israel Del Toro from Lackland AFB, Texas.
-- Staff Sgt. Marc Esposito from Pope AFB, N.C.
-- Retired Staff Sgt. Jeanné Goldy-Sanitate from Medford, N.J.
-- Senior Airman James Gray from Lackland AFB.
-- Crystal Jacobson, formerly an airman, from Minot AFB, N.D.
-- Tech. Sgt. Crystal Lovato from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.
-- 2nd Lt. Ryan McGuire from Laughlin AFB, Texas.
-- Chief Master Sgt. Damian Orslene from Keesler AFB, Miss.
-- Stacy Pearsall, formerly a staff sergeant, from Charleston, S.C.
-- Retired Master Sgt. Patrick Roberts from Cleveland.
-- Matt Sanders, formerly a staff sergeant, from Edwards AFB, Calif.
-- Senior Master Sgt. Michael Sanders from Scott AFB, Ill.
-- Retired Senior Master Sgt. Noel Sepulveda from Severn, Md.
-- Jennifer Stone, formerly a senior airman, from Denver.
-- Ricky Tackett, formerly a staff sergeant, from Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
-- Adam Tanverdi, formerly a captain, from Roanoke, Va.
-- 2nd Lt. Marc Ward, from Peterson AFB, Colo.

Events include shooting, swimming, archery, sitting volleyball, cycling, track, wheelchair basketball, discus, and shot put.

In addition to each event, there will be an Ultimate Warrior competition in a pentathlon format and service team scoring for a rotating Chairman's Cup.

"Congratulations on your selection as an Air Force team member for the 2010 Warrior Games," said Lt. Gen. Richard Y. Newton III, the deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel, and services from the Pentagon, in a congratulations letter to the athletes. "Your selection is indicative of your personal achievements in your recovery process. You are an inspiration for all of us."