Warrior Games Profile - Jason Hoover

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(Editor's Note: From September 28 to October 4, more than 40 athletes representing the Air Force will be in Colorado Springs competing in the 2014 Warrior Games. This is a profile of one of those athletes, providing a behind-the-scenes look at who they are and the sport they represent. Note: Some profile information in the graphics may be outdated due to recent birthdays or events. The most current player information is below.)


Name: Senior Master Sergeant Jason Hoover

Team: Warrior Games
Sport: Swimming, Cycling
DOB: 27 Sept 1978
Birthplace: Willoughby, OH
Hometown: Longmont, CO
Current Residence: Albuquerque, NM
Injury: Mild Traumatic Brain Injury with Post Concussive Syndrome

Personal Profile:

SMSgt Jason Hoover graduated Basic Training in January 1998 and became a Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) in June 1998. Over the course of his career, he has served with numerous Army units. From 2003 – 2009, SMSgt Hoover deployed six times in support of the Global War on Terror (GWOT), including twice with the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division and four times with various US Special Forces teams. Throughout those deployments he was exposed to numerous close explosions that included a 107mm rocket that impacted 10 meters away which knocked him unconscious and a helicopter crash. These multiple events accumulated over the course of SMSgt Hoover’s career and resulted in damage to his frontal lobe (traumatic brain injury), numerous bulging discs in his spine and migraines. Currently, SMSgt Hoover conducts assessments and evaluations for numerous Department of Defense clients. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife and two kids.

Personal/Professional Achievements:

Bachelor of Arts, Management, American Military University, 2014
Professional Manager Certification, Community College of the Air Force, 2012
Air Commando Association Leadership Award, 2010
17th Air Support Operations Squadron NCO/Special Forces JTAC of the Year, 2009 Bronze Star Medal w/ Valor (Afghanistan)
Bronze Star Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Iraq & Afghanistan)
Purple Heart Medal (Afghanistan)
Air Force Commendation Medal w/ Valor (Iraq)
Joint Service Commendation Medal w/ Valor (Iraq)
Air Force Combat Action Medal