Warrior Games Profile - Jen Kyseth

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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 Note: Some profile information in the graphics may be outdated due to recent birthdays or events.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: Maj. Jen Kyseth (Ret.)

Team: Warrior Games
Sports: Swimming, Cycling
DOB: 24 Nov 1976
Birthplace: Menomonee Falls, WI
Hometown: Germantown, WI
Current Residence: Sumter, SC
Injury: L4-S1 fusion, limited ROM, radiculopathy (legs), failed back syndrome, spinal cord stimulator (SCS) implant

Personal Profile:

Retired Maj Jennifer Kyseth was born in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin and grew up in Germantown, Milwaukee and Mequon, Wisconsin. She attended the University of Minnesota where she graduated with a B.A. in Spanish in 1999. She met her future husband her freshman year. After commissioning through the Air Force ROTC, she flew as an Air Weapons Officer and later an Electronic Combat Officer on the E-3 AWACS. She then trained to be an Air Battle Manager School at Tyndall AFB, Florida before being stationed at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma. As an AWACS crew member, Maj Kyseth deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, taking part in both Operations Anaconda and Mountain Lion. She was an instructor and evaluator and flew many exercises around the US, Canada and Europe. Unfortunately, a back injury and fusion surgery eventually grounded her. She went through the medical board process and was retired in March 2013. She is now living with her husband in South Carolina where she is settling in to her newest role as an officer’s wife as well as continuing to train for future sporting events. She plans to get more involved with the local paralyzed veterans group and also hopes to start volunteering in the local area.

Personal/Professional Achievements:

2013 Warrior Games Silver in women’s recumbent cycling 2013 Warrior Games Silver in women’s 100m freestyle 2013 Warrior Games Bronze in women’s 50m freestyle