Wounded Warrior Training – September 2014

 

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Retired SSgt Tatiana Perkins enlisted in the Air Force Reserve as an engineering assistant in May 2001. On 12 May 2006, Perkins was involved in a motorcycle accident on her way to work that resulted in complete paralysis of her right arm. After living with a flail right arm for 8 years, she made the decision to have a transhumeral amputation on 21 May 2014 so that she may explore the many growing options of upper extremity prosthetics. (US Air Force photo/Liz Copan)
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Tatiana Perkins practices at the Air Force Academy Community Center Base Gym in Colorado Springs, Colo. on September 24, 2014. Perkins is one of 50 Air Force Wounded Warrior athletes conducting their final training sessions at the Academy prior to competing in the upcoming Warrior Games Sept. 28 through Oct. 4, 2014. (US Air Force photo/Liz Copan)

  Air Force Wounded Warrior athletes conduct their final training sessions at the Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. prior to competing in the Invictus Games in London Sept. 10-14 and the Warrior Games Sept. 28 through Oct. 4, 2014.

Founded in 2010, the Games are designed to introduce wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans to adaptive sports and encourage them to stay physically active.

The United States Olympic Committee and Deloitte announced that the Warrior Games will be held
in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 2014. In addition to Deloitte, the presenting sponsor,
the six-day event is also supported by the Department of Defense, AT&T, BP, Dow, Semper Fi Fund,
The Fisher House Foundation, The Daniels Fund and USO.

More than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans are expected to participate
in 2014. They will comprise five U.S. teams representing the Army, Marine Corps, Navy/Coast
Guard, Air Force and Special Operations. Teams will compete in seven sports including archery,
cycling, shooting, sitting-volleyball, swimming, track & field and wheelchair basketball.

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Retired SSgt Nicholas Dadgostar practices for the sitting volleyball tournament on September 24, 2014.
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TSgt Lara Ishikawa (left) TSgt Leonard Anderson (right). (US Air Force photo/Liz Copan)
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