By Kyle Malloy, Navy Wounded Warrior-Safe Harbor
Washington-- Forty wounded, ill and injured Sailors, Coast Guardsmen and veterans who will represent Team Navy at the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games June 21-30 in Tampa, Fla.
The athletes were evaluated by Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor at the 2019 Team Navy Trials, which took place March 15 – 22 at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, Calif. During the trials, 55 athletes competed in 13 sporting events, including powerlifting, rowing, archery, cycling, track, field, shooting, swimming, sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, golf and wheelchair rugby.
“These Navy wounded warriors competed with heart and determination all while building teamwork and camaraderie,” said Navy Wounded Warrior- Safe Harbor Director Ron Downs. “I could not be more proud of the athletes who participated Team Navy Trials. Their ability to overcome challenges is truly an inspiration to us all.”
The Team Navy Trials are part of the Navy Wounded Warrior - Safe Harbor program, which is the Navy’s sole organization for coordinating the non-medical care of seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen, and providing resources and support to their families. Navy Wounded Warrior has assisted more than 6,600 service members throughout the country.
The 2019 Team Navy roster is made up of Sailors and Coast Guardsmen with diverse backgrounds and a variety of skill sets selected from every region in the country. This year’s Team Navy will compete against teams representing the Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, Special Operations Command, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Denmark and Netherlands. More than 250 active-duty service members and veterans are expected to compete at this year's Warrior Games.
Since 2010, the Warrior Games have aided in the recovery and rehabilitation of our nation's wounded, ill, and injured service men and women as they prepare to return to duty or transition to the civilian world.
Navy Wounded Warrior- Safe Harbor is proud to announce the members of the 2019 Team Navy:
Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Samuel Acheampong
Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Zachary Cable
Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Jai Cheon
Navy Diver 2nd Class Daniel Clarke
Retired Aviation Electronics Mate 3rd Class Austin Cooper
Coast Guard Maritime Enforcement Specialist 2nd Class Jacob Cox
Navy Rear Adm. Kyle Cozad
Retired Navy Seaman Steven Davis
Aviation Electronics Mate 3rd Class Anthony Dieli
Retired Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Jude Dziadowicz
Retired Chief Aviation Electricians Mate Joshua Erickson
Retired Chief Machinist Mate Ferlin Espinal
Chief Quartermaster Angela Everett
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Aaron Ferguson
Navy Information Systems Technician 1st Class Ruth Freeman
Navy Cmdr. Robert Fry
Retired Hospital Corpsman Hospitalman Gabriel George
Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Lauren Gonzales
Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Emmanuel Gonzalez
Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Ashlea Gregoire
Master Chief Personnel Specialist Raina Hockenberry
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Dakota Hollingsworth
Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Mario Ingram
Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Darius Jones
Utilitiesman 2nd Class Joshua Laban
Retired Coast Guard Lt. Daniel Lee
Retired Senior Chief Electronics Technician William Longworth
Navy Chief Information Systems Technician Sammy Palomo
Retired Aviation Machinist Mate 1st Class Austin Parker
Engineman 1st Class Matthew Parker
Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Joseph Paterniti
Aircrewman 1st Class Todd Prather
Retired Lt. Jason Roberts
Coast Guard Capt. Daryl Schaffer
Retired Cryptologic Technical Technician 1st Class Tyson Schmidt
Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 3rd Class Elizabeth Smith
Air Traffic Controlman 2nd Class Esther Stevenson
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Romulo Urtula
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Carlos Valerio
Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Nathaniel Zuniga
The DOD Warrior Games are part of the Navy Wounded Warrior-Safe Harbor (NWW) Program, which provides individually-tailored assistance designed to optimize the success of the wounded warriors' recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration activities. NWW is solely responsible for coordinating the non-medical care of seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen, including introducing service members to adaptive sports, as well as providing resources and support to their families and caregivers.
To learn more, visit http://www.navywoundedwarrior.com/.