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Warrior Games 2016

Grit, sweat and medals

The 2016 Warrior Games kicked off at West Point, New York, pitting wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans from all branches of the military against each other.

Approximately 350 athletes, including members of the British Armed Forces, will compete in archery, cycling, field, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and wheelchair basketball. This year the Warrior Games features 40 athletes representing Team Navy.

"I enjoy motivating people to put forth their best effort, leverage teamwork, and accomplish their goals," said Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Ron Condrey, assigned to Navy Expeditionary Combat Command and team captain for the Navy athletes. "Competing in Warrior Games provides these warriors the opportunity to test their mental and physical abilities."
Three photo collage from 2015 Warrior Games (L-R): wheelchair basketball; archery; wheelchair road race event.


Condrey, who had never picked up a bow and arrow, began taking lessons in January and is competing in archery, running and cycling.

Archery is just as mental as it is physical. In fact, archery is similar to shooting, which I'm very experienced with, so I plan to apply my shooting principles to this sport." -EODC Ron Condrey


Held annually since 2010, this is the first year Army has hosted the games. The games were overseen by the United States Olympic Committee and held in Colorado with the support of the Department of Defense. In 2015, the DoD took the lead role for organizing the games to better align the event with the games' core mission of playing a vital role in the recovery process for service members and veterans. The first Warrior Games were opened by Britiain's Prince Harry who was later inspired by the event to create the Invictus Games.

The Team Navy athletes were chosen after being tested at the Wounded Warrior Pacific Navy Trials that took place in February in Hawaii.

"Our Navy wounded warriors exhibited tremendous drive, spirit and competition throughout the trials, making this year's team selection extremely difficult," said Megan Haydel, the lead for Navy Wounded Warrior - Safe Harbor Adaptive Sports and Recreation. "We could not be more proud of the efforts that our Sailors and Coast Guardsmen put into the trials. We witnessed firsthand the great strides they have made in their athletic capabilities and have seen the positive effects that adaptive sports can have on their recovery."

The members of the 2016 Team Navy come from a diverse collection of athletes. It brings together service members from around the country, from both the enlisted and officer communities, with incredibly varied backgrounds and skill sets.

After selection, Team Navy members attended a training camp April 8-11 at Naval Base Ventura County, California.
Three photo collage from 2015 Warrior Games (L-R): track event; members of team Navy celebrating; swimming event.


The 2016 Team Navy roster includes:
Retired Navy Chief Logistics Specialist Leticia Baugher
Navy Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Ron Condrey
Retired Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Zachary Crites
Navy Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Christopher Custer
Retired Navy Aviation Electrician's Mate Seaman Apprentice Steven Davis
Navy Machinist's Mate 1st Class Michael Dayton
Retired Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Joseph Derbak
Retired Navy Builder 1st Class Robert Dodd
Retired Navy Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Nathan Dewalt
Retired Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Roel Espino
Navy Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Matthew Estes
Retired Navy Airman Austin Field
Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Shane Gilley
Navy Lt. Cmdr. Maria Cristina Gomez-Mannix
Retired Navy Engineman 3rd Class Jerrod Griffin
Retired Navy Lt. Joan Hill
Retired Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Adam Hygema
Navy Musician 3rd Class Abbie Johnson
Retired Navy Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Andrew Johnson
Retired Navy Airman Brittany Jordan
Navy Operations Specialist 3rd Class Melissa Klotz
Retired Navy Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 1st Class Daniel Kregstein
Retired Navy Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Steven Lee
Retired Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Sonny Lemerande
Retired Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Bernard Lowe
Retired Navy Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Christopher Lowe
Retired Navy Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Stephan Miller
Retired Navy Airman Brett Parks
Retired Aerographer's Mate 1st Class Stephanie Purpish
Retired Navy Aviation Technician 3rd Class Kathleen Ray
Retired Navy Fire Controlman 3rd Class Jason Reyes
Retired Navy Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Michael Roggio
Retired Navy Lt.j.g. Laura Root
Retired Navy Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Henry Sawyer
Navy Information Systems Technician 1st Class Ryan Shannon
Retired Navy Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Samanthia Silke
Navy Electronics Technician 1st Class Scottie Smith
Retired Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Luis Surla
Navy Chief Gunner's Mate Jeannette Tarqueno
Navy Chief Culinary Specialist Maria Torres

For the latest news about the DoD Warrior Games, visit http://warriorgames.dodlive.mil and follow NWW on Facebook www.facebook.com/navywoundedwarrior, Twitter (@navywounded) and Instagram (@NavyWoundedWarrior).

Visit http://safeharbor.navylive.dodlive.mil or call (855) 628-9997 to learn more about NWW and the benefits of adaptive sports.