Sailors, Guardsmen Selected for Warrior Games Team

Story Number: NNS100401-12Release Date: 4/1/2010 2:41:00 PM
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By Zona Lewis, Navy Safe Harbor Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Sailors and Coast Guardsmen were informed of their selection to represent the Navy and Coast Guard in the Defense Department's inaugural Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 10-14.

"This is a great opportunity to elevate your capabilities while challenging yourself mentally and physically to reach or exceed your recovery goals," said Capt. Oakley Watkins, director Navy Safe Harbor, the Navy and Coast Guard's wounded warrior program, as he congratulated the athletes on their selection.

The 22 Sailors and three Coast Guardsmen selected for the 2010 Navy/Coast Guard team are:

* Michael Bell, former U.S. Coast Guard electrician's mate 3rd class, Union, Mo.
* Lt. Cmdr. John P. Bonenfant, Office of Naval Intelligence, Md.
* Culinary Specialist Seaman Judith M. Boyce, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md.
* Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Jim D. Castaneda, Naval Medical Center San Diego, Calif.
* Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Nathan Dewalt, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md.
* Joseph A. Frank, former Navy operations specialist second class, San Diego, Calif.
* Aviation Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Rodolfo Garcia, Navy Operation Support Center San Antonio, Texas
* Gabriel L. George, former Navy hospitalman, Stone Mountain, Ga.
* Navy Diver 2nd Class Jordan Green, Seal Delivery Vehicle Team One, Hawaii
* Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Daniel S. Hathorn, Naval Amphibious Base (NAB) Little Creek, Va.
* Chief Electrician's Mate Peter A. Johns, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas
* Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Andrew K. Johnson, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas
* Sancho V. Johnson, former U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant, Jackson, Miss.
* Michael Johnston, former Navy parachute rigger 3rd class, San Diego, Calif.
* Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Sonny Lemerande, Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital, Twentynine Palms, Calif.
* Lt. Melanie Monts de Oca, Navy Safe Harbor, Tampa, Fla.
* Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Trevor Paar, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
* Ross Ries, former Navy aviation ordnanceman third class, Elk Point, S.D.
* Hospital Corpsman Third Class Max R. Rohn, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md.
* Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Justin E. Rose, Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, N.C.
* Michael Savicki, former Navy ensign, Cornelius, N.C.
* Christopher J. Shunk, former U.S. Coast Guard operations specialist chief petty officer, Colorado Springs, Colo.
* Utilitiesman 1st Class Johnny M. White, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 22 Detachment 1422, Waco, Texas
* Chief Operations Specialist Gerald W. Williams, Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Va.
* James W. Wilson, former Navy aviation ordnance master chief petty officer, Pace, Fla.

Wounded, ill, and injured service members from all the services will compete in the games. Individual events include archery, cycling, shooting, swimming, and track and field. Team events include sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball, and a 200-meter freestyle swimming relay. In addition to winners in each individual and team event, there will be an Ultimate Warrior competition in a pentathlon format, and service team scoring for a rotating Chairman's Cup.

The games will be hosted by the U.S. Olympic Committee's Paralympic Military Program at the Olympic Training Center.

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Naval Medical Center San Diego hosted the United States Olympic Committee Paralympic Military Sports camp.
Official U.S. Navy file photo.
October 23, 2009
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