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Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Military, Sports | 6 comments

The 2015 Warrior Games: A Showcase of Perseverance, Sheer Will, Fighting Spirit and Achievement – Part I

2015 DoD Warrior Games

The Defense Department’s 2015 Warrior Games concluded yesterday at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia.

The Annual Warrior Games — an “Olympic-style spectacle” — where our warrior-athletes compete in a wide variety of games of skill “not too different from the ‘arts of war,’” have been made “a priority in the years since American forces became engaged in and bore the costs of two long 21st-century wars.”

“Archery and shooting, cycling and swimming, track and field, volleyball and basketball events display the strength, stamina, balance, spatial awareness, muscular control and sheer will that power top professional athletes as well as successful service members.”

Related to the Military Adaptive Sports Program (MASP), it helps “service members — primarily those who served and were wounded, injured or became ill during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars — in regaining ‘quality of life.’”:

According to its official website, the program, known as MASP, is designed to engage wounded, ill and injured service members early in individualized physical and cognitive activities outside of traditional therapy settings. The program’s stated goal is “to inspire recovery and physical fitness and encourage new opportunities for growth and achievement.

A total of 250 warrior-athletes from the U.S. Special Operations Command, the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and the United Kingdom (which sponsors the “Invictus Games”) competed for medals in eight sporting events, June 19-28.

Because of travel and other commitments, I have not been covering these events as in past years.

There are so many inspiring images of these warriors competing that it has been difficult to select a representative number of them.

Even the limited number of selected photos — all taken by the various military Services — would be too many to be posted in one single article. This is the first “showcase” of two.

While some photos indicate winners in some of the events, they are All Winners.

Enjoy and be inspired.

All captions are by the Services.

2015 Department Of Defense Warrior Games

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Smith puts all his energy into his second throw of the day during the men’s shot put competition at the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games on Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., June 23, 2015.

Athletes participating in the 2015 Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games take a photo with congressmen during a tour of the U.S. Capitol

Military athletes participating in the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games pose for a photo with U.S. representatives during a tour of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., June 24.

All-Marine Team wins wheelchair basketball gold

Marine Corps veteran Ray Hennagir prepares to shoot the ball during the wheelchair basketball championship game on Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., June 23, 2015. Hennagir is a member of the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games All-Marine Team

2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games Track Finals

United Kingdom’s Gareth Golightly races a wheelchair during the track competition on the final day of the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., June 28, 2015

2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games swimming finals

Marine Corps Cpl. Marcus Chischilly dives into the water during the swimming finals at the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center in Manassas, Va., June 27, 2015, as part of the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games.

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U.S. Navy veteran Petty Officer 3rd Class Redmond Ramos pushes off strong to run in the men’s 200-meter dash. (U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Joe Scannell)

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Medically retired Army Staff Sgt. Randi Gavell serves during the volleyball match for the gold medal against the Air Force during the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., June 28, 2015. The Army team earned the gold medal in a three-game match. DoD photo by Shannon Collins

2015 DoD Warrior Games

Medically retired Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Sarah Rudder runs the 100-meter sprint during the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., June 23, 2015. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Terry W. Miller Jr.

Lead photo: U.S. and British athletes compete in the 100-meter sprint at the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games on Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., June 23, 2015.

Reference: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=129178

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  • KP

    PHEW!

    gulp ..

    These guys and gals make me misty eyed, inspire me and break me down (in a good way).

    I work directly with Team RWB (Team Red White and Blue) coaching and otherwise. I may have to write a more involved post.

    Humbled.

    http://teamrwb.org/

    Shoulder to Shoulder, Dorian and peeps.

    • DdW

      I may have to write a more involved post.

      Hope you will. Would love to read it.

      Dorian

      • KP

        From Dan Lipinski:

        “On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind.”

        • archangel

          amen, amen, dr. p

          and thank you so much Dorian. I am beyond touched to see such endurance in living color!!!

  • Rambie

    DDW, thanks for posting this, it’s amazing and very inspirational to see these soldiers overcome and compete in these games.

    • DdW

      Thank you, Rambie.

      Actually, these are the kind of pieces I enjoy the most writing.

      In part to thank these heroes, in part to repudiate some of the the wrong impressions some have about our military (“industrial complex.”)

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