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Fort Campbell WTB Soldiers Sgt. John Weasner and Maj. Adam Ziegler to compete in 2018 Warrior Games

 

Written by Maria Yager
Blanchfield Army Community Hospital Public Affairs

Blanchfield Army Hospital - BACH - Fort Campbell KYFort Campbell, KY – Two Soldiers assigned to the Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion were selected to compete in the 2018 Department of Defense Warrior Games, June 1st–9th, 2018 at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“It’s very exciting to have two of our Soldiers competing in the Warrior Games this year. Our adaptive reconditioning team works with all our wounded, ill and injured Soldiers to help them maximize their full potential in physical activities to reach optimal health and wellness,” said Lt. Col. Shawn Butler, Fort Campbell WTB commander.

Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion soldiers Sgt. John Weasner (right) and Maj. Adam Ziegler (left) to play in 2018 Warrior Games 2018 U.S. Department of Defense Warrior Games.

Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion soldiers Sgt. John Weasner (right) and Maj. Adam Ziegler (left) to play in 2018 Warrior Games 2018 U.S. Department of Defense Warrior Games.

“I see the effort our Soldiers put forth every day and I’m very proud. The Warrior Games serve as a powerful recovery tool that helps build confidence and resiliency. We are glad our Soldiers have this opportunity,” Butler stated.

The WTB supports wounded, ill and injured Soldiers who require six months or more of complex medical care.

The Warrior Games were established in 2010 as a way to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, ill and injured service members and to expose them to adaptive sports.

Sgt. Jonathan Weasner prepares for the 100 meter wheelchair race at Stout Track, Fort Bliss, Texas. 74 wounded, ill, and injured athletes at Fort Bliss, Texas will participate in the 2018 Army Trials March 3-8. These Soldiers and veterans will compete in 10 events with hopes of earning a spot on Team Army for the 2018 Department of Defense Warrior Games, June 2-9 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Annette P. Gomes)

Sgt. Jonathan Weasner prepares for the 100 meter wheelchair race at Stout Track, Fort Bliss, Texas. 74 wounded, ill, and injured athletes at Fort Bliss, Texas will participate in the 2018 Army Trials March 3-8. These Soldiers and veterans will compete in 10 events with hopes of earning a spot on Team Army for the 2018 Department of Defense Warrior Games, June 2-9 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Annette P. Gomes)

Fort Campbell WTB Soldiers Sgt. John Weasner and Maj. Adam Ziegler successfully competed in several Army trials before they were selected to participate in this year’s Warrior Games.

“I started researching and began asking about Army Trials. I almost didn’t make the deadline to get my packet in, but the powers that be pushed my packet through and the rest as they say, is history,” said Weasner, during the Warrior Game Army Trials at Fort Bliss, Texas earlier this year. Weasner will compete for the Army team in cycling, field, power lifting, shooting and track.

U.S. Army Sgt. Jonathon Weasner assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion, Fort Campbell, Kentucky competes in the shooting event at Fort Bliss, Texas, March 7, 2018. 74 wounded, ill, or injured active duty Soldiers and veterans participate in a series of events that are held at Fort Bliss, Texas, Feb. 27 through March 9, 2018 as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Warrior Care and Transition host the 2018 U.S. Army Trials (Spc. Nathanael Mercado)

U.S. Army Sgt. Jonathon Weasner assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion, Fort Campbell, Kentucky competes in the shooting event at Fort Bliss, Texas, March 7, 2018. 74 wounded, ill, or injured active duty Soldiers and veterans participate in a series of events that are held at Fort Bliss, Texas, Feb. 27 through March 9, 2018 as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Warrior Care and Transition host the 2018 U.S. Army Trials (Spc. Nathanael Mercado)

This year marks the second time Ziegler will participate in the Warrior Games. The major will compete for the Special Operations Command team in cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball and wheel chair basketball.

Approximately 300 wounded, ill and injured service members representing teams from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Special Operations Command, United Kingdom Armed Forces, Australian Defence Force, and Canadian Armed Forces will compete in the games, designed to serve as a powerful recovery tool building confidence, camaraderie and resiliency.

Interested Soldiers at the WTB can compete in a series of local and regional trials to earn a chance to compete in the Warrior Games.

Adaptive sports and adaptive reconditioning activities are used in the Army’s 13 WTBs and Warrior Transition Units to help Soldiers improve motor skills and focus, reduce the risk of secondary injuries, relieve stress, increase independence, and build a supportive social network.

USSOCOM's Maj. Adam Ziegler practices air rifle during training for the 2018 DoD Warrior Games at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida on April 9, 2018. Participation in USSOCOM Warrior Care Program military adaptive sport events throughout the year enhances SOF athletes' mental and physical rehabilitation, aiding in their reintegration or transition. (Roger L. Wollenberg)

USSOCOM’s Maj. Adam Ziegler practices air rifle during training for the 2018 DoD Warrior Games at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida on April 9, 2018. Participation in USSOCOM Warrior Care Program military adaptive sport events throughout the year enhances SOF athletes’ mental and physical rehabilitation, aiding in their reintegration or transition. (Roger L. Wollenberg)

Soldiers at the WTB participate in 150 minutes of physical activity and two adaptive reconditioning activities each week. A physical therapist from the battalion evaluates each Soldier based on their wounds, injury or illness and identifies physical activities the Soldier may participate in that facilitate both physical and mental recovery.

The adaptive reconditioning team offers Soldiers a full spectrum of traditional and adaptive physical activities to participate in, including many of the events offered at the Warrior Games.

SOCOM Maj. Adam Ziegler, left, and SOCOM MSgt. Benjamin Brodt, right, battle Marine Corps veteran LCpl. Matthew Grashen, left center, and LCpl. Michael Sousa Docarmo for the ball during their sitting volleyball game at the 2017 Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games in Chicago, Ill., July 1, 2017.  (Roger L. Wollenberg)

SOCOM Maj. Adam Ziegler, left, and SOCOM MSgt. Benjamin Brodt, right, battle Marine Corps veteran LCpl. Matthew Grashen, left center, and LCpl. Michael Sousa Docarmo for the ball during their sitting volleyball game at the 2017 Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games in Chicago, Ill., July 1, 2017. (Roger L. Wollenberg)

The Warrior Games feature 11 adaptive sports including archery, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, wheelchair basketball, indoor rowing, powerlifting and time trial cycling.

Those interested may watch the games online. The games will be live streamed on the internet at www.DoDWarriorGames.com

To learn more about the Fort Campbell WTB visit http://blanchfield.amedd.army.mil/wtu/SitePages/wtu.aspx


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