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Four Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion Soldiers to compete in 2019 Warrior Games

 

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)Fort Campbell, KY – On June 21st through June 30th, 2019, Four Soldiers assigned to the Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion will compete in Tampa Florida in the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games hosted by the U.S. Special Operations Command.

The DOD Warrior Games is an adaptive sports competition for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans. The games highlight the resiliency and warrior spirit of participants despite their wounds, injury or illness.

Shay Hampton, Department of Defense Warrior Games athlete raises the ceremonial torch at the opening ceremony of the Games in Colorado Springs, Colorado, June 2, 2018. This year's opening ceremony is June 22 in Tampa, Florida. Four Soldiers from the Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion are among the 300 U.S and international competitors.  (U.S. Air Force, Senior Airman Dennis Hoffman)

Shay Hampton, Department of Defense Warrior Games athlete raises the ceremonial torch at the opening ceremony of the Games in Colorado Springs, Colorado, June 2, 2018. This year’s opening ceremony is June 22 in Tampa, Florida. Four Soldiers from the Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion are among the 300 U.S and international competitors. (U.S. Air Force, Senior Airman Dennis Hoffman)

“For me personally, it’s a good opportunity because after I got injured this last time it was pretty rough,” said Fort Campbell WTB Soldier, Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Fontenot. Fontenot said he felt discouraged leaving his Soldiers after his knee-injury took him from the fight. “It gives me something to fight for.”

Fontenot and fellow Fort Campbell WTB Soldiers, Master Sgt. Cinnamon Wright, Sgt. 1st Class Ian Crawley and Staff Sgt. Ken Arnold, successfully competed in the Army trials in March and now are among 40 Soldiers selected to represent Team Army in this year’s Warrior Games. They will compete against teams from the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Special Operations Command, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, The Netherlands and Denmark.

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. Participants, who may have upper-body, lower-body, and spinal cord injuries; traumatic brain injury; visual impairment; serious illness; and post-traumatic stress; will engage in friendly competition designed to serve as a powerful recovery tool building confidence, camaraderie and resiliency through sports.

Staff Sgt. Ken Arnold, from Fort Campbell WTB, competes in the 2019 Army Trials at Fort Bliss last March to earn a spot on Team Army at the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa, Florida. Arnold is one of four Fort Campbell WTB Soldiers competing in the games, which run June 21st - 30th. (U.S. Army, Spc. Samantha Ruiz)

Staff Sgt. Ken Arnold, from Fort Campbell WTB, competes in the 2019 Army Trials at Fort Bliss last March to earn a spot on Team Army at the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa, Florida. Arnold is one of four Fort Campbell WTB Soldiers competing in the games, which run June 21st – 30th. (U.S. Army, Spc. Samantha Ruiz)

“We are all incredibly proud to these Soldiers from the Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion, showing grit and determination to represent themselves and Team Army in the 2019

Warrior Games,” said Lt. Col. Heath Holt, commander, Fort Campbell WTB. “We hope they are able to show all participants and fans the level of hard work, courage and commitment they’ve achieved to reach this level of competition.”

The Fort Campbell WTB supports wounded, ill and injured Soldiers who require six months or more of complex medical care. Adaptive sports and adaptive reconditioning activities are incorporated into each Soldier’s individual care plan to help Soldiers improve motor skills and focus, reduce the risk of secondary injuries, relieve stress, increase independence, and build a supportive social network.

Soldiers at the WTB participate in 210 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.

The Warrior Games feature 13 adaptive sports including archery, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, wheelchair basketball, indoor rowing, powerlifting, marksmanship, golf, and cycling.

To learn more about the Warrior Games and follow along visit 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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