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Wounded, ill and injured Soldiers embark on Where Heroes Rendezvous 101 mile bike ride

 

U.S. Army Warrior Care and TransitionFort Campbell, KY – The state of Kentucky is known for its rolling hills, streams, springs and diverse landscapes, and now the site of the 2019 Where Heroes Rendezvous 101 mile bike ride that goes around Fort Campbell, Kentucky and its surrounding communities.

The event, formally known as the Bluegrass Rendezvous, featured 70 wounded, ill and injured Soldiers from Fort Campbell and Fort Stewart, Georgia including leaders from the Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion. The ride is one of many adaptive outreach programs available for Soldiers.

The 2019 Heroes 101 “Where they Rendezvous Ride” September 27th, 2019. (Annette P. Gomes)

The 2019 Heroes 101 “Where they Rendezvous Ride” September 27th, 2019. (Annette P. Gomes)

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Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion Nurse Case Manager Liza Finnegan

 

U.S. Army Warrior Care and TransitionArlington, VA –  Nurse Case Managers, like Liza Finnegan, at the Warrior Transition Battalion, Fort Campbell, Kentucky are there to help wounded, ill and injured Soldiers embrace the change and adapt to their new normal.

Poet Nikki Giovanni once said, “A lot of people resist transition and therefore never allow themselves to enjoy who they are. Embrace the change no matter what it is and once you do you can learn all about the new world you are in and take advantage of it.”

Nurse Case Manager Liza Finnegan of the Fort Campbell, Kentucky Warrior Transition Battalion, June 11, 2019. (MaryTherese Griffin, U.S. Army Warrior Care and Transition)

Nurse Case Manager Liza Finnegan of the Fort Campbell, Kentucky Warrior Transition Battalion, June 11, 2019. (MaryTherese Griffin, U.S. Army Warrior Care and Transition)

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Army Warrior Care and Transition announces Three Fort Campbell Soldiers selected for Team Army in 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games

 

Written by Christopher Fields
Army Warrior Care and Transition

U.S. Army Warrior Care and TransitionArlington, VA – The Deputy Chief of Staff for Warrior Care and Transition is proud to announce the 40 wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and veterans who will represent Team Army at the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa, Florida June 21st – 30th hosted by the U.S. Special Operations Command.

Approximately 300 warrior athletes with upper-body, lower-body, and spinal cord injuries; traumatic brain injuries; visual impairment; serious illnesses; and post-traumatic stress will engage in friendly competition and experience the healing power of sports.

The Deputy Chief of Staff for Warrior Care and Transition is proud to announce the 40 wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and veterans who will represent Team Army at the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa, Florida June 21st–30th hosted by the U.S. Special Operations Command. (U.S. Army Warrior Care and Transition)

The Deputy Chief of Staff for Warrior Care and Transition is proud to announce the 40 wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and veterans who will represent Team Army at the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa, Florida June 21st–30th hosted by the U.S. Special Operations Command. (U.S. Army Warrior Care and Transition)

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Marc Jankovich: “I will not take off this uniform”

 

Written by MaryTherese Griffin
U.S. Army Warrior Care and Transition

U.S. Army Warrior Care and TransitionArlington, VA – After suffering a medical emergency while on a deployment to Korea, Sgt. 1st Class Marc Jankovich saw his life, everything he and his wife had worked for, vanishing before his eyes. Doctors and therapists told him that his return to duty was not likely.

However, his First Sergeant, 1st Sgt. Jennifer Snook, a member of the Medical Evaluation Board Council, and his Physical Therapist, Lindsey Davison, were not so sure.

Combat Engineer, Sgt. 1st Class Marc Jankovich. (U.S. Army Warrior Care and Transition)

Combat Engineer, Sgt. 1st Class Marc Jankovich. (U.S. Army Warrior Care and Transition)

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Unbreakable Bonds

 

Written by Mary Therese Griffin
U.S. Army Warrior Care and Transition

U.S. Army Warrior Care and TransitionArlington, VA – For U.S. Army Spc. Mitchell Bombeck, joining the military was a no brainer. It’s a family tradition.

The self-proclaimed farm boy from Minnesota became an all-wheel diesel mechanic in the Forward Support Company, 682nd Engineer Battalion in the Minnesota National Guard.

At six feet and two inches tall, weighing 230 pounds, it would seem tough to break such a solid man, but it happened.

(L to R) Spc. Mitchell Bombeck, Sgt. Patrick Haney and Maj. James Pradke pose for a picture as they check-in to their hotel at the 2017 DoD Warrior Games. (Spc. Mitchell Bombeck)

(L to R) Spc. Mitchell Bombeck, Sgt. Patrick Haney and Maj. James Pradke pose for a picture as they check-in to their hotel at the 2017 DoD Warrior Games. (Spc. Mitchell Bombeck)

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Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion helps CSM Jerome Wren Navigate Life’s Unexpected Path

 

Written by Annette P. Gomes
U.S. Army Warrior Care and Transition

U.S. Army Warrior Care and TransitionArlington, VA – As a policy maker and administrator in the Army, Command Sgt. Maj. Jerome Wren never expected to end up in a Warrior Transition Battalion.

“During my 32-year career I have accumulated a few bumps and bruises, but I have always been able to bounce back or as we say in the Army, suck it up and drive on,” Wren said.

Known to push himself to the limit in the past, Wren says it was time to listen to his body.

CSM Jerome Wren takes a spin on his exercise bike during a routine workout. (CSM Jerome Wren)

CSM Jerome Wren takes a spin on his exercise bike during a routine workout. (CSM Jerome Wren)

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Fort Campbell: Physical Therapy That Will Not Quit

 

Written by Mary Therese Griffin
U.S. Army Warrior Care and Transition

U.S. Army Warrior Care and TransitionArlington, VA – Make no mistake. Lindsey Davison is a tough physical therapist. She wants results.

The Fort Campbell Kentucky Adaptive Reconditioning Program Manager attended the Warrior Care and Transition Leadership Training Summit in early November at Fort Belvoir, VA where she very candidly told the audience of over 80 plus leaders from the Warrior Transition Battalions, her secret to assist in readiness.

“This is a hard position, I feel, for a battalion commander to be in. Most of the time WTB commanders are not medical officers they are infantry, artillery, etc. and they have a business to run.” Davison feels this is where she and the rest of the WTB staff are there to fully support their commanders.

SPC Mike Painter receives one on one gym time from Physical Therapist Lindsey Davison. (Fort Campbell WTB Adaptive Reconditioning)

SPC Mike Painter receives one on one gym time from Physical Therapist Lindsey Davison. (Fort Campbell WTB Adaptive Reconditioning)

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Spc. Mitchell Bombeck: A family legacy of teamwork and service

 

Written by Whitney Delbridge Nichels
U.S. Army Warrior Care and Transition

U.S. Army Warrior Care and TransitionChicago, IL – Those who know Spc. Mitchell Bombeck say, at a young age, he chose to serve our country, but in reality, service chose him.

His mother, Janelle Bombeck, a 33-year Air Force veteran, says most of their family members had the same calling – including her grandfather, father and all of her siblings.

“It’s what we do. We serve our country,” she said.

Army Specialist Mitchell Bombeck competes in shot put during the 2017 Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL, July 5, 2017. The DoD Warrior Games are an annual event allowing wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans to compete in Paralympic-style sports including archery, cycling, field, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and wheelchair basketball. (Roger L. Wollenberg)

Army Specialist Mitchell Bombeck competes in shot put during the 2017 Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL, July 5, 2017. The DoD Warrior Games are an annual event allowing wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans to compete in Paralympic-style sports including archery, cycling, field, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and wheelchair basketball. (Roger L. Wollenberg)

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