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More than 100 athletes selected to participate in 2019 Army Trials at Fort Bliss

More than 100 athletes selected to participate in 2019 Army Trials at Fort Bliss

More than 100 athletes selected to participate in 2019 Army Trials at Fort Bliss
By Whitney Delbridge Nichels, Army Warrior Care and Transition

ARLINGTON, Va. U. S. Army Medical Command, Deputy Chief of Staff, Army Warrior Care and Transition is proud to announce the selection of more than 100 wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and veterans who will compete at the 2019 Army Trials. The event will take place at Fort Bliss, Texas March 5 – 16 with wounded warrior athletes competing in 12 events with hopes of earning a spot on Team Army for the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games hosted by the United States Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida, June 2130.

For first time participants, like Spc. Nikita Bowen, the journey to Army Trials has been one filled with training and discipline.

“I want to be a Soldier athlete as long as I can. I have my sights on Warrior Games. [It’s been] all about training, eating right, sleeping right. There’s always [an] opportunity to become better, so that’s my focus,” said Bowen during the Pacific Regional Trials at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, the preliminary competition for active duty athletes to qualify for Army Trials.

The Warrior Care and Transition Program equips wounded, ill and injured Soldiers with the resources to return to duty or transition into veteran status. As part of Army Warrior Care’s whole-Soldier approach, adaptive reconditioning is introduced to Soldiers in transition to help them remain active and teach them new ways to do different activities, like the sports they have always loved or new activities they never thought possible. With every push forward, the Army athletes at the heart of these games show just what happens when resiliency overpowers fear and the impossible becomes attainable.

“Army Trials is a great event for our wounded, ill and injured Soldiers,” said Lt. Col. Heidi Schuster, officer-in-charge of the Warrior Care and Transition Adaptive Reconditioning Program. “Not only will they receive world class training from our coaching staff, but this year they will get to experience a variety of therapeutic recreation events that they can take back with them to help with their recovery.”

This is the second year in a row that Army Trials will introduce new events to the competition. This year, wheelchair tennis, wheelchair rugby and golf have been added to the roster of events, which also includes archery, cycling, field, powerlifting, rowing, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track, wheelchair basketball.

Check out the complete list of athletes selected to participate in the 2019 Army Trials below.

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Active Duty Athletes

SFC Albach, Giovanni
SSG Alexander, Jonathan
SSG Arnold, Kenneth
SSG Averre, Aaron
SFCBagorio, Rey
SFCBernard, Timothy
PFC Berry, Joshua
SGTBerry, Ricardo
LTCBolish, James
SGTBowen, Nakita
SSGBrown, Matthew
SGTCampos, Christoper
SPCCarlson, Tara
MAJCarney, Kristina
SSGChilders, Dolores
MAJCochran, David
SFCCooper, Rodney
SGTCordereo, Eddie
PFCCostanzo, Kyia
SFCCrawley, Ian
SSGDaniels, Samuel
CPTDay, Melissa
CPTEspinoza, David
SGTFlores Roja, Jesus
SGTFoster, Ashton
SSGGilmore, Rodney
SFCGonzalezCintron, Angel
CPTGordon, Mya
SGTGuillen Verde, Jose
PFCHairston, Bryant
SSGHall, Barry
SPCHarwick, Austin
SPCHenao, Joseph
SPCHerrera, Alexander
SPCHolyan, Kevin
SPCIngle, Taylor
SSGIvins, Cory
SPCJohnson, Tykirius
SSGJones, Alfonzo
SPCJoyner, Drew
SPCKane, Tanner
SSGKeith, Jeffery
SPCKetron, Kaylor
SFCKnowles, Ronald
SPCKozma, Erik
CPTLee, Paul
CPTLeishman, Devin
CPTLewis, Robert
SSGLuebbers, Douglas
SPCMackenzie, Kimberly
SSGMarin, Esteban
SGTMartin, Jay
CW3Mask, Christopher
SGTMathers, Justin
SFCMaynard, Andrew
SSGMcLeod, Kohl
SPCMcLimans, Shannon
SGTMendoza, Gleimarie
SPCMiller, Sean
SPCMiller, Trevor
CPTMorales, Shirley
SPCNelson, Shawon
SFCNielsen, Brandon
SGTPalacios, Jesse
SPC Piper, Raymond
SSGReifke, Paul
CPTRoberts, David
SGTRodriguez, Jorge
SFCRodriguez-Rexroad, Tiffany
SPCSalinas, Marcos
SGTSerna, Brian
SFC Shin, Daniel
SPCSingh, Rakesh
SSGSixkiller, Brent
SPCSmith, Adam
CPTStone, Max
PFC Thompson, Jovonda
CSMTinney, Ric
PFCToaiva, Vaisigano
SPCTorres, Darrel
SGTTurner, Casey
PV2Washington, Clifton
SFCWilliams, Thomas
SFCWilson, Juan
SGTWindham, Brian
MSG Wright, Cinnamon
SFCYeates, Douglas
SPC Young, Katherine

Veteran Athletes

SFCAbe,Takumi
SSGAlewine, Ross
SPCAlvarado,Ray
SSGBlow, Adam
CPTBomke, Tim
SGTBoyd, Harvey
SPCBritt, Lauren
SSGButts, Rae Ann
SFCDuval, Douglas
SPCEuson, Angela
PV2Evans, J’Lene
SPCGarlic, Brent
SSGGonzalez, Armando
MAJHammac, William
SSGHightower II., Charles
SPCHolmes, Erin
SSGKing, Beth
SSGLammers, Matthew
SGTNelson, Shawon
SFCOlson, Joshua
MSG Peele, Clifton E.
SSGRhoten, Dorian
CPTRodgers, Charles (Kenny)
SSGRodriguez, Joel
SSGRunnells J.,Shawn
SPCSanchez,Michelle
SSGShaw, Michael
MAJTruesdale, Christina
SPCVillarreal,Maria
SGTWeasner,Jonathan
CPTWilson, Dandy (Alex)
SFCYoung, Terrance

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