May 21, 2013
David Rozelle and his Service Dog Domi
The fourth annual Warrior Games just finished up five days ago, and I’m still a little tired. And I was just watching, plus I live here. I can’t imagine what it’s like for the athletes, coming here from all over (including the UK this year), competing, doing interviews, going to meetings, just trying to find time to eat – and all at 6000+ feet altitude, which most of them aren’t used to.
I’ve been to all four and written here about the previous … Read More
Jun 26, 2012
The 2012 Warrior Games Recognition Ceremony was held at the Pentagon yesterday afternoon. I’m fortunate to know a few people who were there, including my good friend Lance Weir and his fantastic Canine Companions for Independence service dog Auggie, pictured above with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.
That picture is a cropped version of this outstanding photo of the entire group. To really get the full effect, click on it for the giant hi-res version.
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, center, and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, … Read More
May 12, 2012
Corporal Justin Jones, Sergeant Joey Smith, Lance Corporal Lance Weir and his Canine Companions for Independence service dog Auggie accept the Chairman’s Cup for the Marines from Admiral Winnefeld, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Warrior Games at the US Air Force Academy May 5. (Photo by Pat Cubel)
I haven’t posted here for the last couple weeks because of Warrior Games, and it’s hard to believe they ended a week ago. I’m finally pretty much recovered and feeling … Read More
Apr 1, 2012
This one was just too good to pass up.
My good friend CMSgt (Ret) Damian Orslene, me, and 1st Lt Ryan McGuire at the Air Force Academy Community Center gym Friday afternoon. They’re both previous Warrior Games medalists and were here for this year’s Warrior Games Air Force team selection camp. (Thanks to my friend Coach Cami Stock for taking the picture, too.)
I’ve written about Damian here before and you can also read more here: “Combat Injuries Can’t Crush Chief’s Spirit”
Ryan is a 2008 USAFA graduate, the … Read More
Feb 28, 2012
If you’re not already reading the “Training With The Chief” series at the Team Racing For Veterans (R4V) blog from my very good friend, wounded warrior, and fellow retired Chief, Damian Orslene… well, you should be.
I don’t know what it’s like to live with the stuff Damian lives with, but I do know he talks about a lotta stuff there that he and others who do live with it talk about all the time, but you don’t necessarily read anywhere. And it’s all great advice, regardless.
I’ve briefly mentioned … Read More
May 24, 2011
Warrior Games swimming medals ceremony. Photo by Pat Cabel from SemperFiSports.
OK, not really (nice idea, though).
Warrior Games Closing Ceremonies Saturday night were overwhelming. It was great to see so many friends, especially wearing medals, and I wanna thank my good friend Damian Orslene (one of those wearing a medal) for inviting us and allowing us to celebrate with him.
The final Canine Companions for Independence graduate medal count was: 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 4 Bronze. Lance Weir with 1 Gold, 1 Silver, and Jason Morgan … Read More
May 21, 2011
“Marines Sweep Shooting Competition” (photo by Lance Cpl. Kayla Hermann)
That’s pretty much the headline for this year’s Warrior Games.
One person who contributed to that butt whuppin’ is my friend Lance Weir, seen here with his Canine Companions for Independence service dog Auggie during the presentation of his Gold and Silver Medals in the air rifle shooting competition.
Very cool because, besides being a friend and very well known in the CCI world, Lance wasn’t even here last year, and, according to his coach, didn’t even realize it … Read More
May 17, 2011
“Airmen Begin Warrior Games At Olympic Training Complex“
There’s so much stuff from yesterday’s Warrior Games Opening Ceremonies, there’s no way in the world I could come close to posting it all here, even just the service dog stuff. I’ll say just like I did last year that it’s really an incredible experience being there, and if you have any interest at all, you should make a point to come out here to Colorado Springs and go to them.
I did want to post this one picture of … Read More
May 11, 2011
Haven’t said a lot about Warrior Games lately, and that’s mostly because there’s been so much going on, it’s been hard to take a break from it and post anything.
Teams are all here in Colorado Springs now prepping for the Games next week, and I got to catch up with my good friend Jason Morgan and his Canine Companions for Independence service dog Napal at the Air Force Academy Community Center pool yesterday during practice.
I’ve written lots about Jason before – a search will show more, but here’s … Read More
Feb 22, 2011
Great picture of my friend Canine Companions for Independence graduate and former Marine Lance Weir with his service dog Auggie at the inaugural Marine Corps Trials at Camp Pendleton this week in preparation for this year’s Warrior Games:
Here’s the corresponding article: “Wounded Marines compete for chance at ‘Warrior Games’”
Air Force had its training camp week before last in San Antonio and will announce its team soon: “Athletes Vie For Spot On Air Force Warrior Games Team”
I have a number of good AF friends who were at that … Read More