2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games Opening Ceremonies

Army 1st Lt. Christopher Parks throws a discus during the 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., on June 16.

EJ Hersom

The 2016 Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games kicked off Thursday and finished up Tuesday at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

Three Fort Hood soldiers — Sgt. 1st Class Allan Armstrong, Capt. Justin Decker and 1st Lt. Christopher Parks — represented Team Army. Former Staff Sgt. Erick Acevedo, of Kempner, and former Sgt. Robbie Gaupp, of Gatesville, were two area veterans who competed.

At press time, the events were in process and no results were available.

Armstrong competed in archery, cycling, swimming and track; Decker competed in cycling, field, shooting, sitting volleyball and track; Parks competed in cycling, field, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and wheelchair basketball; Acevedo competed in archery, shooting, sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball; and Gaupp competed in archery, shooting, sitting volleyball and track.

The five area athletes joined 35 other Army Warrior Transition Command (WTC) comrades and squared off with Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, U.S. Special Operations Command and United Kingdom Armed Forces teams in eight sports.

The Paralympic-style competition featured wounded, ill and injured service members who were selected by their respective military branch.

To select the athletes this year the Army WTC hosted the U.S. Army Trials in March at Fort Bliss.

The most competitive times and scores from the Army Trials helped determine which soldiers and veterans would represent the Army team at the 2016 DoD Warrior Games.

The mission of the Army WTC is to develop, coordinate and integrate the Army’s Warrior Care and Transition Program (WCTP) for wounded, ill and injured soldiers, veterans and their families or caregivers to promote success in the force or civilian life.

Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Previously spent time as sports editor at both the Hereford Brand and the Gatesville Messenger. Graduate of West Texas A&M University.

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