The U.S. Army Warrior Transition Command announced last week the 40 wounded, ill and injured soldiers and veterans and five alternates who will represent Team Army at the 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games later this year.
Three soldiers from Fort Hood — Sgt. 1st Class Allan Armstrong, Capt. Justin Decker and 1st Lt. Christopher Parks — were selected to represent Team Army. Two Fort Hood area veterans were also selected: former Staff Sgt. Erick Acevado, of Kempner; and former Sgt. Robbie Gaupp, of Gatesville.
Army athletes will compete in eight sports against Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, U.S. Special Operations Command and United Kingdom Armed Forces teams on June 15-21 at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.
“All of the men and women who represent the Army team at Warrior Games are examples of strength, resilience and dedication,” said Col. Chris Toner, Commander, U.S. Army Warrior Transition Command and Assistant Surgeon General for Warrior Care and Transition.
“All of them are very inspiring. I look forward to them competing against our sister services and Special Operations Command. Adaptive Sports competition is a way to honor our wounded, ill and injured soldiers, and to showcase their ability to adapt and overcome adversity as well as support them in their transition.”
Wounded, ill and injured service members compete in archery, cycling, field, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and wheelchair basketball in this Paralympic-style competition.
Each branch is responsible for selecting its own team.
To select the Army athletes, this year the 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.