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Warrior Games 2019

June 24, 2019

Let the games begin

The opening ceremony of the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games began with the traditional procession of service member athletes representing their countries. ...

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Lance Cpl. Annika Hutsler
Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment
June 28, 2019 | 3:26
Lance Cpl. Annika Hutsler
Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment
June 28, 2019 | 3:26
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U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Carlos Jimenez takes a breath during a swimming relay at Long Aquatic Center during the 2019 DoD Warrior Games in Tampa, Florida, June 29, 2019. Jimenez would go on to earn a silver medal and two bronze medals before the swimming portion of the games came to an end. The 2019 Warrior Games consist of 13 Paralympic-style sports, and more than 300 athletes representing the U.S. Marine Corps, Army, Navy, Air Force, Special Operations Command, and five international teams.
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Matthew Maddux holds the DoD Warrior Games ceremonial torch high during the closing ceremony at Amalie Arena, in Tampa, Florida, June 30, 2019. Maddux is the ambassador for next year’s games, which will be hosted by the U.S. Marine Corps in San Antonio, Texas. The Warrior Games showcase the resilient spirit of today’s wounded, ill or injured service members from all branches of the military and provide a venue for recovering service members and veterans to demonstrate triumph over significant physical or invisible wounds and injuries.
The count down to the closing ceremony comes to an end as the cauldron burns on stage at the 2019 DoD Warrior Games closing ceremony at Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida, June 22, 2019. The 2019 Warrior Games consist of 13 Paralympic-style sports, and more than 300 athletes representing the U.S. Marine Corps, Army, Navy, Air Force, Special Operations Command, and five international teams.
The 2019 DoD Warrior Games end with the passing of the torch at the game’s closing ceremony at Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida, June 30, 2019. Lt. Gen. Michael Rocco, Deputy Commandant for Manpower & Reserve Affairs,  received the torch with Maj. Gen. Juan Ayala (Ret), City of San Antonio Director of Military Affairs, to signify the Marine Corps’ partnership with San Antonio.. Next year’s games will be hosted by the U.S. Marine Corps in San Antonio, Texas. The DoD Warrior Games were established in 2010 as a way to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, ill or injured service members and veterans and to expose them to adaptive sports.
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Matthew Maddux holds the DoD Warrior Games ceremonial torch high during the closing ceremony at Amalie Arena, in Tampa, Florida, June 30, 2019. Maddux is the ambassador for next year’s games, which will be hosted by the U.S. Marine Corps in San Antonio, Texas. The 2019 Warrior Games consist of 13 Paralympic-style sports, and more than 300 athletes representing the U.S. Marine Corps, Army, Navy, Air Force, Special Operations Command, and five international teams.
Maj. Gen. Juan Ayala (Ret.), City of San Antonio Director  of Military Affairs  and Cpl. Matthew Maddux, the Ambassador for the 2020 Warrior Games, present the torch on stage after receiving it from U.S. Special Operations Command. Next year’s games will be hosted by the U.S. Marine Corps in San Antonio, Texas. The Warrior Games showcase the resilient spirit of today’s wounded, ill or injured service members from all branches of the military and provide a venue for recovering service members and veterans to demonstrate triumph over significant physical or invisible wounds and injuries.
The 2019 DoD Warrior Games ends with the passing of the torch at Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida, June 30, 2019. Next year’s games will be hosted by the U.S. Marine Corps and held in San Antonio, Texas. The 2019 Warrior Games consist of 13 Paralympic-style sports, and more than 300 athletes representing the U.S. Marine Corps, Army, Navy, Air Force, Special Operations Command, and five international teams.
American activist and comedian Jon Stewart gives a speech at the DoD Warrior Games closing ceremony at Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida, June 30, 2019. The DoD Warrior Games were established in 2010 as a way to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, ill or injured service members and veterans and to expose them to adaptive sports.
Lt. Gen Michale Rocco, Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, and Maj. Gen. Juan Ayala (Ret.), City of San Antonio Director of Military Affairs, receive the torch to signify the transition of DoD Warrior Games host service at Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida, June 30, 2019. Next year’s games will be hosted by the U.S. Marine Corps in San Antonio, Texas. The 2019 Warrior Games consist of 13 Paralympic-style sports, and more than 300 athletes representing the U.S. Marine Corps, Army, Navy, Air Force, Special Operations Command, and five international teams.
The 2019 DoD Warrior Games color guard marches on stage at the games’ closing ceremony at Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida, June 30, 2019. The 2019 Warrior Games consist of 13 Paralympic-style sports, and more than 300 athletes representing the U.S. Marine Corps, Army, Navy, Air Force, Special Operations Command, and five international teams.
The National Anthem is played at the 2019 DoD Warrior Games closing ceremony at Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida, June 30, 2019. The Warrior Games showcase the resilient spirit of today’s wounded, ill or injured service members from all branches of the military and provide a venue for recovering service members and veterans to demonstrate triumph over significant physical or invisible wounds and injuries.
U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Patrick Nugent and veteran Kyle Stilling celebrate at the 2019 Warrior Games closing ceremony at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, June 30. The Warrior Games showcase the resilient spirit of today’s wounded, ill or injured service members from all branches of the military and provide a venue for recovering service members and veterans to demonstrate triumph over significant physical or invisible wounds and injuries.
U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Raymond Archer is awarded the “Heart of the Team” award at the 2019 DoD Warrior Games closing ceremony in Tampa, Florida, June 30. Lt. Gen. Michael Rocco, Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, presented the award. The DoD Warrior Games were established in 2010 as a way to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, ill or injured service members and veterans and to expose them to adaptive sports.
U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Raymond Archer lifts the  “Heart of the Team” award after being presented the award by Lt. Gen. Michael Rocco, Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, at the 2019 DoD Warrior Games closing ceremony in Tampa, Florida, June 30. The DoD Warrior Games is an adaptive sports competition for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans. The Warrior Games showcase the resilient spirit of today’s wounded, ill or injured service members from all branches of the military and provide a venue for recovering service members and veterans to demonstrate triumph over significant physical or invisible wounds and injuries.
U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery  Sgt. Steven McKay and Staff Sgt. Jason Pacheco celebrate at the 2019 Warrior Games closing ceremony at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, June 30. The DoD Warrior Games is an adaptive sports competition for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans. The 2019 Warrior Games consist of 13 Paralympic-style sports, and more than 300 athletes representing the U.S. Marine Corps, Army, Navy, Air Force, Special Operations Command, and five international teams.
A competitor carries the symbolic torch during the opening ceremony at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, June 23, 2019, during the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games. The DoD Warrior Games are conducted June 21-30, hosted by Special Operations Command, Tampa, Florida. It is an adaptive sports competiton for wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans. Approximately 300 athletes, representing teams from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Special Operations Command, United Kingdom Armed Forces, Australian Defense Force, Canadian Armed Forces, Armed Forces of the Netherlands, and the Danish Armed Forces will compete in archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track, field, wheelchair basketball, indoor rowing, and powerlifting.
U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Steven McKay defends against team Navy at the DoD Warrior Games Wheelchair Rugby competition in Tampa, Florida, June 27, 2019. The DoD Warrior Games is an adaptive sports competition for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans. The 2019 Warrior Games consist of 13 Paralympic-style sports, and more than 300 athletes representing the U.S. Marine Corps, Army, Navy, Air Force, Special Operations Command, and five international teams.
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jason Pritchett participates in the DoD Warrior Games Wheelchair Rugby competition in Tampa, Florida, June 27, 2019. The DoD Warrior Games is an adaptive sports competition for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans. The 2019 Warrior Games consist of 13 Paralympic-style sports, and more than 300 athletes representing the U.S. Marine Corps, Army, Navy, Air Force, Special Operations Command, and five international teams.
U.S. Navy team members make a Marine Corps sandwich with Staff Sgt. Jason Pritchett during the DoD Warrior Games Wheelchair Rugby competition in Tampa, Florida, June 27, 2019. The DoD Warrior Games is an adaptive sports competition for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans. The 2019 Warrior Games consist of 13 Paralympic-style sports, and more than 300 athletes representing the U.S. Marine Corps, Army, Navy, Air Force, Special Operations Command, and five international teams.
U.S. Marine Corps and Navy wheelchair rugby teams get caught in a collision at the DoD Warrior Games in Tampa, Florida, June 27, 2019. The DoD Warrior Games showcase the resilient spirit of today’s wounded, ill or injured service members from all branches of the military and provide a venue for recovering service members and veterans to demonstrate triumph over significant physical or invisible wounds and injuries.
A U.S. Marine Corps wheelchair rugby team defends against team Navy at the DoD Warrior Games in Tampa, Florida, June 27, 2019. The Warrior Games showcase the resilient spirit of today’s wounded, ill or injured service members from all branches of the military and provide a venue for recovering service members and veterans to demonstrate triumph over significant physical or invisible wounds and injuries.
A U.S. Marine Corps team staff member checks the equipment functionality at the DoD Warrior Games wheelchair rugby competition in Tampa, Florida, June 27, 2019. The DoD Warrior Games is an adaptive sports competition for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans. The 2019 Warrior Games consist of 13 Paralympic-style sports, and more than 300 athletes representing the U.S. Marine Corps, Army, Navy, Air Force, Special Operations Command, and five international teams.
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jason Pacheco participates in the DoD Warrior Games Wheelchair Rugby competition in Tampa, Florida, June 27, 2019. DoD Warrior Games were established in 2010 as a way to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, ill or injured service members and veterans and to expose them to adaptive sports.
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Annika Hutsler receives two silver medals for the 100m and 200m races in the DoD Warrior Games track competition at a medaling ceremony June 26, 2019. Col. Lawrence F. Miller (left), Commanding Officer of USMC Wounded Warrior Regiment, and Sergeant Maj. Edward Parsons, USMC Wounded Warrior Regiment Sergeant Major, presented the medals.  DoD Warrior Games were established in 2010 as a way to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, ill or injured service members and veterans and to expose them to adaptive sports.
U.S. Marine Corps veteran Isaac Blunt fends off an Air Force defender at the DoD Warrior Games wheelchair basketball tournament in Tampa, Florida, June 24, 2019. The 2019 Warrior Games consist of 13 Paralympic-style sports, and more than 300 athletes representing the U.S. Marine Corps, Army, Navy, Air Force, Special Operations Command, and five international teams.