The trophy was created by service academy alumni in 1972. The Air Force Falcons claimed the trophy for the 19th time during their game against the Army Black Knights with a score of 23-6 in November 2014.
We’re taking a look back at last year’s accomplishments when the Air Force beat Navy during the round robin.
I have compiled some of the best images from last year’s game. Hope you’ll enjoy.
By Tech. Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.
Air Force Social Media Team
Practice? Check. Uniform? Check. Family, friends and supporters in the stands? Check. Oh wait, I’m not competing. I’m at Marine Corps Base Quantico for the Department of Defense Warrior Games.
Being a former athlete myself I felt the energy and competitiveness but also the preparation and skill needed to execute at a high level just like you would for battle. Well, these warriors have done that throughout the Warrior Games.
It’s often said during intramural Air Force sports that there is no rank on the field or on the court in the art of competition. I personally think that is said because it allows you to relax and just have fun and compete. Throughout my interactions with the Air Force Wounded Warrior Team, I couldn’t distinguish if I was speaking with a captain, chief master sergeant or airman basic.
One thing I can say as a former high school athlete and a non-commissioned officer in the world’s greatest Air Force is that these athletes move as one despite their challenges. They have to overcome anxiety or find the physical strength to endure a now rigorous activity that beforehand seemed as though it was second nature.
These warriors help paint a beautiful, harmonious picture of what it means to be a United States Airman and uphold the core values in and out of uniform.
Senior Airman Kevin O’Brien smiles as his mother, Betty, kisses his cheek during the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games June 24, 2015, in Quantico, Va. O’Brien survived complications caused by a brain tumor in order to compete and represent the Air Force in the pistol and track and field events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.)
Family members cheer as members of service teams proceed onto the field during the opening ceremony of the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Va., June 19, 2015. The Warrior Games feature athletes from throughout the DoD who compete in Paralympic-style events for their respective military branches. (DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett)
Capt. Christy Wise works out during the Intrepid Center ceremony at San Antonio Military Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, June 12, 2015, as part of her recovery from an above-knee amputation. Wise competed in the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games just two months after losing her lower limb. (Department of Defense photo by EJ Hersom)
By Tech. Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.
Air Force Social Media Team
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, between 11 and 20 percent of 100 veterans who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in a given year. Also, Traumatic Brain Injury is much more common in the general population than previously thought, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) program works hand-in-hand with the Air Force Survivor Assistance Program and Airman and Family Readiness Centers to ensure Airmen receive professional support and care from the point of injury, through separation or retirement and for life.
This year, the AFW2 team is at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, for the 2015 DoD Warrior Games from June 19-28. If you can picture the Olympics but with a military twist then you would be able to get a glimpse of what the Warrior Games are all about. It’s all about competition, camaraderie and commitment.
“I thought that nobody understood me, and I felt alone,” said U.S. Air Force veteran Master Sgt. Lisa Hodgdon, an Air Force wounded warrior athlete. “My wounded warrior care manager told me about the DoD Warrior Games. The Warrior Games are more than just sports; they’re about family.”
The adaptive sports and athletic reconditioning activities play a fundamental role in recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration of service members back to their units, or as they transition into the civilian environment.
“I’m just happy to be a part of the team and to serve in any capacity to assist our warriors in their recovery,” said Nicole Hart, AFW2 career readiness program manager.
Sports have the ability to bring people together from all walks of life. Sometimes just being accepted into a group or team is the genesis to a ground breaking social improvement in the life of that person.
“Without the Warrior Games and the AFW2 staff I don’t know if he would be here,” said Tami Caswell, wife of Tech. Sgt. Jason Caswell, Air Force wounded warrior athlete. “Because of the Warrior Games we have gained a family. It is truly a lifesaving program for the warrior and the caregiver.”
During my interactions with the AFW2 staff and faculty throughout the Warrior Games, I was amazed at the “service before self attitude” demonstrated. It is said that the Air Force is an Airmen’s family away from family, and that is truly the mindset of the staff, coaches, caregivers and athletes of the AFW2 program.
“The AFW2 program and the Warrior Games give wounded warriors like me what we need in order to overcome any barriers in our life,” said U.S. Air Force veteran Master Sgt. Lisa Hodgdon, an Air Force wounded warrior athlete.
Now it’s your turn. How has your experience been with the AFW2 program?
By Senior Airman Catherine S. Scholar
59th Medical Wing
What do Muhammad Ali, Yani Tseng and other athletes have in common? They exert more energy than the average person, and their physiques need extra nutrients to recover from their strenuous activities. These nutrients include carbs, healthy fats and proteins. A combination of all three nutrients provides balance and success to an athlete’s physical fitness goals. Protein is a key component of good nutrition, but how much do we need in our diets?
Some people suggest stocking up on protein shakes and bars while others think large portions of eggs are the key to becoming a lean mean fighting machine. However, have you ever thought of what’s really happening with all that protein in your body? Some of the symptoms related to protein overconsumption include sudden urges to use the restroom, intestinal irritation, difficulty losing weight (excess protein not used converts into fat), and increased thirst. Dehydration and seizures have also been linked to excess protein intake. Inadequate water and foods high in animal protein are usually high in saturated fat, which promotes an increase in bad cholesterol and places people at risk for heart disease. So again I raise the question: how much protein do our bodies truly need?
Here are the facts about proper protein consumption:
Adult male athletes need between 84 and 119 grams of protein each day, while adult female athletes need about 66 to 94 grams of protein daily.
Sedentary adult males need about 56 grams of protein each day, while sedentary adult females need only about 46 grams of protein daily.
Protein plays a significant role in an athlete’s nutrition as the nutrients help renovate and support muscle tissue growth. Protein contributes about 10 percent of the overall energy an athlete’s body uses. The remaining energy is comprised of carbohydrates and fat. Athletes who consume the proper ratios of nutrients use fewer proteins for energy. Protein can aid an athlete’s efforts to attaining lean body mass. To preserve muscle, athletes need to make sure they are also meeting their body’s needs for carbohydrates and fat – not just protein.
A protein shake or other supplement may not be necessary. There are natural sources of proteins, carbs and fats most people don’t take into account like:
By Airman 1st Class Krystal Tomlin
Air Force Public Affairs Agency
Today is the opening day of the 2012 Olympics. It’s a big day for many athletes from around the world as they step onto an international stage to represent the excellence of their home nations. We wish the best to all the participants, but one in particular has a special cheer from the U.S. Air Force.
Weston “Seth” Kelsey is one of Team USA’s all-time most accomplished epee fencers, according to his Team USA bio. He’s also a U.S. Airman. As a captain with the 310th Force Support Squadron, Kelsey is not only representing America as a nation; he is representing the Air Force and the U.S. military.
“It’s awesome, I really like the Air Force and all the people that I work with,” Kelsey said. “I feel honored that I get to represent them. It’s that core value of excellence. It’s also a lot of pressure on the other hand. I have to bring my best game on the day that I compete because I know everyone’s going to be there watching and supporting me.”
Good luck to you, Captain. We’ll be cheering for you.
Contributions to this story were made by Senior Airman Elisa Labbe of 460th Space Wing Public Affairs.
Photo: Weston Kelsey, right, fences U.S. Olympic Training Center teammate Jimmy Moody on June 8, 2012. Kelsey, a former U.S. Air Force Academy fencer and now three-time Olympian, has been fencing for approximately 20 years. Kelsey is an Air Force captain with the 310th Force Support Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)