Warrior Games 2017: Taking home the gold

After a week of fierce competition, Coast Guard representatives in the 2017 Warrior Games are going home with accolades. The four Coasties played a role on an overall Navy/Coast Guard team, and together they earned many team and individual medals. They competed in archery, cycling, field, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming and track.

Warrior Games 2017: Keep fighting

Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Troha, an intelligence specialist at Coast Guard Cryptologic Unit Texas in San Antonio, does not have the luxury of taking the activities of daily life for granted. But what is remarkable about his story is not the rare genetic disorder that snuck up on him in the middle of his Coast Guard career; instead it is the things he has resolved to do in spite of it.

Troha is competing in five events at the DoD Warrior Games this year as part of the Navy/Coast Guard Team.

Warrior Games 2017: Meet Team Coast Guard

As a spectator, there’s really only one way to approach an event like the Warrior Games: humbly. For the uninitiated, Warrior Games is a week of adaptive sports competition for service members and veterans. Whether sustained in combat or brought on through a tragic accident or diagnosis, the athletes competing in the events are all doing so with struggles that make even everyday life more difficult than it once was. Follow along this week for more stories about Coast Guard athletes.

Krissy Esget will be the first female Coast Guardsman to participate in the Invictus Games.

Injured Coast Guardsman perseveres at Invictus Games

Though Krissy Esget recently earned a gold medal in shooting and several personal bests in swimming at the Navy Coast Guard Pacific Trials, just five years ago she was struck by a drunk driver and awoke in a hospital bed with multiple injuries. She doesn’t let her injuries hold her back, however. This year she will be first female Coast Guardsman to participate in the Invictus Games.

Coast Guardsman leads Team Navy at warrior games

Byrd – who currently is stationed at the Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team in San Diego– is serving as Team Navy captain. He is the first Coast Guardsman to lead the team, and he will provide guidance and encouragement to his shipmates.

Retired U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Sancho Johnson prepares to throws a shot put Nov. 15, 2012, during the first ever Wounded Warrior Pacific Trials at the Iolani School Kozuki Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. Wounded, ill and injured sailors and Coast Guardsman from across the country are going head-to-head in archery, cycling, track and field, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, and wheelchair basketball for one of 35 places on the 2013 Warrior Games Navy-Coast Guard team. Department of Defense photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth.

Representing the Coast Guard at the Warrior Games

The Warrior Games bring together more than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members from all branches of the U.S. military, as well as from international armed forces. The event includes competitions in archery, cycling, seated volleyball, shooting, swimming, track and field and wheelchair basketball. The goal of the Warrior Games isn’t necessarily to identify the most skilled athletes, but rather to demonstrate the incredible potential of wounded warriors through competitive sports.

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2011 Warrior Games: The medal count

Over the weekend, Team Navy/Coast Guard wrapped up participation in the 2011 Warrior Games with an impressive second place finish in the team competition. In total, the team earned 27 medals during the games but, perhaps more importantly, the team left […]

Former Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Bell celebrates his first Warrior Games medal with his mother in 2010. He received a bronze medal in recumbent cycling. Photo courtesy of Navy Safe Harbor.

2011 Warrior Games: A mother’s perspective

Written by April Richie, mother of Team Navy/Coast Guard member Michael Bell. At about 10:30 p.m. on a cold November evening in 2007, I received a phone call that changed my life. My son, Mike, was in the hospital, a […]

Former Coast Guard Petty Officer Michael Bell carries the traditional torch during the opening ceremonies of the 2011 Warrior Games. U.S. Navy photo by Zona T. Lewis, Navy Safe Harbor.

2011 Warrior Games opening ceremonies

Written by Navy Safe Harbor Public Affairs. In an atmosphere filled with pride and patriotism, over 200 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen opened the 2011 Warrior Games at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., on […]

Coast Guard veteran Christopher Shunk training for the 2011 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs. Photo courtesy of Navy Safe Harbor.

Shipmate of the Week – Coast Guardsmen of the Warrior Games

This week, we honor three wounded Coast Guard veterans who continue to represent their country on a different field of battle – competitive sports. Lt. Sancho Johnson, Chief Petty Officer Christopher Shunk and Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Bell will represent the Coast Guard in the 2nd annual Warrior Games.

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