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  • 2021 DoD Warrior Games canceled due to COVID-19 Delta variant

    WASHINGTON -- The 2021 DoD Warrior Games have been canceled due to the requirement to ensure the safety, health and well-being of our service members and local communities as the COVID-19 Delta variant continues to affect the country.Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth, as the executive agent for the DoD Warrior Games, made the decision to
  • The Initial Perception

    There are many common sayings that go along with how important the first impression you leave on someone is. No matter the circumstances for someone’s behavior, on any particular day, there is no way to reverse that initial interaction, conversation, attitude, etc. For this reason, and many more, the Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) Program puts
  • Better Than the Last: Tech. Sgt. Matthew Sigmon’s Journey of Faith and Recovery from PTSD and Moral Injury

    Sleep did not come easily in the wake of his first deployment, as the whistling of a mortar shell would often stir Tech. Sgt. Matthew Sigmon in the quietest hours of the night. It was a persistent trauma from an unfinished chapter in his life and a lingering, unseen scar that he bore both in his heart and mind. His heart carried the weight of a
  • AFW2 hosts roadshow event at McChord Field

    The Air Force Wounded Warrior Program hosted an Ambassador Roadshow event at McChord Field on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, Aug. 9.The AFW2 program is a congressionally-mandated and federally-funded program that provides personalized care, services and advocacy to seriously or very seriously wounded, ill or injured Total Force recovering
  • Wounded warriors share message of resiliency in Florida

    "I did not know I got shot,” said the sergeant. “I thought a flare hit my legs.” He was on his second deployment in Afghanistan in July 2011 serving on a combat search and rescue team. His mission was to recover wounded service members. “Going out and getting shot at” was routine, he said, as his unit averaged eight missions a day. On the day a bullet tore through his legs inside an HH 60 Pave Hawk helicopter, U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. August O’Niell, 414th Combat Training Squadron Detachment 1 flight chief in charge of ground operations at Davis-Monthan, Air Force Base, Arizona, said his world changed.
  • Team Air Force Training in Full Swing

    AFW2 hosted its first live in-person event since the beginning of 2020 on Sunday, July 25th, at the Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas Rambler Fitness Center. Distinguished visitors and guest welcomed Team Air Force to the week long training event in preparation for the upcoming Department of Defense Warrior Games, September 12-22, in Orlando,
  • Team Air Force Has Arrived!!!

    Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2), from Headquarters, Air Force Personnel Center, is hosting the 2021 Warrior Games Training Camp, July 23rd through the 30th at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph and Fort Sam Houston, TX. This is the first in-person event since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020 and the first chance for our Warrior
  • AFW2 Behind the Scenes: Creating Family Cohesion Through Adaptive Sports

    As a first-time practical student in college, I had the opportunity to volunteer with the 2017 Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games held in Chicago, Illinois. Fast forward four and a half years, I am now working alongside the warriors who have trained--despite a global pandemic--for the opportunity to represent Team U.S. Air Force at the 2021
  • When PTSD Hits Home: A Caregiver’s Perspective

    In August 2019, Master Sgt. (ret) Davie Hobbs began experiencing symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The severity of his symptoms became evident one morning when he had a PTSD episode during a group staff meeting. Not knowing what the future would hold, it was at that very moment when Davie’s wife and Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2)
  • Living with PTSD: Family Style

    Many people have heard of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and associate it with a tragic car wreck, military combat or sexual assault. Although those events can cause PTSD, there are hundreds of other events that can cause and trigger PTSD as well, and the symptoms can last a life time. Many do not realize how simple life tasks like driving,