Sunday, May 12, 2013

Let the games begin.

Prior to the start of the 2013 Warrior Games presented by Deloitte, which run May 11-16, athletes and supporters gathered at the Athlete Welcome Reception, May 10, at Penrose House in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Guests included Admiral James Winnefeld, ninth vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Misty May-Treanor, three-time Olympic gold medalist in beach volleyball.

Being a part of the U.S. Air Force Team is an honor and a privilege that only a few have known. The evening was dedicated to meeting and greeting fellow athletes, distinguished visitors and key sponsors of the games.

The following day, we gathered to make our entrance to the games. Each team made their official entrance and greeted invite only spectators.

The energy in the waiting area flourished, and stories of triumph during medical treatment dominated the topics of conversation.

Each team made our way to "the tunnel" and walked to our seats.

Prince Harry of Wales was a special guest and has remained an active participant in the games for the United Kingdom team. Even participating in a seated volleyball game, where his youthful, fighting spirit showed through.

I am off to capture a bit of the seated volleyball game tonight, so I will have more to share later.

Go Air Force!

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