In Case You Missed It: The 2015 Team Navy roster is available online at our Department of Defense Warrior Games page! The seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen selected to compete are listed on the page, and additional information about the event will be posted regularly. Please check back for the latest news.
Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Ian McClanahan received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal on March 18 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps Chapel, Quantico, Va. It was the second anniversary of McClanahan’s training exercise injury. The medal is awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity with the Navy or Marine Corps, distinguishes himself by heroism not involving actual conflict with the enemy, for acts of lifesaving or attempted lifesaving, at the risk of one’s own life.
Marine Col. Kenneth M. DeTreux, commanding officer of the 8th Marine Regiment at Camp Lejeune, N.C., presented the Navy and Marine Corps’ highest peacetime award for heroism to McClanahan. When his injury occurred, McClanahan cleared his own airway and began treating other injured Sailors and Marines. He refused medical help so medics could treat others more seriously injured.
Bravo Zulu, shipmate!
Do you live near San Antonio, Texas? Are you a seriously wounded, ill and injured service member or a caregiver? Learn more about the Department of the Navy Wounded Warrior Veteran Hiring and Support Conference in May! Visit www.HireAVet.navy.mil today.
In the above photo, Naval Aircrewman (Mechanical) 2nd Class Jennifer Suber (left), a Navy Wounded Warrior (NWW) — Safe Harbor enrollee, in speaking to Capt. Stanley Keeve Jr., commander of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, during the inaugural Navy Region Hawaii Wounded Warrior Family Symposium March 10 at the Historic Hickam Officers’ Club. Suber, a symposium panelist, candidly discussed the issues she’s faced as a single, active-duty Sailor dealing with a serious injury, and she detailed the ways in which NWW has supported her and her parents. Learn more about the family assistance services provided by NWW, and about the symposium.
Today, retired Navy Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Jim Castaneda — a Navy Wounded Warrior — Safe Harbor enrollee and a longtime member of Team Navy, who has inspired many teammates — was made an honorary chief petty officer during a surprise pinning ceremony at Ford Island in Hawaii. The ceremony featured remarks from U.S. Pacific Fleet Master Chief Marco Ramirez. Chief Castaneda said: “It’s a great feeling. This was my dream before I got out; I wanted to make chief. And now its a reality, and I’m going to wear these anchors everywhere.”
“Enhancing the lives of wounded warriors” was the underlying theme during the Navy Wounded Warrior — Safe Harbor Adaptive Sports Clinic held Feb. 13-15 at Naval Station Mayport. Adaptive sports enhances the quality of life for people with disabilities through exceptional sports activities. The program is inclusive to families and friends, empower the participants in their daily lives and have a positive enduring effect on self-efficacy, health, independence and overall well-being. Learn more about the event now!