NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE — The U.S. Air Force Wounded Warrior Program is hosting the inaugural Air Force Trials this week.
The Air Force Trials are an adapted sports event designed to promote the mental and physical well-being of seriously ill and injured military veterans. More than 130 injured service men and women from around the country will compete for a spot on the 2014 U.S. Air Force Wounded Warrior Team, which will represent the Air Force at the 2014 Warrior Games held in Colorado Springs, Colo., in the fall.
A second team roster will be developed from among the event participants to become part of a 100-person "Team USA" Wounded Warrior Team, which will represent the Department of Defense at the recently announced "Invictus Games," hosted by Prince Harry Windsor and the armed forces of the United Kingdom later this year.
The sporting events at the trials include wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, air pistol and rifle shooting, archery, and cycling.
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A Welsh III, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Chief Master Sgt. James Cody, Col. Barry R. Cornish, 99th Air Base Wing commander, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman were part of the opening ceremonies.
— From news release