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The Honorable Coral Wong Pietsch
CW5 Phyllis Wilson
CSM Betty Benson
USA (Ret.) - (Posthumously)
Pioneer Women of Cultural Support Teams 1-7
2016 U.S. Army Olympic and Paralympic Team Members
In 2009, while working on an ambulance, she sustained a traumatic brain injury, which resulted in total loss of vision. When Shawn was introduced to para-sports, she confronted her blindness, and her competitive spirit ignited. For the last four years, Shawn has raced with the U.S. National Paralympic Cycling Team in 16 domestic and 20 international races, including representing the USA at the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016. Shawn is a seven-time U.S. National Champion.
US Army Veteran - Cycling
In 2007, Patty elected to amputate her left leg below the knee to regain more mobility after suffering significant injuries from a 2006 accident while bicycling. She rehabilitated while continuing to serve in her unit of assignment, returning to running and parachuting within six months of her surgery. She remained an active duty service member for another nine years, deploying to Afghanistan and commanding a tactical communications Battalion as an amputee with no physical limitations. Upon her retirement from service, Patty was a member of the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Team, representing the U.S. in the sport of Triathlon in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
COL Patricia Collins
US Army (Retired) - Paratriathlon
US Army Veteran - Archery
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She punched her ticket to Rio de Janeiro with stellar performances at the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Swimming Team Trials June 30 through July 2 at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. She won the 100-meter breaststroke event there with a personal-best time of 1 minute, 28.54 seconds – only .01 seconds off the world record of 1:28.53 in her classification.
SSG Elizabeth Marks
US Army - Swimming
Competitors and their guides swam 750 meters in the ocean, biked 20 kilometers, and then ran a 5K. On Aug. 15, 2015, Meyers and para-triathlete Patricia Walsh won a triathlon in Detroit.
Jessica Jones Meyers
US Army Veteran - Paratriathlon Guide
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US Army Veteran - Sitting Volleyball
While deployed as an engineer officer in Afghanistan in 2007, Morelli was severely injured by an IED. The result was neck, nerve damage, brain trauma, and blindness in her left eye. Her first competition was at a 2010 Warrior Games. She broke the women's C4 pursuit world record at the 2016 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships. She is originally from Saegertown, Pennsylvania, but is a resident of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
She is working on a doctorate in public and community service, but her studies and dissertation are on hold while she's training. In 2015 she was honored by Major League Soccer team Sporting Kansas City during its Salute to Troops campaign.
MAJ Shawn Morelli
US Army, (Retired) - Cycling
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Jennifer Schuble has been a talented athlete throughout her life. She was a two-time state champion in soccer and a varsity track runner in high school. While attending the United States Military Academy at West Point to become a commissioned officer, Schuble was a varsity athlete in three separate sports. One day during hand-to-hand combat class, she sustained a traumatic brain injury. She suffered an additional TBI later in a car wreck, and in 2004, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. This led her to the Lakeshore Foundation, a Paralympic training site in Birmingham, where she was encouraged to get into cycling, which she did in 2007.
In 2008, she won a gold medal and set a world record in the 500m time trial at the Paralympic Games Beijing 2008. She was the first female in the world to compete in team sprint as Team USA was the only country to do it. At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, she was the first woman to medal as a part of the team sprint. She continued her success at the Paralympic Games Rio 2016.
She has two English bulldogs, Panzer and Sherman. She is originally from Saegertown, Pennsylvania, but is a resident of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
US Army Veteran - Cycling
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Melissa joined the ROTC at the University of Colorado in her sophomore year and was a senior in college when the September 11, 2001 attacks occurred. In 2002, she was commissioned as a Transportation Officer and assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. She was deployed in March 2004 to Iraq.
In 2004, Army 1st Lt. (Ret.) Melissa Stockwell was leading a convoy on a mission in Iraq when an improvised explosive device (IED) destroyed her Humvee. As a result of the blast, Stockwell lost her left leg. She was the first female service member to lose a limb in the Iraq War. After a year recovering and undergoing rehabilitation at Walter Reed Army Medical Center Stockwell was medically retired in 2005. Her military decorations include the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Since then, Stockwell has completed multiple triathlons and has become a competitive swimmer. She competed in three events in the 2008 Paralympics and is the 2010 Paratriathlon world champion. In 2016, she completed as a paratriathlete and won the Bronze medal in Rio.
In addition to her work as a paratriathlete, Stockwell works with the Wounded Warrior Project and is a certified prosthetist, fitting other amputees with artificial limbs.