A U.S. Airman Pursues his PassionNELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev., July 1, 2015 – He slowly walks to the foul line as his arm swings. He unleashes the ball, and it swiftly rolls toward the pins. With a noise that sounds like 10 champagne bottles being uncorked, the ball sends the pins flying, and he is rewarded with a strike.
Air Force Staff Sgt. Joshua Cramer, a 57th Maintenance Squadron munitions systems technician here, has had a passion for bowling since he was a boy. "My dad got me into it when I was 6 years old," he said. "It was something that the two of us could do together." Some people take years to develop a high skill level for a sport, but Cramer said he enjoyed early success at bowling. "I've always enjoyed bowling and I performed really well at competitions when I was younger," he said. Cramer continued bowling, and he eventually applied to join the 2015 Air Force bowling team. Competing against other applicants at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida, he made the team. In May, he bowled in the Armed Forces Championships. The Air Force women's team placed second, while the men's team took first place. Cramer and his men's doubles partner finished first in that category, and Cramer placed fourth overall individually.
Sometimes people hear about our organization, do some research, and then get right to work for the troops.
This happened recently with Nicole Jones, a Regional Operations Director at Red Robin. She heard about Support Our Troops®, decided the organization was to her liking, and wanted to get involved. What happened next, however, was truly surprising. A Red Robin employee poses with donations collected at a Red Robin."Our division really wanted to help make a difference in our community," Nicole said. "We are such a large organization and we thought we could get all of our restaurants involved in something that was important to many." Nicole got 42 restaurants involved with collecting donations.
"We had each restaurant get a large box that they decked out with fun decorations (i.e. camouflage paper, Armed Force medallions, American flags etc). They put out the large boxes for both guest and team members to donate," she said. "We added a list of items needed that we found on the website.
After that we just talked to people about what we were doing and why. It took little effort and brought back so much more."
So how much was collected? Stay tuned to our blog to find out!
Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Timothy Sifuentes talks with Army Staff Sgt. Monica Martinez at Fort Belvoir, Va., before cycling training for the 2015 Department Of Defense Warrior Games, June 14, 2015. Sifuentes and Martinez are two of more than 40 active duty and veteran athletes training at Fort Belvoir. Sifuentes will represent Team Army in the field, swimming and cycling competitions, and Martinez will compete in the cycling, field ,sitting volleyball, swimming ,track and archery competitions during the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games at Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Va., June 19-28, 2015. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Christophe PaulFORT BELVOIR, Virginia: Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Timothy Sifuentes has flown more than 2,300 hours and completed nearly 1,000 combat missions in an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter. Flying is a part of who he is. So when injuries to his back and knee and a tear in his right glute forced him out of the cockpit, he had to find a new way to soar.
Sifuentes is preparing to compete in the Department of Defense Warrior Games at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, June 19-28. “What do I think I’ll get out of the Warrior Games experience? A new challenge -- a new me, if you will,” said Sifuentes, a Glendive, Montana, native, and a former Fort Riley Warrior Transition Battalion soldier, now with the 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. “Yeah, I know I’ll never be 100 percent where I was prior to my injuries,” he added, “but I can establish a new baseline.”
Sifuentes, a former runner, was able to use cycling to recover from injuries, thanks to the adaptive reconditioning program offered through the Warrior Transition Battalion. He will compete in cycling, swimming and field events at the Warrior Games. Different, But Therapeutic “Once I couldn’t compete in [running] any more and I started the recovery process, I thought, ‘Let me give cycling a chance,’” he said.
Special needs adults cutting troopons. Photo courtesy of center.There are a multitude of ways to help the troops, and one of the easiest is by sending them troopons. Recently, a group of special needs adults at Building Blocks Ministries did just that.
As part of a health and wellness class at the center, the adults learned about cutting coupons and saving money on the various items they needed to purchase. They noticed a surplus of coupons, and came up with an idea: troopons!
The adults loved the idea of helping others and decided to use some of their time in class to cut and sort extra coupons and send them to us! We're happy to receive the hard work of these classmates and share them with the troops.