The 2019 DoD Warrior Games start today in Tampa Bay, Florida, and 39 veteran and active duty Marines will participate from Team Marine Corps! The Warrior Games will run from June 21-30, at venues throughout the city, and all athletic competitions are free and open to the public. Get to know the team here, before rooting them on over the next week.

The Department of Defense (DoD) established the Warrior Games in 2010 to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of ill and injured service members – active duty and veterans – by showcasing their incredible athletic abilities and discipline. This year’s event will feature 14 sporting events and more than 300 athletes representing the U.S. Marine Corps, Army, Navy, Air Force, and U.S. Special Operations Command.  For the first time since its inaugural year, the Warrior Games will feature golf, wheelchair tennis, and wheelchair rugby among the competitions. Athletes from allied forces, including United Kingdom Armed Forces, Australian Defence Force, Canadian Armed Forces, Armed Forces of the Netherlands, and the Danish Armed Forces will also compete.  

SPOTLIGHT:  Meet Captain Patrick Nugent

Infantry Officer Captain Patrick Nugent is an active duty Marine assigned to Wounded Warrior East – Bethesda as a Recovering Service Member. Nearly two years ago, during a nighttime live-fire exercise in Hawaii, Nugent was on duty as the range officer in charge. He was standing downrange and off to the side when a 5.56-mm M16 round ricocheted off a pile of rocks and pierced his lower back, right below his flak jacket, shattering his pelvis.

For more than six months following his injury, Nugent was immobilized in a wheelchair, with a continuous intravenous catheter in his arm that did not allow him to wheel himself. After undergoing more than 13 surgeries and 22 months of intensive rehabilitation and specialty care at Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, his primary injury remains a completely severed right sciatic nerve. Nugent wears an advanced orthosis call the Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis, or IDEO, to remain active. Developed for wounded warriors, the IDEO enables people with severe lower limb injuries to not only walk, but also engage in high-impact activities to include running, jumping and even skydiving.

After receiving gold and silver medals while competing at the 2019 Marine Corps Trials at Camp Pendleton, Nugent will go on to compete in cycling, field, rowing, powerlifting, and track in this year’s Warrior Games. Join us in wishing Captain Nugent a safe and successful competition!

Rah, Team Marine Corps!