These are the Warriors that have been selected to participate in previous Combat Wounded Veteran Challenges:
Warrior Leadership Team:
AOCM Will Wilson, USN (Ret), Deputy Director
Master Chief Ordnanceman James “Will” Wilson was seriously injured while serving aboard the USS Enterprise in May of 2001 when he broke his neck and both legs. Due to the serious damage to his right leg, Will ultimately chose a below the knee amputation in December of 2007. He has not stopped his return to a full and demanding schedule of athletics ever since. After long periods of hospitalization and rehabilitation at Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Virginia, and Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Master Chief Wilson has beat the odds and now competes in a full regimen of athletics including the Florida Ironman Triathlon, Pensacola, Florida 2 Bridges Run, serving as Team Captain for Warrior Games 1 and 2 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and later as Head Coach for the US Navy Warrior Games Paralympic Team. Will formerly served as a Program Manager for the Navy Wounded Warrior Adaptive and Paralympic Sports Program, a newly established department of Navy Safe Harbor…Read More
THOMAS “BILLY” COSTELLO, USA (R) GREEN BERET
Staff Sergeant Thomas W. Costello was born in Lexington Park, Maryland, on February 22, 1982 and enlisted in the Army in November 2002, after graduating from Great Mills High School. SSG Costello completed Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina, and graduated from the Heavy Wheeled Vehicle Maintenance Mechanics Course. From there, Billy went to Air4borne School at Ft. Benning, Georgia, where he earned his Jump Wings. Upon completion of this training, SSG Costello was assigned to 1-72 Armor Battalion, Camp Casey, Republic of Korea. SSG Costello volunteered for U.S. Army Special Forces Assessment and Selection in December 2004, and was selected to attend the Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC) at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. Upon completion of the SFQC he was assigned to Charlie Company, 4th BN, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) as a Special Forces Engineer Sergeant. Upon arrival to Charlie Company, he volunteered for the dive team and subsequently attended and passed the Combat Dive Qualification Course. SSG Costello deployed with his Operational Detachment Alpha team attached to 2nd BN, 3rd SFG(A) in support of operations in… Read More
SSG PETER QUINTANILLA, USA (R) ARMY RANGER
Staff Sergeant Peter Quintanilla was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He enlisted in the Army in 1989, completed Basic training and his advanced individual training at Ft. Benning, Georgia, where he was awarded the Military Occupational Skill (MOS) Identifier 11B. Upon graduation, he reported to the US Army’s Airborne School, where he earned his jump wings. Graduating from airborne school, he was met by the cadre from the 75th Ranger Regiments: Ranger Indoctrination Program, where he spent the next five weeks proving both mentally and physically that he was able to join the ranks of the men in the 75th Ranger Regiment.
Upon completion of RIP, Peter was assigned to Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Ft. Lewis, Washington.
On November 9, 1997 during a live fire training exercise in the jungles of Panama, Peter was struck in the left ankle by a single round from a M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW). He was medevac’d to Brooke Army Medical Center at Ft. Sam Houston in Texas, where he spent the next year rehabilitating and eventually undergoing an ankle fusion on his left ankle. During this time he served as the Force Modernization NCO at his unit, where he tested and procured clothing and equipment for the Ranger Regiment, and assisted with tests wit6hin the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC)…Read More
SSG ROLAND VAUGHAN, USA (R) ARMY RANGER
A native to Alabama, Roland Vaughan has made a transition from serving in the military to studying film. He is a true patriot with a love for filmmaking. The passion to break into this field has been with him ever since he could remember. Roland’s mother found a journal that he kept when he was a child and gave it to him when he was in his twenties. Written in his own words he expressed his love for filmmaking and a passion to capture the world around him as he saw it. Roland said then and there, “If this was what I wanted as a child and I still hold the same passion now as I did then…well, it must be my calling.”
Roland served as a United States Army Ranger from 2005 to 2010, where he did tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2007, Roland was struck by a roadside bomb that almost ended his life, but he would never give up and fought to stay alive. Though he was offered a chance to leave the military, he refused and powered through the recovery. He returned to active duty for two more deployments and was awarded the Purple Heart for his sacrifice and to our country.
After finishing his military service Roland packed up all his belongings and headed out of Savannah, Georgia to the beaches of the west coast. He had come this time to follow his dreams. So he put down his weapon and traded it in for a camera. He is currently attending Brooks Institute, majoring in film and loving every minute of it. Roland said, “This is a great new adventure for me. How many people do you know that can actually say that they followed through with what they wanted to be when they grow up? I’ve wanted to be a filmmaker since I was about ten years old and now I’m making it happen.”…Read More
Warriors listed alphabetically
WILLIAM “BILL” CONGLETON, USA (R)
He is a retired combat wounded veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. In his own words, here’s his bio…
“I served in the United States Marine Corps as a 1473 Combat Engineer from Oct. 1998 – Oct. 2002. I held the rank of an E-4 Cpl, then served Feb. 2003 in the Marine Corps reserve until Oct. 6 2003 from Oct. 7th 2003. I also served until May 2006 in the U.S. Army as a 11 B grunt rank E-5 Sgt. I located a volunteer National Guard unit that was to be activated on the 9th of Oct 2003 and I was activated within 76 hours of my enlistment in the Oregon National Guard.
We were sent to Ft Hood Texas to train up and be attached to First Calvary, then later attached to 2/7 Ghost battalion. Our unit arrived in Kuwait at the end of March 2004. After 3 days of driving we finally reached Iraq on April 8th. At first I was stationed in southern Baghdad, and then went to Camp Taji to take on new areas of concern. June 23, 2004, at 2300 hrs my 1114 HMMWV was struck with (3) 155 artillery shells. The majority of the blast was under me. No one was killed, but I was the only one who was severely wounded. Injuries included an L3 lumbar bust fracture that burst to the left side, leaving me with an incomplete spinal cord injury, and my left leg was affected. My left foot underwent a limb salvage surgery, which has healed up greatly.
A year after my injury I elected a right below the knee amputation due to severe damage and the fact that I started to make some progress with my incomplete spinal cord injury. This left me with my amputated leg being the good leg. Since the blast was so intense I sustained a mild head injury as well. I have also been diagnosed with PTSD. After years of personal physical therapy and surgeries, I have managed to heal up to the point that most wouldn’t know I was ever injured. I take this as a compliment because I worked very hard to get where I am on a physical level…Read More
SFC CHRIS CORBIN, USA, GREEN BERET
Sergeant First Class Chris Corbin entered military service in July 1995. Prior to becoming a Green Beret with the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) he served in various other Army units such as the 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, and the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.
On February 17th, 2011, Chris was on his 3rd tour in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). That day he was on patrol with his Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) through a village in the Helmand Province, when he stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and suffered injuries to both legs resulting in a Bilateral, Below-the-Knee (Bilat BK) amputation.
After stabilization Chris was immediately sent to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he underwent several surgeries; after which he embarked upon – what was thought to be – a long road to rehabilitation.
On July 15th, 2011, less than 5 months after his injury, he was medically cleared to Return to Duty (RTD) with the 7th Special Forces Group (A), where he is currently…Read More
Hospital Corpsman Chief Petty Officer Holly “Hope” Crabtree, USN
Holly was born in Tacoma, Washington, and raised in Port Angeles, Washington. Shortly following her graduation from high school, she reported to Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes and graduated Hospital Corpsman “A” School at Naval Training Center, Great Lakes and ultimately became an Independent Duty Hospital Corpsman, which is the highest enlisted medical care provider in the Navy.
She quickly rose through the ranks to become a Hospital Corpsman First Class Petty Officer when she received orders to deploy to Iraq. She was uniquely skilled, not only as a Combat Medic Corpsman, but also as an Arabic linguist. On April 15, 2010, while on a mission in Iraq with the Navy SEALS, she was felled by a bullet to the head while providing critical and lifesaving medical care to other Navy SEALS during an ambush and ensuing firefight involving her unit. While preparing to send Corpsman Crabtree to advanced lifesaving medical care, her squad realized that she was not expected to live through her injury and coded Holly’s condition as “Hope Trauma”. To this day, she will tell you that she also goes by that name, Hope, to her closest battle friends and other Wounded Warriors.
Hope is, in fact, what Holly gives to the many other wounded veterans today that she inspires through her words of encouragement.
She has proudly served in the military as a medical care provider for over 13 years…Read More
SSG ROBBIE DOUGHTY, USA (R)
He is a retired combat wounded veteran of the U.S. Army. In his own words, here’s his bio…
“I served in the U.S. Army for 12 years. In 2004 I deployed to Iraq with A Company, 3RD Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne). On July 8, 2004, I was wounded by a roadside bomb that resulted in the loss of both my legs. I spent 5 months recovering from my injuries at Walter Reed Hospital. My wounds are right leg above the knee and left leg below the knee amputations. I travel with a wheelchair, but I only use it in the morning and at night when I take my prosthetics off. I can get around pretty well with my prosthetics.
In December 2004, I returned home to Kentucky and began the retirement process, which I completed in 2005. Since then, in 2007, I opened a Little Caesars Pizza restaurant in my hometown and earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration in 2013 with my GI Bill benefits…Read More
SGT JOSHUA HARGIS, USA (Ret)
In his own words, here’s his bio…
“I’ve been very fortunate to spend the last 3 years of my career in the special operations community. I completed Basic Training, Airborne School and Ranger Assessment and Selection Program at Ft. Benning, Georgia. In late 2010, I was assigned to 3RD Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment as an infantryman. I went on to serve 3 deployments to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, holding positions as Grenadier and Machine Gunner. After my second deployment, I completed Ranger School in July 2012. Shortly after my third deployment, I completed the Ranger Regiments Multi-Purpose Canine Handlers course. I was again deployed for my fourth trip to Afghanistan, as a Canine Handler, where I was injured as a result of an IED blast. I consequently lost both legs from the knee down. As a result of my actions, I was awarded the PURPLE HEART and the BRONZE STAR w/ VALOR.
Currently my wife and I have been enjoying the birth of our first child who recently arrived. It has been challenging to say the least, accepting this new way of life. My days are now spent focusing on recover and learning to walk with a new set of legs. I will relearn to walk. I will run and I will NOT quit…Read More
CPL David Warden III, USMC (R)
Dave enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2008 and deployed twice, most recently to Afghanistan in 2010. Dave attended Marine Officer Candidate School in July of 2009 and postponed his commission to join his Marine unit for their Southern Afghanistan deployment.
During a combat patrol on August 22, 2010, Dave was struck by a total of four IED’s over the course of four hours and subsequently medically evacuated after the final blast. Injuries included a broken neck (C-6 Vertebrae), five severely damaged disks in his lower back, three severe concussions leading to a moderate TBI with seizures to follow (rare and mild when they occur) and was then later diagnosed with PTSD. Dave was treated at the hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, and then Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC).
Currently an outpatient at the James A. Haley VA hospital in Tampa, Florida, Dave still undergoes physical therapy and has improved substantially since his injuries with the aid and assistance of his service dog, Duke…Read More