SCUBA Challenge 2019: Day One – Checkout and Recreational Dives

SCUBA Challenge 2019: Day One – Checkout and Recreational Dives

Once everyone was comfortable in their gear, had their weights set, and had eaten lunch, we headed to the boats!  Everyone had a great time getting used to diving again. 

Why do we go out on recreational dives before doing research?

The research team needs the guys (and gals some years) to be comfortable enough in their equipment and underwater that they aren’t thinking about diving. They need to focus on the tasks given to them by the prosthetist.  The research is very hard on them, so getting their diving skills fine tuned or fired up again, is helpful to the collection of data.

We are happy to announce Captain Dominic Gorie, USN/NASA (ret) is new CWVC President

We are happy to announce Captain Dominic Gorie, USN/NASA (ret) is new CWVC President

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA, JAN. 20, 2016 – Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge, Inc. (“CWVC”), www.combatwounded.org, headquartered in St. Petersburg, FL, announced today that its Board of Directors, by unanimous decision, has elected Captain Dominic Lee Pudwill Gorie, USN/NASA (ret) as its President, effective immediately.

CAPT Gorie is a retired United States Navy officer and NASA astronaut, and a veteran of four space shuttle missions. CAPT Gorie was born May 2, 1957, to parents Paul and Shirley Pudwill in Lake Charles, Louisiana. CAPT Gorie’s father, Capt. Paul Pudwill, USAF, was killed when his B-47 Stratojet developed ice on its wings and crashed when CAPT Gorie was six years old. CAPT Gorie graduated from Miami Palmetto High School in 1975. He received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering. CAPT Gorie later earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Tennessee in Aviation Systems in 1990.

CAPT Gorie was designated a Naval Aviator in 1981 and flew the A-7E Corsair II with Attack Squadron 46 on USS AMERICA (CV-66) and the F/A-18 Hornet with Strike Squadron 132 on USS CORAL SEA (CV-43). After attending U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in 1987, CAPT Gorie served as a Navy Test Pilot from 1988 to 1990. From 1990 to 1992, CAPT Gorie was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 87 and flew the F/A-18 Hornet from USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71). From 1992 to 1994, CAPT Gorie was assigned to U.S. Space Command in Colorado Springs. Shortly after receiving orders to take command of Strike Fighter Squadron 37, CAPT Gorie was selected by NASA (National Aeronautics & Space Administration) as an Astronaut Candidate.

While with NASA, CAPT Gorie was assigned to work safety issues and served as a spacecraft communicator (CAPCOM) in Mission Control for numerous Space Shuttle flights, and was chief of the Astronaut Shuttle Branch. In 1998, CAPT Gorie served as the pilot for the Space Shuttle DISCOVERY (OV-103) during the STS-91 to the Russian MIR space station. In 2000, CAPT Gorie served as the pilot for the Space Shuttle ENDEAVOUR (OV-105) during STS-99 mission. In 2001, he served as the Crew Commander of ENDEAVOUR during the STS-108 mission to the International Space Station (ISS). In 2008, CAPT Gorie returned to space for the fourth time as Crew Commander aboard ENDEAVOUR during the STS-123 mission to the ISS. CAPT Gorie retired from NASA in 2010.

The mission of CWVC is to improve the lives of U.S. injured and combat wounded veterans by providing “Challenge” expeditions that are physically and psychologically demanding and requiring extreme outdoor efforts. These rehabilitative high adventure and therapeutic expeditions, led by veterans, provide sufficiently arduous,
reasonably achievable, and extremely motivational experiences. While participating in these grueling Challenges, the veterans voluntarily participate in case studies and medical research projects that further medical, physiological, biomedical and pathological sciences associated with their injuries. CAPT Gorie has led several of
the “CWVC” Challenges, including mountain climbing and backpacking treks in Alaska and Colorado. CAPT Gorie is also a member of the CWVC Board of Directors. CWVC Board members also include Ambassador Jay Katzen (who is the Board’s Chair), CAPT David Olson, USN (ret) (who is the founder of CWVC), LCDR Gerard Coleman, USN (ret)
(who is a professor of nuclear and marine engineering technology at Texas A&M University in Galveston), CPT Deborah Pawlowski, USA (ret) (owner of KEI Consultants, which is an investor relations communications company), and Ben J. Hayes, JD (who is an attorney and former Major League Baseball pitcher with the Cincinnati
Reds).

Above picture of CAPT Gorie is courtesy of NASA. For more information, visit www.combatwounded.org or contact us at info@combatwounded.org

Press Release 01 March 2016

Press Release 01 March 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT: LCDR Neal Harper, USN
Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge, Inc.
Office: (727) 942-8415
neal.harper@combatwounded.org
www.CombatWounded.org

ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA, MAR. 1, 2016 – Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge, Inc. (“CWVC”), www.combatwounded.org, headquartered in St. Petersburg, FL, announced today that its Board of Directors, by unanimous decision, has elected Jay Kenneth Katzen as Chairman of the Board of Directors, effective immediately.

A retired career Foreign Service Officer, Jay Katzen served as Chief of Mission at several important embassies abroad. He now is a Park Ranger at Denali National Park and Preserve. Katzen was born in Brooklyn, NY, and received his B.A. (magna cum laude) in Political Science from Princeton University and an M.A. in International Relations from Yale University. He also attended the National War College in 1970. Katzen served under presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower through George H.W. Bush. His diplomatic posts included Australia, Burundi, Zaire, Romania, Mali, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York, and Congo. In 1990, President Ronald Reagan appointed, and the U.S. Senate confirmed, Katzen as Vice Chairman of the Board of the African Development Foundation, a position he held for two years. Subsequently, our new Chairman served four terms in the Virginia State Legislature, was Chief of Staff of the Peace Corps, then President of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.

The mission of CWVC is to improve the lives of our wounded or injured veterans by assisting them in realizing their newfound potential by providing “Challenge” expeditions that are physically and psychologically demanding and requiring extreme outdoor efforts. These rehabilitative high adventure and therapeutic expeditions, led by veterans, provide sufficiently arduous, reasonably achievable, and extremely motivational experiences. While participating in these grueling Challenges, the veterans also voluntarily participate in field work and case studies that furthers medical, physiological, biomedical and pathological sciences associated with their injuries. These field work and studies are helping to produce gains in the fields of traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress, orthotics and prosthetics.

The Challenge teams are tested mentally and physically in extreme conditions. If the wounded or injured veterans can literally and figuratively “climb a mountain,” then the goal of transitioning becomes less daunting and more attainable. The camaraderie of again being part of a team … a mission with objectives … achieving success … giving wounded and injured veterans the confidence to seek assistance and know they are not alone.

Members of the CWVC Board of Directors include Jay Katzen, CAPT Dominic Gorie, USN, (Ret), a retired NASA astronaut and veteran of four space shuttle missions, CAPT David Olson, USN (Ret), the founder of CWVC, LCDR Gerard Coleman, USN (Ret), a professor of Marine Engineering Technology at Texas A&M University, and Ben J. Hayes, J.D., an attorney and former Major League Baseball pitcher.

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Our December Newsletter is out!

Our December Newsletter is out!

From the Mountains to under the Sea…that’s where we took you this year!

See what’s been going on at Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge this year. We’ve been on top of Aconcagua and restoring coral reefs in Key West, all while conducting research and case studies on TBI, PTS, and Prothetics/Orthotics. We also conducted the first annual Reveille Summit to further research, educate the public and honor veterans who have been wounded or injured in the line of duty.

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