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Warrior Games 2012 started April 30 and continues to May 5 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Reserve EOD technician to represent McChord in Warrior Games 2012. TSgt Keith Sekora proves life goes on with other wounded warriors.
Gen. William L. Shelton, Commander, Air Force Space Command, takes a discus from Tech. Sgt. Keith Sekora, 446th Airlift Wing, McChord Field, Wash. who is competing in the Warrior Games at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. April 25. The Air Force encourages wounded warriors to reach for and achieve a rich and productive future, to defeat their illness or injury to maximize their abilities and know that they can have a rich and fulfilling life beyond what has happened to them in service to their nation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Duncan Wood)
Warrior Game competitors, Tech. Sgt. Keith Sekora, left, 446th Airlift Wing, McChord Field, Wash., and retired Chief Master Sgt. Damian Orslene, practice discuss throwing at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. April 25. Warrior Games serves as an introduction to Paralympic sport, while at the same time builds camaraderie and raises awareness of adaptive sports. (U.S. Air Force photo/Duncan Wood)
Tech. Sgt. Keith Sekora, a 446th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight technician, out of McChord Field, Wash., throws out a pitch during the Seattle Mariners' 10th Annual Salute to Armed Forces April 21 in Seattle. (U.S. Army photo by Scott Hansen/Northwest Guardian)
by Master Sgt. Jake Chappelle
446th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
5/8/2012 - MCCHORD FIELD, Wash. -- After throwing the opening pitch at the Seattle Mariners' 10th Annual Salute to Armed Forces game, April 21, Tech. Sgt. Keith Sekora, a 42-year-old Issaquah resident, was on a flight to Colorado to begin training for the 3rd Annual Warrior Games.
Sekora is one of more than 200 servicemembers competing in the 2012 games, which started April 30 and will continue until May 5 at the Air Force Academy and Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
After shrapnel from an improvised explosive device struck the back of his neck during a deployment to Afghanistan in 2010, the Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician from the 446th Airlift Wing here, suffered a series of four strokes and was left with post-traumatic stress disorder, memory loss, vertigo and loss of feeling on the left side of his body. But that hasn't swayed his confidence in participating in his first Warrior Games.
"I'm overwhelmed with the privilege of being on the Air Force Warrior team," said the 6-foot-6 giant. "Being a member of this team proves to me, that I can still do things and play sports with my disabilities. It also allows me to represent the Air Force and the EOD community and compete against other wounded warriors in the other service branches."
In this year's games, he's scheduled to represent the Air Force Reserve in participating in: the sitting volleyball team, standing shot put and discus, the 50-meter freestyle and the combined 200-meter freestyle relay.
Sekora displayed his true warrior and team-player grit when he was forced to go back to the states early from his deployment, due to his injuries.
"My biggest concern was I felt I abandoned my team by being sent back home early," he said.
Sekora has completed extensive physical therapy and hasn't let the effects of his injuries get the best of him. Last year, he participated in the 2011 Iraq/Afghanistan Run for Remembrance on his recumbent bicycle.
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