He was there when the twin towers were attacked on September 11, 2011, and he was there, in Afghanistan and Iraq. Now medically retired after a 28-year career as a military reservist and a 22-year veteran of the New York Police Department, he is there for wounded warriors like himself.

Retired Sr. Master Sgt. Ray Schroeder, Carlisle, has served in all four U.S. military Services. It was the Air Force Reserve unit that deployed him in 2002 to take the fight to Afghanistan after having helped New York City recover from the 9/11 attacks. Schroeder was one of the 'dirt boys' of Air Force civil engineering responsible for preparing air fields in Afghanistan and, in 2004-5, in Iraq. Head trauma in May 2002 from an improved explosive device hidden under the top soil near him eventually led to his medical retirement.

Schroeder was among the wounded warriors using adaptive bikes on a multi-day Warrior Ride through the central Pennsylvania countryside with a special stop to meet Carlisle Barracks, Army War College and U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command leadership at the United States Army Heritage and Education Center May 10.

Warrior Ride is a nonprofit organization that supports wounded veterans with adaptive bicycles for recreation and rehabilitation.

Military kids and employees from throughout the installation waved to the riders as they rode a lap around Carlisle Barracks before heading off to their next stop.

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