Army Trials 2017 at Fort Bliss
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army veteran Michelle Sanchez competes in the Archery event for the Warrior Care and Transition's Army Trials at Fort Bliss Texas, April 4, 2017. About 80 wounded, ill and injured active duty Soldiers and veterans are competing in eight different sports 2-6 April for the opportunity to represent Team Army at the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Ashka Phetis) (Photo Credit: Pvt. Ashka Phetis) VIEW ORIGINAL
Army Trials 2018
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army retired Spc. Brent Garlic prepares for the cycling event during the Army Trials at Fort Bliss, Texas, March 4, 2018. 74 wounded, ill or injured active duty Soldiers and veterans participate in a series of events that are held at Fort Bliss, Texas, Feb. 27, through Mar. 9, 2018, as the Deputy Cheif of Staff, Warrior Care and Transition hosts the 2018 U.S. Army Trials. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joseph Friend) (Photo Credit: Spc. Joseph Friend) VIEW ORIGINAL

By Jyremy Reid

ARLINGTON Va. – After a two-year hiatus, the much-anticipated Invictus Games are officially set to happen in The Hague, The Netherlands from April 16-22, 2022. This year, 15 Team Army Athletes will compete, and the competition is hotter than ever.

With a combination of strength and focus, all members are ready for the chance to face off against over 500 other military service competitors from 20 countries around the world. This multi-sport event created for wounded, ill or injured service members will host a diverse set of athletics including archery, field, powerlifting, indoor rowing, sitting volleyball, track, wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball and a driving challenge.

Spc. Michelle Sanchez and Spc. Brent Garlic, who are competing for Team U.S., couldn’t be happier they are going to The Netherlands. As retired veterans, this opportunity is a dream come true. Sanchez will compete in archery and cycling at the event. Garlic is set to compete in cycling, field, rowing, powerlifting, swimming, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby.

“The pandemic has changed our lives in many ways, but the delay of Invictus is completely understandable,” said Sanchez. “I know my fellow teammates and I have trained hard for the unknown and we are ready to show our talents to the world!”

In light of current situations, Garlic said the games “would be an outstanding booster for the world's athletic community.”

The Invictus Games was built on the concept of the U.S. Department of Defense, Warrior Games, and is designed to harness the power of sport and rehabilitation. This, in turn, gives viewers a greater understanding and respect for those who serve their country.

The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command is in charge of planning and supporting the organization on behalf of the Defense Department. The members of Team U.S. will continue to train until the long-awaited moment of reckoning arrives.

“For me, it’s an end to the darkness and a beginning of normalcy in our lives,” said Sanchez. “I can’t wait to wear our country’s colors and represent Team U.S. alongside my brothers and sisters at arms.”

In addition to Sanchez and Garlic, the following athletes will participate for Team U.S.:

Retired Staff Sgt. Ross Alewine, Army

Retired Sgt. 1st Class Jacob Anthony, U.S. Special Operations Command

Retired Staff Sgt. Stacy Blackburn-Hoelscher, Marine Corps

Retired Sgt. Andrew Blackburn, Marine Corps

Retired Capt. Tim Bomke, Army

Staff Sgt. Matthew Cable, Air National Guard

Retired Senior Airman Brett Campfield, Air Force

Retired Sgt. 1st Class Hyoshin Cha, Army

Retired Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Jai Cheon, Navy

Retired Navy Diver 2nd Class Daniel Clarke, Navy

Retired Lt. Joshua Connell, Navy

Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Jaime Covas, U.S. Special Operations Command

Retired Metalsmith 2nd Class Jacob Cox, U.S. Coast Guard

Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Richard Devericks, U.S. Special Operations Command

Retired Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Michael Diaz, Navy

Retired Staff Sgt. Robert Dominguez, Marine Corps

Navy Chief Petty Officer Nolan Ellis, U.S. Special Operations Command

Retired Specialist Angela Euson, Army

Navy Chief Petty Officer Phillip Fong, U.S. Special Operations Command

Retired Staff Sgt. Larry Franklin, Air Force

Information Technician 1st Class Ruth Freeman, Navy

Retired Specialist Brent Garlic, Army

Retired Hospitalman Gabriel George, Navy

Retired Gunnery Sgt. Doug Godfrey, Marine Corps

Retired Tech Sgt. Chunte Gonzalez, Air Force

Retired Staff Sgt. Beth Grauer, Marine Corps

Staff Sgt. Kevin Greene, Air Force Reserve

Master Sgt. Kenny Guinn, Air Force

Lance Corp. KC Higer, Marine Corps

Retired Cpl. Andrew Holliday, Marine Corps

Retired Master Sgt. Roger Hopkins, Air Force

Retired Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Tiffany Hudgins, U.S. Special Operations Command

Retired Cpl. Carlos Jimenez, Marine Corps

Retired Staff Sgt. Beth King, Army

Retired Cpl. Tisha Knickerbocker, Marine Corps

Retired Chief Master Sgt. Garrett Kuwada, Air Force

Retired Utilitiesman 2nd Class Joshua Laban, Navy

Retired Army Staff Sgt. Fred Lewis, U.S. Special Operations Command

Retired Master Gunnery Sgt. Carnell Martin, Marine Corps

Sgt. Patrick MacDonald, Marine Corps

Retired Major Lisa McCranie, Air Force

Retired Senior Airman Rafael Morfinenciso, Air Force

Retired Capt. Kristen Morris, Air Force

Retired Staff Sgt. Michael Murphy, Army

Retired Sgt. Michael Nicholson, Marine Corps

Retired Sgt. 1st Class Earl Ohlinger, Army

Retired Sgt. 1st Class Josh Olson, Army

Staff Sgt. August O’Niell, Air Force

Army Sgt. 1st Class Dawn Page, U.S. Special Operations Command

Retired Aviation Machinist Mate 1st Class Austin Parker, Navy

Retired Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class John Pulido, Navy

Retired Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Quarles, Army

Retired Master Sgt. Andres Rodriguez, Air Force

Retired Staff Sgt. Joel Rodriguez, Army

Retired Staff Sgt. Shawn Runnells, Army

Retired Specialist Michelle Sanchez, Army

Retired Tech Sgt. Joshua Smith, Air Force

Retired Navy Lt. Isaiah Staley, U.S. Special Operations Command

Retired Cpl. Kionte Storey, Marine Corps

Capt. Casey Turner, Army

Retired Army Master Sgt. George Vera, U.S. Special Operations Command

Retired Army Capt. Sean Walsh, U.S. Special Operations Command

Air Force Staff Sgt. Mario Webb, U.S. Special Operations Command

Retired Capt. Alex Wilson, Army

Retired Capt. Heather Wright, Air Force

The Army Warrior Care and Transition Program is now the Army Recovery Care Program. Although the name has changed, the mission remains the same: to provide quality complex case management to the Army's wounded, ill and injured Soldiers. Visit our website at