Warrior Athletes

Ralph DeQuebec, Paralympic Team USA

DeQuebec, 2018 Paralympian and Team USA Hockey member, joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2002 at age 19. During his third deployment as an explosive ordnance technician, DeQuebec suffered extensive injuries from an IED (improvised explosive device) including mild traumatic brain injury and the eventual double amputation of both his legs above the knee. DeQuebec is the co-captain of the U.S. National Developmental Sled Hockey Team and a member since 2014. DeQuebec admits that the team has to talk to his wife to convince him to try it out, but DeQuebec credits sled hockey for his 180-degree turnaround. The Paralympic Military Program, with the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs partnerships, supports wounded, ill and injured American service members and veterans impacting the lives of 2,000 athletes annually. Military veterans are a vital addition to the U.S. Paralympic team with 20 veterans in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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Nate Weber, Team USA, U.S. Army

Sergeant First Class Nate Weber is going to the PyeongChang Olympics in South Korea as a member of the U.S. bobsled team. Nate, the only military athlete not a part of the U.S. Army’s World Class Athlete Program, is a Green Beret in 10th Special Forces and has trained for bobsled in some unusual locales — the Sahara Desert in Niger, a jungle in Cameroon and a base in Afghanistan where he once came under mortar attack while doing a workout. Currently, his duty station is Fort Carson, but he’s often traveling to compete on the bobsled circuit with the blessing of his superiors. He left for South Korea on Wednesday, Jan. 31 and will compete Feb. 24-25.


Joe Cardona, New England Patriots, U.S. Navy Reserve

Joe Cardona, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Naval Reserve Lieutenant Junior Grade, is headed to Super Bowl XLII February 4th, 2018 with the New England Patriots. Cardona won his first Super Bowl ring with New England in their 2017 win over the Atlanta Falcons in overtime. Cardona was drafted in 2015 by the New England Patriots making him the fourth pure long snapper to be drafted in NFL history. Cardona remains active in the Navy Reserves and continues to serve with the Naval Academy Prep School’s football team. Following his second Super Bowl, Cardona is eagerly awaiting his upcoming first overseas assignment to the Korean peninsula with the US Navy and says, “that is what all his work at the Navy Academy was about.”

Joe also penned an incredible article via the Travis Manion Foundation that you should read HERE


Justin Olsen, Team USA, U.S. Army

Olympic gold medalist Justin Olsen, a member of the U.S. Army’s World Class Athlete Program, is headed to the PyeongChang Olympics in South Korea for his third Olympic appearance. Olsen will be joined by his fellow military colleagues: Chris Fogt, Mathew Mortensen, Taylor Morris, Emily Sweeney, Nick Cunningham, Nate Weber, Shauna Rohbock (coach), and Michael Bryan Kohn (coach). Olsen, formerly a football tight-end at the Air Force Academy, is now a Sergeant in the New York National Guard, and first won gold in 2010 as a pusher for Steven Holcomb – the most decorated bobsledder in U.S. history. The 30-year old will compete as a driver for the first time in South Korea participating in both the 4-man and 2-man events as Team USA’s coaches shuffled the lineup to find the best team combinations for the Games.