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Stafford native selected to represent U.S. Special Operations Command at Warrior Games

May 17, 2019

Navy Machinist’s Mate, Chief Petty Officer Phillip Fong, from Stafford, will be one of 300 athletes participating in the 2019 Warrior Games, June 21-30, in Tampa Bay.

Fong, currently stationed at Naval Operational Support Center, will participate in the field, powerlifting, rowing, and wheelchair rugby events.

The Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games and other rehabilitation and recovery programs offered by each service, provide opportunities for athletes to heal and to regain confidence and purpose.

Service members and veterans are the participants in the event. The athletes represent the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Special Operations Command, and five teams from six partner nations.

Athletes will compete in 14 events, including archery, wheelchair basketball, road cycling, time-trial cycling, field, golf, powerlifting, indoor rowing, wheelchair rugby, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track, and wheelchair tennis.

This marks the first time golf, wheelchair rugby, and wheelchair tennis will be included in DoD Warrior Games history.

The United Kingdom Armed Forces, Australian Defense Force, New Zealand Defense Force, Canadian Armed Forces, Danish Defense Force, and the Netherlands Defense Force will also compete. This will be the seventh time the U.K will compete, third time for Australia and New Zealand, second time for Canada, and first time for Denmark and the Netherlands.

Injuries and illnesses are not always visible, such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), cancer, and post-traumatic stress, and not all are sustained in combat. The Games provides an opportunity for athletes to showcase their healing and recovery through adaptive sports and to regain confidence and purpose. The DoD Warrior Games offers a way to celebrate their efforts and commitment to healing.

While the Games are primarily focused on the athletes and their incredible experiences and accomplishments, they will also acknowledge and recognize the tremendous dedication and support of hidden heroes: athletes’ family members and/or close friends who have made their own sacrifices to help the warrior athletes with their recovery efforts and athletic achievements.