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SSG Earns Warrior Games Heart of the Team Award

Staff Sgt. Matthew Lammers honored at the Warrior Games closing ceremonies
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Monday, July 01, 2019

More than 300 competitors took part in the 10th annual Warrior Games competition, held this year in Tampa, Florida, and hosted for the first time by the U.S. Special Operations Command.

The Army’s team of about 100 competitors included soldiers from the Regular Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve and veterans.

Army Capt. Casey Turner tied for second in the Ultimate Champion result count, with Staff Sgt. Ross Alewine – the 2018 Ultimate Champion – finishing third.

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U.S. Army Capt. Casey Turner (right) races on her racing wheelchair during the track competition.
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Alewine was part of Army’s gold medal-winning 4x100 relay team. Also on the relay team were Staff Sgt. David Cochran, Staff Sgt. Samuel Daniels and Spc. Austin Harwick.

Staff Sgt. Matthew Lammers received the Army’s Heart of the Team award for his attitude, resilience and selfless support. Lammers lost both legs and left arm in Iraq in 2007 from the blast of an improvised explosive device. A cross-country runner and basketball player in high school, he has used swimming as exercise and therapy.

During the 2019 games, Lammers also won gold medals in the seated shotput and seated discus. He captured attention at the Warrior Games by wearing a sign painted on his back wishing his daughter, Jaelen, a happy 13th birthday.

Team Army also won a bronze medal in the highly competitive wheelchair basketball competition, defeating Team Marines 61-51. Turner was part of the Army team, and she described the victory as a big comeback after being defeated earlier by Navy. Army’s high scorer was retired Spc. Brent Garlic, with 27 points. “Team positivity was the key in this matchup,” Garlic said.

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Retired Spc. Brent Garlic
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The 2019 Warrior Games were hosted by the U.S. Special Operations Command, their first time in charge. It featured Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Special Operations Command teams, plus competitors from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Great Britain and the Netherlands.

The 2020 Warrior Games will be hosted by the U.S Army in San Antonio, Texas.