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ABOUT USA PAtriots

OUR MISSION

The USA Patriots (formerly known as the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team) has been a registered nonprofit since 2011 after the need for continued rehabilitation options for our wounded warriors had begun to rise. Through the sport of slow pitch softball, the organization has grown in significant ways by providing athletic programming, youth programming initiatives to teach the abilities of adaptive sport by our veterans, and to engage our veterans in communities to show off the abilities they now have as post-trauma athletes.

The Mission of the USA Patriots is to bring athletic and like-minded veteran amputees together to promote the benefits of inclusive sport and therapeutic recreational activities, to inspire and motivate communities of people, to support children with physical challenges, and to operate as a vehicle that offers national opportunities for continued service to our country.

Likewise, we established a vision to move our vehicle forward. With all of our programs and goals in mind, it is our hope that the USA Patriots will take action as a leading veteran-centric athletic team that serves beyond the uniform by empowering, inspiring, and investing in communities across America with the belief that achievement is not without sacrifice.

 

The USA Patriots are a certified Platinum Nonprofit by GuideStar.

Our HISTORY

The organization started with one week of spring training to veterans who were just learning to walk at Walter Reed hospital. After the week was over, it was clear that the ability to use softball to heal these veterans in both a physical and emotional capacity was significant enough to establish a constant program in support of these opportunities. The team was then established in 2011 and took off quite well. After a great deal of success as a team, the veterans came together asking how they could give back to the communities who supported their 3 year journey to health. It seemed most natural to give back to the amputee community to use their service to show that life without limbs can be limitless. Soon, a kids camp was established. This camp is funded by the team who now has the opportunity to not only be a player, but to use their military leadership skills to become coaches for young children who also may think that their limb loss will limit their athletic opportunities in life. This program has been a successful way of giving leadership skills to our veterans, while also directly impacting a community of people they are most connected too. The team has continued to grow since this program addition, and we are now in a place where we are able to provide multiple streams of programming: 1. Team (softball), 2. Adaptive Skills Training through Spring Training Week, 3. Kids Camp and Leadership/Coaching and sharing Adaptive Sport Techniques, and 4. Educating Communities in the areas of Adaptive Sport and Prosthetic Care.

 

Other Information

As an organization that has a great deal of travel to complete our mission, our biggest hurdle is travel and programmatic funding. We have a high expense rate and it is crucial for us to maintain strong and consistent partners and sponsors to recover those expense levels. Through our organizational rebrand, we have been able to distinguish ourselves as a stand alone nonprofit (differentiating ourselves from Wounded Warrior Project or other WW organizations due to the name association), and have really clarified our mission, vision, goals, and values. This has set us up to be in a place to better showcase what intangibles are happening within our organization and positioning us to be a viable opportunity for support from donors and sponsors.

Our Programs

Our program serves in a few capacities:

  1. Team: We travel with athletes giving them opportunities to play the sport of softball while also being part of a team setting once again. This aids to their physical and emotional wellbeing and supports their abilities to work collectively and in a more social setting which increases the emotional intelligence of the veteran and serve as a form of therapy for intellectual limitations caused by PTSD or TBI.
  2. Spring Training – Adaptive Skills Training: This is a week long opportunity to bring the entire roster together for a refresher on skills and adaptive techniques. We have grown this program in terms of length of time as well as offerings. We have softball professionals on site, along with a Physical Therapist who works specifically with the amputee population. We have also begun to incorporate services by individuals who are professionals with the DAV and the VA to ensure our athletes are getting their medical needs met properly. I would like to incorporate more mental health wellness opportunities here in the future. This program is serving as a “check in” on the physical and emotional state of our players as individuals.
  3. Kids Camp – Leadership/Coaching: Kids Camp is a program that we host for outside the veteran population and focuses specifically on children with limb loss. While we do have preference for children of veterans, this opportunity is open to any child in the amputee community. This program benefits our veterans by giving them the opportunity to serve in a leadership capacity which gives them confidence and the ability to work on their interactions with others. This also is an opportunity for our athletes to become coaches and to teach adaptive techniques to children who may have the same limitations they do. They are able to physically and emotionally coach these children who may feel that an amputee cannot play sports.
  4. Education and Community: During our travels, it is a priority of this organization to work with communities on educating them on the abilities and needs of wounded veterans, specifically those with traumatic loss. We educate schools, corporate offices, and other new amputees in VAs and hospitals across the country about the abilities of an amputee. We also provide this education to our new athletes and have provided a great deal of resources to our athletes on upgrading their prosthetics to be more adaptive for an athletic setting.

 

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Team Roster

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Player
Pos.
B/T
Team Service
Randy Raper
Head Coach

ABOUT

Current Residence: Hackleburg, AL

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Chief Master Sgt. Randy Raper 56th Wing Command Chief

Job Title: ASA/USA Softball Men’s Slow Pitch National Team Coach, Previous Armed Forces Softball Assistant Coach

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Randall Raper is a native of Hackleburg, AL. He served 30 years active duty Air Force, retiring 1 Jan 2011. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Sheild/Storm, Operation Northern Watch, Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. Randall has played and coached at all levels of softball, including 10 years as Assistant Coach of the U.S. Air Force and Armed Forces softball teams. He also served as Assistant Coach of the USA Men’s Softball Team for 7 years. Randall has been with the USA Patriots for 5 years, now serving as Head Coach and General Manager.

INTERESTS

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Team Dog, Huey

ABOUT

Current Residence: Eagle River, AK

Owner: Reese Hine

INTERESTS

Softball, taking care of his people, and eating dog treats!

Jessica Bosquez
PT

ABOUT

Hometown: Fond Du Lac, WI

Current Residence: Brownsville, WI

College: Carrol College

Job Title: Team Physical Therapist, DPT

INTERESTS

Information coming soon.

Rob Vande Zande

ABOUT

Hometown: Fond du Lac, WI

Current Residence: Fond du Lac, WI

Service Branch: Air Force

Rank: Senior Airman

Amputations: Lower right leg

INTERESTS

Information coming soon.

Kai Schjang
Asst. Coach

ABOUT

Hometown: St. Croix Virgin Island

Current Residence: St. Croix Virgin Island

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Lt. Colonel

Job Title: Assistant Coach

INTERESTS

Information coming soon.

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Andrew Peden

ABOUT

Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN

Current Residence: Orland, FL

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Amputations: Left leg below knee.

INTERESTS

Information coming soon.

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Saul Monroy

ABOUT

Hometown: El Paso, TX

Current Residence: El Paso, TX

Service Branch: Marines

Rank: Sergeant

Amputations: Left below knee

INTERESTS

Information coming soon.

31
Michael "Mike" Gallardo
INF
R/R
5 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Current Residence: Nutley, NJ

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Sergeant

Amputations: Left below knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball, and Football

4
Reese Hines

ABOUT

Hometown:

Current Residence: Eagle River, AK

Service Branch: Air Force, EOD

Rank: Master Sergeant

Amputations: Multiple skull/facial fractures, right eye enucleation and left eye corneal

Honors/Awards: Bronze Star Medal (x2), Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (x2), Army Achievement Medal, Air Force Combat Action Medal

INTERESTS

Master Sergeant (retired) Reese Hines was born in Charlotte, NC. Reese was raised between there and in Chattanooga, TN. After attending a year of college at the University of Tennessee he enlisted in the USAF in November of 2000 as an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technician. MSgt Hines has deployed to Al Dhafra, UAE 2004-2005 / Baghdad, Iraq 2007-2008 / Kirkuk, Iraq 2009 / and Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2011. During his last deployment to Afghanistan, he was severely injured on April 9th, while attempting to locate and disarm an IED. The device detonated while Reese was laying down in front of it. MSgt Hines suffered the loss of his right eye, the amputation of his index and middle finger, numerous facial fractures and skull fractures, an arterial bleed in the right subarachnoid artery in his temporal lobe, and muscle, nerve, and tissue damage to his left leg. MSgt Hines retired from the USAF in Nov 2013 and now resides in Eagle River, Alaska with plans to relocate to San Antonio, TX in the near future.

07
Michael Brown
UTL
R/R
3 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Murfreesboro, TN

Current Residence: Redstone Arsenal, AL

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Sergeant

Amputations: Left Below Knee

INTERESTS

Scuba diving and reading.

30
Saul Bosquez
INF
R/R
8 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Adrian, MI

Current Residence: Brownsville, WI

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Corporal

Amputations: Left Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball, Football, Golf, University of Michigan

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Zachary "Beef" Briseno
P/INF
R/R
5 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Fort Worth, TX

Current Residence: Fort Worth, TX

Service Branch: Marines

Rank: Corporal

Amputations: Bilateral Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball, Hunting, Football, Weightlifting, and Coaching Son’s Baseball Team.

11
Thomas "Tom" Carlo
P/DH
R/R
7 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Bronx, NY

Current Residence: New Cumberland, PA

Service Branch: Marines

Rank: Gunnery Sergeant

Amputations: Right Below Knee

INTERESTS

Gunnery Sergeant Tom Carlo was born in the Bronx, New York in 1966. He enlisted in the Marine
Corps in November 1983, sparked by the bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut Lebanon. He
retired in January 2005. Gunny Carlo served all over the globe during his 22-year career and amassed several medals along the way. He lost his leg in a car accident on his way to base in April 2002. He was at Walter Reed when the first amputees came back from the war in March 2003 and was a staunch fighter for the amputee’s right to stay in the service after recovering from their injuries. He currently resides in Cumberland, Pennsylvania with his daughter and grandson.

06
Heather Carter
Asst. Coach
R/R
2 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Barrington, RI

Current Residence: Arlington, VA

Service Branch: Air Force

Rank: Senior Airman

Amputations: Left Above the Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Cycling, Volleyball, Kayaking, and Basketball.

13
Nicholas "Nick" Clark
OF
R/R
8 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Yakima, WA

Current Residence: Cooperstown, NY

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Corporal

Amputations: Left Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball, Disc Gold, Skateboarding, and Drums.

27
Manuel "Manny" Del Rio
INF/C
R/R
5 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Van Nuys, CA

Current Residence: Northridge, CA

Service Branch: Navy

Rank: Airman

Amputations: Right Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball, Basketball, Muscle Cars, and Skiing.

25
Justin Feagin
INF/OF
R/R
6 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Merit, TX

Current Residence: Melissa, TX

Service Branch: Army

Rank:

Amputations: Left Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball and Baseball

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Timothy "Tim" Horton
INF/OF
R/R
7 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Sulphur Springs, TX

Current Residence: San Antonio, TX

Service Branch: Marines

Rank: Lance Corporal

Amputations: Left Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball, Wrestling, Football, Basketball, and Weight Lifting.

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Nick Salerno
Utility
R/R
2 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Albany, NY

Current Residence: Tampa, FL

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Corporal

Amputations: Right Leg Below Knee

Awards/Honors: Purple Heart, Army Commendation
Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on
Terrorism Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge,
Army Service Ribbon

INTERESTS

Corporal (Retired) Nick Salerno was born in 1988 and is from Albany, New York. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2009 and has a combat Tour to Afghanistan in 2010 as an infantryman. Nine months into the deployment his squad was on a night patrol to resupply and he stepped on a pressure-plate improvised explosive device rendering him a below-the-knee amputee. He has been awarded the Purple Heart. Corporal (Retired) Salerno resides in Tampa, Florida where he is pursuing his college degree

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Cody Rice
OF/INF
R/R
4 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Newark, OH

Current Residence: Grass Valley, CA

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Amputations: Right Symes

INTERESTS

Softball, Football. Wakeboarding, Basketball, and Fishing.

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Randy Tedder
P/UTL
R/R
2 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: College Park, GA

Current Residence: Whittier, NC

Service Branch: Navy

Rank: Damage Controlman III

Amputations: Left Leg Below the Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Georgia Bulldogs, Texas Hold’em Poker, and his Grandkids

23
Joshua "Josh" Wege
OF/INF
R/R
8 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Campbellsport, WI

Current Residence: Fond Du Lac, WI

Service Branch: Marines

Rank: Lance Corporal

Amputations: Bilateral Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball, Football, Volleyball, Cycling, Rowing, Swimming, Track & Field, and Soccer.

44
William "Rick" Wilk
INF/OF
R/R
4 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Sugar Land, TX

Current Residence: Seabrook, TX

Service Branch: Army

Rank:

Amputations: Right Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball, Hunting, Golf, and Fishing.

19
Christopher "Chris" Hutton
P/INF
R/R
4 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Grand Forks, ND

Current Residence: Grand Forks, ND

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Sergeant

Amputations: Right Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Volleyball, Hunting, Fishing, Motorcycles, and Snowmobiling.

97
Dan Lopez
UTL/C
R/R
3 Years

ABOUT

Hometown:

Current Residence: Williamsburg, VA

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Sergeant

Amputations: Right Above Knee

INTERESTS

Information coming soon.

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Ben Mitchell
Catcher
L/L
3 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: St.Croix, US Virgin Islands

Current Residence: Houston, TX

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Colonel

Amputations: Right Below Knee

Awards/Honors: Legion of Merit, Army Meritorious
Service Medal

INTERESTS

Colonel (Retired) Ben Mitchell was born in 1963 and is from St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. He enlisted in the U.S Army in 1986 and rose to the rank of Colonel in the Medical Services Corp (MSC). While his unit was preparing for deployment, Army Colonel Ben Mitchell was nearly killed by friendly fire that resulted in the amputation of his lower right leg. He has served the Nation for 24 years and was awarded the Legion of Merit, and Army Meritorious Service Medal (3). He currently resides in Charleston, SC with his wife, Griselle and 8-year-old twins Ben and Gizelle where he spends his time mentoring wounded warriors, teaching martial arts and enjoying the gift of life.

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Brent Nadjadi
UTL
R/R
3 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Bath, NY

Current Residence: Bath, NY

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Amputations: Left Below the Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Golf, Hunting, Fishing

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Gregory "Greg" Reynolds
OF
L/R
8 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Dighton, MA

Current Residence: Dighton, MA

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Amputations: Left Arm Forequarter

Honors/Awards: Army Commendation Medal (2)
(1)W/V Device, Army Achievement Ribbon, Army Good
Conduct Ribbon, National Defense Service Ribbon, GWOT
Expeditionary Ribbon, GWOT Service Ribbon, Army NCO
Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon,
Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Driver/Mechanic Badge,
Combat Action Badge and Air Assault Badge, Expert
Rifleman Badge.

INTERESTS

Staff Sergeant Greg Reynolds (01-09) was born in 1984 and is from Dighton, Ma. He joined the Army November 2001 in his senior year of High School. He had a combat tour to Iraq in early 2003 as a driver and machine gunner in a transportation battalion. Just prior to his second deployment while riding his motorcycle, he was struck when another driver failed to yield at a stop sign. He is now a left-arm fore-quarter amputee (arm, shoulder, clavicle, and scapula). SSG Reynolds currently shares time between Saint Pete Beach, FL, and Dighton, Ma. When he’s not with the team you can find him continuing to build his business, Makin’ Lemonade. Greg also holds the Guinness World Record for 1 arm pushups with a 40lb pack in one minute (54). “When Life Pushes You Down, Just Push Up”, he says.

02
Matias Ferreira
INF/C
R/R
6 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Current Residence: Long Island, NY

Service Branch: Marines

Rank: Lance Corporal

Amputations: Bilateral Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball. College Football, Soccer, Track, Sky Diving, Snowboarding, Dancing, Traveling, Volunteering, and Biking.

16
Brian Gentilotti
UTL
R/R
3 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Holden, MA

Current Residence: Jefferson, MA

Service Branch: Air Force

Rank:

Amputations: Right Below Knee

INTERESTS

Coffee, family, spending time with my nieces, and helping people living with limb loss.

12
Danielle Green
C/DH
Utility
4 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Current Residence: South Bend, IN

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Specialist

Amputations: Left arm below the elbow

INTERESTS

Traveling, Fine Dining, Quality Family Time, Golf, Softball, Health & Wellness, Leadership, and Veteran’s Advocacy.

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Jeff Hackett
C/1B
R/R
2 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: West Haven, CT

Current Residence: Mexico, NY

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Sergeant First Class

Amputations: Right Leg Above Knee

INTERESTS

Mobiling, Camping, Hiking, Fishing, Hunting, Shooting Weapons, Public Speaking, Photography, and Video Games.

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Player
Pos.
B/T
Randy Raper
Head Coach

ABOUT

Current Residence: Hackleburg, AL

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Chief Master Sgt. Randy Raper 56th Wing Command Chief

Job Title: ASA/USA Softball Men’s Slow Pitch National Team Coach, Previous Armed Forces Softball Assistant Coach

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Randall Raper is a native of Hackleburg, AL. He served 30 years active duty Air Force, retiring 1 Jan 2011. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Sheild/Storm, Operation Northern Watch, Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. Randall has played and coached at all levels of softball, including 10 years as Assistant Coach of the U.S. Air Force and Armed Forces softball teams. He also served as Assistant Coach of the USA Men’s Softball Team for 7 years. Randall has been with the USA Patriots for 5 years, now serving as Head Coach and General Manager.

INTERESTS

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Team Dog, Huey

ABOUT

Current Residence: Eagle River, AK

Owner: Reese Hine

INTERESTS

Softball, taking care of his people, and eating dog treats!

Jessica Bosquez
PT

ABOUT

Hometown: Fond Du Lac, WI

Current Residence: Brownsville, WI

College: Carrol College

Job Title: Team Physical Therapist, DPT

INTERESTS

Information coming soon.

Rob Vande Zande

ABOUT

Hometown: Fond du Lac, WI

Current Residence: Fond du Lac, WI

Service Branch: Air Force

Rank: Senior Airman

Amputations: Lower right leg

INTERESTS

Information coming soon.

Kai Schjang
Asst. Coach

ABOUT

Hometown: St. Croix Virgin Island

Current Residence: St. Croix Virgin Island

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Lt. Colonel

Job Title: Assistant Coach

INTERESTS

Information coming soon.

45
Andrew Peden

ABOUT

Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN

Current Residence: Orland, FL

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Amputations: Left leg below knee.

INTERESTS

Information coming soon.

29
Saul Monroy

ABOUT

Hometown: El Paso, TX

Current Residence: El Paso, TX

Service Branch: Marines

Rank: Sergeant

Amputations: Left below knee

INTERESTS

Information coming soon.

31
Michael “Mike” Gallardo
INF
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Current Residence: Nutley, NJ

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Sergeant

Amputations: Left below knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball, and Football

4
Reese Hines

ABOUT

Hometown:

Current Residence: Eagle River, AK

Service Branch: Air Force, EOD

Rank: Master Sergeant

Amputations: Multiple skull/facial fractures, right eye enucleation and left eye corneal

Honors/Awards: Bronze Star Medal (x2), Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (x2), Army Achievement Medal, Air Force Combat Action Medal

INTERESTS

Master Sergeant (retired) Reese Hines was born in Charlotte, NC. Reese was raised between there and in Chattanooga, TN. After attending a year of college at the University of Tennessee he enlisted in the USAF in November of 2000 as an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technician. MSgt Hines has deployed to Al Dhafra, UAE 2004-2005 / Baghdad, Iraq 2007-2008 / Kirkuk, Iraq 2009 / and Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2011. During his last deployment to Afghanistan, he was severely injured on April 9th, while attempting to locate and disarm an IED. The device detonated while Reese was laying down in front of it. MSgt Hines suffered the loss of his right eye, the amputation of his index and middle finger, numerous facial fractures and skull fractures, an arterial bleed in the right subarachnoid artery in his temporal lobe, and muscle, nerve, and tissue damage to his left leg. MSgt Hines retired from the USAF in Nov 2013 and now resides in Eagle River, Alaska with plans to relocate to San Antonio, TX in the near future.

07
Michael Brown
UTL
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Murfreesboro, TN

Current Residence: Redstone Arsenal, AL

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Sergeant

Amputations: Left Below Knee

INTERESTS

Scuba diving and reading.

30
Saul Bosquez
INF
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Adrian, MI

Current Residence: Brownsville, WI

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Corporal

Amputations: Left Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball, Football, Golf, University of Michigan

99
Zachary Briseno
P/INF
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Fort Worth, TX

Current Residence: Fort Worth, TX

Service Branch: Marines

Rank: Corporal

Amputations: Bilateral Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball, Hunting, Football, Weightlifting, and Coaching Son’s Baseball Team.

11
Thomas Carlo
P/DH
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Bronx, NY

Current Residence: New Cumberland, PA

Service Branch: Marines

Rank: Gunnery Sergeant

Amputations: Right Below Knee

INTERESTS

Gunnery Sergeant Tom Carlo was born in the Bronx, New York in 1966. He enlisted in the Marine
Corps in November 1983, sparked by the bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut Lebanon. He
retired in January 2005. Gunny Carlo served all over the globe during his 22-year career and amassed several medals along the way. He lost his leg in a car accident on his way to base in April 2002. He was at Walter Reed when the first amputees came back from the war in March 2003 and was a staunch fighter for the amputee’s right to stay in the service after recovering from their injuries. He currently resides in Cumberland, Pennsylvania with his daughter and grandson.

06
Heather Carter
Asst. Coach
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Barrington, RI

Current Residence: Arlington, VA

Service Branch: Air Force

Rank: Senior Airman

Amputations: Left Above the Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Cycling, Volleyball, Kayaking, and Basketball.

13
Nicholas Clark
OF
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Yakima, WA

Current Residence: Cooperstown, NY

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Corporal

Amputations: Left Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball, Disc Gold, Skateboarding, and Drums.

27
Manuel “Manny” Del Rio
INF/C
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Van Nuys, CA

Current Residence: Northridge, CA

Service Branch: Navy

Rank: Airman

Amputations: Right Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball, Basketball, Muscle Cars, and Skiing.

25
Justin Feagin
INF/OF
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Merit, TX

Current Residence: Melissa, TX

Service Branch: Army

Rank:

Amputations: Left Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball and Baseball

34
Timothy Horton
INF/OF
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Sulphur Springs, TX

Current Residence: San Antonio, TX

Service Branch: Marines

Rank: Lance Corporal

Amputations: Left Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball, Wrestling, Football, Basketball, and Weight Lifting.

10
Nick Salerno
Utility
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Albany, NY

Current Residence: Tampa, FL

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Corporal

Amputations: Right Leg Below Knee

Awards/Honors: Purple Heart, Army Commendation
Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on
Terrorism Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge,
Army Service Ribbon

INTERESTS

Corporal (Retired) Nick Salerno was born in 1988 and is from Albany, New York. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2009 and has a combat Tour to Afghanistan in 2010 as an infantryman. Nine months into the deployment his squad was on a night patrol to resupply and he stepped on a pressure-plate improvised explosive device rendering him a below-the-knee amputee. He has been awarded the Purple Heart. Corporal (Retired) Salerno resides in Tampa, Florida where he is pursuing his college degree

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Cody Rice
OF/INF
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Newark, OH

Current Residence: Grass Valley, CA

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Amputations: Right Symes

INTERESTS

Softball, Football. Wakeboarding, Basketball, and Fishing.

22
Randy Tedder
P/UTL
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: College Park, GA

Current Residence: Whittier, NC

Service Branch: Navy

Rank: Damage Controlman III

Amputations: Left Leg Below the Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Georgia Bulldogs, Texas Hold’em Poker, and his Grandkids

23
Joshua Wege
OF/INF
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Campbellsport, WI

Current Residence: Fond Du Lac, WI

Service Branch: Marines

Rank: Lance Corporal

Amputations: Bilateral Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball, Football, Volleyball, Cycling, Rowing, Swimming, Track & Field, and Soccer.

44
William Wilk
INF/OF
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Sugar Land, TX

Current Residence: Seabrook, TX

Service Branch: Army

Rank:

Amputations: Right Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball, Hunting, Golf, and Fishing.

19
Christopher Hutton
P/INF
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Grand Forks, ND

Current Residence: Grand Forks, ND

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Sergeant

Amputations: Right Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Volleyball, Hunting, Fishing, Motorcycles, and Snowmobiling.

97
Dan Lopez
UTL/C
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown:

Current Residence: Williamsburg, VA

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Sergeant

Amputations: Right Above Knee

INTERESTS

Information coming soon.

01
Ben Mitchell
Catcher
L/L

ABOUT

Hometown: St.Croix, US Virgin Islands

Current Residence: Houston, TX

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Colonel

Amputations: Right Below Knee

Awards/Honors: Legion of Merit, Army Meritorious
Service Medal

INTERESTS

Colonel (Retired) Ben Mitchell was born in 1963 and is from St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. He enlisted in the U.S Army in 1986 and rose to the rank of Colonel in the Medical Services Corp (MSC). While his unit was preparing for deployment, Army Colonel Ben Mitchell was nearly killed by friendly fire that resulted in the amputation of his lower right leg. He has served the Nation for 24 years and was awarded the Legion of Merit, and Army Meritorious Service Medal (3). He currently resides in Charleston, SC with his wife, Griselle and 8-year-old twins Ben and Gizelle where he spends his time mentoring wounded warriors, teaching martial arts and enjoying the gift of life.

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Brent Nadjadi
UTL
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Bath, NY

Current Residence: Bath, NY

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Amputations: Left Below the Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Golf, Hunting, Fishing

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Gregory Reynolds
OF
L/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Dighton, MA

Current Residence: Dighton, MA

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Amputations: Left Arm Forequarter

Honors/Awards: Army Commendation Medal (2)
(1)W/V Device, Army Achievement Ribbon, Army Good
Conduct Ribbon, National Defense Service Ribbon, GWOT
Expeditionary Ribbon, GWOT Service Ribbon, Army NCO
Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon,
Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Driver/Mechanic Badge,
Combat Action Badge and Air Assault Badge, Expert
Rifleman Badge.

INTERESTS

Staff Sergeant Greg Reynolds (01-09) was born in 1984 and is from Dighton, Ma. He joined the Army November 2001 in his senior year of High School. He had a combat tour to Iraq in early 2003 as a driver and machine gunner in a transportation battalion. Just prior to his second deployment while riding his motorcycle, he was struck when another driver failed to yield at a stop sign. He is now a left-arm fore-quarter amputee (arm, shoulder, clavicle, and scapula). SSG Reynolds currently shares time between Saint Pete Beach, FL, and Dighton, Ma. When he’s not with the team you can find him continuing to build his business, Makin’ Lemonade. Greg also holds the Guinness World Record for 1 arm pushups with a 40lb pack in one minute (54). “When Life Pushes You Down, Just Push Up”, he says.

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Matias Ferreira
INF/C
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Current Residence: Long Island, NY

Service Branch: Marines

Rank: Lance Corporal

Amputations: Bilateral Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball. College Football, Soccer, Track, Sky Diving, Snowboarding, Dancing, Traveling, Volunteering, and Biking.

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Brian Gentilotti
UTL
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Holden, MA

Current Residence: Jefferson, MA

Service Branch: Air Force

Rank:

Amputations: Right Below Knee

INTERESTS

Coffee, family, spending time with my nieces, and helping people living with limb loss.

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Danielle Green
C/DH
Utility

ABOUT

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Current Residence: South Bend, IN

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Specialist

Amputations: Left arm below the elbow

INTERESTS

Traveling, Fine Dining, Quality Family Time, Golf, Softball, Health & Wellness, Leadership, and Veteran’s Advocacy.

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Jeff Hackett
C/1B
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: West Haven, CT

Current Residence: Mexico, NY

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Sergeant First Class

Amputations: Right Leg Above Knee

INTERESTS

Mobiling, Camping, Hiking, Fishing, Hunting, Shooting Weapons, Public Speaking, Photography, and Video Games.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Josh Wege
President

Josh Wege, retired Lance Corporal in the United States Marines Corps, currently plays for the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team. On his first tour of duty in Afghanistan, his vehicle struck a two hundred pound improvised explosive device which resulted in the amputations of both his legs below the knees.

Jack Jones
Chairman of the Board

Jack Jones brings in-depth softball experience to the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team Board of Directors. He has participated in ASA softball for 43 years in Indiana, South Dakota and North Dakota. He has played, managed and sponsored teams that have won 26 North Dakota ASA State Championships and 6 ASA National Championships.

Bob Eisiminger
Treasurer

Bob Eisiminger’ s military career started when he enlisted in the Army as a Helicopter Crew Chief in 1983. Bob then attended the United States Military Academy; West Point and was commissioned an Air Defense Artillery Officer upon graduation. He served as a Tactical Control Officer and Platoon Leader in HAWK units in Germany and as a Public Affairs Officer at Fort Bliss, Texas. He is a graduate of the US Army’s Airborne School and Jungle Warfare Course. In October of 1992, he was medically discharged from the Army due to numerous shoulder operations. His memberships in Military Organizations include the following: Lifetime Member of Disabled American Veterans (1993 - Present); Member of the American Legion (1993 – Present); Lifetime Member of the Air Defense Artillery Association (1989 – Present); Lifetime Member of AUSA (2011- Present); and Member of The Military Order of the Carabao (2015 – Present)

Jeanne Tumanjan
Secretary

Jeanne Tumanjan began working for Tumanjan Homes Inc., a family owned development company in 1977 and is now an administrator. She was also a Licensed Acupuncture in California for 25 years and served on the California Medical Board, Acupuncture Committee as a Governor appointee. Ms. Tumanjan has also been an event planner for over 30 years and has devoted the last 14 years to fundraising for non-profits and Veteran charities. In 2018 she was the recipient of the “Women of the Year” Award for The State of California.

Brian Gentilotti
Player Representative

Brian has served with the USA Patriots for 4 years and has dedicated much of his time helping and mentoring children who face the challenges of limb loss. After a deployment while serving in the United States Air Force, Brian was hit by a vehicle on his motorcycle, which caused the amputation of his right leg below the knee.

Brent Nadjadi
Player Representative

Brent has traveled with the team for 3 years after an injury occurred while serving in Afghanistan while in the United States Army resulting in the amputation of his leg. When not on the field, Brent is spending time with his family. Brent holds an MBA in Business Administration from the American Military University.

Steve "Pup" Shortland
Softball Operations

Steve “Pup” Shortland is an Air Force retiree and brings a great deal of softball experience to the organization. He served as a highly successful Head Coach of the Air Force team from 2002-2015, winning the Armed Forces Softball Championship eight times. He was also the first ever head coach of Team USA (the US Men’s National Slow Pitch team) and served in that role for nine years.

Tom Plant

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