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2019 Warrior Fest opens on Ramstein, July 21

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Tech Sgt. Roann R. Leatz, Team Air Force athlete, pose for a photo at the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games at Tampa, Fla, June 28, 2019. Warrior Games athletes have overcome significant physical and psychological challenges, not always visible to others and have demonstrated that life continues after becoming wounded, ill or injured. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Lionel Castellano)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Tech Sgt. Roann R. Leatz, Team Air Force athlete, pose for a photo at the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games at Tampa, Fla, June 28, 2019. Warrior Games athletes have overcome significant physical and psychological challenges, not always visible to others and have demonstrated that life continues after becoming wounded, ill or injured. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Lionel Castellano)

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and retired Capt. Lawrence R. Hufford II, Team Air Force athlete, share a joke during the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games at Tampa, Fla, June 28, 2019. The DoD Warrior Games were established in 2010 as a way to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, ill and injured service members and expose them to adaptive sports. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Lionel Castellano)

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and retired Capt. Lawrence R. Hufford II, Team Air Force athlete, share a joke during the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games at Tampa, Fla, June 28, 2019. The DoD Warrior Games were established in 2010 as a way to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, ill and injured service members and expose them to adaptive sports. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Lionel Castellano)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein  Staff Sgt. Kevin J. Greene, Team Air Force athlete, during the wheelchair basketball finals at the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games at Tampa, Fla, June 28, 2019. The Warrior Games is an annual sporting competition that brings together wounded and injured military members from each branch. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Lionel Castellano)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein Staff Sgt. Kevin J. Greene, Team Air Force athlete, during the wheelchair basketball finals at the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games at Tampa, Fla, June 28, 2019. The Warrior Games is an annual sporting competition that brings together wounded and injured military members from each branch. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Lionel Castellano)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein congratulates Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Carlos Valerio, a Team Navy athlete, for a well-played game after Team Air Force defeated Team Navy 66-60 in wheelchair basketball at the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games at Tampa, Fla, June 28, 2019. The Warrior Games showcase the resilient spirit of today’s service members across all branches of the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Lionel Castellano)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein congratulates Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Carlos Valerio, a Team Navy athlete, for a well-played game after Team Air Force defeated Team Navy 66-60 in wheelchair basketball at the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games at Tampa, Fla, June 28, 2019. The Warrior Games showcase the resilient spirit of today’s service members across all branches of the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Lionel Castellano)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright cheer on Team Air Force during the wheelchair basketball finals at the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games at Tampa, Fla, June 28, 2019. Warrior Games athletes have overcome significant physical and psychological challenges, not always visible to others and have demonstrated that life continues after becoming wounded, ill or injured. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Lionel Castellano)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright cheer on Team Air Force during the wheelchair basketball finals at the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games at Tampa, Fla, June 28, 2019. Warrior Games athletes have overcome significant physical and psychological challenges, not always visible to others and have demonstrated that life continues after becoming wounded, ill or injured. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Lionel Castellano)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright pose with the gold medal winner of wheelchair basketball at the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games at Tampa, Fla, June 28, 2019. Approximately 300 athletes participated in 13 adaptive sports competitions on June 21-30. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Lionel Castellano)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright pose with the gold medal winner of wheelchair basketball at the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games at Tampa, Fla, June 28, 2019. Approximately 300 athletes participated in 13 adaptive sports competitions on June 21-30. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Lionel Castellano)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- The Air Force’s Wounded Warrior program is scheduled to open the 2019 Warrior Fest on Ramstein Air Base, July 21.

Warrior Fest incorporates both adaptive sports for Airmen and knowledge building opportunities for caregivers of Airmen.

“The Air Force Wounded Warrior program is a congressionally-mandated and federally-funded organization tasked with taking care of U.S. Air Force wounded, ill, and injured Airmen, Veterans, and their families,” said Master Sgt. Nathan Hargrafen, 786th Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management flight superintendent. “They provide personalized restorative care throughout their transformation back to duty, separation, or retirement.”

Hargrafen added that case managers stay in contact with the Airman throughout the process as an “Airman for Life.”

“The goal is to leave them well-equipped to manage challenges, regardless of injury or illness,” Hargrafen said.

Among the events during the weeklong fest are wheelchair basketball, rowing, archery, powerlifting, and resiliency programs like art, improv to improve, yoga, and more.

“The public is invited and encouraged to come out and cheer on the athletes as they compete in the adaptive sports competitions, allowing them to understand that we can always continue to compete no matter what setbacks we may encounter in life,” Hargrafen said.

The Air Force adds approximately 1,200 Airmen to the program every year. As of this year, the program supports more than 3,200 Airmen and 5,000 veterans. Anyone may refer an Airman to the AFW2 program via their website.

All the events on Ramstein are scheduled to occur at the Ramstein Aquatics center and the South Side Fitness Center. For times of events see the AFW2 website, www.woundedwarrior.af.mil.