From May 23rd-25th, President George W. Bush will host the third annual Warrior 100k (W100k), a 100-kilometer mountain bike ride for United States military personnel seriously wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. This year’s ride will take place at President and Mrs. Bush’s Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas.
This year, 14 warriors will join President Bush on the three-day ride. They include:
• Staff Sergeant Michael D. Morabito, USA, Ret., from Converse, TX;
• Major John Dana Greer, USA, Ret., from Savannah, GA;
• Sergeant First Class Thomas W. Costello, USA, from Shelby, NC;
• First Sergeant Robert A. Ferrara, USA, Ret. from San Antonio, TX;
• Staff Sergeant Matthew P. DeWitt, USA, Ret. from Weare, NH;
• Staff Sergeant Omar R. Romney, USA, Ret., from Clarksville, TN;
• Lieutenant Colonel David Johnson, USA;
• Major James C. Anderson, Jr., USA, from San Antonio, TX;
• Staff Sergeant Joshua M. Krueger, USMC, Ret. from Hubertus, WI;
• Staff Sergeant Jeffrey R. Palenske, USA from Chicago, IL;
• Major Kent G. Solheim, USA from Raeford, NC;
• Specialist José E. Santiago, USA from Centennial, CO;
• Master Sergeant Roque Rodriguez-Urena, USAF Ret., from Charleston, SC; and,
• Sergeant First Class Manuel A. Colón, USA from Orlando, FL.
The W100k also heralds the significant contributions of organizations that support these heroes and their families while they are deployed and when they return home. Organizations represented on this year’s ride include The Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge, Team 4MIL and the Navy Seal Foundation.
The Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative is dedicated to serving members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families and has a special focus on those wounded in the Global War on Terror. The Initiative has two programs:
• Team 43 Sports highlights the important role sports can play for wounded service members by holding the W100K and the Warrior Open, an annual competitive golf tournament.
• The Circles of Excellence program brings together experts from the military, business, academia, military-focused non-profits, and other institutions to research, develop, and implement new ways to support active-duty and former members of the U.S. military and their families. The program’s Leadership Fellows are drawn from the ranks of former four-star General Officers. The program spotlights the work of successful military-focused non-profit organizations.
For more information on the W100k or the Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative, please visit www.bushcenter.org, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Flickr and Instagram.