Captain Adam Napier joined the U.S. Army in May 2005. He soon reported to Fort Benning, GA for Officer Candidate School and the Infantry Officer Basic Course. Napier served as an infantry platoon leader for Alpha Company 2-8 Cav, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division upon completing his initial training. Shortly after arriving to his unit, Napier deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).
On Christmas Day 2006, while conducting a dismounted patrol near Taji, Iraq, Napier and his platoon were hit by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). The explosion killed his Iraqi interpreter, and also injured Napier and four soldiers in his Platoon. He suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), including secondary shrapnel wounds to his hands, face, and shoulder.
Shortly after December 28, 2006, Napier was again involved in a dismounted IED attack, in which his RTO was killed. He suffered another TBI and shrapnel injuries in this attack. Later in the same deployment, Napier suffered one more TBI when his joint Iraqi and U.S. patrol base were attacked by a duel Vehicle Born Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) attack.
Napier continued to serve in the Army, deploying two more times to both Iraq and Afghanistan. He left active duty in May 2016, having served as an Infantry Officer as a member of a Military Transition Team (MiTT), a Company Commander, and a Battalion Operations Officer.
Throughout his military career and beyond retirement, Napier has used the game of golf as mental and emotional therapy. He has become involved in numerous junior clinics, the PGA Hope program, and has become a very outgoing member of the Veteran Golfers Association (VGA). Napier has won the past two VGA Combat Wounded National Championships, while also competing in two Division I collegiate golf tournaments as the VGA team captain.
“I have enjoyed golf since taking up the game in my teens. I played both High School and College golf. Today, I continue my love of the game and I play as much as possible. Golf has been an important part of my recovery, and my ability to escape from the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress”.
Napier recently moved to Myrtle Beach, S.C. to attend the Golf Academy of America, where he hopes to better prepare himself to share his love of golf with fellow veterans and juniors across the country.
Napier has a Bachelor of Science in International Business from the University of Southern Mississippi. His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster, Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal, The Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf clusters, The Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the NATO Medal.