WTB Soldiers find recovery through competition

 

 

  ” GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Staff Sgt. Joseph Walker has been part of the Warrior Transition Battalion-Europe for a little over a year, rehabilitating a litany of injuries from traumatic brain injury to severe back and joint pain. 

“I’ve been blown up 14 times by IED’s,” said the U.S. Army Garrison Baumholder Soldier. “But that doesn’t stop me from competing.” 

Walker and his fellow A Company Soldiers joined other battalion Soldiers, Oct. 4, for a bike race on the Grafenwoehr Training Area, the second leg in a four-part battalion’s three companies against each other as they vie for the coveted Commander’s Cup. 

After narrowly losing to C Co. in September, Walker is battling once again, bringing new strategies and a bout of revenge to the competition. 

“We lost by one point!” he said grimacing. “We’re here today with vengeance.”

However, for these transitioning Soldiers, cycling competitions aren’t always “as easy as riding a bike.” 

“It sounds easy until you count all of the health issues,” said Walker. “