Meet The 17 Service Members Joining Team USA At The Olympics


There are few greater honors than getting to represent your country on the world stage. But for 17 service members who do that every day in the field, going to the Olympics in Rio, Brazil this summer holds twice the privilege.

When these 17 extraordinary men and women head to the Olympic arena in August, they will be taking their patriotism to a new level, and hopefully bringing back some gold for Team U.S.A.

Army Sgt. Hillary Bor, 3,000 Meter Steeplechase

Army Sgt. Hillary Bor runs the 3,000 meter Steeplechase on Friday, July 8, at the 2016 Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon.Army photo

Army PFC Paul Chelimo, Modern Pentathlon

Army soldiers and teammates Paul Chelimo and Nicholas Kipruto finish the Army Ten Miler at 48:19 with Chelimo winning by seconds.

Army Sgt. Glenn Eller, Double Trap Shotgun

U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program shotgun shooter Sgt. Glenn Eller shoots the opening round of Olympic men's double trap qualification Thursday morning at the Royal Artillery Barracks range in London.Army photo

Army Sgt. 1st Class Joe Guzman, Boxing Coach

Sgt. 1st Class Joe Guzman was named to the Team USA Boxing coaching staff competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics beginning Aug. 5 in Rio.NCO photo

Air Force Cadet David Higgins, Prone Rifle

David Higgins (center), a U.S. Air Force Academy Rifle Team member, is flanked by Olympian Matt Emmons on his left and Olympian Eric Uptagrafft on his right.Air Force photo

Army 2nd Lt. Sam Kendricks, Pole Vault

Army 2nd Lt. Sam Kendricks competes in the preliminary round of the men's pole vault on July 2, 2016, at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon.Army photo

Naval Academy Graduate Edward King, Rowing

Over the past two years, King and the United States have finished seventh at the 2015 World Rowing Championships and third at the 2016 World Rowing Cup I.Navy photo

Army Spc. Shadrack Kipchirchir, 10 Kilometer

Spc. Shadrack Kipchirchir races at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field, held July 1, 2016, in Eugene, Oregon.Army photo

Army Spc. Leonard Korir, 10 Kilometer

Spc. Leonard Korir races at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field, held July 1, 2016, in Eugene, Oregon.Army photo

Army Spc. Dan Lowe, Air Rifle

Spc. Dan Lowe, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU), aims downrange during the 2016 Air Olympic Trials, where he won an air rifle seat on the U.S. Olympic Shooting Team June 5.DoD photo

Army Sgt. Elizabeth Anne Marks, Paralympic Swimming

Army Sgt. Elizabeth Wasil stands on top of the podium as the Stars and Stripes are raised after being awarded the gold medal in the 100m breastsroke in the CISM ISC para-swimming classification during the 2015 Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM) Swimming & Para-Swimming Open.Armed Forces sport photo

Army Sgt. Michael McPhail, 50 Meter Prone Rifle

Sgt. 1st Class Michael McPhail holds his gold medal high at an awards ceremony during the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup for Rifle and Pistol at Fort Benning, Georgia, May 15, 2015.Army photo

Army Staff Sgt. John Nunn, Race Walking

U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program race walker Staff Sgt. John Nunn receives an American flag from his daughter, Ella, after winning the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for the 50-kilometer race walk on Feb. 21, in Santee, Calif.Army photo

Army Sgt. Josh Richmond, Double Trap Shotgun

Staff Sgt. Josh Richmond, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, brought home a gold medal to his newborn son after winning the Men's Double Trap event at the Italy World Cup in Lonato May 5.Army photo

Army Sgt. 1st Class Keith Sanderson, Pistol Shooting

Rapid-fire pistol shooter Sgt. 1st Class Keith Sanderson, seen here practicing at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., is the second Soldier from the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program to be named to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team.Army photo

Army Sgt. Nathan Schrimsher, Modern Pentathlon

Spc. Nathan Schrimsher of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program rides a horse named Taboo en route to earning a berth in the 2016 Olympic Games with a third-place finish in men's Modern Pentathlon at the 2015 Pan American Games on July 19 in Toronto.Army photo

Air Force 1st Lt. Cale Simmons, Pole Vault

First Lt. Cale Simmons clears the bar during the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon, July 2, 2016.Air Force photo

Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was arrested on Jan. 29, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Wilmington Police Department, North Carolina.)

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Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was arrested and charged with assault inflicting serious injury on July 29, 2018, according to Jennifer Dandron, a spokeswoman for police in Wilmington, North Carolina. Evans is currently assigned as a Critical Skills Operator with the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, according to the Marine Corps Personnel Locator.

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U.S. Army 1st Lt. Elyse Ping Medvigy conducts a call-for-fire during an artillery shoot south of Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2014. Medvigy, a fire support officer assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Company D, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, is the first female company fire support officer to serve in an infantry brigade combat team supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston (Photo by U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston)

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So earlier this week when the Wall Street Journal published an editorial against women in ground combat by conservative political commentator Heather Mac Donald, the inclination of many ground combat integration supporters was to dismiss it outright. But given Trump's proclivity to make knee jerk policy decisions in response to falling approval ratings and the court's tradition of deference to the military when it comes to policies affecting good order and discipline, it would be unwise to assume the 2016 lifting of the ban on women in ground combat is a done deal.

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R. Lee Ermey was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday.

Best known for his iconic role as the Marine Corps drill instructor Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in the war drama Full Metal Jacket, Ermey died April 15, 2018 at age 74 due to complications from pneumonia, Task & Purpose previously reported.

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A B-2 Spirit bomber deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, and F-22 Raptors from the Hawaii Air National Guard's 154th Wing fly near Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, during a interoperability training mission Jan. 15, 2019. (U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Russ Scalf)

The U.S. Air Force has two of its most elite aircraft — the B-2 Spirit bomber and the F-22 Raptor — training together in the Pacific, reassuring America's allies and sending a warning to strategic competitors and adversaries about the sheer power the U.S. brings to the table.

These stunning photos show the powerful aircraft tearing across the Pacific, where the U.S. has increasingly found itself facing challenges from a rising China.

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