Wounded Veteran and Navy SEAL Join USMES Board of DirectorsPosted 02 Mar 2016 in News
By Steve Otero
USMES adaptive athlete Will Reynolds, a Maryland-based father of four and retired Army Captain, along with Retired Navy SEAL Senior Chief, Wayne Dowd, were recently named to the US Military Endurance Sports Board of Directors.
Reynolds, who lost his left leg above the knee after an improvised explosive device detonated in Iraq, was recently featured in a People Magazine article alongside the United Kingdom’s Prince Harry. He is currently training for the cycling and track events at the U.S. installment of the Invictus Games, held May 8-12 in Orlando, FL. Will won 4 medals in the first games held in London in 2014, and that’s where he first rubbed elbows with Prince Harry, a combat veteran himself.
Reynolds states, “Becoming a member of the USMES board gives me the ability to be a part of the leadership team of an organization which becomes a large part of our members’ identity in and out of uniform. Being part of a highly cohesive, knowledge sharing, and camaraderie building entity helps so many members carry the, ‘Fit for duty, Fit for life’, mantra into their units and communities.”
Also named to the Board of Directors is Wayne Dowd, a 22 year veteran of the U.S. Navy who served with SEAL Team 2 as lead sniper and regional survey team member. During his time in the Navy, Dowd planned and conducted special operations missions in various locations worldwide, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Bosnia, Albania, and Kuwait as well as supporting counter-narcotics operations with other government organizations.
Dowd formerly served as Chairman of the board of Team4Mil, a non-profit organization that raised awareness of wounded Veterans through its world record setting wounded and non-wounded teams in the Race Across America (RAAM) before merging that program with USMES in 2013.
USMES is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the growth of healthy fitness and nutrition habits for current and Veteran members of the United States Armed Forces. For more information or to donate, visit www.USMES.org