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Warrior Games Profile - Steven Malits

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(Editor's Note: From September 28 to October 4, more than 40 athletes representing the Air Force will be in Colorado Springs competing in the 2014 Warrior Games. This is a profile of one of those athletes, providing a behind-the-scenes look at who they are and the sport they represent. Note: Some profile information in the graphics may be outdated due to recent birthdays or events. The most current player information is below.)

WARRIOR GAMES: PLAYER PROFILE

Name: Staff Sgt. Steven Malits (Ret.)

Team: Warrior Games
Sports: Sitting Volleyball, Track and Field and Swimming DOB: 17 Jan 1987
Birthplace: New York City, NY
Hometown: Haskell, NJ
Current Residence: Palm Bay, FL
Injury: Below knee amputation, Spinal cord injury.

Personal Profile:

Retired SSgt Steven Malits enlisted into the Air Force in December 2005 as a Pavements and Heavy Equipment Engineer. During his second deployment to Afghanistan, SSgt Malits was part of the 1st Expeditionary Red Horse Group Combat Logistics Patrol Team. While on a convoy heading to FOB Leatherneck, his truck drove over a pressure plate improvised explosive device. He was medevac’d to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC. SSgt Malits was in rehabilitation for 1 year with the help of both his parents and two sisters.

Personal/Professional Achievements:

Purple Heart
Air Force Combat Action Medal Air Force Commendation Medal Air Force Achievement Medal Army Achievement Medal