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Warrior Games Profile - Master Sgt. Axel Gaud-Torres

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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 Note: Some profile information in the graphics may be outdated due to recent birthdays or events.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: Master Sgt. Axel Gaud-Torres

Team: Warrior Games
Sports: Archery and Shooting
DOB: 24 Oct 1974
Birthplace: Mayaguez, PR Hometown: Arecibo, PR
Current Residence: Plumas Lake, CA Injury: PTSD, RSD, Sacroiliitis, TBI

Personal Profile:

MSgt Gaud-Torres joined the Air Force on 18 Jan 1995 as a 2M0X1 – Space & Missile Systems Electronics Technician. His first duty station, Minot AFB, North Dakota, became his home for 8 years. While at Minot AFB, he was selected to be part of a multi-agency counter-drug task force and an exchange program with the US Navy’s missile submarine force. From there, he PCS’d to Vandenberg AFB, California (7 years). He deployed to Balad, Iraq in 2005. MSgt Gaud-Torres served augmenting the Army’s Force Protection program. During the deployment, he was injured by a vehicle borne IED. After surgery, recovery, and therapy, he rejoined his squadron until 2010. At that time, it became apparent that he would not be able to perform his duties as a maintainer and was allowed to retrain as a 1N1X1 – Geospatial Intelligence Analyst. He married wife Alexandra (“Alex”) on 2 August 1997. They have been blessed with the 3 most beautiful daughters anyone could ever ask for, Alexis (15), Alexandria (12), and Alexia (11).

Personal/Profession Achievements:

AF Commendation Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters) Joint Achievement Medal
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal Senior Airman Below-the-Zone

CCAF in Electronic Technology
Attended AFW2 Recovering Mentorship Program Training