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Warrior Games Profile - Orion Orellana

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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.)


Name: Orion Orellana SrA (Ret.)

Team: Warrior Games
Sport: Swimming, Sitting Volleyball, Shooting DOB: 06 Feb 1989
Birthplace: Seattle, WA
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Current Residence: Hawi, Hawaii
Injury: TBI, Damage to left leg and hand.

Personal Profile:

Retired SrA Orion Orellana served as a Tactical Air Control Party Joint Tactical Air Controller in the Air Force. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009, Iraq in 2010 and Afghanistan again in 2011. While in Afghanistan, he was injured by an RPG ambush in RC East with 3-4 CAV that injured his left leg and hand. He also suffered a TBI. He medically retired in 2014 due to the injuries from the RPG. Now, Orellana works in Kohala, Hawaii teaching aquaculture to high school students.

Personal/Professional Achievements:

Purple Heart recipient
Air Force Commendation Medal recipient
Army Commendation Medal recipient
Combat Action Badge recipient
Order of the Combat Spur recipient
Certificate in Aquaculture from University of Hawaii