CPT Kelly Elmlinger, Active Duty

Current Location:

  San Antonio, Texas

Military Occupational Specialty (MOS)/Current Occupation:

  66H (Medical-Surgical Nurse)/Registered Nurse

WTU of Recovery:

  Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas


  Attica, Ohio


  Seneca East High School, Ohio; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; University of Texas - Arlington


  Track, Field, Swimming

Injury or Illness:

  Synovial Sarcoma, Nerve Damage, Left Forearm Nerve Impairment

Capt. Kelly Elmlinger, from Attica, Ohio, entered the military in 1998 and was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. She deployed three times with 82nd Airborne Division in support of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom during her enlisted career. In 2010, Elmlinger graduated from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and was stationed at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. After her commission, Elmlinger cared for Wounded Warriors working on the orthopedic unit at Brooke Army Medical Center.

In 2013, Capt. Elmlinger was diagnosed with a rare synovial sarcoma tumor in her left lower leg. She completed multiple limb salvage surgeries leaving her with loss of function in her leg and residual nerve damage. Currently, Capt. Elmlinger has been in remission for two years.

Capt. Elmlinger will complete her Master’s Degree in Nursing Administration this September. She is a single parent to a beautiful and energetic six-year-old daughter. Additionally, Elmlinger aspires to make the National team in track and potentially a spot on the 2016 Paralympic Team.

For Capt. Elmlinger, participating in the Warrior Games is a way to honor those service members lost on deployments.

“It is a privilege to be selected and represent Team Army. These games are a way for me to publically thank my family, friends and many others who supported me in restoring my health.”

To get a pdf of the athlete bio at the 2014 Invictus Games, click here

To get a pdf of the athlete bio at Warrior Games, click here

Year Event Results


U.S. Army Warrior Trials


Invictus Games


Warrior Games Silver 100m (Track and Field)
Silver 200m (Track and Field)
Silver 400m (Track and Field)
Silver 1500m (Track and Field)
Gold 50m free (Swimming)
Gold 100m free (Swimming)
Gold 50m back (Swimming)


DoD Warrior Games Gold Women’s 1500m Run 3.0 (Track)
Gold Women’s 800m Run 3.0 (Track)
Gold Women’s 400m Dash 3.0 (Track)
Gold Women’s 400m Dash 3.0 (Track)
Gold Women’s 100m Dash (Track)
Silver Women’s 50m Freestyle 5.0 (Swimming)
Bronze Women’s 50m Backstroke 5.0 (Swimming)
Bronze Women’s 100m Freestyle 5.0 (Swimming)
1LT Kelly Elmlinger