SFC Michael McPhall, Active Duty

Current Location:

  Colorado Spring, Colorado

Military Occupational Specialty (MOS)/Current Occupation:

  Not Specified

WTU of Recovery:

  Not Specified


  Dearborn, Michigan


  Not Specified


  Swimming, Track, Swimming

Injury or Illness:

  Diabetes Type 1, Eosinophilic Fascitis

Sgt. 1st Class Michael McPhall was diagnosed with Eosinophilic Fasciitis (EF) and Type 1 Diabetes. EF is an uncommon disorder characterized by symmetric and painful inflammation, swelling, and indurations of the arms and legs. “Being the hard charger that I am, I had to come to terms with not being able to do everything that I once did before,” said McPhall. That is when Sgt. 1st Class McPhall found swimming. Last year, he swam 1.25 miles for the Scott Rigsby Foundation during the Ironman 70.3 in Augusta, Georgia. “It has always been a dream of mine to participate in, but it had become forgotten,” said McPhall. He placed an impressive 23rd in his class placing 897 out of 3000 swimmers. McPhall has medaled numerous times during the Fort Benning Warrior Trials as well as the Fort Bliss Warrior Trials.

The military has been Sgt. 1st Class McPhall’s life for over 19 years. “I love the fight, Soldiers, and the leadership. Being able to represent the Army and compete in the Warrior Games will be the last fight, battle and challenge I will have in the Army. Being able to barely get out of bed and then swimming 1.25 miles in the Ironman and participating in the Warrior Games is taking the bull by the horns. Go Army,” said McPhall.

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Year Event Results


DoD Warrior Games Gold Men’s 50m Breaststroke 5.5 Lower (Swimming)
Gold Men’s 100m Freestyle 5.5 Lower (Swimming)
Gold Men’s 50m Freestyle 5.5 Lower (Swimming)
Silver Men’s 50m Backstroke 5.5 Lower (Swimming)
Silver Men’s 200m Dash 3.0 (Track)
Silver Men’s 1500m Run 3.0 (Track)
Bronze Men’s 100m Dash 3.0 (Track)
Bronze Men’s 400m Dash 3.0 (Track)
Bronze Men’s 800m Dash 3.0 (Track)