SGT Petrina Williams, Active Duty

Current Location:

  Fort Benning, Georgia

Military Occupational Specialty (MOS)/Current Occupation:


WTU of Recovery:

  Warrior Transition Battalion, Fort Benning, Georgia


  Queens, New York


  Carnegie High School, Brooklyn, New York; Post University


  Sitting Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball

Injury or Illness:

  Lower back

Sgt. Petrina Williams-Swaby never doubt her life path. “I knew I wanted to be a Soldier, since I was eight,” shared Williams-Swaby. “However, I didn’t know I’d get a chance to be a Soldier athlete.”

An incident during basic training caused a lower back issue that changed the course of her life. At that point, her doctor told her she needed to get out of the military. Then she received word that she could participate in adaptive sports.

“We had a sports coordinator who would come and recruit. She had to beg me for some time, because I didn’t want to talk to anyone. Luckily she didn’t give up,” said Williams-Swaby. “I fell in love with it. It gives me something to look forward to, and it’s great hanging out with the guys.”

She’s looking forward to competing in her first Warrior Games, especially after the Army Warrior Trials. “Being in New York gave me a different outlook on being a wounded warrior,” shared Williams-Swaby. “Sometimes the wounds are mental or TBI, PTSD. It’s not just what you can see, so you just have to get to a point where you respect everyone’s issues.”

Williams-Swaby is using her experiences “to motivate me to do better and want more.” She credits the occupational therapy department and her coaches with providing great support and preparing her for Colorado Springs.

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Year Event Results


Warrior Games Silver (Wheelchair Basketball)
SGT Petrina Williams