U.S. Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Robert Green, San Antonio, prepares to throw the shot put during the shot put event at the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, June 23, 2015. A former semi-professional football player, Green views adaptive sports as another way in which to both set and achieve one’s goals. (U.S. Army Photo by Pfc. Anh Siev/Released)
By: John M. Rosenberg, Warrior Transition Command
Strong individuals often possess the ability to forge ahead in the face of adversity, adapt to change, and embrace their role on the team. By this measure, Staff. Sgt. Robert Green is not only a strong individual, but a Soldier who can be counted on to remain strong.
After injuring his back in 2013 while serving in Kuwait, Green was assigned to Fort Sam Houston Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB). “I look around at the Soldiers here with far worse injuries than mine and see how they can have the best attitude of anyone,” said Green. “We are a team that has come together as a family. Our motto is ‘Together by chance, united by choice.’”
Having won a championship playing cornerback and safety with the Texas Mavericks, a semi-professional football team out of San Antonio. Green knows you have to make plays when your team needs them to be successful. On the field, Green was in the spotlight every time the ball was thrown his direction. He compares that feeling to his need to overcome adversity and show his kids, fellow Soldiers, and the world, what it means to remain strong.
Though he no longer plays football, Green has taken up the challenge of adaptive sports and threw the shot put for Team Army in the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games.
Green shows strength by helping others and has ambitions of starting a non-profit to help the children of wounded, ill and injured service members. “Being at the WTB gave me the opportunity to see the organizations and programs that are out there for wounded Soldiers and their Families,” said Green. “I have kids of my own and know what I’d want for them if I weren’t around.”
Green’s story is a prime example of remaining strong. It all comes down to helping others, being willing to accept help from others, and believing self-improvement is not just a concept, but a way of life.