Josh served 12 years with the Navy in Mississippi, Washington and Virginia and served as a Seabee (United States Naval Construction Battalions, "CB") with 5 deployments defending our freedoms.
Recently while deployed he suffered a crushing injury leaving him paralyzed from the L1 vertebra and forcing the start of a different way of life prioritizing family time, being active, and playing with some guns.
Cycling is a big part of Josh's life and coming from a career that was very competitive Josh needs to satisfy that, and is getting into bike racing! :) So with the help of the Navy Seal Foundation we are building Josh a special handcycle to help acheive that goal. We will be delivering it towards the end of January so stay tuned.
Check out Gregs build
While working overseas in support of U.S. Special Operations Forces during January of 2017 Greg an EOD specialist, was wounded by an improvised home made explosive he was defusing resulting in the loss of 3 fingers of his right hand and numerous shrapnel wounds through out his body.
Greg's Commander met with Adaptive Cycling about building him an adapted bike so he can Ride. So, that's what we are doing. An adapted bike with Shimano Electronic shifting and one hand dual wheel breaking to make it easier for Greg to ride with his EOD buddies. Greg Served 26 years in the Navy and has a very distinguished Military Career and we are honored to be able to do this for Greg
Here's a little more about Greg's service to his Country,
Greg was born in North East Ohio in 1967 and graduated from high school in 1985.
He entered the U.S. Navy in September 1985 as an Advanced Electronic Technician.
Assigned to the USS KAUFFMAN FFG-59 from 1986-1990. Attended Explosive Ordnance Disposal training and was assigned to EODMU 2 in Little Creek VA. Petty Officer Johnson deployed 3 times to the Persian Gulf, Mediterranean and North Atlantic.
PO Johnson transferred to EODMU 2 Detachment Earle NJ and was assigned there from 1996-1999. He was part of the first responders to the TWA Flight 800 plane crash, diving for 43 days recovering victims and wreckage.
PO Johnson transferred to EODMU 6 in Charleston SC. Soon after arrival PO Johnson was selected as the 1999 Chief of Naval Operations Shore Sailor of the Year and was transferred to Washington DC as Special Assistant to the CNO.
Chief Petty Officer Johnson was selected as a Chief Warrant Officer and was promoted in 2000 he then transferred to EODMU 6 in Charleston SC where deployed 2 times as an Officer in Charge to the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan.
CWO2 Johnson transferred to EODMU 6 Detachment Mayport FL from 2002-2004 where he was the Officer in Charge of the Regional EOD detachment.
CWO3 Johnson transferred to EODMU 5 in Guam from 2004-2007 where he served as the Readiness and Training department head.
CWO4 Johnson transferred to Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division from 2007-2010 where he served as the Readiness and Training Officer and Officer in Charge of the Foreign Materiel Acquisition Platoon, deploying 3 times to Iraq and Afghanistan.
CWO4 Johnson retired after 26 years in November 2010 and started work as a Government Service employee at NAVEODTECHDIV as the Foreign Materiel Acquisition team lead where he deployed 3 times to Iraq and Afghanistan.
While working overseas in support of U.S. SOF during January of 2017 Mr. Johnson was wounded by improvised home made explosive devices resulting in the loss of 3 fingers of his right hand and numerous shrapnel wounds through out his body.
She's a pig! Her full name is Reagan Zumwalt, after the President and the Admiral. We call her "Zumi". To date, she has raised over $15,000 for cancer research as a "virtual" rider on events. Time for her to up her game. We are building Zumi a custom bike trailor so she can become a real rider and continue her healing of others on the bike. Stay tuned!
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