Arlington, Virginia - A chief petty officer assigned to Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) has been named the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation's Wounded Warrior of the Year during the organization's 6th annual Veterans Day luncheon in Arlington.
Nominations for the annual award were submitted to the Navy Wounded Warrior-Safe Harbor program in October. Wounded Warriors from around the country were nominated. The criteria for this award require that wounded warriors be enrolled in Navy Wounded Warrior-Safe Harbor and serve as a positive example and role model for others. Many of these nominees participate in at least one of the many programs offered by the Safe Harbor program.
Chief Petty Officer Ron Condrey, who has served in the Explosive Ordnance Disposal community for the past 23 years, competed in the 2016 Warrior Games and was recommended for the award by the headquarters' staff at Navy Wounded Warrior- Safe Harbor program. He was hand selected by the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation for this honor based on his leadership, mentorship and positive attitude.
The Veterans Day ceremony coordinated during November's Warrior Care Month provides an opportunity to bring awareness to military service members, their families and communities about the programs and initiatives currently being provided through the Warrior Care system.
"Chief Condrey has seen multiple combat deployments and has earned numerous awards for his extraordinary service. He has a Bronze star with valor, defense meritorious service medal, Army commendation, Joint Service Achievement medal, Navy Achievement Medal and Army Combat Action ribbons," according to a Wounded Warrior - Safe Harbor award submission.
During the June 2016 Wounded Warrior Games, Condrey participated and won numerous medals. Based on his leadership experience and 23 years of service in the U.S. Navy he was nominated to represent Team Navy as the Warrior Games torch bearer.
Through his involvement with Navy Wounded Warrior-Safe Harbor program, Warrior Games, and the Adaptive Sports program, Condrey has played an active role in leading his warrior teammates as they journey through their recovery.
"Adaptive sports have taught me that I'm not alone in the struggles with injuries and it's a great opportunity to represent Team Navy and to support the athletes of the DoD Warrior Games," said Condrey, who is extremely honored to be named Navy Safe Harbor Foundation's Wounded Warrior of the Year.
While Warrior Care Month is a joint-service event that recognizes wounded warriors and warrior families, the Navy Wounded Warrior - Navy Safe Harbor ceremony was held on Veterans Day as a way to celebrate and honor our veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for our nation.