Name: Nathan Haddad
Hometown: Evans Mills, NY
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Unit: Warrior Transition Unit, Fort Drum, NY
Injury Type: Shoulder injury
Date of Injury: December, 2005
Staff Sgt. Nathan Haddad is a well-traveled young man. He has completed tours in Korea, Iraq, Alaska, Arizona and New York. Most recently this Operation Iraqi Freedom Soldier’ travels have focused on training for the Warrior Games.
“The Warrior Games are as close as I can get to fulfill a dream I have had since I was four,” said Staff Sgt. Haddad as he checked the tension on his bow. “And, the training and exercises are similar to that of the physical therapy that I do for my injuries.”
Staff Sgt. Haddad is scheduled to compete in archery (recurve open) and shooting (100M air rifle prone) at the Warrior Games. He is focused on his rigorous Warrior Games training routine. He devotes three hours daily to archery and three hours to marksmanship, usually followed by a run.
“I feel pretty confident on the fundamentals,” he said. “I chose marksmanship and archery because those are my best two sports and the ones my injuries would allow me to do,” he said. “My goal for archery is a top five finish and I think it is my strongest sport.”
“I’m a fierce competitor and Warrior Games is a huge thrill for me,” said Staff Sgt. Haddad. “I’m up for the challenge. I will do the best I can – if I wind up on top, great. If not, the opportunity to be in Warrior Games is enough.”