U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant
Career Highlights: Retired Staff Sergeant Andrew Bachelder won the 2015 Warrior Open, a golf tournament hosted by former President George W. Bush and his presidential center for U.S. service members severely injured while serving their country. While recovering from his numerous physical and emotional injuries suffered in a mid-air helicopter collision in Afghanistan, Bachelder began playing golf again. The golf course is where he finds his peace, and he credits the game with saving his life. Bachelder joined the United States Marine Corps in 2002 and deployed to Kuwait in February 2003. On March 18, 2003, his unit helped to breach the Iraq/Kuwait border to allow for the invasion of Iraq. He deployed again to Iraq in February 2004 and May 2009, then transferred to Afghanistan in July 2009. On October 26, 2009, Bachelder was injured in the mid-air collision and transferred to Germany and Bethesda, Maryland for medical care. Staff Sergeant Bachelder’s personal decorations include: Air Medal with strike flight numeral 2, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with 1 gold star and the Combat Action Ribbon and Good Conduct Medal with 2 Bronze stars.