U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant
Career Highlights: Retired Staff Sergeant Andrew Bachelder is a two-time Warrior Open Champion, the golf tournament hosted by former President George W. Bush and his Presidential Center for United States service members severely injured while serving their country. Bachelder recently won the 2018 tournament, after winning in 2015. While recovering from numerous physical and emotional injuries suffered in a mid-air helicopter collision in Afghanistan, Bachelder began playing golf again. He credits the game with saving his life. Bachelder graduated in April from the Golf Academy of America with an associate’s degree in golf management, and plans to use the game to continue helping veterans’ organizations. Bachelder joined the United States Marine Corps in 2002 and deployed to Kuwait in 2003 where his unit helped to breach the Iraq/Kuwait border to allow for the invasion of Iraq. He deployed again to Iraq in 2004 and 2009, and then was transferred to Afghanistan, where he was injured in the tragic mid-air collision. 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.