Notable Nevadans

RECOGNIZING CAPTAIN CHRISTY WISE

HON. DEAN HELLER

OF NEVADA

IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE

July 16, 2015 

Mr. HELLER: Mr. President, today, I wish to recognize Captain Christy Wise for her unwavering dedication to both the United States Air Force and to overcoming great adversity. It gives me great pleasure to recognize this young woman’s incredible strength. She embodies the true Battle Born spirit of determination, fearlessness, confidence, and resilience.

Capt. Wise was raised in Reno with her twin sister and younger brother. She was accepted into the Air Force Academy, where she discovered her passion for flying. Shortly after, she was accepted into flight school. Capt. Wise flies HC-130 search and rescue planes supporting pararescue jumpers and helicopters at her squadron base in Valdosta, GA. She flew in six rescue missions in Afghanistan in 2012 and is scheduled to redeploy this December. I extend my deepest gratitude to her for her service and wish her a safe deployment.   

Recently, Capt. Wise competed in the 2015 Department of Defense Wounded Warrior Games after sustaining serious injuries in a boating accident. Immediately after recovering from her injuries, which included the loss of her right leg above the knee, Capt. Wise began her rehab. She had heard about the Department of Defense Wounded Warrior Games though a fellow amputee patient at the gym and decided to compete. Less than three months after the accident, Capt. Wise competed in track and field, swimming, and cycling events, earning 11 medals total. It was only two days before the games that she was cleared to participate in the swimming events, leaving her little time to practice for the five events in which she would compete. She received silver medals in both hand cycling and field competitions and received a bronze medal in the 100 meter wheelchair race. Her insatiable drive to excel is truly inspirational.

Capt. Wise has demonstrated unwavering commitment and dedication to the highest standards of the United States Air Force. I am proud to call her a fellow Nevadan, and today, I ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing Capt. Wise and her great achievements. I wish her well in all of her future endeavors and in her time in the United States Air Force for years to come.

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