Tres “Grinch” Smith

Original hometown: Golden, CO
Current hometown: Springfield, VA
Employer: United States Marine Corps
Position/title: Joint Staff, J-33 Homeland Defense Division, JOTS Branch Chief
Veteran status and Branch of service: Active duty, United States Marine Corps
Years of service: 1994-present
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel, USMC
Military Occupation: Naval Aviator and additional duties
Current unit:  Joint Staff
Deployments: Twice for Operation Iraqi Freedom and twice for Operation Enduring Freedom


Any military/veteran connection or are you riding in honor of a military member/veteran?

TS:  Over the past 5 years, I’ve lost 15 friends.  I’m riding to honor their memories.

How long have you been physically challenged?

TS:  I have recovered after bring shot in the arm and leg while in combat.

Message to others with physical challenges about the benefits of participation in Adaptive Sports.

TS: Figuratively, I believe that in life when confronted with adversity you can either sit down or stand up.  It’s easy to sit down and allow life happen to you, it is a much harder choice to take a stand, to do what’s right, and move forward with your life.  Adaptive sports programs provide the motivation and the support to take that stand and achieve things you never dreamed possible.