Kremer grew up on Whidbey Island — which is home to a large naval air station — and would sometimes hop on his bike with friends to watch EOD Sailors train. He would hear explosions and see the service members parachute into the water, and he was hooked; he knew he wanted to join the Navy one day. Kremer enlisted in 2003, about a year after he graduated high school. After multiple tours, he was injured while deployed with EOD Mobile Unit ONE in September 2010, after stepping on a landmine. He lost his right foot and part of his left foot; he also suffered additional shrapnel injuries. Kremer always has been active in sports, and adaptive athletics has been critical to his recovery. He currently is trying to earn a spot on the U.S. Paralympic Biathlon team and compete in the 2014 Olympics.

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John Kremer

Retired Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician1st Class

Age: 29

Current Command/Position: Retired

Current Hometown: Bacula, Ga.

Disability: Below-the-knee amputee (left and right legs), wounded in combat operations in 2010