Humble Beginnings

In the heat of summer 2001 at Fort Sam Houston, TX, Dr. Terry Dewitt, Ph.D., ATC, was serving in the U.S. Army Reserves providing medical coverage for the Confederation of Interallied Officer Reserve (CIOR) Military Competition training camp, when he realized the value and importance of having an organization to unite and represent those working for the military as Certified Athletic Trainers. This military competition, which takes place at a different global location each summer, demonstrated the need for the specialized care that ATCs can provide and the importance of recognizing the profession in such a unique environment. It was from these early beginnings that the Armed Forces Athletic Trainers' Society (AFATS) was born. Dr. DeWitt served as the first president of AFATS and  in 2017 retired from the Army Reserves as Colonel but continues to be an ambassador for ATCs working in the military setting to this day. With the help of Mary Kirkland, chair of the National Athletic Trainers' Associations’ (NATA) Counsel on Employment (COE) during the beginning years, AFATS began putting together workshops around the country for interested ATCs who wanted to pursue employment working with our armed forces. The organization’s membership quickly increased.  Today, our membership includes ATCs working with all branches of the U.S. military, both in the continental United States and abroad, and the society continues to work toward expanding the impact and support of our profession in all facets of military preparation, training, and execution of exercises that keep our nation safe.

Certified Athletic Trainers are currently working with the Air Force, Navy, Army, Marines, and Coast Guard.  They can also be found at all U.S. Service Academies, with Navy Special Warfare, School of Infantry, Officer Basic Schools, Initial Entry Training/Basic Training Units, Recruiting Depots, Navy SMART Centers, Army Musculoskeletal Action Teams, and in several other areas within the military setting.

Executive Staff:  

Timothy Hansen, MS, ATC, CSCS
President

 

Ellie Daniels, MSAT, ATC, LAT
President-Elect

 

Anne Gutierrez, ATC
Secretary
Allen Willoughby, ATC
Treasurer

 

Service Representatives:

Navy:

Michael Hooper, MS, ATC, CSCS
mhooper3@cox.net

Army:

Michael Dreisbach, ATC

michael.p.dreisbach.ctr@mail.mil

Geoffrey Koteles, AT, LAT

geoffrey.koteles@socom.mil

Christine Beckman, MS, ATC

christine.p.beckman.ctr@mail.mil

 

Marine Corps

Jerry Bean, MS, LAT, CSCS, TSAC-F

jerrylbean1@gmail.com

Jay Gibson, MS, ATC

james.gibson1@usmc.mil

Vince Mancini, ATC

vince.mancini@usmc.mil

Air Force:

Andrea Matthes, M.Ed, ATC/L
almatthes78@gmail.com

 

Steven Koch, MS, ATC, LAT, CIDN, GT, CKTP, SMTC

steven.koch.2@us.af.mil


Coast Guard:  open

Europe:

Ellie Daniels, MSAT, ATC, LAT

elizabeth.daniels.0704@gmail.com

Pacific:

Ian Elwood, MA, ATC, CSCS

ian@missionmvmt.com

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