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.

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PRESIDENT-ELECT

Ellie Daniels, MSAT, LAT, ATC

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TREASURER

Allen Willoughby, ATC

EXECUTIVE STAFF

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PRESIDENT

Timothy Hansen, MS, ATC, CSCS

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SECRETARY

Anne Gutierrez, ATC

SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR

Lori Uretsky, MEd, LAT, ATC, LMT, BCTMB, PES, CES, NAT
lori.uretsky@gmail.com

SERVICE REPRESENTATIVES

 

NAVY

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

 

Gregory Marr, LAT, ATC  gregory.r.marr2.civ@mail.mil

ARMY

Michael Dreisbach, ATC

boutmanagementfederation@gmail.com

Geoffrey Koteles, LAT, ATC

gk6516@gmail.com

MARINE CORPS

Jay Gibson, MS, ATC

james.gibson1@usmc.mil

Vince Mancini, ATC

vincent.mancini@usmc.mil

AIR FORCE

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

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

steven.koch.2@us.af.mil

 

COAST GUARD

OPEN

EUROPE

Ellie Daniels, MSAT, LAT, ATC

elizabeth.daniels.0704@gmail.com

PACIFIC

Ian Elwood, MA, ATC, CSCS

ian@missionmvmt.com

Mission Statement
The mission of the Armed Forces Athletic Trainers' Society shall be to advance, encourage, and improve the profession of athletic training by developing the common interests of its membership in order to enhance the mission readiness of warfighters within the U.S. Armed Forces.

Vision Statement

Athletic trainers are recognized as the ultimate force multiplier within the U.S. military in the provision of comprehensive warrior health care.

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