New Theme for the W.A.R Website

Check back this week to see the new and updated W.A.R. website!

We have huge news – we are going to be featured at the Bob Feist Invitational for a Fourth time!

If you haven’t heard of The Feist, we will make sure you have all the information, links, and videos to find out more about our biggest support of all time!

Signing off until Monday…. Sheri Smith, former CTI U.S. Navy and President of W.A.R.

2nd Annual W.A.R. Gaming 24hr Fundraiser

We are very excited to announce our 24hr Streaming Fundraiser is back for its second year. The amount of support last year was amazing and we can’t wait to see what this year has in store. We have teamed up with other creators to support us in our mission to serve those who have served.

We will feature Military, First Responders, and Supporters along with specials guests and some surprises as well. This 24hr marathon has a lot in store and we want everyone to stop by, say hi and enjoy some live entertainment. Ever wish someone on the TV could know what you were saying, now is your chance. This event is fully interactive and we encourage everyone to participate.

It all starts on March 25th at 9pm on Twitch (www.twitch.tv/warriorsandrodeo). It will run through Saturday, March 26th. All of the awesome guys who are also streaming to raise money for Warriors and Rodeo are linked below. Make sure to stop by and tell them we sent you!

Last but not least, we have an amazing supporter who has volunteered to put some skin in the game, literally. If we reach our goal of $3000 raised over 24 hours he will be getting a W.A.R. tattoo. If that isn’t dedication, I don’t know what is. So come on out and help us reach our goal and serve those who have served.

W.A.R. Gaming brings Military and First Responders through a love for gaming









Feature: Reynaldo Valenzuela

Reynaldo Valenzuela was born in Roswell, NM, and raised by his grandparents. He graduated in 2001 and joined the military in November of that year. He was sent to basic training at Ft. Benning, GA. After graduating from infantry school, he was stationed at Ft. Hood, TX in the BCO 1/9 CAV. His unit was deployed in Nov. of 2003 to Kaldia, Iraq where he was attached to the Big Red One. During his time in Iraq, he was also attached to the 82nd Airborne Division and the 2nd Marines. In 2005, he was honorably discharged from the military. He began to rodeo and ride bulls. In 2008 he was recalled into the 28th ID. He deployed with the HHC 2/12th Recon Unit. He was then discharged in 2009 as a Sergeant. Valenzuela continued to rodeo and ride bulls and in 2014 transitioned to bullfighting which, “fell in love with it”. In 2015, the VA diagnosed him with multiple conditions including PTSD, depression, anxiety, and emphysema. Valenzuela states that bullfighting is a huge help in dealing with all the after-effects of combat. He states it is “a huge release for me. I wish I would have started a long time ago!” Valenzia has been a part of our organization for many years and we are proud to have him a part of our team.

We want to show our appreciation for those who chose to partner with Reynaldo in his rodeo career.

Projects and Events

Reynaldo Valenzuela will be representing W.A.R. and his sponsors at numerous events throughout the year including at W.A.R. bullfighting clinics and the 2022 PAFRA Championship Rodeo.

You can find Reynaldo at the following event series:

  • Cadillac Rodeo Company events that include CPRA and UPRA events. These events are in Texas.
  • TOYBR (Texas Outlaw Youth Bullriding) Junior event from peewee bulls to novice bulls. He and his son are both bullfighters at these events.
  • Junior Gunslingers Rodeo Association in New Mexico. He and his son both are bullfighters at these events.
  • Reynaldo is the announcer for Smith Minibuckers Association

Some of his scheduled events for 2022:

  • More to be scheduled!

To contact Reynaldo Valenzuela for sponsorship or to invite him to be a bullfighter at your event, email rvalenzuela1007@gmail.com or call 575-910-2112.

Persian Gulf War

January 17th to February 24th, 1991. 

Tensions are on the rise between the Iraqi government and the United Nations. Iraq’s controversial invasion of Kuwait eventually results in the UN for the first time since 1950 permitting the use of force against an enemy. A massive coalition of multinational forces is prepared for war. This UN coalition includes over 600,000 American troops. The first major operation of the Persian Gulf War begins. From January 17th to February 24th a coalition air operation is performed. This is done in an attempt to gain air superiority, destroy strategic locations, and weaken the Iraqi military.  

The operation is a success, the UN forces manage to down 35 enemy planes in air-to-air combat and destroy at least another 100 grounded aircraft. The UN aircraft, of which two-thirds are American, manage to disable the aerial capabilities of the Iraqi force.  

After control of the sky is gained the UN aerial forces focus on targeting enemy facilities, weapons, ammunition, chemical and biological stores, Scud missile launchers, and a number of other important targets.  

In the whole of the aerial operation, the UN suffered only 39 downed aircraft and destroyed 30% of Iraqi forces.  

Around the same time, a coalition naval operation begins in the Persian Gulf. This includes several highly important American ships. The goal of the naval operations is to defeat the Iraqi naval forces, clear mines, and threaten an amphibious assault on Iraqi forces in Kuwait.  

While several US ships, including the USS Tripoli and the USS Princeton, took damage from mines, in the end, most of the mines were cleared. The famed USS Missouri was fired upon, but thanks to the enemies’ poor aim and the help of a nearby British vessel the attack was thwarted.  

The naval operation was also a success, and between the success of both operations, the path was prepared for a full invasion of Kuwait.  

Author: Gabriel Smith, WAR Volunteer

Feature: Andreas Sanchez

Army Veteran. Former Corrections Officer. Air Traffic Controller. Team Roper.

W.A.R. would like to introduce you to a long-standing member and volunteer, Andreas (Dre) Sanchez. Below, you will find a very thoughtful biography written by Andreas himself. We appreciate the history he shared of his family. We are all very proud of those who served before us and it is important to never forget the sacrifices made by those who have kept freedom ringing throughout our nation.

I would like to mention some of the people who shaped what direction I would go in life. My Grandfather on my Dad’s side, Cecilio Sanchez, was an Army Paratrooper and was a Korean War Veteran. He was MIA for more than 45 days behind enemy lines. He was a Silver Star recipient. One of the most important memories I have of him was when I had applied to New Mexico Military Institute to attend school. During my interview process and testing, they had found out I was the grandson of a Silver Star soldier. They had explained I did not need to pass the entrance exam and just bring in my grandfather’s documentation and I would be accepted to the school. I had a conversation with my grandfather and explained what had been offered to me. His response was something I have not forgotten to this day. He told me. “Eijo, If this is what you want to do, and this is your path then go earn it on your own.” It took the 14 year old me some time to understand the lesson he had just taught. But I did take the entrance exams and interviews and got accepted as a cadet on my own.

Now my Grandfather on my mom’s side was Angelo H. Sakelares was an Army Cavalry soldier. He was a WWII veteran and a Bataan Death March Survivor. He was awarded the Bronze Star. I was much closer with this Grandfather he would tell me stories of his experiences even take me to visit other Death March survivors and hear their stories. He and I would go to flea markets on weekends and collect WWII insignias. We had hundreds in a coffee can, but he always knew which ones we didn’t have for the collection. Once we had over 300 of them, he and I built a display for the collection we had gathered through the years. All the while teaching me about the Military and what it was to serve. Both the good and the bad. When I was about to graduate high school I wasn’t sure of the branch of the military I wanted to pursue. I had been in MCJROTC in my hometown of Grants NM. But both my military influences had been in the Army. One day about a month till graduation I was having breakfast and a recruiter walked into the restaurant. He sat next to me so, of course, I drummed up a conversation with him. He was Army I could tell by the uniform. I had mentioned that I hadn’t looked at what my scores would allow me to do if I joined. He offered to show me a list if I wanted to come by his office. So needless to say I went. And at this point, my maternal grandfather had passed. As I looked at the unit insignia I would be wearing if I accepted one of the positions available to me it is the exact same insignia my grandfather wore in WWII. Now it was not a full-time soldier it was a National Guard unit. But it was a sign, an opportunity for me to wear the same insignia as my Grandfather!!

I know that was a long backstory to hear about my bio but I feel like it explains who and what I have chosen to do in life. I served 6 years in Air Defense Artillery (14S/16S) Stinger Missile system crew member. I also cross-trained as an 88M. I appreciated the time I served. I was activated during the Cierro Grande fires in New Mexico. I was also on stand-by in Ft. RILEY Kansas when Desert Storm was beginning.
After my enlistment, I was a correctional officer for the State of New Mexico. My civil service continues today. I am in my 14th year as an Air Traffic Controller. I started my career in ATC at Albuquerque (ABQ) International Airport and now work at the 3rd busiest Airport in the Country. Dallas – Ft. Worth (DFW) International Airport. I have been in Air Traffic for 14 years. This is the coolest job ever!! And yes it is stressful. Whenever I am not keeping planes apart my obsessive hobby is TEAM ROPING! I spend as much time as I can on horseback. That is how I found out about Warriors and Rodeo. I have had the good fortune to qualify for the World Series of Team Roping and compete in Las Vegas at the finale about 10 times. I have won multiple checks but in 2019 I had a top 10 finish which had a nice paycheck attached. Then in March of 2021, I won the #9 at the Bob Feist Invitational. I have loved the sport and plan on doing it for a long long time. Thanks for the support along the way and the camaraderie that W.A.R. has done for me! I truly appreciate it!!
Andreas Sanchez

Andreas states that his wife is his backbone and supports him in everything he does. They have been married 19 years and look forward to many more.

Andreas with his brother and Grandfather Cecilio
Andreas Sanchez is a long time volunteer of W.A.R. His expertise and hard work has been utilized at events, clinics, meetings, representing W.A.R. with corporate companies, and more. Thank you, Andreas, for your hard work and dedication to those who serve.

Warriors and Rodeo appreciates those companies who join us in our commitment to Andreas Sanchez as he competes around the country in numerous events and multiple series.

  • Article by W.A.R. Patriotic Partner the Bob Feist Invitational – click here
  • World Series of Team Roping – click here
  • NRS has been a great supporter for W.A.R. and Andreas Sanchez

Army Chaplain History

As long as armies have existed, military chaplains have served alongside Soldiers, providing for their spiritual needs, working to improve morale and aiding the wounded. The Bible tells of the early Israelites bringing their priests into battle with them. Pagan priests accompanied the Roman Legions during their conquests; as Christianity became the predominant religion of the Roman Empire, Christian chaplains administered to Roman soldiers. In fact, the word chaplain is derived from cappa, the Latin word for cloak.

Chaplain Bradley Walgren leads a prayer at the 2016 Statewide Symposium in Support of Service Members, Veterans and their Families, at the Desert Willow conference center April 20-21.

The Chaplain Corps provides counseling services for spiritual and non-spiritual issues to Soldiers wherever they serve. Since the Corps was established on July 29, 1775, about 25,000 chaplains have served.
“Military life brings on stress with other members of your unit, with your family and with the citizens of the countries where you are deployed. It also brings morale conflicts,” Michael Wold, regional coordinator of Institute for Healing of Memories. “Chaplains have a unique ability to counsel on all types of personal matters because the conversations are held confidential not unlike those between attorney and client.”
“Chaplains are combat multipliers by connecting Soldiers with a larger, more meaningful vision than self-sustainment,” said Chaplain Bradley Walgren . “We are constant reminders of the divine graces found in loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage.”
The U.S. Army Chaplain Corps is one of the oldest and smallest branches of the Army. The Chaplain Corps dates back to 29 July 1775, when the Continental Congress authorized one chaplain for each regiment of the Continental Army, with pay equaling that of a captain. In addition to chaplains serving in Continental regiments, many militia regiments counted chaplains among their ranks.
Since the War for Independence, chaplains have served in every American war. Over that period, the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps has evolved, with the addition of Roman Catholic chaplains in the Mexican War, and Jewish and African American chaplains during the Civil War. The position of chaplain assistant was created to support the work of chaplains.
In January 1979, the Army commissioned its first female chaplain. Today, some 1,300 active duty Army chaplains and 1,200 in the reserve components, represent five major faiths groups (Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, and Buddhist.)

While their duties are primarily focused on spiritual and moral issues, many chaplains have also demonstrated tremendous bravery. Stories abound of chaplains administering the last rites to fallen soldiers, oblivious to the fire around them, or dashing out into the open to rescue the wounded without regard to their own lives. Five chaplains earned the Medal of Honor for their bravery, the most recent award made posthumously to Chaplain (MAJ) Charles J. Watters in November 1969. Dozens of others have made the ultimate sacrifice, living up to the Chaplain Corps motto, Pro Deo Et Patria (For God and Country).

Original article:
Soldiers Supported by the Chaplain Corps 
Taken from a Story by Spc. Elizabeth Smith  
123rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment   
Photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander Henninger   
173rd Airborne Brigade   
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- U.S. Army Chaplain Cpt. John McDougall, chaplain for 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade, observes training during exercise Eagle Strike on October 23rd, 2017. The 173rd Airborne Brigade is the U.S. Army’s Contingency Response Force in Europe, providing rapidly deploying forces to the U.S. Army Europe, Africa and Central Command Areas of Responsibility within 18 hours. 

McGregor Duck Call & Pen

Thank you for this incredible donation to W.A.R. by McGregor’s Fine Wine Stoppers & Pens.

The “Proud American” custom pen is engraved with our brand logo – WAR Warriors and Rodeo. This exquisite pen was donated to Warriors and Rodeo and can be yours for a donation of $200. 100% of your donation will go towards Operation Not Forgotten – sending care packages to those deployed overseas. Donate Here.

This custom duck call and Warriors and Rodeo Challenge Coin display is available for a donation of $200 or more. 100% of the donation will be used for Operation Not on my Watch – Warriors at WAR, Suicide Prevention Training. Donate Here.

For more information, you can find McGregor’s on Facebook here.

Thank you John Simpson, Army Veteran, for connecting Warriors and Rodeo with this company. We appreciate your support of this organization and their company. It takes people like John to keep Warriors and Rodeo going.

Marine Corps Veteran Caleb Martin – Steer Wrestler at SRA Finals

Caleb Martin competed at this year’s 47th Southern Rodeo Association Finals in Asheville, NC, Nov. 12-14, 2021.

Martin served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2012-2021 as a radio operator.

He has been steer wrestling since 2004 and plans on continuing to compete in 2022 in the Southern Rodeo Association.

We are thankful for his service to our great country and we appreciate the sacrifices made by his wife, Elizabeth, as well as his entire family.




Cowboy Auction Reno, NV

Warriors and Rodeo will be featured at the Reno Championship with The Bob Feist Invitational, again this year! Thanks to the generosity of the BFI and Heel-O-Matic Training Systems, W.A.R. will receive the funds raised by auctioning off another piece of their top-notch roping equipment. Head over for the Cowboy Auction, Sunday, June 20, 2021. Find more info on the flyer below and at their website www.bfiweek.com

W.A.R. Update

W.A.R. Update – between Covid restrictions and our president being diagnosed with a brain tumor and the following brain surgery, W.A.R. has experienced a decrease in events and fundraising. With a team of volunteers, we are excited to have our first in-person event back to be with the one and only @bobfeistinvitational and @heelomatictrainingsystems in Reno, Nevada. This is our fourth partnership with this generous organization and we are thankful to be a part of it. Check back daily for updates and information! http://www.warmissions.org #bobfeistinvitational #heelomatictrainingsystems https://bfiweek.com/ https://www.heelomatic.com/