TSgt Adam Popp

Retired, Explosive Ordnance Disposal

  • Hometown: Lanesville, Indiana
  • Current Location: Arlington, Virginia
  • Injury or Illness: Amputee
  • Location Injury Occurred: Afghanistan

A little about Me

Retired Tech Sergeant Adam Popp joined the Air Force in 1997 as an Explosive Ordnance Detection craftsman. While deployed to Afghanistan in 2007 in support of the US Army during Operation Enduring Freedom, team leader TSgt Popp was injured by an IED losing his right leg above the knee. Through his tough resolve and mental strength he has overcome multiple challenges, accomplished goals, and capitalized on his new normal. Adam is actually quite new to adaptive & rehabilitative sports, only really getting active within the last two years. He says, “I have not only excelled in athletics, but many other areas of my life due to the discipline and dedication learned through sports.” He has gone one to compete at the 2017 Boston Marathon and was recently selected to represent the USA at the Invictus Games in Toronto. Adam says it is an honor to share the field with his competitors where he can “spread this message that it is never too late to begin your journey to a successful recovery.”

Awards and Decorations

  •   Purple Heart
  •   Meritorious Service Medal
  •   AF Commendation Medal
  •   Army Commendation Medal
  •   AF Achievement Medal
  •   AF Combat Action Medal