MSgt Benjamin Seekell

Active Duty, Security Forces Instructor

  • Hometown: Charlestown, Rhode Island
  • Current Location: Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas
  • Injury or Illness: Amputee
  • Location Injury Occurred: Bagram, Afghanistan

A little about Me

Master Sergeant Benjamin Seekell joined the Air Force December 2004 in Security Forces responsible military working dog handler. In 2011, during his deployment to Bagram Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Ben was conducting a routine foot patrol mission outside the airfield when he and his patrol dog, Charlie, stepped on a landmine blowing them both in the air. His first reaction was to attend to his team, including Charlie. Charlie had multiple shrapnel wounds to his hind quarters and his ear drums had burst during the explosion but made a full recovery. After recovering from multiple surgeries to remove his left leg below the knee, Sgt. Seekell dedicated four to five hours every day to physical therapy and getting fit for his prosthesis. He was returned to active duty and was selected for Warriors Games 2015, earning two bronze medals, and Invictus Games 2016, earning one gold and two silver medals. He was recently selected to be the Team Co-Captain for the Air Force at Warrior Games 2017 and to represent the USA at the Invictus Games in Toronto later this year. TSgt Seekel will represent the United States at 2017 Invictus Games. Ben says, “It is an amazing honor to represent the Air Force at Warrior Games. It is an opportunity not afforded to most and I feel an immense responsibility to showcase the excellence that makes our service great!”

Awards and Decorations

  •   Purple Heart
  •   AF Commendation Medal w/2 OLC
  •   AF Achievement Medal