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Olympian Transitions From Athlete to Soldier

FORT LEE, Va., Nov. 14, 2016 — With the vibrant atmosphere of the summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro now a distant memory, a bronze medal-winning athlete can now settle into being Army 2nd Lt. Sam Kendricks.

Army 2nd Lt. Sam Kendricks, a Transportation Basic Officer Leaders Course student at the Army Logistics University, won a bronze medal in the pole vault event during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Army photo by Terrance Bell

Army 2nd Lt. Sam Kendricks, a Transportation Basic Officer Leaders Course student at the Army Logistics University, won a bronze medal in the pole vault event during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Army photo by Terrance Bell

The Mississippi-born soldier traded his athletic workwear for the camouflage duty uniform Oct. 3 when he began the 16-week Transportation Basic Officer Leader Course at the Army Logistics University here. The reservist said the transition from athletic endeavors to the military training environment has been minimal, because the levels of focus needed to be successful are similar.

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