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“Alan”

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OUTWOD Tribute WOD

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  • For Time
  • 1.5 mile Run
  • 60 Plank Shoulder Taps
  • 15 V-Ups
  • 40 Plank Shoulder Taps
  • 15 V-Ups
  • 40 Plank Shoulder Taps
  • 15 V-Ups
  • 60 Plank Shoulder Taps
  • 1.5 mile Run

With a running clock, as fast as possible perform the prescribed work in the order written.

Score is the time on the clock when the last 1.5 mile Run is completed.

Movement Standard

Plank Shoulder Tap: This is performed with a standard Plank Hold. Athlete taps the right shoulder with the left hand and the left shoulder with the right hand while in the Plank position.

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Background: This hero workout is dedicated to Major Alan Rogers (he/him) who was a U.S. Army Intelligence Officer,⁠ ordained pastor, and civil rights activist for the LGBTQ⁠ community. He was also the first known gay combat fatality of⁠ Operation Iraqi Freedom.⁠

Major Rogers was born on September 21, 1967. After completing high school, Rogers joined the ROTC⁠ program at the University of Florida and accepted a commission⁠ into the United States Army after graduating with a Bachelor of⁠ Arts in Religion in 1995.⁠

In 2001, Rogers was charged with commanding a military⁠ intelligence company based out of Waegwan, South Korea⁠ and in 2004, he moved to Washington, D.C., where he went on to receive a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown⁠ University, with his master’s thesis focusing on how the US⁠ military's “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy affected recruitment and⁠ retention for military officers. ⁠

He wrote, "Denying service members the right to serve freely and openly violates basic dignity and⁠ respect of the human experience and puts our national security at risk." Rogers's thesis adviser,⁠ Mark Nadel, described Rogers as "an officer with leadership qualities that made him think, 'This is a⁠ guy I'm going to hear from in 10 years, and he's going to be a general.”⁠

In 2007, shortly after completing his thesis, he was deployed to Iraq and was tragically killed while⁠ on foot patrol by an improvised explosive device (IED) on January 27, 2008. The subsequent coverage of his death in the⁠ media sparked a debate over the effect of the military's "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy and what⁠ information should be included in the biography of a gay military person killed in action.⁠

The workout was designed by OUTWOD @outwod as part of the OUTMemorial fundraising campaign.⁠
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