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“CSM Adkins”

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1.4K 61
  • For Time
  • 400 meter Weighted Run (45/35 lb)
  • 30 Lateral Burpees
  • 30 Alternating Reverse Lunges
  • 30 Russian Kettlebell Swings (53/35 lb)
  • 400 meter Weighted Run (45/35 lb)
  • 20 Lateral Burpees
  • 20 Alternating Reverse Lunges
  • 20 Russian Kettlebell Swings (53/35 lb)
  • 400 meter Weighted Run (45/35 lb)
  • 10 Lateral Burpees
  • 10 Alternating Reverse Lunges
  • 10 Russian Kettlebell Swings (53/35 lb)
  • 400 meter Weighted Run (45/35 lb)

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 round of the 400 meter Weighted Run is completed.


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Background: This hero workout is dedicated to Vietnam War veteran Bennie Gene Adkins who passed away on April 17, 2020 from complications from the COVID-19 virus.

CSM Adkins was a United States Army soldier and recipient of the U.S. military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during the Vietnam War. In March 1966 Adkins distinguished himself during a 38-hour close-combat battle against North Vietnamese Army forces during the Battle of A Shau. At the time of the cited action, Adkins was a sergeant first class serving as an Intelligence Sergeant with Detachment A-102, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces.

Adkins was born on February 1, 1934, in Waurika, Oklahoma, and was drafted in 1956. He was assigned to a garrison unit in Germany, with a follow-on assignment to the 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Georgia. After attending Airborne School, he volunteered for Special Forces in 1961, serving with Special Forces for more than 13 years with the 7th, 3rd, 6th and 5th Special Forces Groups (Airborne). During that time he deployed to the Republic of Vietnam three times between 1963 and 1971. In April 1967, Adkins was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions with Detachment A-102 during his second tour in Vietnam.

After Vietnam, Adkins was assigned to Fort Huachuca. Graduating in the third class of the Sergeant Major Academy, he returned to the Special Forces at Fort Bragg, then went to Fort Sherman and led training at its Jungle Operations Training Center. Adkins finally retired from the Army in 1978.

After the Army, Adkins earned a bachelor’s and two Master’s degrees from Troy State University. He operated his own accounting company and taught classes at Southern Union Junior College and Auburn University. On May 12, 2017, Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. awarded Adkins an honorary doctorate of laws.

The workout was designed by SOF WODs @sofwods.

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