Spc. Efren Gandara performs leg tucks during a pilot for the Army Combat Readiness Test, a six-event assessment designed to reduce injuries and replace the current Army Physical Fitness Test. Gandara and 120 other Soldiers based at Fort Lee, Va., had the opportunity to take the test Sept. 13-14, 2017.

From overweight veteran to pandemic athlete

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