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News | June 29, 2021

Tripler Soldier shines on Winning All Army Women’s Rugby Team

By Mackenzie Walsh

HONOLULU - After being named ’Best Rookie’ on two teams during her Army career, Tripler Army Medical Center’s Staff Sgt. Glennis Kanae-Rodrigues was invited to play for the All-Army Women’s Rugby team, the winners of this year’s Armed Forces Rugby Championship. “In rugby, you’re only as fast as your slowest player,” says Kanae-Rodrigues. To apply for the team, Kanae-Rodrigues had to submit her results for the Bronco test a shuttle run developed in New Zealand that consists of running 20 meters and back, 40 meters and back, and 60 meters and back - five times apiece.

Her at-home fitness regimen prepared Kanae-Rodrigues for team practices – a grueling schedule of two practices a day, eight days in a row – under the summer sun, including weight lifting. A Honolulu native, Kanae-Rodrigues currently serves as the noncommissioned officer in charge of TAMC’s COVID Operations Integration Cell (COIC), responsible for COVID -19 disease surveillance and emergency response for the Hawaii Military Healthcare System. “Staff Sgt. Kanae-Rodrigues is a highly-motivated, results-driven, and future-focused Soldier that is an asset to any team, on or off the field,” says Maj. Nancy Patrick, the COIC officer in charge. Kanae –Rodrigues was instrumental in coordinating COVID testing for deploying and redeploying units, arranging COVID vaccinations for beneficiaries, and monitoring COVID vaccine shipments and distributions across all MTFs on the island.

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