Oz in the News 1.23.18

Conquering the Yellow Brick Road The Wizard of Oz might not be the first thing individuals relate to law enforcement, but three times a year, agency leaders gather in Quantico, Virginia, to follow — and conquer — the Yellow Brick Road. These 200 or more law enforcement executives are taking part of the FBI National Academy, an 11-week program that offers training in communication, leadership and fitness. The Yellow Brick Road, a 6.1-mile obstacle course, is a physical challenge that participants take part in at the conclusion of the program. In addition to academics, they also endured weekly physical challenges, all Wizard of Oz themed, which served as preparation for the Yellow Brick Road. The culminating obstacle course gets its name from the pathway of painted yellow rocks it follows. Individuals who successfully complete the course receive a yellow brick to signify the accomplishment. “That’s one of those cherished mementos I think a lot of national academy graduates before me display in their office,” said Hammac, whose brick rests atop a bookcase in his office. “It really is humbling to think back that I had a chance to be part of that.”

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