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6th AMW commanders lead by example

by 2nd Lt. Erin Dorrance
Chief of Internal Information
photo by 2nd Lt. Erin Dorrance
The 6th Air Mobility Wing leaders line up for the mile and a half run while Col. Irvin Lee, 6th Support Group commander, above, finishes a sit up during their physical fitness test Tuesday.

With drops of sweat and tightly laced running shoes, the 6th Air Mobility Wing senior leaders, both officer and enlisted, completed fitness evaluations Tuesday on base.

The group consisted of Brig. Gen. (Sel.) Tanker Snyder, 6th Air Mobility Wing commander; Col. Brian Kelly, 6th AMW vice commander; Col. Charles Mackett, 6th Medical Group commander; Col. Irvin Lee, 6th Mission Support Group commander; Col. David Sowinski, 6th Maintenance Group commander; Lt. Col. Bobby Fowler, 6th Operations Group commander; Lt. Col. Anthony Hingle, 6th AMW director of staff and Chief Master Sgt. Lew Monroe, 6th AMW command chief, who were among the first at MacDill to have their physical fitness evaluated using the Air Force's new fitness standard. Under the standard, fitness evaluations now include body composition, strength and aerobic fitness measurements.

Gen. John P. Jumper, Air Force chief of staff, took his physical fitness test Jan. 7.

"I expect squadron commanders to be out in front of their squadrons, group commanders to be out in front of their groups and wing commanders to be out in front of their wings as we go through this test cycle," said General Jumper. "I expect the whole Air Force to test and I expect that we all are going to pass."He also said he expects commanders around the service to follow his example and to participate in leading their airmen toward a more fit force.

"The 6th Air Mobility Wing has always made fitness a priority," said General Snyder. "From wing and unit runs, to sports and other fitness activities, our wing understands the importance of being fit."

Just like the top Air Force leadership, the 6th AMW leaders wanted to be among the first in the wing to finish their PFT. "The leadership has to 'run' the talk," said Colonel Sowinski. "If we set the standard, it is up to the rest of the wing to follow. We prepare like everyone else, with invested time and a lot of determination."

General Jumper believes fitness is worth the invested time and great amount of determination. "We are all over the world and in all sorts of climates. If you talk to the combat controllers, who during Operation Enduring Freedom were up at the top of 14,000-foot mountains with 100 pounds of gear, it becomes quite evident we need to be fit; fit to fight is the term we use."

After more than a decade of the cycle ergometry test, the new PFT represents a culmination of more than a year's worth of work in developing a new fitness standard.

The wing leadership's scores have set the bar high, now it is up to the rest of the wing to raise it higher.




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