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Wing leadership sets the bar for fitness testing

by 2nd Lt. Larry van der Oord
Chief of Internal Information
Photo by 2nd Lt. Larry van der Oord

The 6th AMW leadership begins the 1.5 mile run portion of the Air Force's fitness test Wednesday at the track. 2005 marks the second year the Air Force has used the run as part of the new set of fitness standards.

Senior leaders from the 6th Air Mobility Wing braved the cold Wednesday morning to kick off this year's fitness testing cycle at the Base Gym.

The group consisted of Brig. Gen Tanker Snyder, 6th AMW commander; Col. Don Halpin, 6th AMW vice commander; Col. Irvin Lee, 6th Mission Support Group commander; Col Charles Mackett, 6th Medical Group commander; Lt. Col. Bobby Fowler, 6th Operations Group acting commander; Lt. Col. Scott Haines, 6th Maintenance Group deputy commander; and Chief Master Sgt. Jeffrey Lawrence, 6th AMW command chief.

The senior leadership got the wing off to a great start when all members of the group passed the Air Force's new fitness test, which is comprised of a body composition measurement, a 1.5 mile run, crunches and push-ups.

A year has passed since the Fit to Fight initiative began, and MacDill has been more physically active than ever to meets its fitness goals.

MacDill surpassed its goal of having 90 percent of personnel take the fitness test during 2004. Nearly 100 percent of MacDill tested during the past year.

Leadership has played a key role in reaching high fitness standards. Commanders led the way by organizing and implementing physical training throughout the week and trackingindividuals who didn't test, said Fabian Beavers, Health and Wellness Center assistant flight chief.

This year Airmen are expected to stay on track when it comes to taking their fitness test. Colonel Halpin recently signed a policy letter encouraging all units to test by June.

"Maintaining your physical fitness is a year around endeavor," said Colonel Halpin. "This is one test you can't cram for."

The new fitness standards provide more of a challenge, but they are also more in line with the physical demands Airmen will experience in the field, said Colonel Halpin.

The HAWC has several classes to help people improve their test scores. Mr. Beavers said he encourages people who need help to contact the HAWC by calling 828-4739 and scheduling an appointment for their many classes. Classes at the HAWC range from nutrition to fitness topics and more.

"We can design specific programs for them," added Mr. Beavers referring to those who would like to improve their fitness scores.

The Fit to Fight Workout has been created by the HAWC to enhance all areas of the fitness test. It's open to anyone and is held Wednesdays from 7 to 8 a.m. at the HAWC.

Mr. Beavers said he expects MacDill to continue its strong performance this fitness testing cycle because support of fitness programs by commanders is a direct reflection of statistics.




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