Fitness: it takes a village

1st Lt. Barron Tompkins
1st Combat Communications

Spring has finally arrived in Germany and, if you are like many KMC Airmen, you may be interested in a new beginning for your fitness development.

There are many keys to good fitness. Consistency and effort top the list, but one should not overlook encouragement from peers and proper education.

“We can push a person to improve their fitness all day,” said Senior Master Sgt. Steven Wells, 1st Combat Communications Squadron. “But, if you as a person do not take the time to learn about fitness fundamentals, then you will not be able to succeed in the long run.”

The 1st CBCS has adopted this model of fitness education and applied it to their Fitness Improvement Team for poor and marginal performers.

“Unfortunately, we had a member who was not meeting the Air Force’s fitness standards,” said Senior Master Sgt. Jeffrey Shangle. “We looked for proactive ways to help him by utilizing all of the base’s resources, such as the HAWC (Health and Wellness Center) and the fitness centers.”

And help him they did. The Airman’s flight took the time and effort to help him adjust everything from his running shoes to his running style. Most importantly, they provided the encouragement that he needed to succeed.

“We do everything as a team,” said Lt. Col Joseph Sublousky, 1st CBCS commander. “Why should someone’s fitness test be any different? For his test, he had five of his fellow flight mates running with him.”

The enthusiasm of fellow Airmen helping out their flight mate quickly spread beyond the 1st CBCS personnel running on the track. Members of the 435th Security Forces Squadron, who were exercising nearby, joined in for the final lap.

It’s what the Air Force is all about. No one gets left behind. It’s about working together to get the job done.

Don’t you want to be part of this culture? It’s time for you to make a difference. It’s time for you to make a change. It all starts with you getting committed.