Push-up challenge: 86th AW pounds sand

Heather Hansen
Kaiserslautern American contributing writer

***image1***The 86th Airlift Wing push-up challenge hosted by the Ramstein Area Chief’s Group was held Feb. 11 at the 86th Contingency Response Group building in support of the “Berlin to Baghdad” project.

The event was a part of U.S. Air Forces in Europe’s command-wide effort to raise awareness and funds for an Air Force Enlisted Heritage Hall expansion project at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

Here, the wing knocked out a combined total of 5,151 push-ups in 10 minutes and raised more than $2,121.20 through pledges.

Airman 1st Class Matt Henkle accomplished the most push-ups by one person – 320 in a 10-minute period.

“Over 99 percent of the participants were enlisted,” said Col. Robert Kane, 86th AW commander. “Our Airmen came together to support an organization dedicated to preserving the rich heritage and traditions of the enlisted force.”

“Not only will this project benefit the enlisted of today, it will benefit the enlisted of tomorrow,” said Chief Master Sgt. Renee Starghill, 86th AW command chief.

The Enlisted Heritage Hall serves as an exhibition for historical memorabilia and source documents. The “Berlin to Baghdad” Memorial Fund supports the hall by providing funding to acquire materials for the hall’s extensive artwork and artifacts. Anyone interested in making a contribution should visit the Air Force Enlisted Heritage Hall website at http://afehri.maxwell.af.mil.