Health & Safety

July 3, 2014

Fitness program to test Airmen physically, mentally

Staff Sgt. Ian Hoachlander
Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Airmen at 18 installations will see a new era of physical fitness as the Air Force Personnel Center Directorate of Services introduces the Air Force Team Cohesion Challenge.

The pilot program, built around special operations training, is designed to teach leadership, promote unit cohesion and inspire teams to perform their best.

“This program was developed to provide Airmen the opportunity to participate in a team-based event which incorporates the five Cs of comprehensive Airmen fitness – caring, committing, connecting, communicating and celebrating,” said Benjamin Evers, Air Force Personnel Center outdoor recreation specialist. “It will not only challenge Airmen physically but also demand they work as a unit to tackle both physical and mental obstacles.”

The challenge involves two elements: a base-wide 5K run and the rucksack challenge. The 5K run is open to everyone on base and is mandatory for all participants who registered for the main event.

Airmen can sign up for the rucksack challenge individually or with their friends and coworkers. Once registered, the force support squadron places members on a 30-person team, known as their GORUCK family.

“The 5K run creates awareness for the new program and is also an icebreaker for the GORUCK family,” Evers said. “We highly encourage participants in the 5K run as a unit so as to mimic the GORUCK Light. For example, teams could hold a rope during the entire run or run in some sort of formation.”

The day following the 5K, members who registered for the rucksack challenge will participate in a 4-to-5-hour team event during which a special forces veteran, called a Cadre, will lead the team in military-inspired challenges and missions, including basic training calisthenics, swimming, lifting and marching. Throughout the event participants will wear a backpack filled with 30 to 40 pounds of equipment.

“This program is physically demanding which promotes a ‘hard work in, positive results out,’ attitude and we have specifically selected this event for the military relevance and focus on group and team dynamics,” explained Evers.

The Team Cohesion Challenge is a centrally developed and centrally funded program which builds upon the current popularity of adventure and mud races. The AFPC Directorate of Services partnered with GoRuck to provide trained cadre for each event. GoRuck is a veteran owned enterprise consisting of former special forces members who strive to provide a rewarding fitness experience.

Installations participating in the pilot program include Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Beale AFB, California, Buckley AFB, Colorado, Cannon AFB, New Mexico, Eglin AFB, Florida, Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota, Holloman AFB, New Mexico, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, March Air Reserve Base, California, Minot AFB, North Dakota, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, Patrick AFB, Florida, Robins AFB, Georgia, Scott AFB, Illinois, Vance AFB, Oklahoma, Westover ARB, Massachusetts., and Whiteman AFB, Missouri.

Airmen interested in testing their abilities can sign up for the Air Force Team Cohesion Challenge at participating force support squadrons.

For more information about the Air Force Team Cohesion Challenge contact participating force support squadrons. For more information about Air Force Services activities and programs visit www.myairforcelife.com or www.usafservices.com.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Tammy_Duckworth,_official_portrait,_113th_Congress

Knowing the facts: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran, was deployed to Iraq as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot for the Illinois Army National Guard in 2004. One of the first Army women to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Fr...
 
 

452nd felt early frost in Cold War

(Ninth in an 11-part series that was first run in the Beacon in 2007) Two weeks after the D-Day invasion, 47 B-17s from the 452nd Bombardment Group and other Army Air Forces units were destroyed by German aircraft at a largely undefended Russian airfield. The attack, which began about 12:30 a.m. June 22, 1944, destroyed...
 
 

Air Force to implement TDY policy changes

The Air Force recently implemented two TDY policy changes that will impact travel reimbursements for Airmen. The first change, which took effect Oct. 1, made changes to the Joint Travel Regulations, Reimbursable and Incidental Expense Policy. The second will be a change in long-term TDY per diem expenses and take effect Nov. 1. Under the...
 

 
running

Lacing up: Finding your ‘WooHoo’ moment

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard For those who run with me, they know I can get a bit noisy. A celebratory “WooHoo” is a must at the start of taking any hill. The drumbeat of sneakers on the pavement, labore...
 
 
Dom-Violence-Aware-Month-photo

Domestic Violence awareness Month: How to help a friend who is being abused

Here are some ways to help a friend who is being abused: •Set up a time to talk. Try to make sure you have privacy and won’t be distracted or interrupted. •Let your friend know you’re concerned about her safety. Be hone...
 
 
(Courtesy photo/Joe Mora)

Shadowy figure blocks exit to room in March Field building

(Courtesy photo/Joe Mora) A camera captures what appears to be a shadowy figure (left side) sitting in one of several chairs lined up against a wall in a building on March Air Reserve Base Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. The image wa...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin