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April 12, 2013

HAWC to roost at Warrior Fitness Center

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Tech. Sgt. Taylor Worley
99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Brittney Hunsaker, 99th Aerospace Medicine Squadron fitness specialist, lifts a box while packing April 9 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The move to the Warrior Fitness Center embodies the 99th Air Base Wing’s mission statement of enabling success through innovative base support.

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The 99th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Health and Wellness Center is moving to the Warrior Fitness Center.

This move is being executed in order to maximize the success of both facilities’ missions and to offer as many health and fitness benefits to the Nellis community as possible.

“There are three true beneficiaries to trying to ignite our health promotions program here,” said Col. Barry R. Cornish, 99th Air Base Wing commander. “The Airmen, the combatant commanders, and the nation will benefit from a healthier force.”

Airmen will be able to utilize the HAWC’s services during their workouts without having to go to multiple locations.

“Our Airmen themselves will benefit [from] our health and wellness program being more accessible” Cornish said.

With these services more readily available, Airmen will be able to focus on being fit, healthy, and prepared to serve their nation, and preparing forces at home benefits the combatant commanders down range.

Lacy Puttuck, 99th Aerospace Medicine Squadron nutrition program manager, labels a box April 9 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. As of April 4, the Health and Wellness Center is no longer open for workouts and services will be limited during the move to the Warrior Fitness Center.

“We [will be able to] provide ready Airmen to go and fight our nation’s wars; we have an obligation to provide our Airmen every avenue we can to make them strong and resilient warriors to go down range and face [the] enemy.” Cornish said.

The Air Force also benefits from programs provided by the HAWC by focusing Airmen on healthy living which could help decrease health care costs for service members.

“By focusing on preventative medicine and creating awareness of healthy living programs across the [Department of Defense] we will [hopefully] be able to drive down health care cost over time,” Cornish said.

During the move, which is scheduled to be completed by April 15, some HAWC services and classes will be limited. The HAWC staff asks everyone to be patient during this process and to contact them for confirmation on class availability.

“There will be road bumps along the way, but we are hoping for as smooth of a transition as possible for our customers,” said Mrs. Laura Weart, HAWC director. “We [the HAWC] hope to have our services back online quickly with as little inconvenience to our customers as possible.”

The HAWC will have a reception desk at the front entrance of the Warrior Fitness Center and will have offices located upstairs next to the aerobics room. All phone numbers for contacting the HAWC will remain the same.

For more information, call the HAWC at (702) 653-3375.




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