Comprehensive Airman Fitness

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  • By Lori Muzzana
  • Malmstrom Community Support Coordinator
After 26 years as a civil servant working for the Air Force, I became the Malmstrom Air Force Base Community Support Coordinator in January 2013.  This was a new position within the Air Force, so it left a lot of people wondering and asking "what is it that you do?"

I suddenly found myself in a position where I took on responsibilities that others had either held as an additional duty or no one had implemented at base level before.  All of these responsibilities fall under what is considered Comprehensive Airman Fitness.  Needless to say, CAF is a holistic approach to develop overall Airman (military, civilian and family members) fitness and the ability to be resilient.  You will hear people refer to it as the four pillars or domains:  mental, physical, social or spiritual.  This is meant to be a cultural shift in how we view and maintain overall fitness in our daily lives.  

CAF provides a framework that encompasses many cross functional education and training efforts, activities and programs.  For example, did you know that the CAF paid for the following opportunities in 2013 and 2014? 

· Gracie Academy self-defense training
· Retreats through the chapel, including two marriage retreats, two singles retreats and a company grade officer retreat
· American 300 prior Olympians' visit
· John Sileo, identity theft concerns guest speaker
· Retired Navy Seal Jason Redman, guest speaker
· Various materials handed out during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Child Abuse Awareness Month

The list and possibilities are endless when it comes to taking care of our people here at Malmstrom. 

In addition, as the CSC, I facilitate the Community Action Information Board. This board meets quarterly, is chaired by the wing commander and is attended by all wing leadership.  Its primary responsibility is to identify, review and resolve community concerns.  I also chair the Integrated Delivery System, which meets monthly and is attended by all the support agencies on the installation and from the Air National Guard.  It is the working arm of the CAIB.  It watches for trends, proposes policy solutions or actions to the CAIB for implementation, and looks for gaps in resources needed by Airmen.  More information can be found at

As the point of contact for resilience training, I supervise the Master Resilience Trainers and the squadron Resilience Training Assistants.  These individuals are trained and certified to provide resilience training.  They teach coping skills to individuals to utilize when they feel overwhelmed or find themselves in crisis. 

I also am responsible for annual Wingman events, the annual Community Fair, quality of life requests, development and implementation of the Community Action Plan, resilience-themed events, liaison work between the base and community, and the advertising of community volunteer events.

I truly love my job and feel fortunate to be involved in making an Airman's life a bit more resilient while they are stationed here, away from their families or here permanently.  People are precious and need to be valued through good and bad times.  The CAIB, IDS, MRTs and RTAs are committed to doing just that. 

My office is located in Bldg. 500, Room 153A.  Look me up or get in touch with you squadron RTA.  We are here to support.