Fit-to-fight prepares Airmen to be always ready

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  • By Devin Doskey
  • 341st Missile Wing Public Affairs

U.S. Air Force members face unique stressors that affect our fighting force.

The four pillars of Comprehensive Airman Fitness are designed to help Airmen remain fit-to-fight, stay resilient and thrive in the current environment of continued deployments and sustained support of wartime operations. Physical fitness is one of the pillars that improves the Air Force’s ability to fight.

Tech. Sgt. Luis Escobar and Staff Sgt. Mark Pulley 341st Force Support Squadron fitness supervisors manage the 341st FSS fitness center’s resources and programs.  The fitness center provides state-of-the-art fitness equipment, exercise classes and fitness incentive programs to support physical health among the Malmstrom community.

“Being physically fit, healthier and stronger strengthens the other pillars of CAF,” said Pulley. “It improves overall health by increasing energy levels while boosting self-esteem.”

Physical fitness allows Airmen the ability to accomplish the Air Force mission while maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

“Good nutrition and exercise has a direct impact on the overall mission of the Air Force,” said Escobar. “Physical fitness prepares Airmen to be worldwide deployable and allows them to be always ready for what the mission dictates.”

The fit-to-fight philosophy is more than passing a semi-annual or annual physical assessment. A fit-to-fight lifestyle requires personal dedication to physical improvement in order to improve resilience and increase the capabilities of the Air Force.

Airman 1st Class Amanda Blair, 341st FSS missile chef, began her personal fit-to-fight lifestyle two years ago when she started participating in structured workout program on a regular basis.

“I have to physically push myself during every workout; naturally my physical assessment improved and I was able to max out my push-ups and sit ups,” said Blair.

Blair is now working on her fitness training certificate, so she can volunteer her time coaching “Wing One” exercise classes at the fitness center.

“My advice to anyone looking to improve their physical fitness is to find something that is motivating and keeps you coming back,” said Blair. “Fit-to-fight is being prepared for whatever life throws at you and having a physical fitness routine can help with that.”

Hard work and commitment is vital to succeed in fitness, work and other personal goals.

Former U.S. Army Infantry, TJ Duhart, 341st FSS Fitness Center director, believes fit-to-fight is about confidence and positive behavior patterns.  

“Actively pursuing physical fitness provides the discipline to take control of your body,” said Duhart. “Improving the physical aspect of your life sets the framework to pursue anything you wish to flourish at.”