KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — Kadena's 18th Wing airmen, and the wing's
commander, sweated through push ups, crunches and a 1.5 mile run Thursday as
they completed their first Fit to Fight physical fitness test.
Fit to Fight replaced the Air Force's cycle ergometry test.
"We need to be physically fit to fight alongside the other services," said
Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Remington, 18th Wing Commander. "I think everyone was
waiting for this … ready for this."
Air Force members also are measured at the waist for a score added into their
event scores. The scoring matrix is broken into eight different age-appropriate
categories for men and women.
Servicemembers who score in the excellent or good category must take
subsequent tests once a year; in the marginal category, once every six months;
and in the poor category, once every three months. Scores of 90 and above are
excellent; 75 to 89.9, good; 70 to 74.9, marginal; and less than 70, poor.
Maximum score is 100 — a possible 50 for the run, 30 for body composition and
10 each for the push-ups and crunches.
Remington said that with the test change comes a new attitude for the Air
Force. He said every day the streets of Kadena are filled with a relatively new
sight: commanders and chiefs training with their units. The physical training
also has built unit camaraderie and esprit de corps, he said. "People are
complaining about not having enough room in the gym … that's a good thing."
Remington, in the first of five waves of fitness test takers Thursday,
finished the run in 9 minutes, 25 seconds; did 67 push-ups, 65 crunches and his
waist measured at 32.75 inches — maximum points in all categories except for
body composition, which he missed by just more than a quarter-inch.
"Pretty good for a 49-year-old," Remington said.
For Airman 1st Class Jermaine Hawthorne, from the 18th Wing Command Post, the
new test was more of a challenge than the old stint on the bike.
"Before, I would barely do any exercise and pass," Hawthorne said. "Now this,
you really have to go out there and work on it, whether on your own or as a
unit, so you can get above the standards."
Hawthorne said his section had been working up to the first test for the past
five to six months by doing all events about three times a week. He said he was
striving for the excellent category and thinks he got it but whatever his
score, he liked the new physical test.
"It was a good challenge and a really good workout," Hawthorne said. "We need
to continue to PT so everyone stays in shape."
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