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Highlights of the March 2013 Issue


AIR FORCE FITNESS:
Fitness in Focus at Grand Forks AFB

 

Boasting 118,000 square feet of program space, the Sports and Fitness Center at Grand Forks AFB provides the perfect destination point for airmen and their families, especially when one considers the long winters in North Dakota and the base's proximity (16 miles) to the nearest town of Grand Forks.

“With the cold here in North Dakota and being a ways away from Grand Forks, we have kind of a captive audience,” says Sport and Fitness Center Director Carol Muir. “For us, we get a good number of spouses coming in because they want to maintain their health and wellness, and they get the kids out with them as well. And with the parent-child area and the parent co-op, we can not only take care of the training needs of airmen, but their spouses and children as well, which is our overriding mission here.”

The expansive Sports and Fitness Center houses a large multipurpose arena, complete with indoor turf; two large gymnasiums lined for basketball and volleyball; three racquetball courts; a wallyball court; an indoor running track (1/10th mile lap); an aerobics room; an indoor cycling room with 20 LiveStrong spin bikes; a weight room featuring numerous Hammer Strength free weights and strength equipment; a 45-foot-tall climbing wall with three auto belays; a parent/child area; a 10-foot TRX Zone; two selectorized strength rooms with Precor equipment; and a cardio room complete with 16 Life Fitness treadmills and Precor equipment, including 10 stair steppers, four AMTs, 13 P80 EFXs, seven P80 recumbent bikes and seven P80 upright bikes. ...

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FEDERAL FITNESS: DLA Distribution Susquehanna
At the Forefront in Health and Fitness

 

Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Distribution Susquehanna, Pa., is DLA's eastern Strategic Distribution Platform and home to the largest distribution facility in Department of Defense (DoD) — the 1.7-million-square-foot Eastern Distribution Center (EDC), located at New Cumberland. The agency provides military and commercial repair parts, clothing and textiles, medical supplies and industrial and electronic components to military customers throughout the United States and the world.

DLA Distribution Susquehanna is also the host for the Defense Distribution Center, Susquehanna installation in New Cumberland and is responsible for the day-to-day operations and maintenance of a small city within its gates. The host responsibilities are executed on site by DLA Installation Support at Susquehanna, which provides a full range of quality-of-life services, including child care and youth services; a fitness center; a golf course; a bowling center; an information, ticketing and reservation office; dining facilities; housing; a pool; and a recycling operation. Installation Support also provides environmental, engineering, security, police and firefighter support within the community.

This commitment to morale, welfare and recreation was highlighted with the opening of a state-of-the-art fitness center in 2009 at the New Cumberland installation. The $5.6 million, 26,000-square-foot facility provides equipment, programs and amenities to those who are eligible, including activeduty military and their families; military retirees and their families; DoD civilians and their families; disabled veterans; and long-term government contractors. ...

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VETERANS SUPPORT: Team Red, White & Blue —
Reaching Out to Veterans in Need

 

Team Red, White & Blue (RWB) is a two-year-old nonprofit organization whose mission it is to enrich the lives of America's veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. Team RWB chapters and communities deliver consistent, local opportunities for veterans and the community to connect through physical and social activity by hosting weekly fitness activities, monthly social events, athletic camps, and by participating in local races and events together. Government Recreation & Fitness (GRF) caught up with Maj. Lou Nemec, USA, Team RWB national athlete director, to talk to him about the organization's vision and goals. Nemec, who is stationed at West Point, N.Y., joined the all-volunteer Team RWB staff in the spring of 2012, and has been enjoying connecting with veterans, athletes and advocates ever since. ...

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