Highlights of the November 2013 Issue
Army Fitness continues to push
forward with its goal to provide soldiers
and their families with top-notch fitness
training, programs and equipment that they deserve.
“Fort Bliss is home to a new 50,000-square-foot Aquatics
Center and 96,000-square-foot Physical Fitness Facility,” according
to Samuel Sakorafis, chief, Operations, Installation
Management Command (IMCOM), G9, Soldier & Community Recreation. “Camp Humphreys, Korea, recently opened a
98,000-square-foot Super Gym. The Vicenza, Italy, military
community added two new facilities, the Del Din Fitness Center,
modeled after a Division 1 strength and conditioning training
center, and the 'Bubble' Functional Fitness Facility on Caserma
Ederle. Improvements are not limited to brick and mortar, but
also include new and expanded programs. The new Bliss fitness
center is equipped with $2 million worth of new, modern
fitness equipment, demonstrating the Army's commitment to
providing fitness opportunities that rival commercial centers.”...
In addition, the IMCOM Training Academy is developing
virtual training opportunities, and has launched pilot programs for
training in critical skills, knowledge and abilities in resourcing,
personnel, property management and other areas vital to the successful
implementation of Sports, Fitness and Aquatics programs.
“From brand-new, 'state-of-the-art' facilities to the expanded
bulk-buy equipment program, Army fitness continues to advance
its ability to support a ready and resilient Army Family,” says
Overall, 63 percent of Air Force fitness facilities fully comply
with Department of Defense (DoD) Physical Fitness Center
Standards, which include facility and program-related criteria,
according to Air Force Fitness Program
Manager Scott Nunnelly. “Thirty percent
are at least 90 percent compliant
with the standards, while 7 percent are
below 90 percent compliance. Budget
limitations continue to be a challenge; however, the Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD) may be able to fund fitness-related
initiatives for FY14.”
This year the Air Force plans to deploy its Fitness Access program, which provides after-hours access to fitness centers for
customers who work non-traditional duty schedules. “Six bases
were tested, and the Air Force has recently approved deploying
the Fitness Access program Air Force-wide, and acquired
”notes Nunnelly. ...
“The OSD funding provided the opportunity for the bases to replace and refresh their current lines of equipment," notes Treland. "As a benefit of the central purchase program through the Air Force Nonappropriated Fund Purchasing Office, we saved about 32 percent off GSA [General Services Administration] list price, which then allowed us to purchase additional equipment for the installations." ...
Semper Fit continues to be a leader in the area of military fitness, providing “comprehensive fitness and health promotion programs to our Marines, their families, retirees and civilian personnel,” according to Catherine Ficadenti, acting deputy director, Semper Fit and Recreation Programs, Semper Fit and Exchange Services Division.
Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding has pro-vided more than $45 million for construction and renovation projects throughout all Marine Corps installations, including new athletic fields (from natural turf to synthetic turf) and athletic field lighting systems; renovation and construction of pools, tennis courts, basketball courts and running tracks and trails; construction of High Intensity Tactical Training (HITT) centers; and Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) support facilities. ...
The state of Navy Fitness remains
strong, according to Lisa Sexauer,
program manager, Navy Fitness, Sports
and Deployed Forces Support (N921), Commander,
Navy Installations Command (CNIC).
“The Navy has put forth every effort to protect the program
from severe cuts, which means that sailors and their families
continue to reap the benefits of 115 fully staffed facilities and
90 swimming pools across the enterprise,” says Sexauer. “We
have found innovative ways to minimize costs while limiting
any impact to the end users, which is always our goal. Our focus
in FY14 will be to maintain current levels of service while
finding efficient ways to deliver the program. In addition, we
are readying to roll out Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling
Series (NOFFS) 2.0, which will feature advanced technology-based
platforms for program delivery and reach, as well as
specific workouts that target user special interests, such as
strength development, endurance development and a sandbag
training series for austere environments. In short, our goal is to
reach our users in relevant and contemporary ways that meet
the changing needs of a fast-paced operational environment.” ...
Read more FITNESS CHIEFS MAP OUT YEAR AHEAD ...
With an ideal location in San Diego, Calif., MCAS Miramar is making great use of
its outdoor spaces, providing the entire base
population — Marines, family members and
retirees — with increased opportunities to get
active and stay fit in the great outdoors.
The completion of a number of recent rejuvenation projects
outdoors has helped the base realize its larger plan to increase
fitness, sports and recreational options on base. Projects have
included a walking/exercise path; a physical training (PT) course/run; new outdoor fitness equipment; an outdoor High Intensity
Tactical Training (HITT) area; new tennis courts; new artificial
turf at multiple sports fields; and a new ADA-compliant playground
(within sight of the outdoor fitness equipment). New
outdoor amenities and equipment were purchased to outfit these
new spaces and support new and expanded programs.
In addition to the new opportunities to get active outdoors,
MCAS Miramar has three fitness facilities to meet the needs
of this diverse community. Ranging in size from 9,000 square
feet to 25,000 square feet, the facilities offer cardio and strength
training areas, as well as full court basketball and more than
30 group exercise classes per week. MCAS Miramar offers a
variety of fitness equipment at all three fitness facilities from
manufacturers including Concept2, Cybex, Hammer Strength,
Hoist, Iron Grip, Life Fitness, Matrix, Marpo Kinetics, Nautilus,
Precor, Star Trac and Woodway.
“Weight training and group exercise classes have become
very popular among our Marines,” says Fitness Director Janie
Bauckman, MCAS Miramar, who has 25 years experience with Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) and Navy Morale,
Welfare and Recreation programs. “Abs class, yoga and Zumba
are also in high demand.” ...
Read more MCAS MIRAMAR ON THE MOVE ... OUTDOOR PROJECTS GET BASE COMMUNITY MORE ACTIVE ...
With the opening of the $2.5 million Atkins Functional
Fitness Facility at Fort Drum, N.Y., on Nov. 16,
2012, soldiers on post have a facility that provides
all of the fitness tools and equipment necessary to get them
“mission ready.” The 22,000-square-foot facility was created
to establish a comprehensive functional fitness program that
focuses on combat-specific training and exercises that mimic
in the facility what they will be asked to do on the battlefield
or in austere deployed locations.
“In order to survive in combat, you have to be fit,” says Maj. Gen. Mark A. Milley, USA, Fort Drum and 10th Mountain
Division commander. “We owe them resources to make
sure they stay fit.”
According to Randy Gillette, manager of the Atkins Functional
Fitness Facility, the new space provides the perfect
setting for soldiers to train and prepare for the mission, both
physically and mentally. “We focus on strength, agility and
also self-defense training for mission readiness, preparing
them through proper full-body exercises with multiple planes
of movement, for what they will be asked to do downrange,”
he explains. “Functional fitness is training your whole body,
and building muscle memory is important because when they
are doing the box jumps in here, it is in preparation for when
they are jumping out of a helicopter, for example. Whatever
exercise or movements we are doing in this gym, they are going
to be asked to do in combat or when deployed.” ...
Read more FUNCTIONAL FITNESS TAKES HOLD AT FORT DRUM ...
Two new veterans homes opened in Kinston and Black Mountain, N.C., within the past
year, representing the new direction North
Carolina is going with these critically important facilities
Identical in nature, the 110,000-square-foot,
100-bed skilled-nursing facilities are setting a new
standard of care for future veterans homes. Residents
have single rooms with a private bath that reside in self-contained
“neighborhoods” of 12-14 veterans, who share a
common area that has a living/gaming room with a fireplace
and large-screen TV, dining room and courtyard.
“This neighborhood design, with person-centered care, is
the way nursing homes in the future are going to be designed,”
says Julia Gibson, administrator at the Black Mountain facility.
“This is one of the first ones in North Carolina, where we
have more square footage and the private rooms. The neighborhoods
are designed in the shape of a J, and kind of circle
around their own living room with fireplace and game room-type
area and a dining room. This design really promotes a
feeling of being more at home. It is not institutional looking.
We have carpets and soft colors that were picked out by an
interior designer to give it more of a home feel.” ...
Read more NEW VETERANS HOMES SET STANDARD FOR CARE ...