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Highlights of the November 2013 Issue


MILITARY FITNESS UPDATE:
Fitness Chiefs Map Out Year Ahead

ARMY

 

Fitness center at Fort Bliss, TexasArmy 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 Sakorafis. ...

 

AIR FORCE

 

The new fitness center at Nellis AFB, Nev.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." ...

 

MARINE CORPS

 

Wallace Creek Fitness Center, MCB Camp Lejeune, N.C. Exercise EquipmentSemper 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. ...

 

NAVY

 

NAS Whidbey Island, Wash., Fitness Center Sailor Exercise ClassThe 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.” ...

 

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MARINE CORPS FITNESS: MCAS Miramar On the Move ...
Outdoor Projects Get Base Community More Active

 

MCAS Miramar Outdoor Projects Fitness EquipmentWith 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.” ...

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ARMY FITNESS: Functional Fitness Takes Hold at Fort Drum

 

Fort Drum Functional FitnessWith 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.” ...

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VETERANS HOMES: New Veterans Homes Set Standard for Care

 

Veterans Home Living Room with FireplaceTwo 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 for veterans.

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.” ...

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