An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Readiness and resiliency through fitness

  • Published
  • By Master Sgt. Christopher Parr
  • 332d Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

Airmen often set personal goals while on deployment. Some work toward furthering their education, while others learn to play an instrument or reach financial goals.

Many Airmen assigned to the 332d Air Expeditionary Wing set personal fitness goals to improve their Physical Fitness Assessment scores, overall health and serve as a stress reliever.

“I take great pride in listening to our patrons and acquiring specific equipment or offering fitness classes to help them meet their goals,” said Billy Miles, Legends Fitness Center manager. “By offering monthly fun runs, sports tournaments and challenges we can directly and positively increase morale.”

Airmen determined to meet fitness goals or who need to release stress find time to go to the gym to exercise individually or participate in group activities. A popular pastime for fitness enthusiasts in a deployed environment is weight lifting.

The “Strongest in the AOR” was a recent powerlifting competition sponsored by U.S. Air Force Central Command between all five air expeditionary wings within the AFCENT area of responsibility. 1st Lt. Anthony Bilal, 332d Expeditionary Contracting Squadron contracting officer and construction flight commander, was named this year’s strongest male in the AOR.

“I enjoy challenging myself and competitions like this are a great opportunity to do that with others who enjoy the same thing,” said Bilal. “This competition helped me get a reference point for where I am as I work toward my training goals for a competition in the fall.”

Bilal said the opportunity for increased physical fitness training has helped him focus on perfecting his craft and allowed him to keep his morale high through powerlifting.

“Being Fit to Fight is important to everyday life,” Bilal said. “Powerlifting has helped me embrace it through physical strength and mental fortitude.”

The Air Force stresses the Whole Airman Concept which requires a solid foundation of physical fitness as one of the facets of complete health.

“Members who are physically fit enhance readiness, miss fewer duty days, and decrease the workload on an installation’s medical personnel,” said Miles.

Physical fitness not only improves overall health, it builds resilient warfighters.

“A key part of fitness is creating a deliberate resiliency plan by making it a priority,” said Chief Master Sgt. Sean Milligan, 332d Air Expeditionary Wing command chief. “What better environment than a deployment when you can focus on those personal goals of physical fitness.”