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NEWS | July 9, 2010

Revised fitness program takes off at Lackland

By Patrick Desmond 502nd Air Base Wing OL-A Public Affairs

Despite rainy conditions, Lackland held its first official fitness test July 1, introducing the revised standards set under Air Force Instruction 36-2905.

502nd Air Base Wing Commander Brig. Gen. Leonard Patrick and a few of his wingmen were among the first Airmen to test their physical abilities at the 1.5-mile track across from the Live Oak dining facility.

The occasion also ushered in a mass-test only format.

Fitness Assessment Cell NCO in charge John Seay supervised the mass test, designed to ensure the largest number of servicemembers are tested while keeping evaluative and safety standards in place.

Now, he said, servicemembers do not have to rely on sharepoint to make an appointment.

They just show up on test days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, 6-9 a.m., at the 1.5-mile track; Friday, 6-9 a.m., at the Warhawk Fitness Center track.

Testing is conducted on a first-come, first-served basis and tests are limited to 250 Airmen daily.

Seay expects to hit daily caps by the end of the month.

He recommends Airmen plan on testing early in the month to avoid the chance of missing their date due to overcrowding.

Test takers should arrive in PT gear, with their ID card and a fitness-screening questionnaire obtained from their Unit Fitness Performance Manager.

Additionally, for Airmen on a profile, a one-mile walk test replaces the three-mile walk and ergo-cycle test.

The one-mile walk is tested Fridays at the Warhawk Fitness Center from 6-9 a.m. For more details, call the FAC at 671-3821.