- Air Force Major Dies After Fitness Test
by Andy Berg June 2017
An Air Force Major died Saturday after losing consciousness during his fitness test.
Maj. Elgin "Rick" Ross, 47, became unresponsive during his fitness test Friday at Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado. He died early Saturday at University of Colorado Hospital.
The reason for Ross’ death is under investigation.
Airmen are required to complete a physical fitness test twice a year. The test consists of three components that measure body composition, aerobic fitness and muscular fitness. According to the Air Force’s website, body composition is evaluated by abdominal circumference measurements, while the aerobic component includes a 1.5-mile run. Muscular fitness is evaluated by the number of push-ups and sit-ups completed within one minute.
The Air Force Times reported that Ross was head of the Air Force’s Total Force Service Center in Denver where he provided customer service to Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and retired airmen.
Brig. Gen. Ellen Moore, Air Reserve Personnel Center commander, expressed her sympathies in a statement. "We are heartbroken over the loss of our teammate and friend," Moore said. "ARPC is coming together in this sad time, and we are ensuring that Rick's wife and children are taken care of now and in the future."
- Soccer Program Suspended Amid Federal Investigation
by Candice Ferrette with Scott Eidler June 2017
The men's soccer program at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point has been suspended until further notice, pending results of a federal investigation involving several team members.
- Airman: Recreation Helps Improve Quality of Life
by Brent Casey May 2017
As a young airman in the U.S. Air Force back in the early 1990's, I was given the chance to work in the fitness center at Whiteman Air Force Base in the "Show-Me State" of Missouri, my first duty station. I was excited to be working in this capacity; honestly, I had no idea such positions even existed in the Air Force until I was given the opportunity.
- Pentagon: Athletes Must Serve Before Turning Pro
by Arnie Stapleton May 2017
The U.S. Defense Department has rescinded its 2016 policy allowing military service academy athletes to go straight to the pros upon graduation.
- Adaptive Sports Offer Vets 'Transformative' Experience
by Luke Ramseth April 2017
Monty Monserret hadn't skied for 30 years. The Army veteran tried it when he was stationed in Germany in the 1980s, and enjoyed himself. But since then, a rare brain inflammation condition always kept the Salt Lake City resident off the slopes.
- Hiring Freeze Forces Military Fitness Center Closures
by Courtney Cameron March 2017
On Saturday, Fort Bragg temporarily closed the doors of the Blackjack, Funk and Hosking physical fitness centers (PFCs). The closings are a result of the federal hiring freeze that went into effect in January, shortly after the change in administration.
- Overhauling Military Fitness Standards, Implementing New Programs
by Emily Attwood November 2016
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- Pike YMCA Pairs with VA to Serve Vets
by Courtney Cameron November 2016
In 2018, the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis will partner with the Richard Roudebush Veterans Administration Medical Center to open a new location in Pike Township near the downtown VA to enhance outpatient services. It will be the first YMCA in the country to offer customized space and services for veterans.
- Military May Relax Fitness Standards for Recruits
by Stuart Goldman November 2016
Fitness standards are among several requirements for recruits entering the military that may become more relaxed, allowing a greater chance for admission.
- Non-Regulation Tracks Blamed for Air Force Fitness Failures
by Courtney Cameron October 2016
In a press release on Thursday, the Air Force announced that all running and walking courses used by the service for physical testing must be measured and recertified by Oct. 31 of this year.
Physical testing for airmen requires them to complete a timed 1.5-mile run, or 2-kilometer walk if exempt. Upon evaluation of several Air Force testing courses, local inspectors found that upwards of 60 airmen have failed the fitness assessment in the last decade who may have met the required time if the course they were running had been the correct regulation length.