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4th 'Fun Squad-ron' focuses on improving SJAFB fitness culture

Members of 4th Operations Support Squadron unload a treadmill for the 4th OSS Unit Physical Training Facility on Jan. 31, 2019, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina.

Members of 4th Operations Support Squadron unload a treadmill for the 4th OSS Unit Physical Training Facility on Jan. 31, 2019, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Satellite gyms around the base acquired the outgoing gym equipment from the 4th Force Support Squadron fitness center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victoria Boyton)

Members of 4th Fighter Wing load a weight bench for delivery to the 4th Operations Support Squadron Unit Physical Training Facility on Jan. 31, 2019, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina.

Members of 4th Fighter Wing load a weight bench for delivery to the 4th Operations Support Squadron Unit Physical Training Facility on Jan. 31, 2019, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Satellite gyms around the base acquired the outgoing gym equipment from the 4th Force Support Squadron fitness center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victoria Boyton)

Airman 1st Class Alexander Summers, front, and Airman 1st Class Keshaun Anderson, both 4th Force Support Squadron fitness and sport specialists, install a piece of exercise equipment on Jan. 30, 2019, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina.

Airman 1st Class Alexander Summers, front, and Airman 1st Class Keshaun Anderson, both 4th Force Support Squadron fitness and sport specialists, install a piece of exercise equipment on Jan. 30, 2019, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The installation of new equipment is part of the 4th FSS’s efforts to enhance the fitness culture on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victoria Boyton)

Airman 1st Class Ryan Bond, 4th Component Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion journeyman, works out on newly installed fitness equipment on Jan. 31, 2019, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina.

Airman 1st Class Ryan Bond, 4th Component Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion journeyman, works out on newly installed fitness equipment on Jan. 31, 2019, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Improvements to the gym include expanding 24-hour access to all areas of the fitness center, installing new equipment, and subsidizing the Unit Physical Training Facilities located at various flight shops around the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victoria Boyton)

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. --

The 4th Force Support Squadron, nicknamed the “4th Fun Squad-ron,” has taken major steps to improve the fitness culture at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base to help enhance the Air Force’s “Fit to Fight” standards.  

Improvements to the gym include expanding 24-hour access to all areas of the fitness center, installing new equipment, and subsidizing the Unit Physical Training Facilities located at various flight shops around the base.

“The need for this new equipment was identified by our fitness center manager, Mr. Shango Sheffield, and his team of fitness professionals a few months ago,” said Lt. Col. Kristina Rennie, 4th FSS commander. “The new equipment was valued at $138,000 and was fully funded by the Air Force Activity Services.”

More than 800 customers use the fitness center on a daily basis. The first batch of new equipment was installed at the fitness facility Jan. 30. It included 19 treadmills, five rowers, three spin bikes and a variety of both incline and decline weight benches.

“We are getting the equipment settled in and making space for all of the new equipment, where the fitness center isn’t cluttered but still offers a variety of equipment,” said Staff Sgt. Walter Josephs, 4th FSS fitness supervisor.

The fitness center staff reorganized the facility to help focus the variety of rooms to include a designated functional fitness room, free weight room, children’s area and cardio room, added Josephs.  

UPTFs, or satellite gyms, around the base have acquired most of the replaced equipment.

Staff Sgt. Britney Robinson, 4th FSS fitness and sports supervisor, said the satellite gyms provide Airmen unable to leave work the opportunity to still work out.

Master Sgt. Ka-Leah Mozell, 4th Fighter Wing command and control superintendent, expressed her appreciation about the base command post getting equipment from the fitness center.

“Receiving the new equipment affords the command and control operators the opportunity to maintain both their fitness goals and the requirement of staying at their post,” stated Mozell.

The fitness improvements around base will help benefit all Airmen by helping them maintain and hopefully exceed their fitness goals, Josephs added.

Future enhancement goals to base fitness include the arrival of additional fitness equipment to the base gym and increasing the number of satellite gyms around base.
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