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4th FSS FAC keeps Airmen fit to fight

Senior Airman John Neer, 4th Munitions Squadron munition systems technician, reviews his notes after conducting an FA at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, July 13, 2021.

Senior Airman John Neer, 4th Munitions Squadron munition systems technician, reviews his notes after conducting an FA at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, July 13, 2021. The current FA is made up of three components, a 1.5-mile run, push-ups, and sit-ups. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kimberly Barrera)

4th Force Support Squadron fitness assessment cell Airmen pose for a photograph at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, July 8, 2021.

4th Force Support Squadron fitness assessment cell Airmen pose for a photograph at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, July 8, 2021. The FAC serves all military personnel stationed and attached to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kimberly Barrera)

Senior Airman Kevin McMahon, 333rd Fighter Squadron weapons load crew member, performs sit-ups while Senior Airman Deja Moultrie, 916th Force Support Squadron service technician counts his repetitions at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, July 15, 2021.

Senior Airman Kevin McMahon, 333rd Fighter Squadron weapons load crew member, performs sit-ups while Senior Airman Deja Moultrie, 916th Force Support Squadron service technician counts his repetitions at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, July 15, 2021. Fitness assessments help ensure combat readiness and align with the needs of the mission of the Department of Defense and the U.S. Air Force (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kimberly Barrera)

Tech. Sgt. Daniel Parker, 4th Equipment Maintenance Squadron phase and avionics NCO in charge and dock chief, performs push-ups while Senior Airman Kevin McMahon, 333rd Fighter Squadron weapons load crew member, counts his repetitions at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, July 15, 2021.

Tech. Sgt. Daniel Parker, 4th Equipment Maintenance Squadron phase and avionics NCO in charge and dock chief, performs push-ups while Senior Airman Kevin McMahon, 333rd Fighter Squadron weapons load crew member, counts his repetitions at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, July 15, 2021. Fitness assessments are scored according to the individual’s age. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kimberly Barrera)

Senior Airman Darius Williams, 916th FSS FAC technician, reads the fitness assessment guidelines at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, July 15, 2021.

Senior Airman Darius Williams, 916th FSS FAC technician, reads the fitness assessment guidelines at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, July 15, 2021. The FA is designed to test the body composition, muscular strength and endurance, and the cardiovascular respiratory fitness of Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kimberly Barrera)

Staff Sgt. Mariana Bermudez, 4th Force Support Squadron fitness assessment cell technician, completes an Airman’s physical assessment paperwork at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, July 16, 2021.

Staff Sgt. Mariana Bermudez, 4th Force Support Squadron fitness assessment cell technician, completes an Airman’s physical assessment paperwork at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, July 16, 2021. FAC technicians conduct fitness assessments, input scores, exemptions and profiles for all Airmen on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kimberly Barrera)

Airmen take the 1.5 mile run component of their fitness assessment at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, July 13, 2021.

Airmen take the 1.5 mile run component of their fitness assessment at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, July 13, 2021. The run is timed and the score is determined according to the individual’s age. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kimberly Barrera)

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

The 4th Force Support Squadron fitness assessment cell is busier than ever since the resumption of fitness assessments.

“The FAC manages the FAs for the base and makes sure all Airmen take their physical health seriously,” said Senior Airman Elijah Champion, 4th FSS FAC technician.

The current FA consists of a 1.5-mile run, and a minute each for push-ups and sit-ups. Alternative components will begin in early 2022. Airmen will have five physical FA alternatives, two for the cardio portion and three for the sit-up and push-up components.

“If we are truly going to get after building a culture that embraces fitness as a lifestyle, then we have to grow beyond the mentality of a one-size-fits-all PT test,” said Chief Master Sgt. JoAnne S. Bass. “Providing our Airmen with these options is a step in the right direction toward developing an Air Force that is fit to fight, anytime, anywhere.”

The FAC serves all military personnel stationed and attached to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

“Airmen can utilize the FAC for their FA in the month in which they are due,” said Senior Airman Darius Williams, 916th FSS FAC technician. “Diagnostic tests are also available with a qualified physical training leader no later than 15 days before their due date.”

All appointments are scheduled through squadron unit fitness program managers.

“FA appointments are available Monday through Friday, in the morning and in the evening,” said Champion. “Exceptions are waist only profiles, which are walk-in, every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.”

These assessments are essential to the Air Force mission.

“Fitness assessments help ensure combat readiness and align with the needs of the mission of the Department of Defense and the U.S. Air Force,” said Williams. “We keep our Airmen fit to fight!”

A lot of work goes into ensuring each Airman is compliant.

“We conduct FAs, input scores, exemptions and profiles for all Airmen,” said Champion. “In addition, we provide courses to certify PTLs and UFPMs on base. PTLs can run squadron physical training sessions, mock test, FAs and assist the FAC. UFPMs assist their squadron commander’s PT mission.”

You can expect a fully trained professional staff to administer all FAs as well as answer any questions, said Williams. The FAC staff ensures professional and clearly communicated FA sessions are provided to Airmen.

Champion added, “motivating Airmen to perform their FA to the best of their ability is the best part of working at the FAC!”

To learn more about the most current FA requirements, Airmen can use Air Force manual 36-2905. Any new guidance, such as the new five-year score charts, are posted on myPers. For questions, Airmen can also reach out to their UFPM, PTLs or FAC personnel at 919-722-1896.

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