349th FSS suits up for physical fitness

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  • By Rossi D. Pedroza
  • 349th Air Mobility Wing

Strength, resiliency, and fitness remain core qualities that propel Airmen forward to succeed and lead in mission readiness as reservists in the Air Force Reserve.

The 349th Force Support Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, California is doing just that by conducting weekly fitness sessions. The scheduled unit fitness hour requires the military member to wear the authorized Air Force physical training gear, and civilian members have the option to also partake in the group activity.

“For over a year now, the squadron meets every Wednesday afternoon for unit fitness,” said Lt. Col. Faith Eudy, 349th Force Support Squadron commander. “This time away from the office helps build unit cohesion and morale across the squadron.”

Recently this spring, the 349th FSS had a resiliency stand down day that included the weekly fitness session. The morning started with Four Lenses training for military and civilian members, followed with regular section training.

Eudy said weekly unit physical training gives all the chance to get to know members from the five flights across the 349 FSS. She said this directly impacts the overall morale of the squadron.

One area on Travis AFB is known as the duck pond, and it has an exercise trail bordering the perimeter around the water’s edge and beyond. The 349th members often use the trail for outdoor fitness, and at the same time benefit from the peaceful environment located on the north side of the installation.

Inclement weather in northern California is infrequent. Rain and wind occur periodically. The squadron is prepared to change course should the forecast dictate adverse conditions. The other options are to reserve space at the fitness center. Indoor cycling and yoga are alternatives to outdoor running and walking.

“Weekly unit PT allows us time to focus on our physical fitness while providing opportunities for members across our flights to build relationships," said Eudy.