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COMMENTARY Hilltop Times January 19. 2006 Fitness important for everyone eiLB Civilian health program top priority for many and valuable benefit for all employees What snow related activity do you dread most? BY JENNIFER MOORE 75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs Master Sgt. Robert Anglen 67th Aerial Port Squadron Full Spectrum Threat ' Response Representative "Driving in the snow, particularly when it is snowing because it limits your vision." v What if someone offered you $3,600 a year to take better care of yourself? And what if the only stipulation was a little concentrated effort on your part? Would you balk at the deal? I doubt it. And yet, that's exactly what you're doing if you're ... say for example, a GS-1step one employee, and you're not taking advantage of the Air Force Material Command Civilian Fitness , Program Policy. Under current policy guidelines, AFMC offers e appropriated fund AF civilians three hours each week for structured fitness activities in official duty status. That's right, three full hours of compensated exercise time every week. It's a pretty generous offer! In fact, it rivals most private sector corporations' fitness policies. Plus, it comes complete with free membership to world-clas- s fitness facilities. The program even extends to part-tim- e employees using a d formula that cor responds with hours worked per pay period. The program reinforces an ongoing initiative to make health and fitness a top priority for everyone in AFMC. Furthermore, it represents one of the most valuable intrinsic benefits of working for the Air Force ... the fact that it's an organization that encourages employees to be individuals. Whether providing civilian employees with tuition asy sistance, fostering work schedules, or offering paid physical fitness time, the AF wingman concepts of physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellness certainly extend as much to the civilian workforce as they do to military members. What's more, participating well-round- ed family-friendl- 1, full-tim- a Miguel Serda Retired Air Force "Walking and driving in the snow or ice. It can be pretty dangerous!" Senior Airman Melissa Vigliotta 75th Mission Support Squadron Customer Service Representative (C l "Going out, shoveling the sidewalks and putting down all that salt." pro-rate- 9, 2, L f,A f T'f.j.' ""a , coming the norm. If it is knowledge you seek, the educational opportunities are BY STAFF SGT. CHRISTOPHER TUCK 379th Expeditionary Contracting Squadron I there. SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) am willing to bet every Airman has So, how does an Airman migrate from, heard these words at least once in his or "Should I stay or should I go" to a distincareer? her career: "Four years, and I'm out." guished 20- - or d It may be the feeling of being part of a remark at the Maybe it's an end ofa"fruStrating week or after a long, trusted and honorable profession. A Gallup poll in Map 3ft05 asked adults thoughtful gaze at the inviting green grass on the ather side. Either way, most nationwide how much confidence they had in a variety of professions: a great of us have considered it. But, somewhere along the way a change deal, quite a lot, some or very little. Sevenoccurs. Whether the decision comes as ty-four percent said they had a great a gradual realization or it hits you like deal or quite a lot of confidence in the a lightning bolt, something happens to U.S. military. That ranks higher than all other entities, offered by the survey, change your mind. Another quote you are likely to hear is: including: the police, organized religion, "I joined the Air Force to get money for the president and banks. It may also be our accomplishments as college." I've said it myself many times. The Montgomery G.I. Bill is the reason I a force. The services people here provide more enlisted, but not the reason I stayed. Today's Air Force is the most educated meals in one week than any one of us will in history. For the enlisted, more Airmen consume individually in our entire lifehold associate's and bachelor's degrees time. Think about that. Look at our civil today than ever before. On the officer engineers; in the past few weeks lodging side, master's degrees are quickly be tents have grown like mushrooms where 30-ye- k4V j M ' : .... M M t i "In general, I don't like driving in the adverse weather conditions." Staff Sgt. Austin Cochran 388$ Component Maintenance Squadron Electronic Warfare Journeyman y Perspective: Four years and I'm. out? ar off-han- Scott Gormeley 388th Component Maintenance Squadron Electric Technician in the program is easy. The first thing you need to do is review the official AFMC' Civilian Fitness Program Guidance. Next, fill out a physical fitness request sheet documenting your intent to follow program this form is guidelines available as an attachment to the official program memorandum. Take the form to your primary care physician for a signature certifying that you're fit and able to exercise; then submit the form to your supervisor for approval. You'll also need to maintain a basic exercise diary, which is actually a fitness tool most personal trainers and exercise physiologists recommend to their private clients. resources are Helpful available online through Hill's Fitness Center, Health and Wellness Center, and Civilian Health Promotion Services. We're busy people, and excuses for not exercising always abound, but, the Civilian Fitness Program makes it easier than ever to incorporate a fitness regimen into your life. So, if you're a GS-step three, take the Air Force up on its $3,160 for jumping on a treadmill three times a week. If step five, you're a GS-1earn $4,800 for hitting the weights. You'll feel better, live longer and capitalize on the best kind of financial an investdeal available ment in yourself . parking lots once were. And of course, there is always the runway. When you have a chance, watch the aircraft come and go and think about the effort required to launch and fly those sorties. All of these great things are aci complished by Air Force and coalition units, but where the rubber meets the road, there is an individual giving their best effort to bake the biscuits and turn the wrenches. '. We all have days where our commitment is tested, but life has a funny way of changing you. "Four years and out" was my mantra some years and one ago. I gradually realized the Air Forpe offers a great way of life, job satisfaction and a sense of team absent in many civilian careers. The decision to stay in or separate is your personal choice to make. When you find yourself straddling the fence, your motivation tested and that grass on the other side is looking awfully green, watch our jets over head and remind yourself: "I did my job today." "Cleaning the car off in the morning. For one, it's cold, and secondly it can mess up your routine and cause you to run a little late." 777-700- 0 Senior Airman Matt Hinton 419th Maintenance Squadron Aircraft Fuel System Technician 75th ABW Commander Phone numbers The base agencies listed can be contacted directly if you have a complaint or a problem with their services: don't like driving at night with snow or ice present. That can make it very difficult to see patches of black ice." "I .... .;.. . Security Forces . 24-h- r. 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