About
Operations and Management
Fleet and Family Readiness
News
HSM 51 Change of Command Ceremony
Exceptional Care for Exceptional Family Members
Hidden Challenges at Camp Fuji
Change of Command Ceremony at HSM-77
Built to Scare: Seabees' Mess Hosts Haunted House
FOOD, FUN, FITNESS: MORALE, WELFARE AND RECREATION
Road Tax Collection 2019
Cherry Blossom Viewing
Month of the Military Child Parade 2019
Captain Lloyd B. Mack Interview
Spring Fest 2019
A cake cutting ceremony in NAF Atsugi
An Interview with NAFA's New Command Master Chief, Command Master Chief, Daniel J. Irwin
Your New Financial Manager
AIMD Atsugi Sailor Awarded CPPA of the Year
NAF Atsugi holds WWI armistice centennial ceremony
Made fit to lead: Atsugi Certifies New Command Fitness Leaders
Change of Command Ceremony at HSM-77
Waste Water Treatment Plant Tour
Military Working Dog Training
Laying the Keel: Atsugi Kicks off Sailor 360
NAF Atsugi holds National American Indian Heritage Month ceremony
Terao Elementary School Visit
Friendship Through Sports
7th Fleet Band at Ayase International Festival
NAF Atsugi K9 Teams Conduct Joint Training
NAF Atsugi participates in JMSDF Mochi-Tsuki event
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE: NAF ATSUGI PROMOTES EARTH WEEK
More Than Just Family Photos
An Interview with NAFA's New Executive Officer, Commander David A. Orlosky
HSM-51 PHOTEX
In front of the grave of Captain Thomas: The strong bond between JMSDF and USN
SPRINGFEST
NAF Atsugi holds 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb
VCNO & MCPON Visit NAF Atsugi
Women’s History Month
8th Annual Tomodachi Bowl
Retreat from stress: Mini-vacations through CREDO
In fron of the grave of Captain Thomas: The strong bond between JMSDF and USN
Change of Command held at Commander Task Force 72 / Commander Fleet Air Western Pacific

Made fit to lead: Atsugi Certifies New Command Fitness Leaders

file

02/04/19 01:00 PM

Story and photos by MC2 Michael Doan, PAO, NAF Atsugi

Fitness plays a crucial role in the U.S. Navy with Sailors required to complete a physical readiness test (PRT) twice a year. The PRT is conducted by trained professionals called command fitness leaders (CFL). This role is filled by Sailors who must first complete a CFL certification course. Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation Fitness Leader Stacy Gartner, a native of Hickory, N.C., hosted a CFL certification course for Sailors from NAF Atsugi and tenant commands from Jan. 14-18. The 40 hour program combines equal parts instructional lessons and physical training.

“On the first day they come in, we do their body composition assessment (BCA) and a PRT,” said Gartner. “Once we finish that, we have an exercise session where they learn some of the dynamic warm ups that we do throughout the CFL course.”  For CFLs and Sailors, it is very important to know what standards they must conform to and how to accurately measure those standards. “Make sure you show interest in the program and familiarize yourself with all the instructions and NAVADMINS,” said CFL Master-at-Arms First Class Brandon Shambaugh, a native of Mechanicsburg, Penn. “This program changes frequently and a wrong measurement can drastically affect a Sailors career.”

Physical readiness is essential and not taking it seriously can mean ramifications as a Sailor progresses through the ranks. “We also talk about the administrative actions,” said Gartner. “What happens if a Sailor scores a certain range on their PFA? What are the repercussions for not passing the PRT? This also includes what the Sailor can do if they do not pass and what the commands have set in place to help those Sailors maintain certain physical requirements. Also, we discuss how to work command PT into the regular work week.”

These are all important questions. Some Sailors who show interest in becoming a CFL might not have thought of how fitness impacts the readiness of the Navy. “As warfighters, we as a team need to ensure we are ready for anything regardless of our rate,” said Shambaugh. “The Navy fitness program is there to ensure a minimum standard is met and that we instill healthy lifestyle habits.”

When it comes to staying within standards, some Sailors may only think about the time they spend in the gym and not their unhealthy eating habits. “I think our culture is seeing an obesity trend and as it starts to impact humans on a health level, the military will start to adopt healthier lifestyle management,” said Gartner.

Gartner went on to explain a part of the CFL certification course intended to make Sailors more mindful of how they fuel their bodies. “On the very first day, the homework we give the students is a nutrition log,” said Gartner. “We send them home with it and ask them to fill it out from that morning until that evening. When they bring it in the next day, a lot of people are surprised to see what their eating habits are. Keeping track of what you are eating by filling out a nutrition log really puts it into perspective.

This is just another tool they have at their disposal when helping Sailors.” “When Sailors leave the CFL course,” said Gartner. “They can leave with knowledge that is like a toolbox to help anybody, whether it be modifying an exercise, sending a Sailor to a dietician or a smoking cessation class. They can sit down with a Sailor and point them in the right direction.”

SHARE THIS PAGE

This is an Official US Navy Website
Switch to Full Site
Switch to Mobile Site