Fitness testing signifies a return to ‘normal’ for Reserve Citizen Airmen

Maj. John T. Stamm

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE – The 908th Airlift Wing has not held Physical Fitness Assessment testing for its members since March, 2020, due to Center for Disease Control and Department of Defense guidance restricting mass gatherings to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus disease.

The situation changed when units across the United States Air Force Reserve Command were directed to resume testing in July 2021. Over the Unit Training Assembly weekend of July 10-11, more than 100 Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 908th participated in the testing here, which provided wing leadership with important data.

Members from the 908th Airlift Wing, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., perform the sit-up portion of the Air Force Physical Fitness Assessment test Saturday, July 10.

“The fitness assessment provides us with more information than just how fast a member can run or how many push-ups they can do,” said Col. Craig W. Drescher, 908th AW commander. “It can also be an indicator of potential medical issues which may need addressed. We want our Airmen to be healthy, and the fitness test is a part of a holistic approach to ensure their health and wellness. ”