"I miss home every day - but I try to remind myself I'm fulfilling a mission.”
Everyone I met there came from different physical fitness backgrounds and body types, but we were all held to the same standard.
To test our physical fitness, we went through three challenges: pushups, situps, and a mile and a half run. To pass, we had to do a set number of pushups and situps in a minute, then run the mile and a half under a certain time, based on our gender and age. It was no easy feat!
Knowing I'd be put through these physical tests, workouts quickly became a big priority of mine, and I started weight lifting a few times a week. I also took advantage of the free classes available, including aerobics, strength training, and CrossFit.
I mostly trained on my own, but I discovered there was a lot of camaraderie within the Air Force, and everyone tried to help each other out. If someone was taking a fitness test, for example, there was usually someone by their side, running with them. The philosophy: We never leave anyone behind.