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AFPSC fitness centers to see upgrades, new equipment

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Fitness centers across Air Force Space Command recently received $4 million for facility upgrades and will soon see nearly $600,000 from Headquarters AFSPC in new cardio, strength and group exercise equipment.

The new equipment and facility improvements are giving Airmen their best opportunity to meet and exceed the Air Force's new physical fitness standards.

In anticipation of new Air Force physical fitness standards, wings throughout AFSPC were proactive in their planning to meet the fitness needs of Airmen.

"Our team worked very hard with our bases over the last couple of years to develop prioritized lists," said Capt. Joy Tredway, AFSPC/A1 Services Division. "When we obtained this funding, we already knew their needs and could execute quickly. Good on our bases for being prepared."

The new equipment should start showing up at fitness centers across the command this fall. This process was easier to execute because we didn't have to rely on end of year funding to make this happen, Captain Tredway said.

The $4 million for facility upgrades will help fitness centers with construction projects such as renovated locker rooms, equipment repairs, resurfaced running tracks, fences and new heating and air conditioning equipment.

This funding for fitness equipment is part AFSPC leadership's commitment to the physical fitness of all the command's warrior Airmen.

"General Kehler also recently provided about $400,000 in what he calls 'combat spares,'" Captain Tredway said. "Basically, we purchased 118 pieces of cardio equipment for our bases to replace pieces that no longer work, or need repairs, which enables our fitness centers to reduce equipment down-time."

With the new fitness standards kicking off this month, fitness centers are keeping up with the demands of their customers, and commanders are determined to give Airmen the best resources to be ready.

More information on the new Air Force fitness standards is available online at http://www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/affitnessprogram/index.asp.