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178th hosts fitness expo

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  • By Senior Master Sgt. Joseph R. Stahl
  • 178th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
178th Hosts Fitness Expo

The 178th Fighter Wing hosted a fitness expo Oct. 13 at the Springfield Air National Guard Base to raise awareness of various fitness activities that are available.

Tech. Sgt. Dexter Vaughn and Senior Airman Madeline Carpenter, both of the 178th Civil Engineering Squadron arranged the event. Master Sgt. Patrick Wolfe of the 269th Combat Communications Squadron, who works full-time at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base fitness center was also contributed.

Lt. Col. Matthew Craig, Civil Engineering commander came up with the idea for the fitness expo.

"The goal of the fitness expo was to provide awareness to the base populous of fitness agencies they could use to benefit their healthy lifestyle or P.T. test. The expo was a success. We will take lessons learned to improve next year's expo," said Craig.

"Lt. Col. Craig came to me with his idea since I am the fitness monitor for CE and introduced me to Airman Carpenter," said Vaughn.

Carpenter was added to the team since she was a firefighter and fitness enthusiast.

With only two months to prepare, Vaughn and Carpenter were able to bring a considerable amount of vendors to this event.

Vendors and participants included the Health and Wellness Center (HAWC) from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, a massage therapist, registered dietician, TRX, Team Prodigy fighting gym from Centerville which also included self defense, strongman, Brazilian Jujitsu, boxing coaches, Krav Maga (Israeli self defense), strongman and personal trainers.
Flu shots, Insanity and P90X videos were available, as well as nutritional food items.

The 178th Fire Department set up and conducted a fire fighter challenge course where fastest times were recorded. Tech. Sgt. Adam Long, a firefighter recorded the fastest time.
Col. Gregory Schnulo, 178th Fighter Wing commander was impressed with the event's success.

"I'm impressed by the amount of work the organizers of the fitness expo and even more impressed by the level of support and interaction by the 178th Airmen," said Schnulo.

"We received a lot of good feedback, people want more; more information," said Carpenter. "We plan to do it next year in the summer, and have a 5K. We plan to have more venders next time, more personal trainers and gyms. Spread stuff out, with more interactive demonstrations."

Craig was very appreciative to Wing leadership for permitting this even as well as for all the vendors and unit participation.

"Thanks to all the folks who attended and provided feedback, to the vendors and WPAFB because they were key to it being successful," said Craig.