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Highlights of the January 2012 Issue


Family Fitness:
DoD Factors Families Into
Mission Readiness Equation

 

Military leaders have long known that if you retain the family, you retain the soldier — an axiom that reverberates even louder today as the Department of Defense (DoD) begins the development of a comprehensive Military Family Fitness initiative for 2012. The initiative, which is a major pillar in DoD's Total Force Fitness concept, is redefi ning the way military leaders look at fitness and mission readiness.

Introduced two years ago under the leadership of Adm. Michael Mullen, USN, then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Total Force Fitness concept represents a “new paradigm” for DoD, one that focuses on expanding the meaning of military fitness to include much more than just physical training, and puts more of an emphasis on spiritual, nutritional, medical, environmental, psychological, social/family and behavioral factors.

“Total force fi tness is more than a physical fitness,” says Mullen. “It is the sum total of the many facets of individuals, their families and the organizations to which they serve. It is not something someone achieves twice a year for a test. It is a state of being.” ...

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Military Sports & Fitness Expo

 

With many military Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) professionals unable to attend the AB Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla., last month due to travel restrictions, Government Recreation & Fitness presents this special section to provide you an opportunity to check out many of the new and innovative fitness, recreation, sports and athletic equipment, products and services suppliers offered there. ...

•  2XL CORP.     •  ALPHA PATTERNED CARPET     •  THE COOPER INSTITUTE
•  GYM TOOL KIT     •  LIFE FITNESS     •  MATRIX FITNESS      •  MONDO
•  NSCA     •  OCTANE FITNESS     •  PERFORM BETTER/MF ATHLETIC
•  PLAYWORLD SYSTEMS     •  POWERBLOCK     •  POWER SYSTEMS
•  PRECOR     •  SPORTSART FITNESS     •  SPRI PRODUCTS
•  SURFACE AMERICA     •  ZUMBA

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Family Support: Military Leaders Reaffirm Commitment to Families

 

Over the past five years, the Department of Defense (DoD) has improved support networks for military families in a myriad of ways, from new facilities, such as child development centers (CDCs) and youth centers to new programs and respite care for spouses and dependents. And with the economic backdrop such as it is, military leaders are saying that this vitally important quality-of-life support will not be diminished, and will remain at the high levels necessary to keep our service members and their families strong and resilient.

“Over 10 years of war, these men and women, and the families who support them, have shown their adaptability, versatility and patriotism in the face of a new combination of threats and unexpected operating environments,” said Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta. “We now have the most-experienced, battlehardened all-volunteer force in our nation”s history — a generation that learned and institutionalized new concepts and new capabilities in irregular warfare. They are, quite simply, our greatest strategic asset and they are as far as I am concerned the new 'greatest generation' in our history. ...

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Military Training: MCB Quantico — At the Forefront in Fitness

 

The MCB Quantico, Va., Semper Fit program stays at the forefront in military fitness by offering innovative programming and facilities, as well as physical and combat readiness training that is at the tip of the spear. Over the past few years, the base has completed many facility improvement projects, such as a new functional fitness room at Col. William E. Barber Physical Activity Center (PAC), and enhanced programming to address the changing needs of Marines and their families — from a two-day course to help Marines prepare for the Combat Fitness Test (CFT) to a new class called Pitaiyo that blends Pilates, Tai Chi and Yoga. ...

In an effort to give Marines a dedicated space for functional fitness training, MCB Quantico converted an 800-squarefoot racquetball court at Barber PAC into a functional training fitness center. ...

Quantico offers many programs and classes that help Marines better prepare for the CFT and maximize the effective use of these new functional fitness facilities. ...

Group exercise programs at Quantico provide something for everyone, from dance-inspired fitness classes such as Zumba and Hip Hop Hustle to hardcore fitness classes such as Rep Reebok and Maximum. ...

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