87th ABW Integrated Prevention and Resilience Kicks Off Comprehensive Fitness Day > Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst > News

Classes are in session! Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst held a comprehensive fitness day on Oct. 17. This event, led by the 87th Air Force Wing’s Office of Integrated Prevention and Resilience, was open to the joint base community, providing classroom sessions on a myriad of topics and interests as a way to promote personal resilience, the readiness of our joint force, and ongoing improving the quality of life of all individuals. Krista Brady-Szabo, 87th ABW Integrated Prevention and Resilience Community Support Coordinator, detailed how Comprehensive Fitness helps reduce self-defeating behaviors, feelings of hopelessness and despair, and creates stronger, healthier, more a happy and more resilient grassroots joint community.

“This year, our team from the 87th ABW Integrated Prevention and Resilience Office invited two guest speakers and provided over 75 classroom sessions around Joint Base MDL to individuals interested in attending Comprehensive Fitness Day,” said Brady-Szabo . “I want people here at JB MDL to take some time off work to socialize with each other, make new friendships and have fun.”

Over 1,000 attendees participated in the Comprehensive Fitness Day activities. U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Aalim Austin, 305th Airlift Resource Support Operations Squadron, shared his CF Day experience while participating in a basketball session at the McGuire Fitness Gym.

“It’s a great opportunity to meet new people and a nice little break from work. I wouldn’t get those kind of breaks unless I went on leave,” Austin said. “I see Comprehensive Fitness Day as a caring and thoughtful token of appreciation from JB MDL not only to us Airmen, but to everyone throughout the base. I recommend that more people get involved in an event like this because it doesn’t happen every day and one can miss meeting people.”

Another attendee, US Air Force Senior Airman Legend Little, a traffic control specialist with the 305th Airlift Wing, also shared his thoughts on the event.

“Unfortunately, I was unable to participate in Comprehensive Fitness last year due to being very busy with work in my squadron, but I finally made it this year, which was a sigh of relief. It’s a great morale booster for everyone here on base,” Little said. “This event helps the whole community de-stress to maintain their mental health in normal working conditions.”

There was also an ax throwing contest at the 87th Support Detachment Firehouse. Participants had the chance to enter an enclosed, narrow and rectangular arena where they practiced and perfected their ax throwing skills at wooden targets.

U.S. Navy Damage Control Officer Third Class Petty Officer Angel Alba, a protocol specialist at the 87th Airlift Wing, expressed what the day out of the office means to him.

“To me it seems like a fun way to get outdoors, have fun and try something new for a chance. I see an activity like ax throwing as something that I just don’t see every day,” Alba said. “Ax throwing gave me such an adrenaline rush that it sent shivers down my spine and that alone was a unique and refreshing experience.”

Brady-Szabo and the 87th ABW Integrated Prevention and Resilience Team pledge to continue to promote and fight for the resiliency and mental health of everyone in the JB MDL community.

“Increased friendship and mental health for all people are the goals I strive to achieve from Comprehensive Fitness Day each year.”

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