By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joan E. Jennings, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Whidbey Island
OAK HARBOR, Wash. – Fitness specialists at the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI) Fitness Center held the Command Fitness Leader Certification Course to qualify Sailors as Command Fitness Leaders (CFLs), July 22-26.
CFLs are an essential element in the overall fitness and readiness of Sailors, according to the Navy fitness website, and are responsible for conducting bi-annual physical fitness assessment, exercise programming, and guidance to ensure their Sailors maintain physical readiness.
“General fitness, nutrition, and CFL administration information is passed to the new CFLs through the CFL course,” said David Wald, fitness specialist at the Fitness Center. “The information is given to them so they can lead in physical readiness back at their commands.”
CFLs must be trained and certified through the five-day Command Fitness Leader Certification Course, which covers the administrative actions and duties of a CFL, and includes daily gym sessions that teach a variety of exercises for a physical training program.
“Becoming a CFL is important because they can help Sailors stay fit and accomplish the mission,” said K.J. Johnson, a fitness specialist at NASWI Fitness Center. “A CFL helps the Navy by aiding and motivating Sailors to stay fit, improving goals and reducing injuries.”
Johnson said before he became a fitness specialist at NASWI he was a CFL at two commands prior to his retirement.
“It’s a big responsibility to help Sailors meet [Physical Readiness Test] standards to maintain their careers and overall health,” Johnson said. “I look for someone who is motivated, squared way and in top shape. They have to be able to set the standard and be the example.”
According to the Navy Fitness website, after completing the course new CFLs will have the skills, education, and motivation to guide in establishing and maintaining fitness for their commands.
Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Cory Hover, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 69, said after completing the course he hopes to inspire his Sailors back at his command.
“I’m hoping my motivation will carry over to my Sailors,” Hover said. “A healthy Sailor is a happy Sailor.”