52nd FW commander throws down PT gaunlet

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, GERMANY -- Chief Master Sgt. Vance Clarke, 52nd Fighter Wing command chief, runs alongside Airmen from the 52nd Communications Squadron during the wing fun run on the Spangdahlem Air Base flight line May 1. (US Air Force photo/Senior Airman Josie Kemp)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, GERMANY -- Chief Master Sgt. Vance Clarke, 52nd Fighter Wing command chief, runs alongside Airmen from the 52nd Communications Squadron during the wing fun run on the Spangdahlem Air Base flight line May 1. (US Air Force photo/Senior Airman Josie Kemp)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, GERMANY --  approximately 2,000 Airmen, and a handful of Soldiers, warming up the 52nd Fighter Wing fun run May 1. The group of runners ran about two miles on Spangdahlem’s runway. The runners ran with their respective groups and units to show unit and mission pride.  (US Air Force photo/Senior Airman Josie Kemp)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, GERMANY -- approximately 2,000 Airmen, and a handful of Soldiers, warming up the 52nd Fighter Wing fun run May 1. The group of runners ran about two miles on Spangdahlem’s runway. The runners ran with their respective groups and units to show unit and mission pride. (US Air Force photo/Senior Airman Josie Kemp)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, GERMANY --  Master Sgt. Kevin Davidson, 52nd Operations Support Squadron, stretches with a guidon during Tuesday’s wing fun run on the Spangdahlem Air Base flight line May 1. (US Air Force photo/Senior Airman Josie Kemp)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, GERMANY -- Master Sgt. Kevin Davidson, 52nd Operations Support Squadron, stretches with a guidon during Tuesday’s wing fun run on the Spangdahlem Air Base flight line May 1. (US Air Force photo/Senior Airman Josie Kemp)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, GERMANY -- More than 70 Airmen stepped up to accept the 52nd Fighter Wing commander’s physical fitness challenge in the hope of receiving a three day weekend during a wing fun run on the Spangdahlem Air Base flight line May 1. (US Air Force photo/Senior Airman Josie Kemp)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, GERMANY -- More than 70 Airmen stepped up to accept the 52nd Fighter Wing commander’s physical fitness challenge in the hope of receiving a three day weekend during a wing fun run on the Spangdahlem Air Base flight line May 1. (US Air Force photo/Senior Airman Josie Kemp)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, GERMANY -- A tower view shows approximately 2,000 Airmen, and a handful of Soldiers, warming up the 52nd Fighter Wing fun run May 1. The group of runners ran about two miles on Spangdahlem’s runway. The runners ran with their respective groups and units to show unit and mission pride. (US Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Emily Moore)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, GERMANY -- A tower view shows approximately 2,000 Airmen, and a handful of Soldiers, warming up the 52nd Fighter Wing fun run May 1. The group of runners ran about two miles on Spangdahlem’s runway. The runners ran with their respective groups and units to show unit and mission pride. (US Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Emily Moore)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, GERMANY -- More than 70 Airmen stepped up to accept the 52nd Fighter Wing commander's physical fitness challenge in the hope of receiving a three day weekend during a wing fun run on the Spangdahlem Air Base flight line May 1.

The challenge issued by Col. Darryl Roberson invited Sabers to top his physical training test score the day of the wing run, however those who accepted the challenge did not know the score they needed to beat until the competition ended.

"We wanted to emphasize fitness, make it fun and add some competition," Colonel Roberson said. "Who better to compete against than the wing commander? I knew there was room to beat my score and wanted to reward those who are exceeding the standards."

Those interested in participating in the challenge completed their sit-up and push-up portion and then had the first mile and a half of their run timed. After their score was compiled they were able to see if they were successful in beating the commander's score of 97.5.

In addition to receiving a three day weekend pass, those who succeeded also became members of the Commander's PT Team.

"The Team are those folks who were able to achieve a score of better than 97.5," Colonel Roberson said. "More events which will highlight the PT Team will follow until the next PT challenge is complete. The CC's PT Team will be posted in the gym to highlight those who took on the challenge and succeeded."

Congratulations to the following Sabers who surpassed Colonel Roberson's PT score from the 22nd Fighter Squadron: Capt. Spencer Godwin, Lt. Col. Geoffrey Maki, 1st. Lt. Shaun Loomis and 1st. Lt. Pete West; 52nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron:
Tech. Sgt. Seth Lininger; 52nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron: Maj. Matt Albright
52nd Civil Engineer Squadron: Senior Airman Jesse Mathieu, Senior Master Sgt. Donald Roy and Senior Airman Andrew Trelly; 52nd Component Maintenance Squadron: Airman 1st Class Joseph Caughron and Airman 1st Class Brandt Wurzer;
52nd Communications Squadron: Staff Sgt. Lake Bouder, Master Sgt. Jeffrey Dalander, Staff Sgt. Robert Harris, Airman 1st Class Michael Hartley, Staff Sgt. Robert Jones, 2nd Lt. Kaitlin Kenny, Airman Marcus Martin, Staff Sgt. Elmer Ramos, Tech. Sgt. Jessica Ruiz, Tech. Sgt. Pedro Ruiz, Staff Sgt. Michelle Tanner, Staff Sgt. Melissa Uribe and Senior Airman Cory Williams; 52nd Comptroller Squadron: Tech. Sgt. Patrick Robertson; 52nd Dental Squadron: Staff Sgt. David Marques; 52nd Fighter Wing:
Lt. Col. Doug Nikolai and Maj. Cornelia Weiss; 52nd Logistics Readiness Squadron
Senior Airman Anthony Zartman; 52nd Medical Support Squadron: Tech. Sgt. David Caceres and Capt. Robert Shapiro; 52nd Mission Support Squadron: Capt. Lisa Barber, Staff Sgt. Tyler Miller and Master Sgt. Arthur Perez; 52nd Operations Support Squadron: Master Sgt. Craig Clark and Maj. Dan Luce; 52nd Services Squadron:
Staff Sgt. Max Pontenila; 606th Air Control Squadron: Airman 1st Class Devin Green
702nd Munitions Maintenance Squadron: Lt. Col. B. Max Dubroff and Capt. J. Ryan Price and Joint Fire Center of Excellence: Lt. Col. Mark Hedman.