Airmen in your community: D-M CAF Day: Physically "Charged"

2014-03-10T00:00:00Z Airmen in your community: D-M CAF Day: Physically "Charged"by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Arizona Daily Star

To help spread the message about being physically fit, Jarret Johnson, linebacker for the National Football League San Diego Chargers, was invited to visit Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and participate in CAF Day events by the 355th Fighter Wing vice commander, March 3-5.

Comprehensive Airman Fitness is a lifestyle taught to strengthen an Airman mentally, physically, socially and spiritually. The Desert Lightning Team at Davis-Monthan celebrated the physical pillar of CAF Day.

The physical pillar of Comprehensive Airman Fitness is defined as performing and excelling in physical activities that require aerobic fitness, endurance, strength, flexibility and body composition derived through exercise, nutrition and training.

"I think there is a really good correlation between athletics and the military," said Col. Michael T. Rawls, 355th Fighter Wing vice commander. "Football is an easier comparison because it's very much a battle space that if you don't prepare yourself to play right, you are either going to be ineffective, have a greater chance of hurting yourself or getting your teammates hurt. No team is any better than its weakest player and that aspect, to me, is the most closely related to the requirements of the NFL."

During a question and answer session with Airmen, Johnson shared experiences and lessons he's learned throughout his football career and how he sees them applied in the military as well.

"It's good to be around service members and see the correlation of relying on your teammates and working together in everything you do," said Johnson. "Like football, the only way you're going to achieve your personal goals is on the backs of your teammates. I would suspect the military is the same way. You have to do it as a group.

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Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, known as “D-M” to our neighbors, is home to the 355th Fighter Wing, the premier air combat base for all Air Force A-10 C fighter aircraft training. Davis-Monthan is also home to other vital Department of Defense units including 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), 55th Electronic Combat Group, 563rd Rescue Group and the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, nicknamed “The Boneyard.”

Davis-Monthan is located within the city limits of Tucson, Ariz., and has been an integral part of the Tucson community since its dedication in 1927. In fiscal year 2012, Davis-Monthan circulated approximately $1.1 billion ($1.6 billion including retirees) into the local community and created 4,687 jobs in Tucson. The more than 10,800 personnel, who are assigned and employed at Davis-Monthan, live, work and educate their children in the Tucson metropolitan area. Nearly 75 percent of our 7,537 military service members live off base.

D-M Airmen are proud to serve their country, deploying to nearly every corner of the globe. At any given time 500 or more are deployed in support of worldwide operations. D-M Airmen are also proud to call Tucson home. The valuable relationship with the Tucson community and Southern Arizona supporters helps us achieve our missions.

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