|By Spc. Brian
Johnson, The Real McCoy Contributor
McCOY, Wis. — In
today’s modern warfare, a Soldier may be required to carry more than
40 pounds of extra gear to include their rifle, helmet and body armor.
With that extra weight, physical fitness becomes paramount. That’s
why the members of the 1434th Engineer Company conducted the Army
Physical Fitness Test or APFT to help Soldiers be able to gauge their
Soldiers from the 1434th Engineer
Company conduct an Army Physical Fitness Training test at Fort
McCoy. The unit is conducting mobilization training at Fort
(Photo by Spc. Brian
more than 150 members of the Grayling, Mich.-based National Guard unit
were mobilized June 11 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
began training at their mobilization station in Fort McCoy, Wis., June
to the Army Field Manual 21-20, "All Soldiers in the Active Army,
Army National Guard, and Army Reserve must take the Army Physical
Fitness Test (APFT) regardless of their age. The APFT is a three-event
physical performance test used to assess muscular endurance and
cardiorespiratory (CR) fitness. Performance on the APFT is strongly
linked to the Soldier’s fitness level and his ability to do
place so much emphasis on physical fitness? Unit Commander Capt. Brian
Iarossi said, "With the armor, ammunition, weapons, and equipment
the modern Soldier is expected to carry, fitness is a vital part of
success overseas. Soldiers must remain physically fit in order to
react quickly and maintain situational awareness while weighed down
under extreme weather conditions. The enemy acts fast, and we must be
fit enough to keep up with him."
1st Class Ted Blanford of Toledo said that the environment that the
unit is going makes fitness vital.
Kuwait and Iraq, in the summer time, the temperatures can reach over
120-130 degrees. If a Soldier is not fit, they run the risk of
becoming a heat casualty and causing serious (injury or illness) to
themselves. If you factor in the extreme amount of extra gear and that
type of heat, physical fitness and especially cardio vascular fitness
1434th will continue training at Fort McCoy until late summer before
they deploy to their duty station in Iraq.
(Johnson is the 1434th
Engineer Company Public Affairs representative.)