by Senior Airman Stephanie Morris
Minot Air Force Base Public Affairs
2/24/2015 - MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- 1st
Lt. Kal Judah, 23rd Bomb Squadron B-52H Stratofortress co-pilot, was
recently awarded Minot Air Force Base's first perfect score for the Iron
The challenge, which aims to push Airmen to strive for physical
excellence beyond their physical training test requirements, was first
under taken by Judah at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.
"Walking into the gym at Barksdale, I saw the plaques of past Iron
Airmen on the wall and thought that with a little bit of training I
could reach those goals," Judah said.
In order to obtain a perfect score Judah would have to receive maximum
points in each category: pushups, pullups, situps and a two-mile run.
Requirements to simply obtain the title of Iron Airman would push him to
obtain 360 out of 400 points, completing all four components in one
session in 30 minutes or less.
· The pullup maximum for males is 21 and eight for females or a
70-second hang. The minimum amount of pullups needed to get a point is
two or females could complete a 15-second hang.
· The pushup maximum is 91 for males and 71 for females, which must be
completed in two minutes. The minimum is 67 for males and 47 for
· The situp maximum is 100 for both genders and the minimum is 61.
· The maximum run time for males under the age of 30 is 12 minutes and
16 seconds and males over the age of 30 is 12 minutes and 46 seconds.
The minimum is 16 minutes and 22 seconds.
· The maximum run time for females less than 30 years of age is 13
minutes 50 seconds and females over 30 is 14 minutes and 44 seconds. The
minimum is 18:38.
After augmenting his fitness routine to focus more on Iron
Airman-centric exercises, Judah was ready for his first attempt at the
"The first time I did the challenge, I received 396 out of 400 points,"
Judah said. "The next time I tested at Barksdale, I completed my run
first and obtained a perfect score overall."
After receiving his first perfect score at Barksdale, in the 90 degree
heat of summer, Judah continued to train for triathlons to keep himself
fit and physically challenged.
Judah describes himself as someone who has always been goal-oriented who constantly strives to test his limits.
Once his career training at Barksdale was complete, his focus turned to his approaching permanent change of station to Minot.
As soon as he learned the Iron Airman Program was also held at Minot, he was determined to complete it again, Judah said.
"I think it's great that we have something like the Iron Airman
challenge here to inspire Airmen to exceed the standard," Judah said.
His sentiments were echoed by Tech. Sgt. Kenneth Johnson II, 5th Force
Support Squadron NCO in charge of the fitness assessment cell, who was
one of the original groups that brought the program to Minot.
"This program was brought to me by a captain from the 69th Bomb Squadron
who had heard of its greatness at another base," Johnson said. "He
pitched the idea to me and the Fitness Center Director, Ms. Judy LaRue;
and after some evaluations/risk assessments, hard work, publicity, and
coordination with other agencies, we were able to get this program off
Originally, Judah planned to undertake the challenge with other members
from his squadron at Minot, but due to unforeseen circumstances he would
have to face the task alone. Determined to crush the test for a third
time, Judah made his way to the McAdoo fitness center for his solo
"Stopping was never an option," Judah said describing his trials at the
fitness center. "I removed myself from the situation; got into a groove
to push through and knocked out the cardio first, then strength."
Each exercise fell away with as Judah achieved maximum score after
maximum score, until only one strength test was left. After one last
trial, he was awarded a perfect score-- for the second time in a row.
"It was cool to be the first person at Minot to score 100 percent,"
Judah said. "But I hope many more people take up the challenge and
become Iron Airmen."
Individuals interested in undertaking the Iron Airman Challenge can call
the fitness center to make an appointment with a base fitness
specialist, Johnson said.
"I hope people continue to be interested in challenging themselves,"
Johnson said. "After all, if they fall short of the title of Iron
Airman, they have all the time in the world to keep training and pushing
themselves, which is what being fit and staying fit is all about --