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Friday, March 06, 2015

RUfit? Airmen Ethos program soars

by Staff Sgt. Zachary Wolf
65th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

3/5/2015 - LAJES FIELD, Azores, Portugal  -- Over the last six months the Airmen Ethos program at Lajes has been hugely successful. A variety of programs have been offered ranging from nutrition to investing.

"It (the Airmen Ethos program) has become a great resource for Lajes Airmen and civilians to find classes to better themselves through professional development, resiliency, and Airman and Family Readiness Center courses," said Master Sgt. Craig Preston, 65th Force Support Squadron career assistance advisor.

Not only do these classes offer great opportunities, but all of the classes help overall wellness by falling within the pillars of the RUfit?.

"Just a small example would be would be Nutrition Coaching (physical), Ethics (mental), Resiliency Courses (spiritual) and Team Building (social)," Preston said.

Another physical fitness course that has been offered was the Strength and Conditioning class. The class spent time teaching students how to lift properly and get the most out of their workout.

"I use some of the teachings from the 'Strength and Conditioning' class every day I go to the gym," said Airman 1st Class Andrew Owen, 65th Civil Engineer Squadron structural journeyman.

While some classes focus on bettering the students, others may teach them a new skill or hone a skill they already have. Once that happens, the students can make it their own or expand on that skill.

"I have heard great feedback from most of the classes, but one of the most interesting stories is that from the DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) class, a photography club has formed," Preston said.

Preston said he considers this program a success because it offers a lot of opportunities for everyone to grow professionally and personally. He also said that it couldn't have been a success without help from his team and support of the Lajes community.

"I have a great team who is always there with great ideas and support," Preston said. "Staff Sgt. Marlese Yelardy, Staff Sgt. Belinda Bleyer and I meet at least monthly and work on planning. They have great ideas, and we get great ideas from the Lajes community too.

While people continue to move in and out of Lajes, there is hope for this successful program to continue.

"I would like to see this program sustained here at Lajes for years to come and hopefully something similar to it adopted throughout the command, or possibly the Air Force," Preston said.

Part of keeping this program alive is for students to continue to use it and to come up with new things they want to see taught or offering a skill they have by teaching a class.

"I would recommend others to go out and take a class," Owen said. "It's easy to sign-up and with such a big variety there will be a class you are interested in. They are typically only an hour, and it gives you some time away from work."

If you are interested in signing up for or teaching a class head over to the RUfit? page at and click on the Airmen Ethos link.

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