New FAC streamlines testing at Hickam

U.S. Air Force file photo by 2nd Lt. Kaitlyn Daddona

Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman

15th Wing Public Affairs

The 647th Force Support Squadron Fitness Assessment Cell (FAC) has come together to make the Air Force fitness assessment a little less painful for the Airmen stationed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Since June 11, Airmen are no longer required to complete the administrative portions of their test at the Hickam Gym prior to completing the physical portion at the track.

Now Airmen are able to complete the entire fitness assessment in a single location.

“For years the FAC has been conducting fitness assessments at the track, after doing the administrative piece at the gym,” said Staff Sgt. Jose Timana, 647th FSS FAC. “This process didn’t make a lot of sense for the Airmen stationed here or for the FAC members.”

Over the past two years, the FAC collected data concerning the non-value added steps Airmen were taking during their assessments. Prior to its relocation, the FAC Airmen would travel over three miles up to three times a day between the Hickam Gym and Earhart Track, to accomplish annual physical fitness testing for active duty members.

During fiscal year 2016, this process wasted over 1,584 man-hours, costing over $60,000 annually.

To streamline the fitness assessment process the FAC proposed utilizing space already available.

Converting two racquetball courts at the Hickam Bowling Alley into private rooms, the space is now ready for abdominal and weight measurements and collection, with a newly air-conditioned area available for the push-up and sit-up testing. Once finished, a quick walk to the track finalizes the fitness assessment.

“The new process consolidates the entire fitness assessment experience for the Airmen in a comfortable environment,” Timana said. “Not only will Airmen be able to complete most of their fitness assessment indoors but we are estimating that the new location will cut the current testing time in half.”

FAC is now located behind the Hickam Bowling Center on Kuntz Avenue at building 1891. Members taking their fitness assessment are not able to enter the FAC from the Bowling Center’s front doors, but must enter through the back of the building.

During the fitness assessment members must:

• Check-in at the FAC to their scheduled assessment session at 5:15 a.m., 6:15 a.m. or 7:15 a.m. with valid common access card (CAC) (doors will be closed promptly at the end of check-in by 5:45 a.m., 6:45 a.m. or 7:45 a.m.)

• All testers must have their CAC on hand

• All testers must be in official PT gear while testing. Adhere to Air Force Instruction 36-2903 when wearing official Air Force PT gear.

• Provide one completed copy of the FSQ (utilize only the one provided on our SharePoint no other versions will be accepted)

• AF Form 469 (if applicable)

• Copy of orders (if Guard or Reserve)

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