Quest to score 100

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  • By 1st Lt. Alyssa Hudyma
  • 446th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

More than ever, physical fitness is a focal point for Airman readiness across the U.S. Air Force. One Airman from the ‘Rainier' Wing in particular is making it his personal mission to help as many Reserve Citizen Airmen as possible improve their physical fitness.

For eight years Master Sgt. Edward Callahan, 446th Mission Support Group Career Assistance advisor, has helped Airmen within the wing improve their physical fitness.

“Originally it started when I was a fitness program manager at the Aircraft Maintenance Squadron,” he explained. “I told my commander fitness is my passion and this is what I love to do. I was willing to work with other Airmen to motivate them to improve themselves and enhance their education about being fit for life.”

Callahan has helped countless Airmen not only pass their fitness test, but surpass Air Force fitness standards.

During a workout session for new enlistees to the Reserves, Callahan motivated them to set high fitness goals.

“Don’t settle for mediocrity, don’t settle for that 75 percent, go for a hundred percent or more!” says Callahan. “I’m going to encourage you to not settle for passing, and to be looking to get the next step. 80, 85, 90 and even a 100 percent on your fitness test is achievable.”

“Sergeant Callahan is one of my most motivated members, not just professionally, but personally as well,” said Col. Raymundo Luevanos, 446th MSG Commander. “He’s always the first person to offer assistance when he sees someone struggling with personal and wellness goals. I have seen him help transform Airmen from struggling with their fit test to getting 90’s, and then continuing to set higher goals for themselves.” 

Callahan leads group physical fitness sessions at the McChord track every Saturday of the primary Unit Training Assembly from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m. The sessions help Airmen with their physical fitness goals. The November UTA PT session will be on Sunday at 3 p.m. and the PT sessions are listed on the overall UTA schedule for the wing.

“Working out with a group is the best. You get the energy from those around you and it helps a lot to achieve your goals,” says Callahan.

Callahan not only helps Airmen with proper form for push-ups, sit-ups, and running, but teaches different forms of calisthenics to improve overall physical fitness.

Airmen from the Development and Training Flight have also benefited from Callahan’s physical fitness coaching. Callahan has spent eight UTA’s helping the Rainier Wing’s newest recruits prepare for the physical fitness challenges that wait ahead at basic military training.

Whether you are looking to get tips on proper running form or healthier eating choices, Callahan is no short of an expert. Callahan has a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in nutrition. He teaches fitness classes at Central Washington University, and is a high school registered nurse where he also is the Cross Country Head Coach.

Callahan also emphasizes not only being fit to pass the fitness test, but to be fit for life. He has a long record of getting a 100 percent on his fitness test. While he is in the 50 to 59 year age bracket, he strives to reach a 100 percent at the 20 year old age bracket, and he does.  

“My goal is to obtain the track record before I retire,” says Callahan.

Currently the McChord track record for the 1.5 mile run is 8 minutes 9 seconds.