#BZFriday: Sailors prioritize deployed fitness

By Master Sgt. Paul Gorman, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa Djibouti – U.S. Navy personnel assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) took to the […]

By Master Sgt. Paul Gorman, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa

Djibouti – U.S. Navy personnel assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) took to the AstroTurf Feb. 24, 2017 to practice for their first Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) while deployed to Camp Lemonnier.

The trial assessment gave Sailors an opportunity to test their physical readiness prior to implementation of the PFA program, from which they were previously exempted.

As the Command Fitness Leader (CFL) for CJTF-HOA, U.S. Navy Legalman 1st Class Celeste Dunlap, was tasked to facilitate the event. With the help of 22 assistant CFLs from both CJTF-HOA and Camp Lemonnier, she successfully administered the physical readiness portion of the PFA to 109 Navy personnel.

Since her selection as the CFL in November 2016, Dunlap has seen interest in the fitness program steadily increase. “[CJTF-HOA] had about five assistant CFLs when I began, but has since doubled that number to 10,” she said. “People are seeing what we’re doing, recognizing the value of it, and want to be a part of it.”

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