Pacer program helps March Airmen

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  • By Senior Airman Kevin Mitterholzer
  • 452nd AMW Public Affairs

We can all use that extra push sometimes. Even though we would like to think that we can do it on our own, there’s nothing wrong with having someone help you with that little extra motivation. That’s what the March Pacing Program is all about.

“A lot of people have a hard time running by themselves,” said Staff Sgt. Kevin Spruel, 452nd Security Forces Squadron, desk sergeant patrolman and 452nd Air Mobility Wing Rising Six pacer. “Our goal as a pacer is to help the person pass or achieve a 90 or higher.”

At least a month before your fitness assessment test, you should request a pacer when you fill out the fitness questionnaire. Just click the “request a pacer” link.

“It’s best if they put their personal emails when requesting a pacer,” said Senior Airman Rene McKinney, 452nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Honor Guard member, 452nd AMW Rising Six B UTA Vice President and Pacing Program coordinator. “After they sign up, I reach out to them to figure out what their goal run time is, so if they only put their government email, that can cause some problems.”

No matter how much you run, it can be difficult to keep the correct pace on the day of your actual test. Pacers are there to help you accomplish your goals.

“I wouldn’t have got an excellent without a pacer,” said Chief Master Sgt. Timothy C. White Jr., 452nd Air Mobility Wing, Command Chief Master Sgt. “Mentally I can tell myself what time I want to get, but what’s that pace? That’s the hard part. The pacing program really saves people’s careers.”

The pacer program is always in need of more pacers. If you have a score of 85 or higher on your fitness test, please consider signing up to be part of the pacer program. Contact Senior Airman Rene McKinney to become a pacer.

“It’s a great experience to help someone achieve their goals,” said Spruel. “Plus, it keeps you in shape for your own fitness test.