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With physical readiness tests (PRT) season here once again, Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSAB) is using the current PRT cycle as an opportunity to stand its first cycle independent of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC).

"NSAB independently conducting its own physical readiness testing represents an important milestone in further establishing the installation as a member of Naval Installations Command," said Capt. Frederick Kass, commanding officer of NSAB.

All personnel assigned to NSAB will now fall under the new program with the exception of those currently enrolled in the Fitness Enhancement Program (FEP); they will still fall under the WRNMMC. At the completion of this cycle, the Command Fitness Leader (CFL) and Assistant Command Fitness Leaders (ACFLs) will work together to stand up NSAB's own FEP.

"This is an amazing opportunity to show pride in our command," said Master-At-Arms 1st Class Michael Gamba, NSAB CFL. "Our first time conducting a PRT shows the continued growth as a command. Besides the fact it's the first one, the program itself is critical to both the Navy and NSAB as a way to assess the physical readiness of Sailors. At the completion of this cycle, myself and the ACFLs will work together to provide the Commanding Officer an assessment of his Sailors."

To become a CFL, Gamba had to attend a Command Fitness Leader Course. The pre-requisites for the class were an excellent or above on the last PRT, recommended by the command in the form of a Letter of Designation and a non-smoke status.

"It gives me a good feeling overall," Gamba said about his selection as the CFL. "The development of a culture of fitness within the Navy has become an ever-increasing focus to the Navy. Physical readiness as a whole has taken on a bigger spotlight when it comes to retention tools such as Perform to Serve, a member's evaluation and a part of shaping that culture. Understand, as the CFL, I am overall responsible for the management of the program, but it is a team effort to complete the administration and coordination of the events," he said. The same requirements I had to meet, had to be met by the ACFLs as well."

The ACFLs assist in the coordination of PRTs, tracking required documents, and leading coordinated physical training sessions.

"Being an ACFL is a rewarding position to have," said Master-At-Arms 3rd Class Ian Hamilton with NSAB security forces. "I am able to stay in shape and help my command at the same time. The same hard work and effort I apply for my own PRT score, I use to help my shipmates. If there is anything I can do to make sure they are successful, I do it."

With the cycle currently underway until May 18, Sailors are encouraged to contact Gamba at (301) 295-2558 to schedule their PRT.