CAF Month fitness challenges

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Dylan Nigren, 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron fire truck and refueling journeyman, utilizes a fire hose during the Comprehensive Airman Fitness Month Fire Department fitness challenge at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 31, 2016. Participants demonstrated their physical resilience through exercises such as dummy drags, tool carries and fire hydrant charging.. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Dylan Nigren, 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron fire truck and refueling journeyman, utilizes a fire hose during the Comprehensive Airman Fitness Month Fire Department fitness challenge at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 31, 2016. Participants demonstrated their physical resilience through exercises such as dummy drags, tool carries and fire hydrant charging.. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Anthony Fernandez, 355th Communications Squadron network technician, breaks through a barricade while participants observe during the Comprehensive Airman Fitness Month Defender Challenge held by the 355th Security Forces Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, March 31, 2016. Each team consisting of two participants went through the same hostage recovery scenario and were scored on speed and accuracy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Nathan H. Barbour/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Anthony Fernandez, 355th Communications Squadron network technician, breaks through a barricade while participants observe during the Comprehensive Airman Fitness Month Defender Challenge held by the 355th Security Forces Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, March 31, 2016. Each team consisting of two participants went through the same hostage recovery scenario and were scored on speed and accuracy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Nathan H. Barbour/Released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Amanda Hass, 355th Civil Engineer Squadron first sergeant, performs a hand-entry render-safe procedure on a simulated explosive device during the Comprehensive Airman Fitness Month Fire Department Fitness Challenge at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 31, 2016. The 355th Civil Engineer Squadron’s explosive ordnance disposal and fire emergency service flights held the event to challenge the mental and physical resilience of Airmen.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby/Released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Amanda Hass, 355th Civil Engineer Squadron first sergeant, performs a hand-entry render-safe procedure on a simulated explosive device during the Comprehensive Airman Fitness Month Fire Department Fitness Challenge at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 31, 2016. The 355th Civil Engineer Squadron’s explosive ordnance disposal and fire emergency service flights held the event to challenge the mental and physical resilience of Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby/Released)

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Justin Trampota, 355 Logistics Readiness Squadron officer in charge of vehicle management, performs a ladder carry during the Comprehensive Airman Fitness Month Fire Department Fitness Challenge at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 31, 2016. Participants demonstrated their physical resilience through exercises such as dummy drags, tool carries and fire hydrant charging. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby/Released)

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Justin Trampota, 355 Logistics Readiness Squadron officer in charge of vehicle management, performs a ladder carry during the Comprehensive Airman Fitness Month Fire Department Fitness Challenge at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 31, 2016. Participants demonstrated their physical resilience through exercises such as dummy drags, tool carries and fire hydrant charging. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby/Released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Hass, 355th Civil Engineer Squadron first sergeant, uses a hook and line procedure to remotely remove a suspicious package from a vehicle during the Comprehensive Airman Fitness Month Fire Department Fitness Challenge at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 31, 2016.  The event was hosted by the 355th Civil Engineer Squadron’s explosive ordnance disposal and fire emergency service flights in coordination with the Community Support Center with the objectives of embracing team building, showing the links between different CAF pillars, and encouraging Airmen to challenge themselves. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby/Released) (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby/Released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Hass, 355th Civil Engineer Squadron first sergeant, uses a hook and line procedure to remotely remove a suspicious package from a vehicle during the Comprehensive Airman Fitness Month Fire Department Fitness Challenge at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 31, 2016. The event was hosted by the 355th Civil Engineer Squadron’s explosive ordnance disposal and fire emergency service flights in coordination with the Community Support Center with the objectives of embracing team building, showing the links between different CAF pillars, and encouraging Airmen to challenge themselves. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby/Released) (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Anthony Fernandez, 355th Communications Squadron network technician, provides cover for Senior Airman Mark Lindsay, 355th CS network technician, who is carrying a simulated hostage to safety during the Comprehensive Airman Fitness Month Defender Challenge held by the 355th Security Forces Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, March 31, 2016. The challenge simulated a hostage recovery scenario using non-lethal training ammunition to replicate armed combat between opposing forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Nathan H. Barbour/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Anthony Fernandez, 355th Communications Squadron network technician, provides cover for Senior Airman Mark Lindsay, 355th CS network technician, who is carrying a simulated hostage to safety during the Comprehensive Airman Fitness Month Defender Challenge held by the 355th Security Forces Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, March 31, 2016. The challenge simulated a hostage recovery scenario using non-lethal training ammunition to replicate armed combat between opposing forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Nathan H. Barbour/Released)

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Justin Trampota, 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron officer in charge of vehicle management, and Airman 1st Class Dylan Nigren, 355th LRS fire truck and refueling journeyman, run towards the next station during the Comprehensive Airman Fitness Month Fire Department Fitness Challenge at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 31, 2016.  The event was hosted by the 355th Civil Engineer Squadron’s explosive ordnance disposal and fire emergency service flights in coordination with the Community Support Center with the objectives of embracing team building, showing the links between different CAF pillars, and encouraging Airmen to challenge themselves. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby/Released)

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Justin Trampota, 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron officer in charge of vehicle management, and Airman 1st Class Dylan Nigren, 355th LRS fire truck and refueling journeyman, run towards the next station during the Comprehensive Airman Fitness Month Fire Department Fitness Challenge at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 31, 2016. The event was hosted by the 355th Civil Engineer Squadron’s explosive ordnance disposal and fire emergency service flights in coordination with the Community Support Center with the objectives of embracing team building, showing the links between different CAF pillars, and encouraging Airmen to challenge themselves. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby/Released)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- Desert Lightning Team Airmen participated in multiple fitness challenges to conclude D-M AFB’s Comprehensive Airmen Fitness Month, March 31.

The 355th Civil Engineer Squadron’s explosive ordnance disposal and fire emergency service flights hosted the Fire Department Fitness Challenge and the 355th Security Forces Squadron hosted the Defender Challenge.

The separate challenges involved D-M Airmen volunteering in teams of two and racing against the clock to perform a variety of scenarios.

CAF is an Air Force-wide initiative based on improving Airman readiness by solidifying the four pillars of health: mental, physical, social and spiritual. These challenges focused on two pillars: physical and mental.

“The ultimate goal of physical resilience is to show the link of how mental resilience can lead to physical resilience,” said U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Roth, 355th Fighter Wing NCO in charge of community support center. “You must be strong in one skill for others to follow.”

For the Defender Challenge, participants demonstrated strategies such as breaching and clearing shoot-house, recovering a hostage and received time penalties for friendly fire and missed targets.

Participants in the Fire Department Fitness Challenge demonstrated extending fire hose, charging fire hydrant, bunker drill, ladder carry, climbing ladder and stair climb.

The Airmen also removed suspicious packages from a vehicle, performing hand-entry render safe procedure and maneuvering through trip wires in the EOD challenge.

“It’s a chance to see [that] our defenders are more than just that guy checking IDs,” said Tech. Sgt. Cameron Johnson, 355th SFS unit security manager. “For somebody who works in [communications] or medical who doesn’t get to do stuff like this on a regular basis, I think they’ll enjoy it. It’ll give them a lot of insight into the capability of our defenders.”

Approximately 60 Airmen from various career fields participated in the fitness challenges.

“I like that this was just a small glimpse of what these guys actually do in a controlled environment,” said U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Steven Farrell, 41st Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Compass Call pilot and fitness challenge participant. “It presents a new mentality that we’re all here to be warriors and while you may primarily have a desk job that doesn’t require you to pick up a firearm , this is showing the appreciation for those that are doing that on the front lines.”