Discrepancies in Air Force Base Tracks Led to Airmen’s Failures of Fitness Tests

And this is why nobody should base their sports facility construction choices on low bid alone.

A recent press release from the U.S. Air Force noted,

The Air Force has directed a service-wide recertification of all installation 1.5-mile run and 2-kilometer walk courses by Oct. 31.

The recertification requirement comes after the identification of course-length issues by local officials at Goodfellow and Hanscom Air Force Bases.

While conducting a local self-inspection earlier this year, officials at Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo, Texas, determined the outdoor running course was 85 feet longer than required. The course was last measured in 2010. A subsequent review of fitness scores for Airmen assigned to Goodfellow AFB between 2010 and 2016 indicated 18 members failed the fitness assessment who would have otherwise passed.

At Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts, base officials measured their indoor running track following an Airman’s appeal and determined the track was 360 feet longer than required. That track was last measured in 2008.

As a result, a review of fitness scores for Airmen assigned to Hanscom AFB between 2008 and 2016 indicated 41 Airmen potentially failed the fitness assessment who would have otherwise passed. All affected Airmen are being notified and provided avenues for remedy.

In addition to the recertification, and to reduce the likelihood of future occurrence, Headquarters Air Force strengthened guidance by requiring installations to measure and recertify their courses each time there are changes in wing or responsible installation commanders, track modifications or lane adjustments. Furthermore, the Air Force inspector general plans to include the PT program as an Air Force inspection requirement on future wing unit effectiveness inspections.

While the circumstances are unfortunate, it might be a good opportunity for ASBA members with connections to these facilities (or to other military installations that have athletic venues) to reach out to the appropriate authorities. After all, if tracks will need remedial work, who better to do it than an ASBA member – particularly a CTB?

And those who are not yet CTBs, but who have been thinking of taking the test, may want to begin the process now. Click here to be directed to ASBA’s website, then from the menu bar at the top of the page, click on “Certification.” A drop-down menu will help you navigate the process.

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