Screaming Eagle spouses shape up
February 11, 2009
- Program helps spouses get fit
- Supports Year of the NCO
- NCO's train spouses of deployed Soldiers
Spouses of deployed Screaming Eagle Soldiers are getting serious about their New YearAca,!a,,cs resolution to hit the gym and get in shape. <br><br> With the help of a small group of Soldiers from the 101st Division Special Troops Battalion and a program fittingly named, Spouse PT, spouses are receiving physical training regiments from Soldiers who adhere to what they know bestAca,!A|the Army standard.<br><br> Aca,!A"ItAca,!a,,cs just great that theyAca,!a,,cre doing this,Aca,!A? said Brandi Van Engen, a spouse in the program. Aca,!A"ItAca,!a,,cs been nice to get out with others, get workouts in different areas and advice and tips from different Soldiers.Aca,!A?<br><br> Van Engen, whose husband is deployed to Afghanistan, is one of 10 spouses signed up so far in the program. They gather four days a week for an hour to get hands on training sessions led by Soldiers from the DSTB.<br><br> Spouse PT started in January and was the brainchild of the DSTBAca,!a,,cs Family Readiness Group. Sergeant 1st Class John Burnam heads up the program and says the turn out has been better than expected.<br><br> Aca,!A"When the program was brought up, we had quite a bit of interest (from spouses),Aca,!A? said Burnam. Aca,!A"It was something new and hadnAca,!a,,ct been done by very many, if any, other units.Aca,!A? Burnam says Spouse PT is designed to be very similar to Army PT and work outs Soldiers do with their units. <br><br> Aca,!A"The exercises we have them doing right now consists of weight training, cardio training, and a mix of calisthenics with some push ups, sit ups and iron mikes thrown in for fun,Aca,!A? Burnam explained. Aca,!A"As for their work ethics, I have not been surprised at all at how hard they work and push themselves. These ladies have one of the hardest jobs on earth, to be a spouse of a deployed Soldier.Aca,!A? <br><br> The programAca,!a,,cs initial design was created by Capt. Richmond Luce, who mixed his previous personal training experience with typical Army work outs to custom fit the participating spouses. Burnam and his team of four Non-Commissioned Officers then lead the spouses through the work out sessions incorporating their own physical training ideas and experience. <br><br> Burnam says the NCOs who volunteer their time to lead Spouse PT are examples in their own areas of physical training and fitness. <br><br> Aca,!A"We have some fantastic NCOs running the program,Aca,!A? said Burnam. Aca,!A"And being that this is the year of the NCO, this and every program or job an NCO is given, it just goes to show that we can make it happen.Aca,!A? <br><br> The Soldiers plan to keep the work outs inside at on-post gyms during the winter months, then head outside once the weather breaks for ability group runs and circuit training sessions. <br><br> Aca,!A"So far, IAca,!a,,cve received some dirty looks and a few Aca,!EoechoiceAca,!a,,c words because the NCOs on the team have done an outstanding job of giving them a good quality workout, that has been within their limits, but still enough to make them sore and feel it,Aca,!A? Burnam joked. Aca,!A"But seriously, the spouses have been wonderful and this has been a great opportunity to be a part of.Aca,!A? <br><br> Aca,!A"It just shows the Soldiers and unit cares,Aca,!A? Van Engen said. Aca,!A"ItAca,!a,,cs such a good initiative theyAca,!a,,cve taken, that theyAca,!a,,cre willing to take their time to do something like this to help others.Aca,!A? <br><br> Van EngenAca,!a,,cs husband redeploys in May and she says she plans to be ready. <br><br> Aca,!A"I want to get in better shape than when he left,Aca,!A? Van Engen said. Aca,!A"Through this program, I think thatAca,!a,,cs a realistic goal.Aca,!A?