• USASMDC/ARSTRAT Chief of Staff Col. Kendal Cunningham and G-3 Sgt. Maj. John Mattie prepare to take employees on their first FLIP excursion.

    Chief and SGM

    USASMDC/ARSTRAT Chief of Staff Col. Kendal Cunningham and G-3 Sgt. Maj. John Mattie prepare to take employees on their first FLIP excursion.

  • USASMDC/ARSTRAT Chief of Staff Col. Kendal Cunningham (far right) leads a group of nearly 30 employees on a two-mile run on post.

    Chief run

    USASMDC/ARSTRAT Chief of Staff Col. Kendal Cunningham (far right) leads a group of nearly 30 employees on a two-mile run on post.

  • Runners are off! Two miles awaits Chief of Staff Col. Kendal Cunningham (front) and the other 30 or so employees who joined him in the FLIP kick-off event.

    Chief run trees

    Runners are off! Two miles awaits Chief of Staff Col. Kendal Cunningham (front) and the other 30 or so employees who joined him in the FLIP kick-off event.

  • Chief of Staff Col. Kendal Cunningham speaks to the crowd about the importance of being healthy as they prepare for the FLIP kick-off event May 5.

    Chief talk

    Chief of Staff Col. Kendal Cunningham speaks to the crowd about the importance of being healthy as they prepare for the FLIP kick-off event May 5.

  • Lt. Col. Gwendolyn Lee, G-1, cheers for herself and her comrades as they finish the two-mile run during the FLIP kick-off event May 5.

    LTC Lee

    Lt. Col. Gwendolyn Lee, G-1, cheers for herself and her comrades as they finish the two-mile run during the FLIP kick-off event May 5.

  • Sgt. Maj. John Mattie leads a group of walkers in stretches before the FLIP kick-off event May 5.

    Stretch

    Sgt. Maj. John Mattie leads a group of walkers in stretches before the FLIP kick-off event May 5.

  • A group of FLIP participants make their way back to the main tent as part of their one-mile walk.

    Walk group

    A group of FLIP participants make their way back to the main tent as part of their one-mile walk.

  • Groups of walkers participating in the FLIP kick-off program May 5 pass on the sidewalk as some arrive and turn around and another group heads to the half-way point.

    Walk Group Crossing

    Groups of walkers participating in the FLIP kick-off program May 5 pass on the sidewalk as some arrive and turn around and another group heads to the half-way point.

  • USASMDC/ARSTRAT employees start the one-mile walk May 5 that kicked off their participation in the command's Fitness Life Improvement Program (FLIP).

    Walk Group from Building

    USASMDC/ARSTRAT employees start the one-mile walk May 5 that kicked off their participation in the command's Fitness Life Improvement Program (FLIP).

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--Runners and walkers gathered Wed., May 5, at 7 a.m. outside the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command Building 5220 in preparation to start an exercise program that is command sponsored and endorsed.

The commandAca,!a,,cs Fitness Life Improvement Program (FLIP) kicked off this week with great participation. Nearly 30 runners followed Chief of Staff Col. Kendal Cunningham on a two-mile run and approximately 45 walkers joined Sgt. Maj. John Mattie on a one-mile walk.

The weather was beautiful, with blue skies and early enough in the day to prevent the heat from being overwhelming. A brief period of stretching with instruction got everyone prepared, and water breaks at the half-way point and at the gathering point kept participants hydrated.

The main tent also supplied music and the occasional dancing, mostly provided by the entertaining leader Mattie, to keep the crowd enthused. Pamphlets on additional ways to stay healthy were also available at the main tent.

Cunningham was pleased with how the kick-off event went.

Aca,!A"I was asked to do this again soon,Aca,!A? he said. Aca,!A"[Employees should] plan for a second FLIP walk, run, and bike roughly four to five weeks from today.Aca,!A?

FLIP encourages everyone to get moving and get healthier. No registration is required. Just start tracking your exercise and other activities Aca,!" such as participation in Lunch and Learns and body assessments Aca,!" on the FLIP Points Tracker found on the website.

The first goal of USASMDC/ARSTRATAca,!a,,cs FLIP program celebrates the worldwide presence of the command by taking a virtual tour across the globe through your FLIP Points Tracker. Civilians participating in FLIP may be authorized to receive up to three hours a week of administrative leave for up to six months to participate in fitness-related activities.

For more information, visit: www.us.army.mil/suite/page/634039.

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