By Mr. John Ciccarelli (Regional Health Command Pacific)April 18, 2019
During Regional Health Command-Pacific's 2019 Commander's Symposium, Brig. Gen. Dennis P. LeMaster, RHC-P commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Clark J. Charpentier, RHC-P command sergeant major, along with the command teams from across the region, had an opportunity to get better familiar with the new Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT). Two early morning 'learn to train' sessions were conducted on April 17 and April 18, and led by Capt. Matthew Francis, U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks in Honolulu, Hawaii. The training consisted of ACFT event familiarization, physical readiness training-specific exercises, weight training, and run form drills. The leaders also received education on physical training program design by Mr. Neil Santiago, the Schofield Barracks Strength and Conditioning coach and Lt. Col. (ret.) Shawn Scott, one of the authors of the Army's Physical Readiness manual. The ACFT is a six-event test that measures muscular strength, muscular endurance, power, flexibility, coordination, speed, agility, cardiovascular endurance, balance and reaction time. Beginning October 2020, all Soldiers will be required to take the new gender and age-neutral test.