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JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. – In this time of uncertainty, readiness is still a priority for the Soldiers of TUSAB. Weekly trainings are still being scheduled by small groups of Soldiers and commitments to battle buddies are strong—but socially distant—to improve the chances of sharing nothing more than appropriately-sanitized equipment.

Staff Sgt. Lisa Park, a violinist in The U.S. Army Strings has been scheduling and keeping several-times-a-week training sessions with her battle buddy and fellow violinist, Sgt. 1st Class Judy Cho. "Preparing for the ACFT has made me healthier and stronger than ever," Park explains. "With the gyms closed for training due to COVID-19, my battle buddy and I have tried to find ways to maintain and continue building our strength by doing outdoor practice, while avoiding groups and maintaining good hygiene practices. Staying strong and keeping ourselves and each other healthy is at the top of our priorities right now."

Sgt. 1st Class Cho agrees: "We’re observing good social distancing protocols while motivating one other and coming up with innovative ways to keep in shape and practice for the ACFT while using reasonable replacements for fitness equipment due to all the gym closings.” Our goal is to stay strong and resilient with our continued focus on fitness. It’s a win-win—together we’re improving our Readiness while strengthening our immune systems with exercise!”

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