LUCIUS D. CLAY KASERNE, Germany (January 30, 2013) -- More than 400 Soldiers, Civilians, Local Nationals and Family Members participated in 5th Signal Command's Fit To Lead kick-off event at the Lucius D. Clay Kaserne Fitness Center.

Fit to Lead is a program designed to help institutionalize a culture of health, fitness and balanced lifestyles in the various communities across the 5th Signal Command footprint. Overall fitness is an extremely important aspect of the Army Profession.

Brig. Gen. Bruce T. Crawford, commander, 5th Signal Command said, "Fit to Lead is about bringing together some of the dedicated professionals we have within the community to help mentor those of us who want to give 'just a little bit more.'"

Professionals from the fitness center showcased Crossfit, HEAT, and Spin class using volunteers from the audience to participate in the various workout demonstrations.

"What a way to start the day. It was motivating, it was fun, and it was team building. I had a great time," said Barbara Calhoun, secretary to the general staff of 5th Signal Command, who was a Spin volunteer.

Community members from throughout U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden setup various static displays on nutrition, outdoor recreational activities, and other items that contribute to overall health and fitness.

Command Sgt. Maj. Gerald L. Tyce, 5th Signal Command, said, "I hope Fit to Lead results in a culture change, where fitness and exercises can be incorporated into your everyday living. It changes how we go about doing business. I think being fit and our leadership are intertwined together."

Tyce said he expects to see participation and expects lifestyle changes.

"I think this event was outstanding, and I'm extremely privileged to be part of an organization that is very positive about physical fitness," said Sgt. Arnold Caceres, a human resources specialist assigned to HHC, 5th Signal Command, and a HEAT volunteer.

Command Sgt. Maj. David S. Davenport, U.S. Army Europe, said he wanted to be a part of this commitment to the Soldiers, Civilians, and Family members of the great 5th Signal Command.

"This Fit to Lead is a fantastic idea, and it's not just about fitness, it's about changing behaviors and a life-long commitment to fitness," he said.

Davenport added, "Two things about this event stand out in my mind. First are the Soldiers, Civilians, and Family members that were coming forward with stories and testimonials about where they were in their life and the changes they made to become better people…whether it was losing weight or overcoming an emotional event."

"The second thing is that you have to enjoy it when your command sergeant major, your leader, gets out there in front of everybody and does that core exercise. What a way to lead by example," Davenport said.

At the conclusion of the event, Brig. Gen. Crawford issued a challenge to the audience. "I want to issue what's called the 10,000-pound challenge starting today and concluding May 1. This is not about losing weight, but a little bit of competition doesn't hurt." Crawford said.

"I think I could lose a few pounds, so if possible I'd like to donate whatever I could lose to HHC, 5th Signal Command," said Davenport.

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