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CAF day encourages physical fitness

U.S. Air Force Col. Andra Kniep, 23d Wing vice commander, gives closing remarks after a base-wide 2.3-mile run on Comprehensive Airman Fitness Day, Sept. 30, 2014 at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The focus for CAF day was on the physical pillar and included group discussions about diet and exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sandra Marrero/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Andra Kniep, 23d Wing vice commander, gives closing remarks after a base-wide 2.3-mile run on Comprehensive Airman Fitness Day, Sept. 30, 2014 at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The focus for CAF day was on the physical pillar and included group discussions about diet and exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sandra Marrero/Released)

Airmen return to the President George W. Bush Air Park as they complete a 2.3-mile run for Comprehensive Airman Fitness day Sept. 30, 2014, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The run was held to emphasize the physical pillar of CAF day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sandra Marrero/Released)

Airmen return to the President George W. Bush Air Park as they complete a 2.3-mile run for Comprehensive Airman Fitness day Sept. 30, 2014, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The run was held to emphasize the physical pillar of CAF day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sandra Marrero/Released)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Bradley Amys, 23d Wing deputy staff judge advocate, listens during a Comprehensive Airman Fitness group discussion Sept. 30, 2014, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. CAF is a program designed to build on an Airman’s core values through strengthening his or her mental, physical, social and spiritual fitness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dillian Bamman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Bradley Amys, 23d Wing deputy staff judge advocate, listens during a Comprehensive Airman Fitness group discussion Sept. 30, 2014, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. CAF is a program designed to build on an Airman’s core values through strengthening his or her mental, physical, social and spiritual fitness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dillian Bamman/Released)

Moody Air Force Base, Ga. -- Before the sun rose and as sprinkles of rain fell, the 23d Wing kicked off Comprehensive Airmen Fitness (CAF) day with a 2.3-mile run here Sept. 30.

CAF is composed of four different pillars: social, spiritual, mental and physical, and this quarter's focus was on the physical pillar.

The focus was on the physical pillar, so an excellent way to start was with a 2.3-mile run, said U.S. Air Force Col. Andra Kniep, 23d Wing vice commander. The next couple of hours were spent in small groups focusing on aerobic innovation efforts of the Airmen, talking about how to do improve life skills and become more physically fit.

Led by Kniep and Chief Master Sgt. David Kelch, 23d Wing command chief, the run began and ended at the President George W. Bush Air Park.

After Airmen completed the run, they were released back to their squadrons for small group discussions on the importance of physical fitness.

"We are defending our nation, and [therefore] maintaining combat readiness is important," said Kelch. "If you don't have a physical fitness plan to maintain your combat readiness, you're wrong."

This quarter's CAF day highlighted the physical pillar and was designed to improve the overall wellbeing of Airmen and their families.

"CAF day was designed to bring our Airmen back to the basics," said Tech. Sgt. Michelle Hnat, CAF day facilitator. "It pulled us away from our jobs into a group setting, to remind us that it's not always about the fight, the war or the mission but the person."

To enrich discussion, Kelch gave his outlook on why CAF day is so important to the Airmen and what it is ultimately designed to do.

"Things really changed a lot on Sept. 11, and none of us knows what tomorrow will bring... but what I do know is that we're going to be ready to take care of business," said Kelch. "The only reason we wear our nation's uniform ... is to defend our country."