This is pretty unusual:
|Col. Bush (right)|
Grand Forks Commander Relieved Due to Waistline:
Air Mobility Command this week relieved Col. Tim Bush of command of the
319th Air Base Wing at Grand Forks AFB, N.D., due to his failure to
meet the service's physical fitness standards, according to a command release.
"Bush was not relieved for alleged misconduct or wrongdoing," states
the March 20 release that came out the same day as his dismissal from
the post, which he had held since July 2011. Instead, the reason was
Bush's waist size, which exceeded "by inches" the Air Force's maximum-allowed girth of 39 inches for men, reported the Grand Forks Herald.
"I failed to meet the waist measurement component of the physical
fitness standard," said Bush, 47, who stands six feet, one inch tall and
weighs 227 pounds, according to the newspaper. He added, "That's the
only component I failed." Maj. Gen. William Bender,
US Air Force Expeditionary Center commander, took the action since he
has administrative control of the wing, according to AMC's release.
Bender appointed Col. Christopher Mann, 319th ABW vice commander, as
interim wing commander. Bush, who was reportedly a "well-respected" leader, has requested retirement, according to the newspaper.
Looks like Big Air Force (heh) is pretty serious about the Fat Boy program these days. That wasn't always the case, IIRC. I think this is a good thing.
That said, this lil item is a day late and a couple o' pounds short of helping the good colonel:
You Are What You Eat: The Air Force has launched a pilot campaign
called "Better Foods, Better Bodies" to motivate airmen and their
families to eat healthier. "We want airmen and their families to live
long, healthy lives and we know a lot of that depends on what they put
into their bodies," said Mary Balch of the Air Force Medical Operations
Agency, who is directing the campaign, in a March 19 release.
The Air Force surgeon general's office and AFMOA's health promotion
office are leading this effort, which is under way at three pilot
locations before its potential rollout across the entire Air Force: JB
Andrews, Md.; JBSA-Lackland, Tex.; and JB Langley-Eustis, Va. From
online tools and resources, like recipes, to posters and coupons, the
campaign seeks to educate airmen and their families in making smarter
food choices, such as eating more fruits and vegetables, states the
I don't think THIS is a good thing. Money's pretty tight right now and throwing it away on what's basically a "feel good," nanny-like effort doesn't make much sense to me.