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Commander’s Trophy builds team spirit with PT Challenge

Airmen crank out push-ups during the Commander’s Trophy PT Challenge at the RAF Lakenheath running track Aug. 6. Each team member had to perform all three parts of the Air Force fitness test, including push-ups, sit-ups and 1.5 mile run. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman David Dobrydney)

Airmen crank out push-ups during the Commander’s Trophy PT Challenge at the RAF Lakenheath running track Aug. 6. Each team member had to perform all three parts of the Air Force fitness test, including push-ups, sit-ups and 1.5 mile run. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman David Dobrydney)

Airmen run 1.5 miles in the Commander’s Trophy PT Challenge at the RAF Lakenheath running track August 6. The Commander’s Trophy is a program meant to build sportsmanship and espirit de corps among units. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman David Dobrydney)

Airmen run 1.5 miles in the Commander’s Trophy PT Challenge at the RAF Lakenheath running track August 6. The Commander’s Trophy is a program meant to build sportsmanship and espirit de corps among units. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman David Dobrydney)

Airman 1st Class Aaron Medina of the 48th Medical Group runs 1.5 miles during the Commander’s Trophy PT Challenge August 6. After completing six laps on the track, Airman Medina tagged his next teammate to complete the challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman David Dobrydney)

Airman 1st Class Aaron Medina of the 48th Medical Group runs 1.5 miles during the Commander’s Trophy PT Challenge August 6. After completing six laps on the track, Airman Medina tagged his next teammate to complete the challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman David Dobrydney)

Staff Sgt. Kelly Davis of the 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron (left) takes off in pursuit of Capt. Thien Nguyen of the 48th Medical Group at the Commander’s Trophy PT Challenge August 6. The 48th MDG team won the challenge, taking the lead over LRS. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman David Dobrydney)

Staff Sgt. Kelly Davis of the 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron (left) takes off in pursuit of Capt. Thien Nguyen of the 48th Medical Group at the Commander’s Trophy PT Challenge August 6. The 48th MDG team won the challenge, taking the lead over LRS. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman David Dobrydney)

Capt. Thien Nguyen, Staff Sgt. Stacie McHugh, Senior Airman Javier Urteaga, Airman 1st Class Aaron Medina and Staff Sgt. Eric DeSouza of the 48th Medical Group stand with their prize for finishing first in the Commander’s Trophy PT Challenge August 6. The team completed the challenge with a time of 57 minutes and 26 seconds. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman David Dobrydney)

Capt. Thien Nguyen, Staff Sgt. Stacie McHugh, Senior Airman Javier Urteaga, Airman 1st Class Aaron Medina and Staff Sgt. Eric DeSouza of the 48th Medical Group stand with their prize for finishing first in the Commander’s Trophy PT Challenge August 6. The team completed the challenge with a time of 57 minutes and 26 seconds. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman David Dobrydney)

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England -- The 48th Medical Group won the Commander's Trophy PT Challenge on August 6, with five team members completing a PT Test consisting of push-ups, sit-ups and a 1.5 mile run in 57 minutes and 26 seconds.

For winning the latest event in the 2010 Commander's Trophy competition, the 48th MDG received 25 points towards their total score, taking the lead from the 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron, who has won the Commander's Trophy two years running, said John Enterman, 48th Force Support Squadron Fitness Center director.

Besides the Commander's Trophy, Airman 1st Class Aaron Medina of the 48th MDG said there was a sense of satisfaction in completing a challenge not everyone would take on.

"It's an honor to represent [the Medical Group]. We help keep others fit, and we must keep ourselves fit too," Airman Medina said.

Running for more than 20 years, the Commander's Trophy is a year-long competition among units to see who is best at sports of all kinds.

"Last year we had [more than] 1,200 total competitors and this year we expect more," said Mr. Enterman.

The goal of the Commander's Trophy program is to develop espirit de corps and sportsmanship between units. Seven intramural team sports such as basketball, volleyball and softball are included in the competition, with teams earning 25 points for first place, 15 points for second, 10 for third and 5 for participating.

In addition, five special one-day events are selected by the Sports Advisory Council, which meets every quarter. Five participation points are given for attending the meetings, and units have those points subtracted from their score if they don't.

The selection of the PT challenge by the SAC was prompted in part by the new PT testing standards that took effect July 1.

"They knew it was coming and thought it would be a good one-day event to find out who has the fittest people on base," said Mr. Enterman.

The final events for the 2010 Commander's Trophy will be the intramural flag football season and the indoor soccer competition, which are scheduled to begin in September and October, respectively.