Push-ups for AFAF
By Staff Sgt. Sanjay Allen, 460th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published March 12, 2008
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Seven Airmen participated in the Chief's Push-Up Challenge March 11 at the Fitness Center to raise money for the Air Force Assistance Fund.
The event challenged base personnel to do as many push-ups as possible in 10 minutes. The challengers collected donations from friends, family and coworkers for each push-up they did.
Throughout the 10 minutes they could crank-out some push-ups, stand up and relax, do some more push-ups, go get some water, stretch or do whatever in between.
They started out fast and furious, but as the minutes wore on the challengers started to slow down and in the final seconds they looked for their last morsel of stamina to push out what they could.
"It's worth it because we're doing it for a good cause," said Todd Kennedy, Aerospace Data Facility senior enlisted leader, who drove out 248 push-ups, tops for the males.
"It goes fast because the rest never seems like its long enough," said Kevin Candler, 460th Space Wing command chief, who did 213.
In all they knocked out 1,351 push-ups for the charity.
Elizabeth Foley, 460th Civil Engineer Squadron, was the top female pressing out 138.
Other participants included Michael Mariner, 2nd Space Warning Squadron, who completed 225; Joseph Soldano, 460th Operations Support Squadron, who completed 221; Adam Kincer, 460th Mission Support Squadron, who completed 207; and Elizabeth Rabjohn, 460th Space Wing Legal Office, who completed 99.
"The intent (was) to emphasize the importance of physical fitness, yet at the same time, have fun together while taking care of our service members and their families," said Candler. "The AFAF contributed over $30,000 to Buckley families last year, and this was our way of highlighting it."
The AFAF is a campaign that raises money for four organizations that benefit active duty, Reserve, Guard and retired Air Force people and their families, including surviving spouses and their families.