SAN DIEGO – 100 staff members from Commander, Naval Surface Forces (CNSF) conducted the first command run in the Navy’s new Physical Training uniform June 24.
Vice Adm. D.C. Curtis, Commander, Naval Surface Force, Capt. Pete Gumataotao, Deputy Commander, Naval Surface Force, and Force Master Chief (SW/AW) Michael Schanche led the formation on a 2 mile run through Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif.
“PT is not only a means for physical fitness, but it builds teamwork and camaraderie among the team,” said Curtis. “Physical readiness is imperative within the surface force to be able to fully provide warships ready for tasking and to support the Chief of Naval Operations’ maritime strategy.”
The main purpose that CNSF began the command PT sessions was to fully incorporate the “Lead from the Front” attitude. CNSF has led the way in ensuring that command members are adhering to standards and making the transitions sooner than required, such as with the PT uniforms.
“Leadership is action, not words,” stated Senior Chief Religious Program Specialist Luisto Pontigon, CNSF Command Fitness Leader on why this first is significant. “Leadership is an attitude and not just a position. This is just what our leaders at CNSF are all about.”
CNSF conducts a command PT program with sessions for staff members to attend every Tuesday and Thursday. The program places physical fitness as a high priority for the staff. It also creates teamwork and unity throughout the staff since it incorporates everyone from the U.S. Marines, civilian employees, and Sailors, both officer and enlisted.
The PT sessions also increase unit effectiveness through the positive health benefits of an active training program. When physically fit, an individual will look and feel their best which decreases lost hours due to sickness or injury.
“Besides, your endorphins will thank you for it,” stated Capt. Gumataotao enthusiastically after the run.