New Lightning Athlete Warrior Facility to offer ‘total warrior package’

| April 26, 2013 | 0 Comments
Spc. John Warlick (left) and Spc. Devin McClain, both with Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 25th ID, and currently on detail to the Lightning Athlete Warrior Facility, run sprints with a weighted sled as part of a specific workout plan created to improve a Soldier’s physical fitness and combat readiness, April 3.

Spc. John Warlick (left) and Spc. Devin McClain, both with Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 25th ID, and currently on detail to the Lightning Athlete Warrior Facility, run sprints with a weighted sled as part of a specific workout plan created to improve a Soldier’s physical fitness and combat readiness, April 3.

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. William Sallette
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

Leaders from across the Tropic Lightning Division recently received a tour of the latest Soldier training facility in a not-so-usual way: with a workout and a lot of sweat.

Maj. Gen. Kurt Fuller, commander, 25th Infantry Division introduced battalion commanders to the Lighting Athlete Warrior Facility (LAWF), here, during a joint physical readiness training session.

The purpose of this session was to build esprit de corps amongst his commanders and to demonstrate the new facility that will soon be available for training.

The training facility falls under the 25th ID’s Lightning Academy. Combatives levels one and two, ground-based training for a total body workout and numerous other cardio workouts, will be just a few of the activities offered.

“We want to focus on the functional fitness training that you would do in a number of combat situations,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Ray Devins, senior enlisted leader, 25th ID. “Soldiers may encounter any type of situation during a deployment, and we want to ensure that they can easily accomplish those tasks while truly focusing on your core strength and flexibility.”

Unlike traditional fitness centers, the LAWF has the goal of being an overall physical and nutritional education center. Classes with nutritionists and troop medical clinic physical therapists are planned.

Future center plans include achieving certification from the U.S. Army Combatives School to allow trainers the ability to teach and certify Soldiers in combatives level three.

“We want to be able to create and offer a full package, here, a total warrior package,” said Sgt. 1st Class Antoine Jackson, noncommissioned officer in charge at the LAWF. “Soldiers will be able to come here and get help with their daily nutrition from a certified nutritionist, assist in recovering from small injuries with a physical therapist, and also get a complete workout.”

The LAWF, located behind the Central Issue Facility across from the Schofield Barracks Cemetery, is open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and can accommodate groups from individuals to company-sized groups. The staff encourages Soldiers to take a few minutes to check out the facility and see what they have to offer.

“We want this to be a program that will help our Soldiers survive in combat,” said Devins. “No matter what your military occupational specialty, you may encounter situations in combat that will require you to react immediately, and this facility will help strengthen Soldiers for anything they may encounter.”

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