USS Harry S. Truman Prepares for the PRT

Story Number: NNS090225-27Release Date: 2/25/2009 11:58:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Louis Batchelor, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, at sea (NNS) -- Physical readiness is essential to the Navy's mission,
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Sailors understand this and are in high gear, preparing for Truman's upcoming Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA).

Senior Chief Information Systems Technician (SW/AW) Henry Searcy serves as Truman's command fitness leader (CFL). He said he and his team of assistant command fitness leaders are here to create a culture of fitness for Truman Sailors. He added they are here to enhance Sailors' abilities to complete tasks in support of the command's mission.

"Our mission is to keep people off the Fitness Enhancement Program (FEP) and in control of their careers," Searcy said. "People look at fitness as a part of work. Fitness is a personal life choice, and we are here to help keep people healthy to do what they need to do at work."

Searcy's primary duties as Truman's CFL have him coordinating the command's FEP sessions on board and conducting individual counseling with Sailors on diet, nutrition and exercise as well as referring them to resources that can tend to their physical fitness needs. He is also responsible for ensuring the safe and correct administration of Truman's semi-annual PFA cycles.

Searcy would like to remind everyone in their preparation for the PFA to remember the administrative side as well as the physical. He said it is imperative that all hands complete their Physical Activity Risk Factor Questionnaire (PARFQ) screenings in the Physical Readiness Information Management System, and answer those questions honestly.

"The main thing is to expedite the completion of your PARFQ so if the Medical Department finds an issue, we can have time to work with you," Searcy said. "It does not take long."

Searcy implores Truman Sailors to take heart with the issue of physical readiness. He believes that it is a loss to allow a Sailor's future to be jeopardized because they are not in good physical condition.

"You can't procrastinate," said Searcy. "You have to sit down and come up with a plan. It takes work and you have to stay focused. Fitness is a culture and a part of life. It helps people stay competitive and progressing in their careers."

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