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    Combat Camera CGO uses fitness to boost performance



    Story by Staff Sgt. Jason Allred 

    1st Combat Camera Squadron     

    JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C.- U. S. Air Force 1st Lt. Mickel McGann uses fitness to maintain a high level of performance and resiliency. “What I enjoy the most is the unknown of what your body can actually do.” McGann said short of breath waiting between sets. “During a workout I’m free. Nothing else is in my view but the end, after I’m ready to take the day and accomplish another goal.”
    McGann is a Public Affairs Officer at the 1st Combat Camera Squadron Joint Base Charleston, S. C. This past quarter he won the Company Grade Officer of the Quarter for the squadron. A true testament to his commitment to both his physical work as well as his obligations as an officer. “Keep God first and never stop trying to obtain new goals, it only looks hard,” said McGann.
    He started his fitness journey in college playing football at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point N.Y., running track and field crushing multiple school records. He maintains his fitness as a way to sharpen his skills in leadership. “Working out does more than just sculpt the body. It tests your resolve, mental fortitude, and resiliency,” said McGann. As a flight chief in the Public Affairs career field it’s imperative officers are able to recognize commander’s intents and communicate those goals effectively with the public. McGann embraces that challenge and takes pride in his understanding of the Air Force Core Values “Service Before Self, Integrity First and Excellence in All We Do!”
    “Working out de-stresses me and gets me prepared for the day, it keeps me prepared for my physical fitness tests all the time,” said McGann. “Start small and set an unshakable foundation. Always help others with what you have learned. It doesn’t help the Air Force unless you’re bringing your wingman on the same path.”
    With his parting words of wisdom McGann tells all of his airman “Don’t settle for just one fitness goal. Every time you hit one re-assess and hit the next one. Push your body to do things you thought impossible and never stop wanting to accomplish the impossible.”




    Date Taken: 02.14.2020
    Date Posted: 02.14.2020 10:07
    Story ID: 363159

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